Art of do­ing busi­ness ex­plored

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

FORM’s Creative Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Se­ries is start­ing again for the year at the Port Hed­land Court­house Gallery.

The se­ries gives artists, mak­ers, food­ies, pho­tog­ra­phers and any cre­atives look­ing to turn their hobby into a small busi­ness the tools and knowl­edge to cre­ate a suc­cess­ful en­ter­prise.

There will be sem­i­nars, work­shops and talks through­out the year hosted and run by prom­i­nent creative busi­ness peo­ple from all over the State.

To kick off the Creative Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Se­ries for 2017, 20 guests joined visit­ing pho­tog­ra­pher Me­leah Far­rell at the Court­house Gallery for a Q and A ses­sion early last month.

Far­rell spoke and an­swered ques­tions about how she had trans­formed her prac­tice into a thriv­ing busi­ness.

FORM re­gional pro­grams co-or­di­na­tor Katie Evans said there were group dis­cus­sions about work­ing as a col­lab­o­ra­tive team, find­ing a space, de­vel­op­ing new prod­ucts and how to best reach a tar­get au­di­ence.

“The con­ver­sa­tion in­spired many to get out and make the most of the ser­vices within Port Hed­land,” she said.

“Many of the par­tic­i­pants felt that it was def­i­nitely achiev­able to have a creative busi­ness in Port Hed­land.”

The next event will be Busi­ness Ba­sics sem­i­nars at the gallery this week­end. A busi­ness coach and ac­coun­tant will speak about busi­ness foun­da­tions, in­clud­ing busi­ness reg­is­tra­tion, tax obli­ga­tions, in­sur­ance, con­sign­ment agree­ments and man­ag­ing fi­nances.

The sem­i­nar is de­signed to be a good be­gin­ning course for any­one want­ing to start a small creative busi­ness.

Peo­ple can join the free ses­sions ei­ther from 6.30pm this Fri­day or 10am this Satur­day.

Send an RSVP to mail@court­house­ if you wish to at­tend any of the ses­sions. Places are lim­ited. For more in­for­ma­tion head to

Pho­tog­ra­pher Me­leah Far­rell has suc­cess­fully turned her prac­tice into a suc­cess­ful busi­ness. Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

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