“If it matters, it’ll get done. If it doesn’t get done, it didn’t matter enough.”
Author Chester Eagle (stolen from Rachel Power’s fantastic book The Divided Heart)
After what has been a long drought between posts I’m excited to report I have a new project to add to the menagerie, as though I wasn’t busy enough already. It’s The Side Project – a networking event for Canberra women with a passion for creative practice – and though so young it already holds a very close place to my heart.
The whole thing arose out of meeting artist and designer Skye Jefferys, recently relocated to Canberra and eager to get her hands dirty in the local arts scene. We discovered we both share a fascination with women who are juggling creative practice alongside other life commitments, such as family and/or the 9 to 5, and had both been dreaming up ways to indulge these interests. Skye is a woman of action whereas I am often all talk, and as is the way with all great collaborators she has brought me back from la la land into a space where vague ideas become tangible reality, and thus The Side Project is born. Hopefully these bi-mothly get-togethers will give back to the many inspirational women in the ACT arts community by providing an opportunity to create networks, gain inspiration, forge partnerships, share information, make friends or just take time out for themselves.
I found I was yearning for events like these when I first began working for myself two years ago, needing resources and desperately seeking guidance in the brave new world of freelancing. With a young baby, the need is even mores0; to stay engaged, motivated and to see that anything is possible if you’re willing to work hard enough.
Our first instalment of The Side Project is coming up soon – if you need to be spurred on then maybe this is for you!
- Shelley Dickerson goldsmith
- Jan Falsone video artist and ANCA Gallery Development Officer
- Rachael Freeman artist, designer and director of Milk & Masuki
- Melanie Tait ABC broadcaster and creator of storytelling project Now Hear This