Words in Winter Central Goldfields Change & Chance – Maryborough Dunolly Carisbrook Avoca 2018



Words in Winter 2018 Programme “Change and Chance”

Maryborough, Dunolly, Carisbrook, Avoca Sat 4th – Sat 25th August

Sat 4th – Sat 25th August 2018 – Oceanarium Installation & It Takes a Child to Grow a Village Exhibition – Central Goldfields Art Gallery

Dive into the undersea world created by Karen Richards and Sue Ferrari, of mysterious sea creatures from the southwest coast of Victoria. Wearing a special head torch, visitors can roam this deep sea underworld created in machine embroidered and knitted forms. Gallery installation partners with Central Goldfields Library. Funded by Regional Centre for Culture 2018, see the tiny ceramic villages created under the direction of regional artist Ann Ferguson, by the small hands of kindergarten children, which visitors can arrange into stories of community and cultural possibilities for young families in the region. (Runs until 2nd September 2018)

Date: Sat 4th Venue: Central Goldfields Art Gallery Neill Street Maryborough Enquiries Kay Parkin 03 5460 4588 Time: Thurs – Sun 10-4pm Cost: Free/Gold Coin Donation

Sat 4th – Sat 25th August 2018 – Local Artists’ Exhibition – Possum Gully Fine Arts Gallery

Enjoy this gallery curated art exhibition showcasing local artists’ work using diverse media. In a sculpture garden setting, this is a beautiful bush creative space, featuring a range of bonsai trees and a nursery. Patricia Walsh is a well known exhibiting artist and teacher, with works of her own on show, she can advise on collecting Australian art. Local artists include Vida Pearson, Vija Harris, Dean Bowen, and Juliana Hilton.

Date: Sat 4th – Sat 25th August Venue: Possum Gallery Fine Arts Gallery 428 Possum Gully Road Adelaide Lead 3465 Directions – Travel 4 km from Maryborough towards Avoca on Pyrenees Hwy, left at Possum Gallery sign, follow bitumen 4.5km Enquiries Patricia Walsh 03 5461 1775 Time: 11am – 5pm weekends and public holidays or by arrangement Cost: Free, group bookings catered for

Sat 4th August 2018 – Clever Towns Crossword Challenge – Maryborough Regional Library

Help Maryborough compete with other Goldfields towns to solve general knowledge crossword in a group setting. Join us at Maryborough Library and solve one clue or more, using only reference books. Great fun with words, a favourite of our many crossword lovers in the region. Sponsored by Snodger Media.

Date: Sat 4th August Venue: Maryborough Library 91 Nolan Street Maryborough Enquiries Maree Stephenson 03 5461 1950 Time: 10 am – 12pm Cost: Free

Sat 4th August 2018 – Every Collector Has a Story – Hosted by Susan Day at Thrifty on Broadway Dunolly

Thrifty on Broadway wants to hear how you found that special retro item by chance. Every collector has a story about their favourite find. Did you walk into a vintage store and discover that one thing that changed your life in some way? Bring your item along and share its story with us. Register your interest via contact details below.

Date: Sat 4th August Venue: Thrifty on Broadway 84 Broadway Dunolly Susan Day 0421 582 067 Time: 12 – 2pm Cost: free

Sat 4th August 2018 – Stories of Love – Romance Authors Talk – Nicole Hurley-Moore and Stacey McCoy – Dunolly Arts Hub

An intimate conversation between two regional romance authors Nicole Hurley-Moore and Stacey McCoy who discuss their books and writing experiences, followed by audience question time. See “Many Faces of Love” Exhibition handmade by arts community members, Sweet Delights designer heart themed high tea, homemade fruit punch included in ticket price. Taltarni bubbles and wine by the glass available at bar prices. A special event on the theme of Change and Chance relating to stories of love.

Date: Sat 4th August Venue: Dunolly Arts Hub Alice and Thompson Street Dunolly Bookings required-limited tickets Lynda Vater 0418 875 453 Time: 2pm Cost: $20 includes afternoon tea Taltarni champagne and wine available by the glass at bar prices

Sun 5th August 2018 – When Frankie Met Ava – Mark Hudson & Jude Russell – Storm in a Coffee Cup

In story and song, follow the stormy relationship between Hollywood actors Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, as interpreted by Mark Hudson on vocals and Jude Russell on keyboards.  Enjoy a free tea or coffee included in ticket price for this quality booking only event.  Storm in a Coffee Cup caters to organic tastes, choose delicious meals from the menu and sweet treats in funky cafe style.  

