Financial Literacy and Money Basics for Creatives

Join us for two free interactive workshops tailored specifically to creative freelancers, established practitioners and emerging arts organisations!  

Money is not a dirty word

Friday 23 October 1-3pm

Shellharbour Civic Centre or live stream

Topics include

  • The Famine and the Feast – weathering the ups and downs of creative income;
  • Making financial decisions more easily;
  • An introduction to working out what to charge;
  • The basics of budgets and cashflow projection;
  • More resources and places to go for help.

What’s it worth?

Saturday 24 October 1-3pm

Shellharbour Civic Centre or live stream

Topics include

  • Understanding budgets, including the value of time;
  • The psychology of pricing;
  • Where cost and price overlap and intersect;
  • Understanding the marketplace (and market research);
  • Creating loss leaders and more.

Presented by Creative + Business


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Arts Funding – September 2020

Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2020/21 open for applications

Create NSW is calling for applications from NSW individual artists, arts and cultural workers, and organisations for Round 1 of Create NSW’s 2020/2021 Arts and Cultural Funding Program, for Annual Organisation, Project and Creative Koori Project categories.

Applications close Wednesday 23 September 2020. Visit the Create NSW website to get more information and to apply.


What’s new
In response to feedback, Create NSW has revised the guidelines and application forms to make it easier to navigate with three sets of guidelines – NSW Individuals, Arts & Cultural Organisations, and Creative Koori.  

Make sure to visit for all the details. 

What support is available to me?
Create NSW have a range of resources to assist you with your funding application.
Contact a staff member if you need any advice between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday AEST.

$20M in Federal Grants up for grabs

1st round closes 13 September 2020

The Australian Government have just opened applications for $20 million for businesses and venues who want to host live music.

Called Live Music Australia the first round of funding for the first $2.5 million closes 13 September with other rounds to follow.

American Express Music Backers Fund

The $1 Million American Express Music Backers Fund is here to help Australian music business, artists and fans to keep the music playing – in whatever way possible. Whether you’re making it, mixing it, marketing it or just enjoying the tunes and moving to it, there is something for you.

Applications must be submitted by completing an online Grant application form at

Translation Fund for Literature – $5,000

International publishers may apply for a contribution towards the translation of Australian works of creative writing such as fiction, poetry, writing for children and young people, graphic novels, and narrative non-fiction (defined as autobiography, biography, essays, histories, literary criticism or analytical prose). 
Applications close: Tuesday 24 November (3pm AEST)
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Cherish II – $5,000 – $50,000

The Cherish II Fund is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption experienced by the First Nations arts and cultural sector and community.
Applications close:  6 October 2020
Read More

First Nations Contemporary Music Program

To provide grants to the First Nations Music Industry aimed at increasing development opportunities for musicians and bands.  
Applications close: 6 October 2020
Read More

Australia Council for the Arts 2020 Career Development Grants for Individuals & Groups

If you are an individual artist, arts worker or group of artists, an Australia Council for the Arts Career Development Grant can provide support to further develop your skills or improve your capacity to build an enduring career in the arts. Career Development grants are available from $5,000 to $25,000.

These grants can support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.
Applications close: 6 October 2020
More information and application

Strategic Opportunities Program

The Strategic Opportunities Program supports individual initiatives and events that demonstrate long-term benefits to the NSW screen industry. Please note that Create NSW will not support conferences, panel discussions or similar events which have all male panel members. 
Closing date: Ongoing
Apply online –

Regional Filming Fund

The Regional Filming Fund (RFF) offsets costs associated with shooting in regional areas of NSW. Regional NSW is defined as all areas in NSW outside the Sydney Metro area (excluding the ACT). View the map of the NSW local government areas and the Sydney Metro area. Applicants may request up to 35% of the budgeted NSW Regional Spend. Support is provided as a grant. The maximum grant per production is $100,000.
Applications can be submitted at any time – more information is available here –

Screen Australia Funding opportunities

Screen Australia offers funding and resources to support the development, production and marketing of Australian screen content, as well as for the development of Australian talent and screen production businesses. Project funding is generally provided to professional practitioners with some level of industry experience, depending on the program.
More information about other programs here

Performers’ Trust Foundation

Established in 1975, the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts. The grants provided are non-recurring (i.e. one-off grants rather than a periodical payment) and are determined by the four trustees of the trust. Applications can be submitted at any time
More information available here

Kiama Community Radio (KCR)

Kiama Community Radio is a brand new digital radio station for the Kiama local government area that aims to reconnect the community at a time when many are feeling disconnected.
As the area is so well known for its vibrant arts scene, KCR focuses on giving local artists a new platform to connect with their audiences; businesses an alternative way to connect with customers; and community groups a platform to talk about what they’re doing.

The show is available to download each week via the website, Spotify and Google Podcasts.
There are a number of ways that members of the local community can get involved, from sending in stories, kids’ jokes and local happenings to suggesting a local artist, business or community group to be featured.
As a not-for-profit organisation, KCR is always on the look out for volunteers, whether it’s for a couple of hours a month, as a regular broadcaster or just to help out at one-off events.
Volunteers come from all walks of life with a wide diversity of skills from programmers to broadcasters, administrators, marketing specialists and fundraisers. No formal experience is required and necessary training is provided.
To find out more about KCR, how to submit a story or become a volunteer visit, @kiamacommunityradio on Facebook or email

Eagles and Roses Workshop

An eagle flying to its aerie
A rose growing out of a crack in the concrete
A workshop to create imagery that uplifts in a dark time
An exhibition to send a First Nations person to art school

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November 2020
9.00am to 4.00pm at The Tempest Gallery/Studio, 21 Holden Avenue, Kiama

  • You will learn and develop skills in creating handcoloured, and chine collé  collagraphs .
  • You will produce up to 4 A4 sized prints and a small tester.
  • You will be able to be part of an exhibition to raise money to send a first nations person to art school .
  • You will be COVID safe in physical distancing etc.

Machteld Hali: M. Art COFA. Practising and Exhibiting Printmaker.

Cost $330 for the 2 day workshop.
All materials, vegetarian gourmet catering included.

For more information and application please contact me at 042242943 or

Kiama Old Fire Station Exhibitions

Exhibtions at the Old Fire Station run from Friday to Wednesdays and are generally open between 10am and 4pm each day (some times may vary).


24 to 30 September
A collection of acrylic paintings that celebrate our spectacular local coastline, beaches and rock pools. This exhibition will give the viewer the sense of being immersed in the oceans healing beauty.
Artist, Heather Philpott


1 to 7 October
An exhibition by multi-award winning pastellist, Jane Wray. She is an exhibiting member of the Royal Art Society and the Pastel Society of Australia. All exhibition pieces are soft pastel 2D works on paper in a contemporary realistic style. The subjects are quite diverse and include landscape, seascape and still life.

The Three Palettes of Kiama

8 to 21 OctoberThree well know, highly awarded Kiama Artists, each of whom each see the beauty of their local area in a very individual, unique and creative manner. All three artists enjoy demonstrating too, and immersing in the expereince of meeting with visitors that call in to their exhibition at the Old Fire Station, Kiama.
Artists, Ken and Leah Tucker and Helen Pain

Uta Ceramics

22 – 28 October
Tableware and other pratical and decorative pottery items – perfect for your home or as a beautiful gift. Locally handcrafted in my Uta’s ceramics studio.
Artist, Uta Hasenkrug-Cannon

COVID-19 Creative Economy Support Package

This package addresses urgent needs within the arts and cultural sector and comprises of two main funding streams:
Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund
Objective: To provide capital to help production and event businesses to put on new festivals, concerts, tours and events as social distancing restrictions ease.
Opens: 31 August 2020
Closes: 13 September 2020
Amount: $75,000 – $2,000,000
For further information read the grant guidelines.
COVID-19 Arts Sustainable Fund
Objective: To provide ‘last resort’ funding assistance to significant Australian Government-funded arts organisations that are assessed to be at imminent risk of insolvency as a direct result of COVID-19.
Opens: 31 August 2020
Closes: 31 May 2021
Amount: $100,000 and $5,000,000
For further information read the grant guidelines.
There are also grant opportunities available through other funding streams:
Live Music Australia –  Australian Music Industry Package
Objective: To bring more live music to Australian communities and will fund applications that support quality original Australian live music that is professionally staged, with a focus on small to medium venues.
Closes: September 13
Amount: Maximum $100,000
For further information visit the website.
Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups – Australia Council
Objective: To fund a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences.
Closes: 13 September 2020
Amount: $10,000 to $50,000
For further information visit the website.
Arts Projects – Organisations – Australia Council
Objective: To fund a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences.
Closes: 1 September 2020
Amount: $20,000 – $100,000
For further information visit the website.
Fellowships – Australia Council
Objective: To support outstanding, established artists’ or arts professionals’ creative activity and professional development for a period of up to two years.
Closes: 1 September 2020
Amount: $80,000
For further information visit the website.
Further support and loans are available through the COVID-19 Creative Economy Support Package, which can be found on the website.

