Last year I was pipped at the post for the ONLY arts job in our region because apparently I did not have enough experience in management - again the job was given to someone that was not local. I now no longer support that project just on the basis that it did not go to someone local....AGAIN. ...bitter? No. Loyal to locals - yes.

Apparently all my community management work does not count because it was not a "paid" job. Even though I had managed a hair salon for a couple of years - started the local arts centre - run a festivals arts program for a couple of years - managed large grants - initiated and managed a makers market - and numerous small projects along the way. I think that unpaid management not only has as much credibility as paid management, but counts as more experience  given that the projects are self initiated and followed through correctly without anyone else overseeing.

Given my prattling on {and slight bitchy tone} I will continue on with my events and management regardless of others seeing value in what I do and what I have done. 

So for my next trick I will be organising this "De-stashing" event. Its not like our markets - its like a garage sale but craftier. Everyone has hoards at home that we will never use. This is the time to gather all those things together and try to unload them on to other crafty folk. I have this awful feeling that I may just be bringing home as much as I take - fingers crossed I don't get too excited about other peoples destashing.

Secondly - just for those that think I might be lacking in my event management experience I have applied for and been accepted to an event management master class run by Events Tasmania and features Paul Gudgin who was involved in The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Its a two day event that I just cant wait to be apart of. I feel this will be a really exciting refresher for me and I am super excited to be accepted. This is the brief about the class:

The Festival and Event Management Masterclass is an intensive 2 day programme designed to inform and inspire anyone involved in the business of creating, managing and developing festivals and events. It is a highly practical course full of ideas and examples to increase participants knowledge and improve their events looking at how they can survive and grow in the present harsh climate. It includes sessions on key tasks and challenges for festival organisers such as Marketing, Press, Programming, Evaluation, Sponsorship and Fundraising.
Paul Gudgin (UK) has over 20 years experience in the management of festivals and events and was for 8 years the Director of the world’s largest arts festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This was an exciting period that saw the event double in scale hosting an incredible 12,000 performances and selling over 8 million tickets. Paul was appointed visiting Professor of Festivals and Events by Leeds Metropolitan University and is currently the Senior Consultant at the Edinburgh Institute for Festival and Event Management at Edinburgh Napier University. Paul has hosted festival management workshops in seventeen countries and been a key-note speaker at leading event conferences in Ireland, Canada, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, The US and China.– a former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world's largest arts festival, for eight years from 1999 to 2007.

So till next time - how are you going getting yourself destashed?

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.