Date: Sun 5th August Venue: Storm in a Coffee Cup 111 Nolan Street Maryborough Bookings Nadia 0490 837 223 Time: 12 pm Lunch menu available, free tea or coffee included Cost: $10 

Mon 6th – Fri 24th August 2018 – Quote with Coffee – Storm in a Coffee Cup

Every day during Words in Winter get a quote with your coffee and be inspired by the best writers and their words of wisdom to live by.

Date: 6th – 24th August Venue: Storm in a Coffee Cup 111 Nolan Street Maryborough 0490 837 223 Time: 8am – 4.30pm Mon – Fri Cost: Free with coffee purchase.

Mon 6th – Fri 24th August 2018 – Wonderland Pop Up Book Store – Storm in a Coffee Cup

Experience Melissa Morrison’s Wonderland Bookstore from Clunes in Maryborough with a Words in Winter Festival Pop-Up at Storm in a Coffee Cup. Browse books in many categories for adults and children while enjoying a coffee and light meal from this organic style cafe. Many second hand titles available, including popular fiction, gardening, cookery and more.

Date: Mon 6th – Fri 24th August Venue: Wonderland Books Pop Up Shop – Storm in a Coffee Cup 111 Nolan Street Maryborough Melissa Morrison Facebook@WonderlandBooks.au

Instagram@wonderlandbooks_ melissa-morrison.wixsite.com/WonderlandBooks.au Time: 8am – 4.30pm Mon – Fri Cost: Books at marked prices

Tues 7th August 2018 – Val Dwyer “From Edinburgh to Maryborough” – Lions Book Store Maryborough

Hear Val Dwyer speak about her self published book “From Edinburgh to Maryborough”, with her own personal experiences of migrating to Maryborough from Scotland.

Date: Tues 7th August Venue: Lions Club Book Store 124 High Street Maryborough Bookings Val Dwyer 0439 738 498 Time: 1.30pm Cost: gold coin donation, refreshments provided, limited seating

Tues 7th August 2018 – Silent Reading Party – Maryborough Regional Library

Join in the Silent Reading Party craze for the second year at Maryborough Library, an evening of reading material of your own choosing in quiet space with the option for discussion afterwards over refreshments.

Date: Tues 7th August Venue: Maryborough Library 91 Nolan Street Maryborough Enquiries Bec Clark/Maree Stephenson 03 5461 1950 Time: 6-7.30pm Cost: Free

Wed 8th August 2018 – “Finding Eliza” Heather Roche Author Talk – Maryborough Regional Library

Talk and book signing by Maryborough born author Heather Roche, now living in Ballarat, who has used 1920’s era regional Victorian Goldfields locations and parts of inner Melbourne for her novel “Finding Eliza”. This is an intriguing story of a man’s search for his true self, there will be copies of the book available for purchase and author signing.

Date: Wed 8th August Venue: Maryborough Library 91 Nolan Street Maryborough Enquiries Bec Clark 03 5461 1950 Time: 3.30 – 4.20pm Cost: Free

Sat 11th August 2018 – Mystery Music, Words and History Tour – Hosted by Adrian Masterman-Smith and Lowen Clarke

Be led by local hosts from the arts community, Adrian Masterman-Smith and Lowen Clarke, along a mystery tour with musical and word accompaniment through great sites of historical interest in the Central Goldfields Shire and surrounds. Enjoy local food and wine with a gourmet lunch, taking in history and culture in an arts based context. Bookings essential.

Date: Sat 11th August Venue: Meet at specified place for mystery locations as group – Details and Bookings Adrian Masterman-Smith 0433 111 068 Time: 11.30am Cost: phone Adrian for details, includes lunch

Sun 12th August 2018 – Poems of Edgar Lee Masters – Talk by Maurice Nestor – Buckley’s of Dunolly

Warming winter fireside talk by American literature specialist Maurice Nestor, on the poems of Edgar Lee Masters, whose 1915 Spoon River anthology is a famed classic, set to musical accompaniment. Enjoy champagne on arrival, tea and cake at interval, included in ticket price.

Date: Sun 12th August Venue: Buckley’s of Dunolly 1787 Maryborough-Dunolly Road Dunolly bookings advised – limited seating Melba Lounge Rachel Buckley 03 5468 1858 Time: 2pm Cost: $15 includes champagne on entry, tea and cake at interval

Thurs 16th August 2018 – Film Themed “Chocolat” Literary Luncheon – Hosted by Alison Teese and Esther Waters Maryborough Education Centre  UPDATEEvent Postponed Until 2019ApologiesFor enquiries please contact event organizers, thank you

Rotarians Alison Teese and Esther Waters invite you to experience the skill of the MEC hospitality students at this stylish literary luncheon on a theme of “Chocolat”. Using the fabulous film/novel as inspiration, dress up in Vianne 1960’s era fashion or evoke your gypsy spirit to engage the senses in a themed buffet feast of food and musical entertainment. And there will definitely be chocolate as sweet treats! Advance bookings available.

