Public Art Management three-part workshop

Presented by Helpmann Academy & Guildhouse

Learn how to deliver public art like a pro with this three part workshop series presented by Helpmann Academy and Guildhouse.

Are you keen to develop your skills in managing public art projects? Helpmann Academy and Guildhouse have partnered to present a program of workshops with project management expert and arts consultant Jill Gael.

Over three focused and intimate sessions, Jill will guide you through the essential phases of project management, focusing specifically on how to develop and deliver a public art project for local government or private commission. Hear from South Australian artists Hossein ValamaneshSteven Bellosguardo, and Tony Rosella about their experiences, and get their tips on what it takes to successfully deliver a project on time and on budget.

Topics covered will include:

  • Setting up your project for success
  • Different commissioning models
  • Applying for opportunities
  • Presenting yourself well
  • Responding to briefs
  • Concept design, pitching and presentation
  • Fabrication options
  • Being a great communicator
  • Working with councils or public agencies
  • Time management
  • Resource management
  • Risk and contingency planning
  • Budget management

This is an essential opportunity for emerging or established artists who are interested in breaking into the world of public art, as well as any artist or arts worker who is keen to expand their project management skills.

About the presenters

Steven Bellosguardo fuses contemporary techniques with a traditional approach to sculpture’s original subject, the human figure. Utilizing mediums associated with modernist sculpture, figures are rendered from flat sketches on steel, cut out and assembled, creating an interplay between two and three-dimensional elements. Constructing abstract figures he explores ideas of what it is to be human and the reciprocal relationship that they have with nature.

Bellosguardo’s hot pink sculpture Donkaay (2017) joyfully resides on the corner of Morphett and Hindley Streets, and most recently he was commissioned by Adelaide Airport to carry out a major public artwork (2019). Bellosguardo has exhibited in galleries including Praxis Artspace, West Gallery – Thebarton, the Palmer Sculpture Biennial, Fontanelle Gallery, and the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition.

Hossein Valamanesh works with a variety of media including installation, sculpture, painting and collage. Inspired by personal experiences and memories, he uses ordinary objects and natural materials to create visual poetry that reflects on his life in Australia and his experiences of his birthplace, Iran.

In addition to a prolific career exhibiting as a contemporary artist, he has completed a number of major public art commissions with artist Angela Valamanesh including Ginkgo Gate, Adelaide Botanic Garden (2011); 14 Pieces on North Terrace, Adelaide (2005); and An Gorta Mor, a memorial to the Great Irish Famine at Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney (1999).

Tony Rosella is a dedicated professional artist, sculptor and metalworker with significant experience in the areas of public art and commission-based projects. His formal training commenced in 1984 at North Adelaide School of Art along with woodwork and blacksmithing technical courses. He then undertook a BAFA at Sydney College of the Arts, and also holds a Diploma of Education and an Engineering mechanical qualification (Fitting and Turning).

Rosella has been self-employed now for 25 years, and has progressively reshaped his practice to incorporate his sculptural roots and training to collaborate on, design and construct significant commercial and public works. He is a founding member of George St Studios, a commercial collaborative studio from which he currently operates. This unique professional and commercial facility has facilitated numerous projects and works as an artistic creative collaborative hub that supports the creation of major works.

Jill Gael is a highly skilled facilitator, project manager and educator. She is renowned for her creativity and innovation in bringing about fundamental and sustainable change for individuals, organisations and communities.

Gael has previously held senior management positions in both the SA and Victorian public sector spanning the arts, health, education, and information services. She is now the co-founder of CPD BIZ Consulting the director of the Centre for People Development and CPD ARTS BIZ where she works with clients to deliver high quality learning and development programs to the Australian public sector.

Presented in partnership with Guildhouse with support from Dentons Fisher Jeffries and Grigori Family Wines.

Image: Steven Bellosguardo installing work at the Adelaide Airport, 2019. Photo: Brianna Speight.

Helpmann Academy is proud to introduce our Activate Professional Development Seminar Series.

The series aims to empower emerging visual and performing artists with practical knowledge to help build and sustain a successful creative career.

The Activate Seminar Series will present guest artists, specialists and panels covering a range of topics such as contract and intellectual property law, income and funding options, marketing and publicity, and more.

Three x 3-hour sessions:
Monday 20 January, 4-7pm
Tuesday 28 January, 4-7pm
Monday 3 February, 4-7pm

Dentons Fisher Jeffries Boardroom
Level 1, 19 Gouger St

Helpmann Academy eligible emerging creatives:
$80 for all 3 sessions

Guildhouse Members: $120 for all 3 sessions

Booking fees and GST will apply.

Places are strictly limited to 25 participants, bookings are essential.

Please ensure that you are available for all 3 sessions.