Platform Arts

Artist Professional Development

A series of online seminars designed to build artists' professional capacity across project management, community engagement and marketing.


Opportunity Details

Closing Date

Aug 14, 2022



Visual Arts

Presented as part of the Platform LAB program, our Professional Development series delivers monthly, online lectures led by guest practitioners working across Australia and internationally. Curated by Bureau of Works, these seminars are designed to build artists’ professional capacity in curatorial practice, arts project management, community engagement and marketing. Professional Development is open to artists of all career stages, and particularly well-suited to early and mid-career artists.

Tickets can be purchased for individual sessions, or as a discounted session bundle, here.

2022 Program summary:

May Session: 26 May 2022, 1PM – 3PM
Facilitated by Hannah Presley: Curatorial

​​Hannah Presley is an Aboriginal curator based in Melbourne. She is a Director of Agency and Senior Curator, Museums and Collections at University of Melbourne. Presley was recently curator of Indigenous Art at National Gallery of Victoria and is the curator of Primavera 2021 at Museum of Contemporary Art and Observance at Buxton Contemporary (with Sam Comte), 2022. Her practice focuses on the development of creative projects with First Nations artists, working closely with artists, learning about the techniques, history and community that inform their making to help guide her curatorial process. Image: Hayley Millar-Baker

June Session: 30 June 2022, 1PM – 3PM
Facilitated by Kelly Doley: Curatorial

Kelly is a visual artist whose practice encompasses drawing, painting, performance and curatorial projects informed by the lineage of feminist and queer art and activist practices. She has been working on Gadigal land in Sydney since the early 2000s, and has broad experience across government arts policy, curation, and an artistic practice both solo and within collectives. Kelly is an alumnus of the Australia Council Arts Leaders Program (2016) and a founding member of artist collective Barbara Cleveland. She is currently a resident of the NSW Creative Industry Residency Program at the Powerhouse Museum. Image: Katherine Griffifths

July Session: 28 July 2022, 1PM – 3PM
Facilitated by Jade Lillie: Community

Jade Lillie is known for her work as a cultural leader, executive, facilitator and specialist in community engagement. A history of excellent work in collaboration with artists and communities has led to Jade’s leadership in the field, continually shaping and articulating what contemporary models of creative and cultural development can be.  She has been recognised for her thought leadership in receiving the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2018 – 19 following her role as Director and CEO, Footscray Community Arts Centre (2012 – 2017).  Her most recent role was with the Australia Council for the Arts as Head of Industry Development (2020 – 2022).

August Session: 25 August 2022, 1PM – 3PM
Facilitated by Erin Milne: Establishing your Community of Practice.

September Session: 29 September 2022, 1PM – 3PM
Facilitated by Ben Starick: Marketing Your Work.

October Session: 27 October 2022, 1PM – 3PM
Facilitated by Emily O’Brien: Risk, Safety & Production.

November Session: 24 November 2022, 1PM – 3PM
Guest practitioner TBC.

Past facilitators of Professional Development include David Cross & Cameron Bishop of Public Art Commission, Vuth Lyno, Naomi Velaphi, Erin Milne and Fiona Lee. Learn more

Image: Patrick Callow