Workshop series success

kuril dhagun wrapped up it’s first Indigenous Arts Business workshop series over the weekend.

Inspired by the exhibition Barambah<>Cherbourg<>Art<>Craft, and the experiences of the Cherbourg potters when their studio and livelihood were lost when Government funding ceased, the series aimed to provide access to tools that can help fledgling businesses thrive.

Developed in consultation with Iscariot Media and presented by successful businesswoman and member of the Queensland Government’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Reference Group, Leesa Watego with celebrated artist of national and international distinction, Vernon Ah Kee.

The workshops took participants on a journey across different spaces of SLQ exposing the group to the wealth of free resources available to assist the development of small businesses.

Leesa Watego presenting in the Business Studio for Workshop 1

For the first workshop we gathered in the Business Studio on level 1 to nut out business strategy and positioning. It was such a privilege and an inspiration to hear all the experience and Arts Business pursuits in progress around the room.

For the second workshop we got cosy in kuril dhagun and soaked in the wisdom and insights from Vernon. In conversation with Leesa, Vernon expanded on rights issues as an artist and ways to navigate the minefield and protect your art.

Vernon Ah Kee and Leesa Watego for workshop 2 in kuril dhagun

The third and final workshop was a beginner’s guide to setting up a web presence and online branding,  introducing the group to free applications that can help boost business visibility. We were delighted to hold this session in the Digital Media Lab at The Edge, which is an amazing facility that offers free access to quality programs and training through Lynda.com.

Leesa Watego in the Digital Media Lab at the Edge

The first two workshops were sold out and the third was well attended. Overall feedback from the group was excellent and interestingly the outcome that was most valued was the opportunity to get together and connect with other Indigenous artists. It has been exciting to see the interest this series has generated and the potential of holding more in the future.