37 ‘How To…’ articles to arm you for a new year

Forget resolutions that fall by the wayside. ArtsHub arms you with practical – and easy – skills to take on board in 2023.

Ready to plug in again? Forget resolutions that fall by the wayside. Why not just hone what you are already good at – to be the best you.

From quick tips and advice from arts professionals, to wellness hacks, checklists and toolkits to adopt and adapt on the go, ArtsHub arms you with a kit of practical skills for the workplace, to show you how to sail through 2023.

Nine tips for ‘cracking it’

10 tips for artists to increase their productivity
Sometimes the best thing to do to optimise our performance levels is pause, slow down and take back control.

How to get into voice acting for video games
Thinking of getting into video game voice acting? We share some key tips for beginners.

How to apply for a job in games
Applying for a job in the games industry is a daunting prospect for aspiring developers. Here is a stack of useful advice you should read first.

How to grow a small to medium arts organisation
Artspace proves that taking the longer road pays off, literally, when growing a small arts organisation.

Lessons from an art prize judge
With hundreds of art prizes in Australia offering opportunities, how do you get cut-through with your application? We ask an art prize judge.

How to build a portfolio of your creative work (and make it stand out)
Digital portfolios can seem daunting, especially if you’ve never made a website before. Here’s how to do it in five easy steps.

From emerging to mid-career: advice from artists
Building on the momentum is important, but so is being patient, developing self-worth and grounding your practice for a sustainable career.

11 clever ways to promote your arts business
When it’s time to stop making art for your own enjoyment, here’s how to find clients who pay.

Going it alone: taking your next step as a creative entrepreneur
Going it alone as a freelancer can suit some creatives, but being prepared is essential for success – we tell you how.

Clear your head, improve your life. Image: Shutterstock.

Four tips for wellness in the workplace

User-friendly, free and downloadable Work Well Guide
Launched for the arts sector by Arts Wellbeing Collective, this guide steps you through practical actions for the workplace.

Five ways for creatives to get clarity of mind
Emmy and AACTA Award-winning producer turned creative sector executive coach, Ellenor Cox explains how to turn being overwhelmed into direction and brain fog into crystal clear focus

How to survive networking (without screaming into the canapés)
Networking is essential for practitioners, but most of us dread doing it. This guide can help.

How to cope with COVID-19 mental health issues
In traumatic times, awareness of your own, others’ and the collective well-being needs to be treated as a long game.

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11 articles to boost your skill level

Five steps for nailing an open call
ArtsHub takes you through the game plan of applying for an open call.

Five tips for pitching to the media
Rather than taking a blanket approach, making each of your pitches count results in a better chance at media coverage.

Tips for launching your creative career
This compilation of resources and insights from working professionals will help you get a start in your creative career.

Five essential skills all arts managers need
Experienced arts professionals reveal the management skills they rely on most to succeed in their jobs.

How to nail a video interview
Interviews are nerve-wracking, especially if it’s your first time doing one over a video call! Keep calm and read our guide on how to nail them.

How to make an amazing short film: a festival director’s top tips
Make a shorter, simpler film and you can focus your resources on fewer locations and set-ups, and spend more time on the sound design, edit and grade.

Tips on maximising your open studio event
The year’s end for makers means open studio time. ArtsHub takes a look at how to do it right and maximise the opportunity.

How to write an art wank-free artist statement
Remember, an artist’s statement is a practical and professional tool. Here are seven tips for success.

Essential skills of a great copywriter
The scope and variety of clients and its high earning potential can make copywriting an attractive career or side hustle. Here’s how to do it right.

Tips from authors on running school workshops
Here are some recommendations to consider if you’ve ever wanted to know how to wrangle kids in the classroom as a visiting artist.

27 things I learned starting a new art business
How to turn old learnings from portfolio careers into new gains, when starting a studio-based business.

Three workers collaborating over a computer.
Change requires collaboration. Image: Shutterstock.

13 advice offerings from experts

Tips on managing a precarious freelance career
When life is a constant job interview, these tips on managing freelance precarity can ease the stress.

What we wish we’d known when we started working in the arts
Artists and arts workers offer up advice for their younger selves regarding the things they wish they’d known at the start of their arts sector careers.

How to start and maintain an inspiration board
How to get your ideas moving from fantasy to reality.

Getting public art right
A new Public Art Toolkit makes navigating the detail-heavy environment of commissions easy with checklists and solid advice. The good news is that its free to download and outlines best practice in policy, commissioning, construction and engagement with artists.

Five tips before touring: a holistic view
The team from Australasian Dance Collective share their top tips on navigating the many moving parts of touring.

What I learned over my 15 years as a gallerist
Dominik Mersch says that sharing stories has been the key to his success as a gallerist. But that’s not all…

To merch or not to merch
The pros, the cons and some useful tips to show you how to navigate the booming world of art merchandise.

Turning unhappy customers into allies
No one likes hearing they’ve done a bad job but, if handled correctly, negative feedback can be used to great advantage – even a win!

Four ways to drive institutional change
Cultural institutions can be stubborn beasts when it comes to internal change. A panel discusses some alternative actions to move forward.

Exploring the potentials of hybrid work
Co-working is more than just cost sharing. A curated selection of freelancers, start-ups, independents and organisations bring in fresh perspectives and show that channelling our COVID collaborative wisdom and listening is the way to go.

Travelling? Savour your time, don’t network, says gallerist
After a whirlwind trip to Basel and Venice, MARS Director Andy Dinan offers her advice on how to make the most out of travelling.

Picking the right site for street art
Celina Lei explains the importance of choosing the best location for street art and offers some tips on how to get started.

Practical steps for truth-telling in museums
What does that look like within the museum sector? This article steps you through the landscape.

Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina