status report

Melissa has many ‘works in progress’, including ‘paperwork in progress’. Yup, could be more interesting…

As per my post outgoing, I have entered/am entering some competitions.

So far I have been notified that I am into the Travelling Scholarship exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery, which starts on the 29th of July. Yep, just me and 39 other ‘3d artists’… The piece the judges chose is the piece in the picture above – Planar Iteration.

I’m currently whittling down my word count for the Realise Your Dream travel scholarship, which is due on Friday at 5pm.

And news just to hand, the Powerhouse: Love Lace competition judges have had to go into extra time (700 entries!), so not details on that one as yet.

outgoing

Mel’s applying herself to applying. Wanna join the fun? There’s plenty of links to go round!

First of all a community service announcement for any recent grads in Melbourne:
ArtStart info session
Tuesday 25 May 2010, 6-8pm
Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall

FREE! RSVP: Melissa Habjan, ArtStart Administration Officer,
 on 02 9215 9162 or at m dot habjan at australiacouncil dot gov dot au
2010 ArtStart Grant information
 – Closing date: 4 October 2010. 
Applications available online from 23 August 2010.

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In other news, here’s what I’m currently applying for:
a show at Object – closes June 30
a few travel grants – Noosa, British Council and the Samstag Scholarship (the last two for grads) and New Traditional Jewellery.

I made it into NTJ in ’07, so it’s not that hard, but I didn’t in ’08, so it’s not too simple either. (Maybe just getting more popular, yeah? That’s how I consoled myself…)

export exhertions

Melissa goes to school. Well, marketing school. A marketing masterclass, in fact. Where are the masters?

Today I went to a Design Victoria mini-symposium, or what they called a Tools of the Export Trade Masterclass. I found out about it on the Australian Design Unit blog. Owing to the recent shenanigans that ensued when getting works to international exhibitions (thanks Eyjafjallajokull for making it even more stressful), I was (and am) keen to ‘skill-up’ in this area. The marketing insights and the tips from professionals managed to outweigh the the speakers who intoned some very irrelevant information for a small business such as mine. In fact, after today, I’m leaning towards using the term ‘micro business’ when referring to my art practice.

While the info on offer was all well intentioned, and possibly even some of it useful to me; like some of the nuances of the ‘dark arts’ of marketing, and more grants info available from the Victorian Government and Austrade, it’s not likely come in handy when my projected output won’t reach the marketing budget needed to trigger their minimum grant amount.

Ahh well, back to sweating over the details on Australia Post forms.

announcing…

Melissa announces…

vertical AC logo smlToday is the re-launch of my website. It’s also the day that I can announce that I have been recently awarded an ArtStart Grant by the Australia Council for the Arts,  “To maintain an independent studio practice focused on the creation of research based jewellery.”

The acquisition of this funding means that from now on, for the next year, you will see this notice attached to my work; ‘This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.’

A bit long for a mantra I’ll grant you, but I’m sure we can all get used to it!