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Curator Year In Review 2012: Beck in Brisbane — December 9, 2012

Curator Year In Review 2012: Beck in Brisbane

As the end of 2012 approaches, we thought it’d be nice to have an update from our beloved city curators.  This time Rebekah Waite in Brisbane highlights some of her most appreciated events, spaces and top moments of 2012.

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Picture by @saboskirt

Best event for meeting people?

The crowd at Cafe Scientifique, hosted by as part of National Science Week, was my pick for meeting people in 2012. Hardly your typical professional event, the 200 or so people clasping cocktails at the Queensland Museum were all there to learn something new. Attracting scientists from every conceivable background, the forum was ripe with potential collaborators and professionals more than ready to find a new challenge to apply their skills to.

Best event for content shared and learnings?

The ArtWrite series, hosted by QUT Art Museum and Eyeline magazine was a generous forum for emerging practitioners. Full of media professionals this monthly event was a perfect opportunity to ask all those questions everyone has always assumed you know the answers to. It was also a rare opportunity to take advantage of decades of experience (wins and loses) to be found in the panellists. I’d be keeping an eye on what’s happening in the 2013 calendar.

Personal event stye preference (breakfast/conference/workshop/etc/etc)?

As a morning person (yes, they do exist), I love a good breakfast event. Best way to get a head start on the day!

Favourite source of local community news?

For a glimpse into the nerd side, Stuff and Things (locally produced podcast) is about as good as it gets. For your creative curiousities, The Native Press is a one stop shop. But I have to say, nothing beats a carefully curated Facebook feed (this Brisbane list by Amy Grey is a pretty great start).

Favourite coworking space?

The Edge* (*yes, I am more than a little biased here, but, come on, the city views alone are to die for!).

Favourite cafe with wifi?

Hands down Lady Marmalade in Stones Corner, where the haloumi slices are thicker than the bread and the wifi is free. Only challenge here is to concentrate on the task at hand with some much good food to be had…

What’s been a personal highlight and not so high moment of the year?

It’s been fantastic to have such varied and challenging things to look forward to in my calendar throughout the whole year, from starting a Masters and getting to know The Fetch community, through to the wonders of my day job (I’m still trying to understand how someone considers it ‘work’ to be involved with mad scientist tea parties and zombie apocalypses). The downside of all of that? I didn’t quite get as much sleep as I had become accustom to!

What have you enjoyed about being involved with The Fetch in 2012?

It’s been a privilege getting to know more of the good folks in Brisbane, from the ambassador team (and our delicious fortnightly catch-ups), to the curious minds who attend events throughout town and the amazing, dedicated people who run them.

What are you looking forward to in 2013?

More adventures.

Event Review: ArtWrite — September 16, 2012

Event Review: ArtWrite

What: ArtWrite – The Pitch
Where: QUT Art Museum
When: 21 August 2012
Reviewed by: Steph Dooris, Brisbane Ambassador

QUT Art Museum’s third seminar in the ArtWrite series focused on pitching to editors and featured Louise Martin-Chew (Brisbane arts writer) and Sarah Follent (editor of Eyeline Magazine).

Martin-Chew and Follent were the perfect choice for this seminar, as both have extensive experience working on either side of the table. Martin-Chew is a freelance writer who has written for The Australian, Australian Art Review, Art Monthly, InDesign and Green magazine, and previously worked as editorial manager at Art&Australia. Follent used to write for The Australian before her gig as Editor for Eyeline.

The hottest tip from the night was to research. Martin-Chew and Follent both strongly suggested knowing as much as possible about publications before pitching to them. They told the crowd that the best research was to just read the magazines and figure out what they cover, their deadlines and whether there are themes you will need to work within.

The next step, after reading up on who you want to pitch to, was to approach editors. For this, they suggested sending editors a short introduction of who you are and your previous experience (either with writing or in the arts industry), followed by a brief outline of your pitch. All in all, they suggested, the document should not be longer than a page. If you want to include a CV, Follent warned against making it longer as editors are unlikely to have time to look at much more.

When it comes to the actual writing, both Martin-Chew and Follent stressed the importance of sticking to word limits, checking grammar and proofreading. Although it may seem like common sense, the main message I took from this seminar was to be thorough in all aspects of the process, and to really know the magazine you are wanting to approach. The anecdotal advice of Martin-Chew and Follent, two heavyweights in Australia’s arts writing scene, was helpful, logical and reassuring, and definitely made this event a worthwhile way of spending a Tuesday evening.

QUT’s final ArtWrite seminar for the year, Copyright: Copyright for writers and artists, is on Tuesday 23 October at 6pm. RSVP via email (artmuseum@qut.edu.au) or call 07 3138 5370.

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