The Australia Council also has a range of other support and information about external grant opportunities on the website.

Artlands Conversation Series

Regional Arts Australia are excited to release the details of our Artlands Conversation Series—a curated program of critical conversations that reflect and respond to emerging trends in regional practice, providing a narrative of art as social change and the articulation of cultural identity.

The program will be contemporary, relevant and is increasingly necessary. Presented on a digital platform we hope to diversify our audience engagement through greater accessibility, continuity and connection across the many cultural landscapes of regional Australia.

Artlands has been a strategic regional art gathering for two decades. The Artlands Conversation Series heralds a new long-term approach to the delivery of this critical national event to carry a trajectory between conferences and across conversations.

Over the course of a year the Conversations Series will be held on Wednesdays approximately every six weeks:

Youth 4 Mental Health Mural Design Workshops

Design workshops @ Werri Beach Progress Hall

  • Workshop 1: Tuesday 24 August 2020, 3pm-6pm
  • Workshop 2: Wednesday 25 August 2020, 3pm-6pm

Want to work with local artist Sam Hall to design a mural with a positive mental health message? If yes, then register for a workshop and join us on Saturday 29 August to create the mural.

**Spaces are limited, however you can register for both workshops.

For more information contact SENTRAL on 02 4232 1276.

FREE WEBINAR: Tax for Artists, Creatives & Freelancers in COVID-19

Free COVID-19 tax webinar presented by Arts industry accountant and artist, Peter Bayliss from boutique accounting agency Into Tomorrow.

Tuesday August 25 2020, 12.00 noon

This free 90-minute webinar will cover topics that will help you to navigate current tax and COVID-19 impacts on your business as well as helping to build a more robust business in the process.

The training will cover:

  • COVID-19 specifics relating to JobKeeper, JobSeeker, cashflow boost and business structures
  • Record keeping
  • GST & PAYG
  • Hobby vs business operator – which one are you and what you should be?
  • Tax incentives for arts and small business
  • Taxable income
  • Deductions – typical deductions and how to maximise them

About Peter Bayliss:

Peter has been involved in the Australian arts industry for over 20 years in a number of roles including artist management, booking and promotion while also developing his skills in accounting/business through his work across private enterprise, community and arts organisations and government (including artsACT).

He has also held board positions with national organisations including Music Managers Forum Australia (MMF), Radio 2XX, Ausdance National, Australian Association of Social Workers & MusicACT. Currently Peter is Treasurer for the ACT Screen Industry Association.

To register, click on the link below:

Belinda Aucott: Herbarium

Unearthing Beauty At The Table

Australian illustrator Belinda Aucott invites wine, food and flowers lovers to enjoy sketches from her Autumn & Winter table.

Belinda’s show was so well received that we have asked her back for more! The show is already selling super well – download the catalogue via the button below and contact for any sales enquiries or for a weekday viewing.

Drawn from a sparkling range of aperitifs and digestifs collected on her blog Champagne Republic, and from the vases amassed on her table during lock down – Work Life Berry presents colourful new work by Belinda Aucott.

Illustrations, paintings and works on board includes images of oysters and urchins. There are also impressionistic depictions of gin, Campari and Amaro created in pastel, ink and acrylic.

Floral works include arrangements of delphiniums, orchids and wild poppies. 

“Winter is such an interesting time to be at home drawing fresh cut flowers. You bring them inside to give yourself a piece of their untamed wild nature and then you accidentally kill them with the radiated heat of your living room,” reflects Belinda. 

“A perfect metaphor for relationships, that start wild and get contaminated by every day arrangements.”

“Champagne Republic as a whole, is a project that charts the months and measures them in bottles tasted, glasses sipped and memories consumed. It is about my personal effort to take time to smell the roses and to really appreciated every single drop of life. I hope others will enjoy these images that remind me of happy times spent with friends,”

Works Spaces Available

1 Office Suite Available

WorkLife Kiama currently has one 2-person Office Suite available.

