top of page


This course is for emerging artists wanting to further their understanding of the contemporary art industries in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and how to more strategically develop their careers within it. At the completion of the course participants will gain a more informed ability to:

  • articulate their practice in speech and text

  • professionally present their work to a variety of audiences (online and in-person)

  • understand where they fit in the industry

  • navigate their next steps to develop their careers


The course is comprised of presentations that cover general principles, the analysis of industry examples, and space for questions and open discussion.

Pen and paper for note-taking

A basic computer to write documents and develop your digital portfolio



Course introduction: the arts industry in Aotearoa/New Zealand, tips and techniques for developing your portfolio, and participant introductions.

Developing a proposal for exhibitions, awards, scholarships, residencies, funding, sponsorship, etc.

 Visibility: marketing, web presence, social media, media coverage, photographic documentation, etc…

Writing key documents: artist statement, exhibition statement, media release, bio., and C.V.

Note: This is a provisional framework and may be adjusted at the tutor’s discretion throughout the course in response to the evolving needs of students or other factors. 

Course Code: NAW123

Tutor: Emil McAvoy

When: Mon 6.00 - 8.00pm

Date:13 Feb - 6 Mar 2023
Duration: 4 weeks                 

Maximum Enrolment: 14

Level: ALL

Cost: $295

“ I am so chuffed that I joined this class for the mental stimulation I'm getting. It seems a very small price to pay for such a vast store of Emil's extensive, practical and incredibly relevant material. [His narrative is] all referenced back to the handouts, delivered effortlessly and well-organised. Can't recommend this enough. I feel like this process that Emil describes is one I can easily follow to improve my own professional development" CJ Hobbs

bottom of page