Discussion panel for creative industries

24 March 2017

Discussion panel for creative industries

Northland Inc, Creative Northland and NorthTec have joined forces to organise a workshop about making a living from artistic practice.

The event, to be held on Thursday, 30 March from 12 noon to 1pm, will take place at NorthTec’s Geoff Wilson Gallery, on the Raumanga campus.

It is billed as the first of a series of events aimed at encouraging independent artists in the region, with two experts leading the discussion. At this session, David Templeton from Northland Inc and Hinurewa te Hau from Creative Northland will offer advice on attaining success and happiness in a creative business.

Alysn Midgelow-Masrden, NorthTec’s Creative Industries Education Co-ordinator, said: “Though we all appreciate the value to ourselves of being creative, in order to make a living from your creativity, there are many other aspects to consider, such as: ‘How do I price it? Where do I place it? Who might buy it? How do I get funding? Where can I get help to develop my ideas into a viable business? What resources are available to help me?’

“Come along and shape the course of the discussion, then join us for the continuing series of events and panels which will encourage you to be independent, successful and happy in your creative business. We aim to aid you in building the mindset, the tools and the skills for success.”

Participants are asked to RSVP if possible, by 29 March, to gallery@northtec.ac.nz, however people will not be turned away on the day. Light refreshments will be provided, and participants are also welcome to bring lunch or eat afterwards at the Apprentice Café on campus.

For more information, contact Alysn Midgelow-Marsden via gallery@northtec.ac.nz or 09-470 3805.

Note to editors: About Northland Inc and Creative Northland

Northland Inc works with a number of strategically important institutions in Northland across public and private sector with common agenda to strengthen, grow and diversify Northland’s economy. The primary objective of Northland Inc is to provide services for the community or social benefit.

Their mission is to strengthen, diversify and grow the Northland economy, to provide vision, aspiration, leadership and unity-of-purpose in sustainable economic development for Northland.

With an experienced and talented team brimming with enthusiasm for Northland and its economic growth potential, we tap into local and central government resources and funding to enable these priorities. We connect people and businesses across the region and nationally to strengthen opportunities for growth. We facilitate investment in research, development and innovation and we connect potential investors with real investment opportunities.

Creative Northland is mandated to develop the arts and cultural sector within the Northland region, translating creative ideas into innovative products and services. We are funded by both the Whangarei District Council and Northland Regional Council and grant funding from Foundation North.

The Creative Northland team is based in Whangarei, inspiring creative endeavour through artistic projects, touring opportunities, education and specialised resources to develop and sustain our creative communities’ artistic practice all over Tai Tokerau.

We aim to make Northland a lifestyle choice for new business and families working in partnership with every level of local and central government and private sector. Our journey is to foster contemporary and innovative regional cultural practice and bridge the gap between art and business - which means using the artistic process as a pathway for exploring non-art topics such as leadership and management in business. 

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