In this post-COVID climate, there is no doubt that the hot-money is on flexible, low-risk rental and dedicated spaces. 

With the other 3 office suites locked up in long term membership agreements, if you have been considering upgrading or downsizing – now is the time to jump! This opportunity won’t last long. 

Your own office for $350 p/w all inclusive.


2 Hubs Available

WorkLife Kiama currently has 2 Hubs available – each able to sit 2 people.

Not quite as private as your own office- but with your own walls, desk, storage and surrounded with greenery- these are perfect for programmers wanting to spread out with their gear, creatives wanting to personalise their space or for those who prefer to knuckle down in their own work-bubble with a few less distractions. 

HUBS ARE $250 p/w all inclusive.


‘LUMINOUS’ an exhibition by Peter Solness

August 6 – September 2020
Since 2006 Peter Solness has worked exclusively as a photographic light painter, a method of photography that requires working in complete darkness, setting long camera shutter exposures, then ‘drawing’ surreally beautiful images using small hand-held torches.
Peter is regarded as a pioneer in this genre, winning multiple awards, (including the NSW Parliamentary Landscape Photography Prize twice) being collected by public institutions and applauded by peers and critics alike. Peter has taught the techniques of light painting to thousands of students at national art and photography festivals, schools and tertiary institutions. He has also completed a number of artist residencies around the country including a one-month residency in the historic artist town of Hill End in 2016.
This exhibition showcases the defining images of this art practice and features landscape, portrait, heritage and still life studies. This is a unique opportunity to witness the inspirational work of an acclaimed and much loved Australian photographer.
Peter will also be holding a free artist talk during the exhibition on Saturday 19 September at 2pm
Open Times:

  • Thursday 5 – 9PM
  • Friday and Saturday 12 – 3 and 5 – 10PM
  • Sunday 12 – 6PM

Contact: Peter Solness
Phone: 0413 304 889

Arts Spaces for Hire

The Joyce Wheatley Community Centre located in Hindmarsh Park now has additional arts spaces
available for hire. Spaces available include:

  • Artist Studio – up to 2 people
  • Workshop Room – up to 5 people
  • Tutoring Room – up to 3 people
  • Auditorium – up to 30 people

All the spaces are available at not for profit and artist rates.

Artist Studio
3m x 3m studio space is available for twelve (12) week lease arrangement.
The studio includes:

  • private, lockable, carpetted room
  • skylight
  • air conditioning
  • desk and chair/s
  • shelving
  • communal kitchen
  • fully accessible

Cost: $720 for twelve (12) week lease

Expressions of Interest close midnight Sunday 20 September 2020

Please ensure you open the EOI form as a PDF and download and save to your computer before completing. Please note Apple computers can have issues with data saving on forwarding via email.

Workshop Room
Available for hire, space for up to 5 people as per COVID regulations
This space includes:

  • internal and external access
  • carpetted room
  • air conditioning
  • tables and chairs
  • TV with cabling to link to a laptop
  • communal kitchen
  • fully accessible

Cost: $10.00 per hour (artist rate)

Tutoring Room
Available for hire, space for up to 3 people as per COVID regulations.
Ideal for tutors teaching one on one.

This space includes:

  • carpetted room
  • air conditioning
  • table and chairs
  • communal kitchen
  • fully accessible

Cost: Talk with us about your needs

Available for hire, space for up to 30 people as per COVID regulations.
This space includes:

  • air conditioning
  • tables and chairs
  • projector screen
  • communal kitchen
  • fully accessible

Cost: $20.00 per hour (artist rate)

For more information contact Kiama Council’s Community and Cultural Development Officer on 4232 0444 or email

Artxtra Workshops

Adult weekend art retreats on Berry Mountain and unique kids holiday programs in Berry, teaching art skills in a fun way allowing them to explore, discover and create amazing artworks.

Upcoming workshops:

  • 31 Oct to 1 November – Roger Crawford
  • 16, 17, 18 October – Idris Murphy, Landscape painting
  • 7 and 6 November – Yvone Langshaw – Drawn to paint
  • 14 and 15 November – Tony Belobrajdic, Watercolour – capturing light
  • 12, 13, 14 March 2021 – John Wilson – Creative landscaping painting

Notice of Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association 2020 AGM

While COVID-19 Pandemic has put the Associations activities into hibernation for the last 6-months – except for the board who have held a number of meetings to keep the organisation idling along. The time has now come to run the 2020 AGM, which is planned for the 1st of September 2020

As per the Constitution, the Board will be standing down and nominations are being asked for the following positions

  • Public Officer.- (Chairperson)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer.
  • Board Member (4)

The current Public Officer, Vice Public Officer and Secretary do not intend to nominate for re-election.