Date: Thurs 16th August Venue: Maryborough Education Centre 102-192 Balaclava Road Maryborough Bookings Alison Teese 0418642314 alison.teese@bigpond.com Time: 12pm for 12.30pm start Cost: $25 Advance bookings available

Thurs 16th August – Recycled Book Art and Word Workshop – Dunolly Branch Library – Hosted by Bec Clark

Come to Dunolly Branch Library at St John’s Hall and join in a session of blackout & reconstructed poetry using recycled books. All ages welcome. Create a poetry art piece to take home. All resources supplied.

Date:Thursday16th  August  Venue: Dunolly Library St Johns Hall Barkly Street Dunolly Enquiries: Bec Clark 03 5461 1950 Time: 3pm-4pm Cost: Free

Sat 18th August 2018 – Women of Wit – Justine Sless and Annabel Tellis – Maryborough Butter Factory/Maple Tree House

Melbourne comedian Justine Sless is a long time fest favourite, returning with a woman of wit from Apollo Bay, poet Annabel Tellis, to make you laugh with funny stories and verse. Event is hosted by Adrian Masterman-Smith and Lowen Clarke at pop-up venue Maple Tree House. Catered Tapas by Belinda Fabry included in ticket price, and Taltarni Wines by the glass at bar prices.

Date: Sat 18th August Venue: Maryborough Butter Factory/Maple Tree House Unit 2 167-169 Railway Street Maryborough bookings Adrian 0433 111 068 Time: 6pm Cost: $15 includes Tapas by Belinda Fabry, Taltarni Wines available by the glass at bar prices. This is an advance booking event, limited space

Sunday 19th August 2018 – Romance Writing Morning Tea with Author Stacey McCoy – Avoca Arts Railway Gallery 127

Join successful local author Stacey McCoy as she describes her journey into the world of romance and paranormal romance writing. Enjoy a lovely morning tea and question time with Stacey in the historic surrounds of the restored Avoca Railway Station Arts Complex with cosy wood fire. Taltarni wine and champagne available by the glass at bar prices.

Date: Sun 19th August Venue: Avoca Arts Railway Gallery 127 13-15 York Ave Avoca. Bookings Hugh 0439 462 344  Time: 11:30am Cost: $15 includes morning tea. This is an advance booking event, limited space.

Sun 19th August 2018 – Poetry Promenade – Avoca Arts Railway Gallery 127

Enjoy a parade of poets, story tellers and players as they present an afternoon of great delight while listening to the magic of their word-craft and its impact on our imagination and emotions. Taltarni wines by the glass available at bar prices together with afternoon tea and finger food.

Date: Sun 19th August: Avoca Arts Railway Gallery 127 13-15 York Ave Avoca. Bookings Hugh 0439 462 344 Time: 2:30pm: Cost: $15 includes afternoon tea and finger food. This is an advance booking event, limited space.

Tuesday 21st August 2018 – Story Book Launch “The Polar Bear Family” – Author Imogen Davies – Maryborough Regional Library

Inspired by knitted polar bears gifted to Imogen by her Nana, this five year old created her own story book for children called“The Polar Bear Family”, with assistance from Sienna Cooke. Val Dwyer is proud to dedicate this special launch event in honour of Imogen’s Grandfather Brendan Dwyer and Val’s fondly remembered brother Michael Alexander (Sienna’s Grandfather). Copies of this lovely book will be available for purchase at the launch.

Date:Tuesday21st August  Venue: Maryborough Regional Library 91 Nolan Street Maryborough Bookings and enquires Bec Clark 03 5461 1950 or Val Dwyer 0439 738 498 Time: 4pm Cost: Free

Wed 22nd August 2018 – The B&B Nightmare – Maryborough Writers’ Group – KATESCASTLE Book Emporium

Join Maryborough Writers’ Group members in a celebration of their creation of a collaborative nonsensical novella, “The B&B Nightmare”. Enjoy light refreshments at this afternoon of fun and humour.

Date: Wed 22nd August Venue: KATESCASTLE Book Emporium 194 High Street Maryborough bookings Val Dwyer 0439 738 498 Time: 1.30pm Cost: gold coin donation includes light refreshments

Thurs 23rd August 2018 – Dignity in the Dark – Tilly Aston Presentation by Susan Tully and Edith Rabone

With the help of various aids and tools, experience how people with low or impaired vision view the world. Susan Tully and Edith Rabone will lead an interesting afternoon of interactive learning about Tilly Aston and how she changed the lives of the visually impaired. Enjoy afternoon tea and a chat afterwards. Donations welcome to Tilly Aston Project, part of the Carisbrook History Society.

