February 2021 Gympie Living article: Getting creative in the Gympie region

For those who are in the creative industries, or would like to be, Creative Arts Gympie Region (CAGR) has several events planned for February and March that may be of interest. CAGR is a non-profit, volunteer run organisation that supports the local creative sector and a vibrant creative culture for our region. They provide professional development opportunities and capacity building activities for artists, and deliver projects that showcase and provide an audience for local artists both within the region and further afield.
If you are looking to make a career in the creative sector then a plan could be an essential part of your success. ‘Mapping Your Art Career’ workshop on Saturday 6 February will help you create a five-year plan for your career (or multiple careers) and set the targets and milestones you want to reach. Having a realistic plan can greatly assist you to navigate the challenges and obstacles you face working within the arts industry and set you on the path to long-term success. The workshop runs from 9am to 3pm and is for artists, artsworkers, arts educators and creatives.
Following on from a successful networking evening to close the year that was 2020, the next in a series of inspiring networking events for artists and creatives in the Gympie region will be on Thursday 18 February. The Creative Bites events presented by CAGR provide an opportunity for those in the creative sector to create links and networks as well as celebrate and support local artists. See Gympie local Ashley Pel perform live and participate in the interactive artist demonstration. The event runs from 6pm to 8pm at the AICM on Channon Street. A bar will be operating and a meal is provided with your ticket.
Writing about your arts practice or project is an important factor in its success, particularly when applying for grants to support your activities. CAGR have engaged Alison Shaw from The Right Grant to deliver an intensive grant writing workshop for the arts sector on Thursday 4 March, along with a limited number of one on one sessions on Friday 5 March for those who would like some tailored advice.
To find out more or to book your place at any of these events please go to www.creativeartsgympieregion.com.au. Members receive discounted tickets and support the organisation to deliver more events and activities to create a vibrant creative culture in our region.

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