Navigation Arts Business Training

About Navigation

Navigation Arts Business Training program (or simply, Navigation) is peer-led training that is nationally accredited and developed specifically for artists – by artists (and arts administrators) who understand the demands of the industry. The course has been continually developed over the past 10 years to better equip young independent artists with the skills necessary to get down to business. Youth Arts Queensland, in partnership with Registered Training Organisation Creating Links delivers the Navigation program across Queensland with support from the Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation through their Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative.

The Navigation Arts Business Training program has been developed with ongoing industry feedback constantly shaping the course to ensure industry relevance. In 2011, YAQ lead a complete overhaul of the resources, tools and workbook to create a new system in response to the changing needs of young artists today. The course covers: Project Planning, Cultural Brokerage, Creating a safe work environment, Marketing, Money, Funding, Contracting, Presenting and Pitching.

The course provides artists with support to build:
·       A business plan
·       Materials for pitching
·       A sample grant application/partnership proposal

Navigation has a full one week in-class commitment, during which time artists are brought together with industry professionals to network, share ideas and get their head around the nuts and bolts of operating arts businesses. After the one week course, participants have ongoing engagement online with their alumni and access to YAQ staff and trainers for further advice and assistance to complete their course and get their projects off the ground.

“Last day of Navigation Arts Business Training today. What an amazing week it’s been gathering knowledge from such awesome people in the industry. Look out 2012 – lots of plans coming your way!” made. Creative Space, Toowoomba

Once successfully completed, Navigation participants have the confidence, knowledge and skills to operate their own micro-business, lead their collective through complex projects, or work in an entry-level position in an arts organisation.

Where & When
Between November 2011 and April 2012 we will be running courses throughout Queensland. Get in touch if you want to know more or if you have ideas for organisations, people and artists that we can connect with who might be interested in Navigation in these locations.

Brisbane (7 – 11 Nov 2011)

Maroochydore (14 – 18 Nov 2011)

Gold Coast (TBC)


Toowoomba (Jan 30 – Feb 3 2012)

Ipswich (2012)

Maryborough (2012)

Hervey Bay (2012)

Cairns (Feb 6 – 10 2012)

Townsville (Feb 20 – 24 2012)

Mackay (Feb 13 – 17 2012)

Palm Island (Feb 2012)

Bundaberg (Apr 16 – 20 2012)

Rockhampton (2012)

Would you like to participate?

If you are interested in participating in Navigation, fill in an expression of interest form so we can get in touch and send you more information about the program.

How much does it cost?

For eligible participants, the course is FREE when completed within the 6 month period.

For anyone over 30 and living in any of the areas where Navigation is scheduled for delivery, the course is $650.00 payable upfront. (NB. This amount is still heavily subsidised by Youth Arts Queensland and Creating Links.)

Individuals and organisations that are not within the scheduled delivery areas for November 2011 – April 2012, but are still interested in having Navigation in their local area – please get in touch with Katherine Quigley to discuss options and how we can bring the program to you in the future.

Would you like to know how to get Navigation in to your community?

If you live outside any of the areas above, but still want Navigation to be delivered in your area, we are open to discussing the option of bringing Navigation to you at full cost. We can specifically tailor the week to suit your organisation or community and can keep costs to a minimum with trainers located across Queensland. Please feel free to contact Katherine Quigley if you would like to know more about this option.

Our Training Team

In 2011 we have expanded our training team and welcomed aboard trainers from across Queensland, each with their own experience as independent practitioners. Each Navigation Trainer comes equipped with the latest industry knowledge and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Read more about our 2011 trainers.