Date: Thurs 23rd August Venue: Carisbrook Senior Citizens Hall Urquhart Street Carisbrook Text any enquiries to Sue Tully on 0424 113 348 Time: 1.30pm Cost: Free (Donations can be made to Tilly Aston Project)

Thurs 23rd August 2018 – Aviva Live Soiree – Hosted & Curated by Gregg Joseph – Cambrian Hotel Maryborough

Festival favourite returns this year, the popular soiree filled with curated regional talent, from spoken word to blues, soul, rock and jazz. Hosted by composer and musician Gregg Joseph (Words in Winter Musical Director), this is a great night to enjoy the Thursday night Schnitzel menu starting at 6pm over a glass of local wine or brew, then linger for some great entertainment. Refreshments included in ticket. Advance bookings available, limited seating.

Date: Thurs 23rd August Venue: Cambrian Hotel 26 Nolan Street Maryborough Bookings Gregg Joseph 0490 065337 Time: 7.30pm for 8pm start Advance Bookings limited seating Cost: $15 includes refreshments (Arrive early for Schnitzel Night starts 6pm)

Sat 25th August 2018 – Children’s Literature Fun Day – Down the Rabbit Hole – Hosted by Cathy Schwager and Maree Elliott

Join KATESCASTLE Book Emporium’s Cathy Schwager and Goldfields Gymnastics Maree Elliot for a fabulous day of fun based on and inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”. Bring the kids to enjoy games, activities, and themed party food. Enter the competitions for “Best Cat in the Hat ‘Hat’” and “Best Alice in Wonderland Themed Costume”. Enter the colouring competition or Alice related tales writing competition. Great Prizes! Full details available at KATESCASTLE Book Emporium 194 High Street Maryborough or see details below. Note – children must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Sat 25th August Venue: Maryborough Guides Hall 90 Napier Street Maryborough Bookings Cathy Schwager 03 5460 4285 or 0427 090 328 Maree Elliott 0428 983 635 Time: 11am – 2pm Cost: $5 Adult, $5 first child, additional children $2 each, under 2 free, Family of 4 $12 Note: this is an advance booking event, register early, limited numbers

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Programmes available at Maryborough Info Centre, Maryborough Library, Central Goldfields Art Gallery and all venues, online via Time Out Melbourne/Regional Centre for Culture, and select Maryborough under “All Towns” https://wordsinwinter.com/


Welcome to Words in Winter 2018 – Change & Chance – Big Cat Print

Welcome to the 16th year of Words in Winter, themed “Change & Chance”, rolling out with a fabulous winter mood poster design, thank you Big Cat Print


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Advance Booking – Stories of Love – Stacey McCoy & Nicole Hurley-Moore – Dunolly Art Hub – Sat 4th August 2018

Coming up for Dunolly Arts Hub for Words in Winter 2018 – Change and Chance –
 a special author to author intimate talk on a theme of love, advance bookings now, details below.  Don’t miss this one, Saturday 4th August 2pm.
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Stories of Love
August 4th at 2pm
@ Dunolly Arts Hub
An Intimate Conversation
Bestselling Regional Romance Authors
Nicole Hurley-Moore & Stacey McCoy
Set within an Exhibition
‘Many Faces of Love’
‘Sweet Delights’
Afternoon High Tea featuring delicious sweet treats & a romantic N/A punch.
Glasses of Taltarni Champagne may be purchased at the event.
Ticket cost $20 per person includes Afternoon Tea

Bookings – Email lynda.vater@gmail.com

Phone: 0418 875 453
Facebook: Dunolly Arts Hub/ private message or messenger
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From Festival Director’s Desk – Maia Irell – Change and Chance 2018


Great message from Maia Irell Festival Director (Daylesford) on this year’s focus – shiny new website and newsletter sign up here.

“First of all, we acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung, the Traditional Owners of the land on which Words In Winter is held.

This is the 16th annual Words In Winter writers’ festival! This is the third year that Kevin and I have run this festival, and it’s impossible to thank festival creators David and Lorelle Hall enough for bringing the warmth of community and shared experience to the unforgiving, cold month of August in Daylesford. Londoners even swear it’s colder here!

This year, we have combined our experience and talents to curate what we believe is a thoughtful and moving programme, with a theme of “Change and Chance”.

