Maintaining a sustainable practice is an ongoing juggle. You’re running a small business – this means tax, invoicing and paying bills; finding, maintaining and growing your audience, marketing, promotion, representation and of course making new work. Doing all of this well and knowing how to get it right isn’t always easy.

Guildhouse is building you a toolkit because we want to help you avoid those mistakes and answer some of the questions that undoubtedly come up when you’re balancing the many aspects of your creative practice.


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Start here. This is the first instalment in our toolkit. For creative practitioners working in all media and at any stage of their career, this is a great place to begin to find the tools, tips and useful links that you need.

Design Markets 1

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We sat down with Bowerbird leader and design market trailblazer Jane Barwick to get some inside advice about participating in this award winning design market.

Artist statements

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An artist statement may be needed at various stages in your practice. Here are a few useful tips to help you prepare yours.

Tax for artists


Some useful tips and links to sites that will help you understand your tax obligations as a maker

Freighting Your Work

Make sure you do everything you can to ensure your freight booking goes smoothly.

Exhibition Checklist

Part two of our Exhibition 101 toolkit continues our talk with printmaker and curator Simone Tippett.

Arts Admin 101

We talk to Adelaide College of the Arts Development Manager Bridget Alfred about the competitive field of Arts Administration

Artist Run Initiatives 1

We spoke to the key people behind two of Adelaide’s ARIs and asked them about what it takes to establish, feed and grow these key creative venues.

Artist Run Initiatives 2

We sat down with Bernadette Klavins and Elise Bonato from FELTspace, Adelaide’s longest running ARI which was established in 2008, and asked about the key to FELTspace’s longevity.


We’ve developed this toolkit to help participants manage expectations and create a mentorship that produces winning outcomes.

Writing a CV

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An essential item in your toolkit, here is our guide to what you should consider when creating your CV.


Design Markets 2

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Kitty Came Home’s Katrina Weber and Farley Wright tell us how they have made design markets a successful part of their business.


Pricing Your Artwork

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Great advice from Zu Design’s Jane Bowden on how to price your artwork to ensure you are covering  your costs and grow your business.

Packing Your Work

Packing your work requires some consideration. We have compiled a few tips and plenty of links to sites that might help you get it right.

Exhibiting Artwork

There are many considerations when you exhibit your work. An artist and self-made curator offers advice.

Media Releases 101

Media releases are an ideal way to find new audiences and get attention.

Insurance for Artists

Increasingly, insurance is becoming a requirement for artists, whether you are working in the public realm, exhibiting, or selling your work at a market.


A realistic budget is a critical part of any project or funding application.

Grant Writing

This toolkit is here to help you put your best application forward.