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Murray Arts in conjunction with City of Wodonga, present Smart Arts, a series of professional development workshops for those in the Creative Industries.

Workshop One: Social Media for Creatives

Date: Wednesday 18 March 2020
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: The Cube – Dressing Room, Hovell Street, Wodonga  
Investment: $20
Maximum participants: 30
Workshop One – Georgie Seaton | OGA Creative Agency
Social Media for Creatives (2 hrs)
What do I post? When do I post? And what the hell is a hashtag?

For creatives and freelancers, this workshop will walk you through the big stuff - social media strategies, choosing the correct platforms, how to avoid outdated sales pitches.. & the fun stuff - engaging Instagram story hacks, creating your online personality and tips & tricks on staying up to date!
Key elements explored in this workshop include:
•                Social Media Strategies
•                Creating your personal brand
•                Tools for planning & scheduling content
•                How to gauge social media “success”
•                How to reach a wider audience
•                Organic vs Paid
•                Tips & tricks to the algorithm!


COURSE FACILITATOR: Georgie Seaton | OGA Creative Agency
A social media junkie, copywriting nut & emoji enthusiast, Georgie is passionate about all things algorithm and targeted campaigns. She loves using the latest Social Media hacks and tips to get the best out of each platform for business’ of every scale. When she isn’t on Instagram, you can find Georgie playing Netball or working in the gym as a group fitness trainer.

Workshop Two: I Hate Networking
Date: Friday 3 April 2020
Time: 5:30pm till 7:30pm
Venue: Spice Room, Victor Supper Club, 64 Lincoln Causeway, Gateway Island VIC 3691 (formally St Ives)
Investment: $20
Maximum participants: 30

I HATE NETWORKING is a surprisingly fun event designed to encourage creative people to get to know each other, while also acknowledging the horror that is networking, and sharing a few tips at the same time.
It combines the educational elements of learning how to network with an opportunity to practice the skills in a safe and friendly environment, all the while embracing the discomfort of the whole process and having a laugh.
Tips that will be shared include:
  • Preparing in advance – get the basics right!
  • Mastering the art of the introduction
  • Overcoming shyness, awkwardness and the urge to run away
  • Dealing with wankers and other difficult people
  • Choosing the best networking events
  • The all-important follow-up process!
Our creative industry specialist advisors will be on hand to help facilitate introductions and share their knowledge and experiences. WE KNOW YOU’LL HATE IT, but we guarantee a fun and interesting night regardless. Come for the drinks and food, stay to learn something and make some new connections!
The event is relaxed and informal, you can ask all the questions you’ve never been able to ask before, and participants will also be given ample opportunity to network and get to know each other.

Come along if you’re a creative practitioner, in businesses of any size. You could be a freelancer, a soloist or from larger organisations looking to expand your networks. You should also attend if you hate networking, but you know it’s a skill you need to learn.
Catering: Light nibbles will be provided and drinks will be at bar prices. 

COURSE FACILITATOR: Monica Davidson – Creative Plus Business     
Business advisor and creative industries expert Monica Davidson from the Creative Plus Business Group. Monica is a writer and filmmaker by trade who learned how to run a successful creative business and now shares that knowledge with others. In her workshops, Monica discusses her own experiences and shares examples from the 900-plus people she has mentored through the process of starting and building their creative businesses.
Workshop Three: Valuing Your Work
Date: Saturday 18 April 2020
Time: 10am till 12pm
Venue: The Cube – Meeting Room, Hovell St, Wodonga
Investment: $10
Maximum participants: - 50
Course type: Interactive training workshop – delivered via Video Link

This workshop covers the fundamental principles in valuing and pricing your artwork. We will cover best-practice standards in pricing structures, payment schedules and artists' rights in this interactive workshop focused on building professional practice and sustainable careers for Australian artists.
Justine Youssef is a contemporary artist currently living and working on the unceded territory of the Darug people. Her practice is site-responsive and attentive to her origins in South-West Asia. She works across multiple disciplines including performance, video and scent. This year she is participating in the Parramatta Artist Studios studio program while working as a co-facilitator at Pari.
Murray Arts contributes directly to the arts and cultural lifeblood of the NE VIC/ Border region by working directly with individuals, communities and local government to assist them in developing the arts and cultural life of their communities.

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