A twist of fate, a happy accident, an uncanny coincidence… how often have our lives and our futures been transformed and transfigured by the invisible hand of fortune? This is what we hope to explore over two weekends days in August. Join us as we warm ourselves around the hearth of electrifying ideas and stimulating conversations.

To help us, we’ve brought together some of the best thinkers, writers, poets and musicians in our region and beyond. You’ll experience intimate personal moments and compelling panel discussions as we tease out what it means to spin the wheel and roll the dice as the pace of innovation and disruption increases around us.

The countdown is on, so get ready for the launch of Words In Winter 2018 and early bird tickets.”

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Words in Winter 2018 – Change & Chance

Huge year themed “Change and Chance” for Words in Winter 2018 with around 20 events to light up winter in Victorian Goldfields.  Watch this space for announcements, programme highlights, and so much more.  With support and engagement from Regional Centre for Culture in the Goldfields Region this year we have great things in store.  Exciting to see a new website created by Daylesford Head Office for their region and all towns, explore it here and here!  Look for WIW2018 and other events shared and hosted from Regional Centre for Culture at Time Out Melbourne here.  It’s going to be a wonderful fest in 2018.

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Words in Winter is a not for profit, community run festival and is grateful for support from Regional Centre for Culture in 2018.

Interview Series – Arts Leaders – Christine Sullivan – Singer

For this new series, Christine Sullivan, accomplished global jazz fusion voice artist, has shared her valuable advice in answering ten questions about the arts and career.  It is an honour to have her as an arts supporter behind the scenes of Words in Winter Central Goldfields, and more will emerge about this soon.  First on the list of many arts leaders giving great advice to those intent on making their mark in the arts, Christine gives a generous and comprehensive content response to ten questions, and we thank her warmly for her time:
1. How important is it to be focused and committed to carving out a career in the arts?
Remembering the importance of the arts for society, and history, will inspire you to keep moving toward your goals. It’s crucial that you understand and value your role as an artist in society. Art can heal, inspire thought, beautify, open discourse, express views, reflect society to itself, play a part in change and growth, of the individual artist, and the observer,or the listener.  The arts are a gift and a part of who we are, and has always been.
2. How do artists cope with criticism and how can they work around it?
Criticism, when constructive, is a necessary part of the artist’s development.  Sometimes the artist agrees, or not, and this experience enhances the growth, and process. There will be times for many reasons the artist’s premise will be challenged, sometimes unkindly. Usually an artist will develop a thick skin, and continue to learn and grow despite setbacks or even obstructive behaviours. Meditation, attending to health, diet, exercise, surrounding oneself with loving supportive people, creative positive people, whose support is unconditional. Staying as positive as you can as a habit works, and getting help if needed, if you don’t feel supported.  Avoid too much isolation. The artistic life can be isolating, and we are not by nature meant to be alone for too long.  Acceptance of the inevitability of life’s struggle, setbacks, and difficulty is wise, and helpful.  All is learning. Avoid buying into social media gossip, and comparing yourself to others, – their success or standards. Forge your own path, and stay as resilient as you can be. If you don’t feel resilient, teach yourself skills, in assertiveness and learn about your human rights.  Stand up for yourself, and your work. You and your work are valuable.
3. It’s so important to be actively looking for opportunities all the time in the arts, what are some of the things artists can do to find them?
Seeing yourself as part of an artistic community helps. You need to be supported and supportive.  There are opportunities and possible collaboration between artists and these contacts can help improve your chances of survival. Join communities, subscribe to music stations, online platforms, safe and positive online support, and promotional avenues. Have a five or ten year plan and stick to it, this way your art/music will be adequately taken care of, and you can avoid being taken advantage of. Artists can’t do it all well alone, – delegate and find trustworthy people to deal with. Trust is important, but you must take risks and prepare to step out of comfort zones and handle the necessity of promotion of your work. If you have another job, this is good, as you can support yourself while also developing a strategy for your artistic life. If you only have artistic skills, and you feel you lack organisational ones, then delegate, – find people who are enthusiastic about your work and offer them a deal benefiting them also. Go to university campuses, technical colleges, arts precincts online and in your area, speak to people, meet them, – if you are shy, find a manager and agency to help you to sell yourself. Shyness is common, many great artists never developed the skill of self promotion, and are timid in business. You can’t be everything, necessarily. Something will suffer and it will probably be your work. Artistic creative work is more demanding than many think. It takes time and requires many hours of solitude, review and rewrite or reworking until final production. So be kind to yourself, accept your differences and weaker areas, and seek help and education through experience or networks.
4.  Do you believe artists should stick to one discipline only or try lots of different ones to grow creatively?
Artists will usually choose their unique path, or be guided into a path of interest by their education and varied circumstances, societies, cultures, or upbringing. Developing as an artist in Australia and smaller populations, allows for a variety of experience, which can help or hinder the artist, depending on the individual view.  Some try many different instruments or mediums, styles as part of the journey. It is an exploratory phase initially, some find a genre will draw them in, or they will be an eclectic artist in their field and take from many disciplines. This seems to be the trend in the arts, seeing folk, classical and jazz music, combinations…fusions…also in the fashion industry. A vocalist and pianist could benefit from knowing each other’s craft and it would show in a more sophisticated performance. Studying music theory practicing an instrument, being open to music in all its forms, can only enhance your contribution. Some may prefer a more purist route and so be it.  All music comes from other music and its history is well worth knowing.  Simply try to be open minded and inquisitive.