Would you like to become a board member?

To nominate as a board member you need:

  1. To make your nomination by completing this simple form by July 31. LINK
  2. To be a current member of KJCMA*

Please nominate for a position if you feel you are interested in furthering the aims of the organisation.

Without sufficient members on the Board the Association will no longer be able to fulfil its purpose.

*We will let you know if you are not currently financial and will contact you if required.

Nominate Here

How will the voting work?

The AGM will be held via Zoom on 1st September at 7:00pm. (Separate notice)

Voting will be open for members of KJCMA who are currently financial and be completed prior to the meeting. We will issue another communication similar to this outlining the background and aspirations of the nominees and the positions for which they have nominated.

Voting will be electronic or postal when requested.

Reflections on KJCMA

Looking Forwards….   Looking Back…..

The Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association grew out of an initiative of the Kiama Jamberoo Uniting Church trying to find new ways to connect with and serve the local communities. As a small group researched how that might happen, one thing kept coming up – many people in this area love music and want to be involved in musical activities – after all the Illawarra Folk Festival began right here in Jamberoo.

Anna Ambrose, who had been involved in similar projects in the Southern Highlands, began the process by applying for funding to set up the Association. Over the last couple of years a number of different groups have formed and moved and morphed as various events were planned and interests developed.

Covid-19 impacted all our lives and all Music Association activities were suspended in mid March.

As things are moving forward, the question now is what happens with the Music Association? Are the pre Covid groups keen to begin to meet again? What structures would need to be in place for that to happen? It is a logical time to look at what has happened so far and consider what direction the association might take into the future. We are entering a new financial year and it is still unclear when activities will be able to recommence. We only have to look at the the recent outbreak in Victoria to see how quickly things can change! At this point we need a new Public Officer and several other new committee members for the Association to be viable.

The original drivers for the formation of the Association are still present and current. These are the opportunities for community combined with the passion for music.

This Association has organised a number of enjoyable events and ensembles. It would be great for them to continue on into the future. Website

If you have a vision for these kinds of activities, please nominate for any of the positions. Continuing the current format is not essential.

If you would like to discuss possibilities, contact Greg on 0409 047 123


If we do not receive sufficient interest to form a new Board then the current board will wind down KJCMA operations, including:

  • Deregistering
  • Finalising accounts
  • Distributing remaining funds.
  • Removing web presence.

Let’s hope this does not have occur

South Coast Ceramics

South Coast Ceramics has emerged from three independent South Coast Ceramic Artists collaborating to create a central website that allows customers to choose options for classes, studio access and handmade ceramics according to their individual needs. 

They say the universe is a perfect place and in our case it was.

Almost 3 years ago, Zeynep @gerroapotterystudio set up her home studio in Gerroa and was attending the Gerringong Markets regularly to sell her work. At the beginning of 2018, Donna @crooked_river_pottery met Zeynep at the markets and told her story about not having touched clay for over 20 years. Zeynep encouraged Donna to come and create in her studio, use the facilities and just enjoy pottery again.

Fran @kiamaceramicartstudio too, had recently moved into the area and happened upon the studio to come and continue working with clay whilst she got settled. Late in 2018, when Zeynep needed major ankle surgery, both Donna and Fran agreed to keep her studio operational while she recovered.

Then as Zeynep’s ankle improved, Donna and Fran started on their own ventures to open their own studios. The beginning of 2020, saw their dream and vision to open their own independent studios come to fruition . All three of us have enjoyed working together for almost 18 months so we thought of a way to keep collaborating.

After all, isn’t that what it’s all about, women supporting women? ‘There’s enough room for all of us’ is what Zeynep’s been saying every time someone asks about competition. We just know this is the beginning of something great for the South Coast!

KIAMA, Kiama Ceramic Art Studio, Frances Smith  


GERROA, Gerroa Pottery Studio, Zeynep Testoni 


NORTH NOWRA, Crooked River Pottery, Donna Weatherby