7 December 2023

Peer coaching to empower Far North arts sector

| Chisa Hasegawa
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Regional Arts Services Network Tropical North team in a Creating Out Loud session with creator Dr Kate Power.

Regional Arts Services Network Tropical North team in a Creating Out Loud session with Dr Kate Power (second on left). Photo: Liz Inglis.

Far North Queensland artists and artworkers are invited to expand their networks, rethink current practices and support each other through peer coaching groups.

The Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) Tropical North team recently completed the Creating Out Loud Program at the University of Queensland (UQ), enabling them to facilitate their own sessions across the region.

RASN Tropical North is a partnership between Regional Development Australia (RDA) Tropical North and Cook Shire Council.

RDA Tropical North Chief Executive Sonja Johnson said sessions would be rolled out across the region once expressions of interest to join the Creating Out Loud Program were received.

“The seven-session program will provide a valuable opportunity for creative practitioners to connect, collaborate and thrive together,” she said.

Creating Out Loud is a free peer coaching guide developed by UQ’s Dr Kate Power. It originally aimed to support Queensland’s artists and art managers through the recovery and rebuilding of business, artistic and cultural practices following the COVID-19 pandemic, but has continued to be used to empower connectivity in the arts sector.

“Participants can build strong and trusting relationships with others across the sector, reducing their sense of isolation and supporting one another to pursue and achieve their goals,” Dr Power said.

The peer coaching approach will ensure that developments made are sustainable and ongoing by being easily accessible.

“It will provide an ongoing legacy as it teaches participants the skills to further support the region’s creative community by running these sessions within their own networks,” Ms Johnson said.

“The RASN Tropical North team looks forward to sharing their insights and facilitating meaningful sessions that will contribute to the growth of the Tropical North’s arts and culture sector.”

Register your interest in joining the Creating Out Loud Program by emailing RASN Tropical North Manager Dr Tony Castle at [email protected] or reaching out to your local RASN officer.

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