5. Can you suggest some advice for artists to create professional routines that help them keep on track between projects, and also during heavy work on busy projects?
There is merit in having a daily routine, a habit of writing daily, even a journal, notebook. Keep a file of your work, past and present.  Consider a daily routine of exercise and meditation.  Be aware of your health, mentally and physically. Diet is important as is good quality sleep. Take breaks between bursts of creativity to recharge, walk in nature, or doing something completely different. Take time to eat slowly and try to be in the moment as much as possible, meditation practice can help with focus, and awareness. Your energy will be better. It would be good to consider a five year plan, like a business plan. Here you could get advice if you feel it’s too much, but a structured plan will see great results and help set up a future and have momentum build for your career. Network, meet people in the industry, talk to people about your dreams and plans. Be open and generous with your knowledge and be a helpful collaborator, and people will be drawn to you and your ideas. Avoid withdrawing between projects for too long, it is good to regroup and refresh yourself with breaks and holidays, but stay connected and proactive, by contacting others and being interested and supportive of other’s work.
There will be times where work is either full on, or non existent. Keep the faith, if you can travel in the down times, even to another city, or take some time bushwalking, or take an interesting train trip, just a different perspective is needed in between projects, or in a down time.  Here in Australia, having management and an agency, hopefully a reputable one, can help the momentum continue, and suggest new avenues to pursue. In places like New York City, you will be wise to seek a good management agency. Representing yourself is not always a good idea, it seems more professional to employers if artists have established representation. Work on your website, profile, and resume in between work, and keep your blogs, etc. updated and appealing.
6.  Is it important to aim high, look beyond local areas, and branch out to other countries in the world with your art?
It is important to find inspiration and be connected to other artists, and their work, this will naturally see a raising of standard, quality, depth. It’s exciting to see other’s work, collaborate and spread your wings. Travel is a great way to reboot, get back your enthusiasm, bring you into contact with other societies, cultures, influencing your work, expanding your view, as well as your own work being exposed to others, and to a wider population. Why not share your ideas, with the wider world? Of course, this is made easier with today’s technology and social sharing. It is also special to develop your own view and inform your work with your local colour, and refine these ideas before sharing with the world. Then the reception will be enthusiastic and supportive, as it is clear you are a serious artist who cares about the environment, history and culture in your local area. This is of great interest overseas and can create project success. Your unique perspective is what will be of interest the most, not just following a fashionable direction or trying to fit in, and only producing mediocre work without the potency of your unique voice. Living and working overseas will raise your standard, open your mind, level your expectations into your reality, and possibility. There is great merit in finding a mentor in your field and studying closely for a period of time, overseas or in your area. Someone whom you admire is best. Also applying for scholarships is a wonderful way to be introduced to a new city, and to meet great colleagues.
7.  Should artists learn from mentors who really support what they are doing?  Should they reach out and contact the artists they admire to get advice?
Mentors can be inspiring, as can colleagues, from different generations. Being aware and interested in the history, those who have paved the way and made it easier for you, all helps to inform your work. If you are able to obtain a scholarship to travel and study with a truly great mentor, it will change your life, open it up to possibilities and introduce you to others who can inspire you. Avoid being mean with your work, stay as open as you can to new people, places to work and live, travel, and sharing. There is no point being protective of your work. We are all informed by those who’ve gone before us. As unique as we can be, our mind like a sponge absorbs the voices and information from our teachers, professors, culture, etc., and we hold much from the past without fully being aware of this. Don’t be afraid of reaching out to those you admire, great people usually enjoy passing on their knowledge to you. Most great artists are generous and want to help raise you up, and nurture the next generations. Stay as fearless as you can, and ask for what you want and need. Become a deep listener and embrace your arts past and your own.
8.  Is there a way artists can work out which projects to commit to, or should they just take every opportunity that comes up?
Usually an artist develops work by being influenced by other artists. At first emulating, studying an artist, or artists they admire. This is the usual process. Over time the artist, will begin to commit to their own projects. It is good to know yourself as an artist, your desires, your personality, your quirks, all sides of your unique, complex, multi- dimensional view. See yourself as clearly as possible, accept constructive criticism, learn from your setbacks. You will in time see what you need and as you change and your circumstances change, so will your projects. You may feel a desire to just work for others, to develope your craft through experience, with other great self-realized artists. You may prefer to work for others, for example become an accomplished backing singer, or teacher of your art, both are enjoyable professions, and offer a good steady living and an interesting life. Or over time you may want to be a solo artist, independent. Experience is important and will be what you remember, cherish and grow from. Seek out experiences, work with others, take what is given with gratitude and try to make the most of your good fortune. Avoid taking opportunities for granted, try to make the most of job offers. Do as much as you can, and say yes often, even do things that stretch your comfort zone. Playing it safe may result in a mediocre life in the arts. Choose work that stretches you and work that excites and inspires you. It’s important to enjoy your work. Have fun as you learn, stay open, be inquisitive, and look out for great opportunities to challenge yourself and your ideas. Choices don’t always have to be about success or money, just enjoyment, that in itself is success and true wealth. A life enjoyed in the arts will give valuable gifts to others, – wonderful performance and work of quality.
9.  Do you have any advice for the business side of an artist’s life?  Good accountant, arts law resources online, etc.  What are some handy resources artists can turn to?

