Parramatta Artists' Studios
68 Macquarie Street Parramatta 2150


Parramatta Artists' Studios
(02) 9806 5230

A day of practical talks for contemporary artists. Hear insider knowledge directly from artists and arts workers about how to make your next career move. Throughout the day, visit open studios and experience installations by artists Kalanjay Dhir, Emma Fielden and Del Lumanta.


Time Program Cost Register
10am - 11:30 am

Bless Their Hands - Justine Youssef

Break fast and break bread with artist Justine Youssef in service to her Umi (mother) and Umti (aunty) for a meal rooted in the practice of making Khobz Saj, an Arab flatbread and terwiaa (breakfast) staple. In making space to embody this form of inherited labour, Youssef aims to create a trans-generational exchange and reclaim a morning ritual of care and nourishment that is quickly becoming erased in the diaspora.

$15 per person Buy Ticket
11:30am - 12:30am 

TALK: Art/Life Balance

Is your practice taking over your life? Or is life getting in the way of your practice? Esther Anatolitis (NAVA) will facilitate a conversation with artists Abdul Abdullah, Cigdem Aydemir and Harriet Body on the less discussed aspects of being an artist, including managing admin, juggling a day job and finding time for a personal life.

Free. Limited spaces. 


1pm - 2pm 

TALK: Art Spruik 

A must-see presentation of what to apply for next from 8 arts organisations. Featuring Parramatta Clay and Arts; Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio; and many more.

Free. Limited spaces.  Register
2:30pm - 3:30pm 

TALK: Breaking Boundaries - Going Regional 

Regional festivals and residencies can offer unique opportunities for artists to develop connections, access new audiences and expand their practice within new contexts. Learn about exciting initiatives in regional areas and how you can make your next project happen regionally. Hear from Claire Needham (Kyneton Contemporary), Bec Dean (Cementa) and Rachel Arndt (Museums & Galleries of NSW).

Free. Limited spaces.  Register
3pm - 5pm 

NETWORK: One Plus One 

Secure a one-on-one meeting with Curators from Artbank, Casula Powerhouse or Independent Curator Nina Miall. Applications for this exclusive networking opportunity close on midnight, Sunday 1 May.

Free. Applications only.  Apply
4pm - 5pm 

TALK: Beyond the Stable - Connections with Commercial Galleries

Find out how commercial galleries are working with artists outside of their stable. Hear how they are supporting experimentation and emerging practices through project spaces, group shows, and opportunities beyond the gallery space, with Samantha Ferris (Galerie pompom), Alanna Irwin (Dominik Mersch Gallery) and Rhianna Walcott (Artereal Gallery). Moderated by Kate Britton (Art Month).

Free. Limited spaces. Register
5pm - 6pm 

NETWORK: Event Drinks

Free. No registration required.   

Event Partners: National Association for the Visual Arts, Mantra and Novotel.
Image: Nadia Odlum in her studio at Parramatta Artists Studios, 2019. Photo: Jacquie Manning.