Adriane Hayward loves the hands-on nature of the Master of Arts (Arts Management) program at RMIT.
Public Programs Coordinator at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, independent curator and artist
One of the great things about studying arts management is that I’m able to combine projects from my internship at the RMIT art gallery with my study.
The program is very practical; it gives you real-life skills in writing, research, business, community, law and curatorship, which I could instantly apply to my own projects. It also allows me to incorporate my own self-initiated projects into my research. By directing topics I wish to pursue, I can develop research around actual exhibitions that I am curating, allowing a deeper interrogation into the ideas I am interested in.
Volunteering and internship programs were a perfect way to do this in a supported environment.
Choose a place that you enjoy visiting yourself and make a commitment to being there for a substantial period. You will learn much more making a commitment to one gallery or institution, rather than spreading yourself across many different places.
I really recommend initiating your own projects that extend your skills into real experiences. This shows you have the capability to work autonomously and put your ideas out into the world.
And don’t forget to network! Melbourne has an opening nearly every night, so there are lots of opportunities to meet other artists and curators.