This is an important question. These choices of management, agents, website marketing, etc., are up to the individual. Online resources can be overwhelming, and it’s best to choose from word of mouth and/or reputable companies. It won’t make a huge difference if you go with CD Baby or Vevo, or Spotify or independent labels, there are still costs to consider, affordability. It is difficult doing all of this yourself so delegating and paying a good supporting company is helpful. Your job is to work on your art and be creative, surround yourself with creative business minded people, particularly if you are not inclined to think in a business like manner. If you have a team of support this is ideal. A lot of time is spent marketing music and it can be really expensive, exhausting, and time consuming. Training yourself to be more aware of business plans and goals is a good thing, though it can be tedious to an artistic person. It is still worth participating and knowing how it works and to keep an eye on your business life. Many artists have paid a price too high for ignoring this side of things. Finding an empathetic accountant is possible, and learning about budgets, is a must. Lawyers for musicians/artists are available and these can be sourced through word of mouth and internet. Again, take your time in choosing and committing. Read contracts and go through them carefully. Make sure your rights are acknowledged and it is, as they say a “win-win” situation. People must be paid, and sometimes if you can afford an excellent lawyer it will be worthwhile. Mainly for contracts, and in situations where an issue between parties becomes untenable. It is a sad fact that when money is involved, people behave in unpredictable ways, and as the project becomes more and more important and sought after by the public, things complicate quickly.  Ideally, your team/band are on the same page and the best advice for this is communication, airing grievances, and getting on top of festering issues. Have an open transparent dialogue with all parties and regularly meet to address issues. Weekly rehearsal, made to be pleasant with delicious nourishing food, can help members bond and help members feel they want to commit, to something that feels inclusive and friendly and fun. A wise thing to do as a leader, is make sure each member has there own projects, and show interest in their individual work. This means they will be less likely to be soley dependent on your project for an income, unless for example the musician is a co-founder and/or just wants to support someone elses work as a living. A band or project needs a leader, but it can run in a democratic fashion. Ultimately your project and ideas are your intellectual property, and input from others is also theirs, and these complexities need to be looked into with clear guidelines as to the rights of all involved. Here a contract, or lawyer can be helpful, and/or you can make what is called a “gentlemen’s agreement” between parties, to share royalties.  APRA/AMCOS site for Australians has all the information about copyright, and the nuanced complexity of this. This can be done online and or on paper. Guidelines can vary from country to country and this is worth noting. The internet is a new frontier in this regard and artists have lost money, but there are efforts being made to remunerate, regulate, and monetize.  So many sites share free music and/or trolling of artists’ work, etc. It seems once again the independent and smaller artists just starting out are being swamped in a sea of uncertainty, and not necessarily benefiting from the worldwide web in the way they could. It is possible, of course, for the computer savvy and those interested in the internet and the online form of marketing, to try to achieve a large global audience, and this is being done well and successfully by some, but on the whole it is lot to achieve as a solo artist. A professional team is paramount, it means you are a serious player and your art means something to you and you want to share it with as many as possible, while you have the energy health and creative bursts. As with all professions there are no guarantees, you will be noticed or picked up, or even valued. For popular work there is global competition, and for independent, interesting, thoughtful, complex artistic work sometimes much less interest. So there is no easy straight forward answer to this. But it is worthwhile trying. Sometimes having a back up plan, and/or a job you can do that brings income and stability is a wise thing until, and if success or recognition arrives, or never arrives, you have your art and your work, and you have lived a passionate life that sustained you.

