How should students in the creative industries prepare for their careers? What is the actual work of an artist? Can artists thrive their skills and professionals in other fields? RMIT Creator program is launched in a period of uncertainty just after the pandemic to foster connections between RMIT students, alumni and the creative sector, and to provide a glimpse of light for creative talent to see a way forward.
The project consists of three parts. Part 1 GET SET, GO highlights keynote sharings given by professional creative experts and cross-sector creative pioneers. Part 2, THE BEACON, pairs up RMIT alumni from the creative industry with current students to offer a 30-min advisory conversation. Part 3, FIND AN RMIT CREATOR, is a database of RMIT alumni in the creative sector, to enhance RMIT's professional community and encourage partnerships and collaboration opportunities.
Producer: Katherine Lee
Video moderator and editor: Rosina Yuan
GET SET, GO
>> Keynote sharings by experienced creative experts and cross-sector creative pioneers
Focus on the right thing:
Sustainable art career
Release on 22 November 2021 (Mon)
Amanda van Gils | Award-winning artist, founder at The Artists Business Lounge
Since 2000, Amanda has exhibited in numerous exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. Her work has been selected for national art prizes including; the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Mosman Art Prize, Fleurieu Art Prize and others. Her work has been included in publications such as Vogue Living, Queensland’s Sunday Mail, Art/Edit magazine, and has been acquired for Greenslopes Private Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital, Monash University, and various private collections in Australia and overseas. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Monash University and a Post Graduate in Visual Art from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).
In 2008 Amanda established an 'artists supporting artists' online forum and from that membership, curated two large scale exhibitions - 38 artists and 55 artists respectively. In 2015 Amanda founded the online art gallery ART500 representing over 20 Australian Contemporary artists, which ran until late 2021. Amanda had a dual career for many years and in 2020 using her extensive art and corporate business experience. Amanda launched the coaching business 'The Artists Business Lounge' to support visual artists to further their careers.
Uncertainty and wellbeing
Release on 23 November 2021 (Tue)
Trisnasari Fraser | Registered Psychologist, co-director of Underbelly Dance Studios
Trisnasari is a Registered Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA), a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a Community Psychology Registrar. Her research areas of interest are psychology of music, mental health in the entertainment industry, the experience of first and second generation Australian artists and social cohesion and community resilience through intercultural music and dance engagement. Before operating a performing arts studio and agency for close to a decade, Trisnasari worked as an analyst and change management consultant for five years, first at a boutique consulting company, then Deloitte. As co-director of Underbelly Dance Studios, She developed and implemented successful business strategy, managed staff and contractors, produced events and performed and delivered workshops throughout Australia and abroad. Trisnasari blogs and has a podcast at iamreadypsychology.com.
Build your creative entreprise
Release on 24 November 2021 (Wed)
Monica Davidson | Founder of Creative Plus Business
Monica Davidson is the founder of Creative Plus Business and an award-winning expert on creative industries. Beginning her professional life as a filmmaker and writer and after informally helping other creatives for twenty years, she ratified her experience by completing a Masters Degree in Screen Arts and Business. In 2013 Monica was named Australia’s first Creative Industries Business Advisor, consulting to the NSW Small Business Commissioner. Monica started Creative Plus Business the following year and since its inception, Creative Plus Business has helped thousands of individuals develop all aspects of their creative businesses. Monica was named as one of AFR 100 Women of Influence and in 2019 she received the inaugural Creative Trailblazer Award from CEA at QUT.
Solving real problems: Science and Art
Release on 25 November 2021 (Thu)
Tilly Boleyn | Head of Curatorial at Science Gallery Melbourne
Tilly is a massive nerd who is curious about the world and everything in it. She has a background in museums, galleries, education, festivals, broadcasting and research. Originally a microbiologist, Tilly ran from the lab into the arms of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where she quickly discovered a natural talent as a science gossip – meaning she is better at talking about other people’s science rather than doing her own.
She has curated exhibitions on health, medicine, experimentation, the moon, play, the voice, engineering, waste, sustainability and is now working towards the opening show at Science Gallery Melbourne, MENTAL, and beyond. Tilly is currently delighted by blurring the boundaries between science, art, design, technology, maths, engineering, large-scale-batteries-powered-by-human-urine and doing things she's told aren't allowed.
Crossing the boundaries:
Art and Tech
Release on 26 November 2021 (Fri)
Melissa Delaney | Chief Executive Officer at ANAT
Melissa's work dwells in the intersections of education and government, recreation, wellness, creative industries, technology and science in work she sees as social sculpture. Currently the Chief Executive Officer with the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT), a not-for-profit national organisation that for over 30 years, through open innovation, her work involves projects with artists working with science and technology partners.
As a creative executive and drawing from a depth of experience, Melissa uses whatever medium suits at the time. This includes directing organisations, policy and strategy, programs and events, possible futures, expanded networks and making spaces for herself and others to connect and be creative, active and social. As part of her creative practice, Melissa is a co-director of the sociocreative trust.
Melissa is a Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Fellowship recipient as part of the Asialink Leaders Program, 2021 and is peer assessor with the Australia Council for the Arts.
With post graduate qualifications in visual art and arts management, currently Melissa is undertaking a Master in Creative Industries through the University of Newcastle in NSW, Australia. Her recent practice is centred around creating systems of care and looking at networks, resources and influences through the (arc)hive. Melissa is certified in mindfulness meditation teaching and holds a graduate degree in Wellness (Health Science) through RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia).
>>Develop your network, grasp industry insights, and get professional advice now
Pair with RMIT alumni from the creative industry, and have a 30 minutes advisory chat!
Time: anytime between 29 Nov (Mon) to 13 Dec (Mon)*
Mode: in person or online*
*Upon agreement between the mentor and mentees.
*For age 18 above, RMIT current students only.
Express your interest by 3 Dec 2021 (Fri).
With limited spaces of 20 this round, preference will be given to students who could attend an online evaluation interview afterwards. (We don't yet know if there will be another round, so register now!)
For non-RMIT current student, go to FIND AN RMIT CREATOR for further collaborating opportunities!