10.  How important is education in the arts?  Some artists are naturally talented, is too much education detrimental to natural creative flow?
It is wonderful if you are able to study for a degree, be granted a scholarship to study overseas, for example in New York, Boston, or Nashville, or in the Berklee Music College in the USA. For classical or jazz pianists for example, studying with a master in Europe is great, Italy and Germany for Opera and classical music, – visual artists can study in Italy Germany and France, and the USA. Source online possibilities, contact teachers directly if possible, or through a college. For jazz musicians, studying in South America with great masters of Cuban music is ideal. Check out, attend and if possible, apply to perform at festivals. This may require management to help you do this. Remember there are many artists who represent themselves, of course the internet is a great source of information, about artists, festivals, and courses you are interested in. Once again, a great and supportive mentor in your field can advise you. The Berklee online courses, and APRA/AMCOS sources will guide you to the right degrees for you. Studying online and/or attending the campus would be ideal. You can attend Summer School in the USA and meet and be exposed to professionals of the highest calibre from many countries. Scholarships and fee assistance is available. Get some advice and second opinions, and make sure you are confident to pursue this route, as debt can be a difficult burden and you must prepare for the future. Don’t inhibit yourself in small dreams. Be fearless in your choices. Dare to have big dreams. Expand your horizon. Many great artists are waiting to be asked to guide you and raise you up to your full potential. Know what you want and be clear, and focused, have a plan, a business plan, and back up plans, know what you can realistically do, and try new things to see if this could be a path for you. It is important to develop your natural talents and inclinations, study the past successors, educate yourself, improve your skills, strengthen your weaknesses for the long term. As a musician, you can become familiar with a useful instrument like piano or guitar. Reading music is useful and helpful in group situations. If you become a good reader, you have work in orchestras worldwide. These skills can help you take part in popular music video, and on popular or contemporary or avant guard music. In visual arts your skills will be useful in advertising, and web design or as part of film production. Limitless opportunities can arise. Music education when started as a young child is the most beneficial, but it is not too late to study. Music can be difficult if you start later, but it can and has been achieved by many.  There is no easy journey, – all journeys of any value have challenges, as they make you grow. It is all learning. No talent can be neglected. Respect your gifts and your passions and support them. Be kind and loving to yourself and know that you are privileged to be a passionate person. Many struggle in life to just survive, and you may too, but at least you will be working toward a life that will feel worthwhile, and can be rewarding. We are all capable of finding our own creative spirit, and it is a noble pursuit. Don’t take any possibility for granted. Don’t take your talent for granted. You are not able to have everything you desire in life, this is a given, but you can choose to enjoy your work, by making choices that work for you and giving the world the gift of the deep love for your work and its quality. People deserve to be offered a great gift. Your life’s gift. What a thing to be grateful for! Aim as high as you can, prepare for some sacrifice. Stay as healthy as you can, look after your body/mind and spirit. Enjoy breaks and avoid working too much to the detriment of a balanced life and relationships. Keep journals and write out your worries and regrets, and let go and move on and upward.
It is after all the doing, the journey that you will remember, not necessarily the awards, – just ask the truly successful artists!
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Thanks Everyone for a Great Words in Winter Central Goldfields 2017

With the close of Words in Winter for 2017, thanks go out to everyone who made it great!  To all the venues, to all the performers, to all the authors, to all the poets, to all the artists, helpers and talents that contributed, a big thank you.  Thanks also to Central Goldfields Shire Tourism Manager Joel Chadwick and team, Central Goldfields Art Gallery Manager Kay Parkin with Michael Grant and team, Go Goldfields Arts Officer Adrian Masterman-Smith, Maryborough Butter Factory Lowen Clarke with Adrian Masterman-Smith, Ripon Member Louise Staley MP, Big Cat Print Graphic Artists Sue and Chris, Maryborough Library Manager Maree Stephenson with Bec Clark and team, Snodger Media for Clever Towns Crossword Challenge, Festival Hub Katescastle Book Emporium Owner Cathy Schwager.  Follow this site for updates on Words in Winter 2018, which promises to be a big year for the arts in the Victorian Goldfields with Regional Centre for Culture initiatives occurring across all shires.  See you in August 2018 for some more great live and local events.

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