STARTING 09/03/2022


COMPASS: Creative Practitioner Development Short Course  

Take your artistic practice to the next level with COMPASS: Creative Practitioner Development Short Course. COMPASS is a holistic program designed to assist you in building your practice and professional development as a regional artist and practitioner. COMPASS links the need for developing regional artists’ practices, surrounding connections, and creative frameworks to inform artistic decision-making.

Regional artists reflect their region’s unique experiences and narratives, and COMPASS aims to provide creative practitioners with the tools to harness and unleash their expertise.  

This short course will boost your awareness of contemporary themes of practice to pave the way to understanding: What it means to be a regional artist? Interact and learn from multiple regional creative practitioners through their experience in navigating challenges. COMPASS’ modules equip creative practitioners with tools to cultivate professional networks and foster connections to establish your place within your artistic community. To build the pathway to refining your artistic practice, COMPASS encourages you to rethink creating and responding as a regional artist.

Who is Compass for?  

Compass is designed for emerging regional creative practitioners looking to elevate their practice and learn from industry professionals. The course focuses on identifying critical areas that form a more holistic and intentional artistic practice outside of creating.    

Compass is an excellent opportunity for regional creative practitioners to network and build connections with fellow industry peers.  

The course is open to all creative practitioners residing in regional Western Australia.  

Learning Outcomes  

  • Understand contemporary themes of practice, identify skills and tools to grow your practice  
  • Learn to identify opportunity and counter obstacles as a regional practitioner  
  • Understand relevant things that need to be considered when developing as an artist  
  • Better understanding of artistic landscape and surroundings  
  • Define and outline your pathway in developing your practice 
  • Further your cultural awareness and knowledge  
  • Build confidence in speaking on your work and practice  
  • Identify skills to make valuable relationships, lead creatively and foster connections to further your practice  
  • Practical strategic and organisational skills to navigate your practice to success 

What is Included?   

  • 6 x live modules with industry professionals online 
  • Access to exclusive web page 
  • Access to weekly course materials 
  • Access to private Facebook group 
  • Access to weekly recordings of online modules  
  • Certificate upon completion  


We are giving out 5 FREE 1 YEAR Practitioner Memberships (worth $189AUD) to the first 5 who sign up!  T&Cs Apply 

COMPASS Course Cost: $240
Registration closes: 5th March 2022, 2:00pm (AWST)
Course delivery: 9 March – 6 April, 2022 (Wednesday/s)
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm (AWST)
Delivery method:  Online – Zoom + Website Membership
Access to the Member’s Area: 13th April 2022


This program was made possible from the support of the Courthouse Gallery+Studio, The Junction Co., Town of Port Hedland and the Local Buying Foundation.


How can I access the course?  
Upon signing up, you will receive a login that give you access to the Compass page. Once you log in, you will be able to access all course information, this includes materials, zoom links. The content will be updated weekly in time to prepare you for the upcoming module.  

How will the Compass page work?  
You will be given a login to access the exclusive Compass page on The Junction Co website. Content for each module will be uploaded prior to the online session each week onto the Compass page. This includes your course materials, facilitator information and zoom link for the week. Your login will remain active after the course finishes which will give you ample time to review and reflect on your learnings.  

What if I am not available for the live zoom session? 
All sessions will be recorded and uploaded onto this page so if you have commitments that make it difficult to attend, you can refer to the live zoom session and your course materials which will cover the facilitator’s presentation. The recorded zoom session will be available for 1 week and the course materials will be available till 13th April.  


COMPASS: Complete Overview


Wednesday 09 March, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Facilitated by: Jacky Cheng 

Working Regionally: what does it mean to be a regional artist? In this session, identify the unique challenges and opportunities that come with being a regional artist, learn how to articulate your goals, and develop your style and voice.  


Saturday 12 March, 10am – 12pm
Facilitated by: Katie Evans 

Strategise and Organise: Implementing systems. In this session, participants will learn the tricks and tools to put processes into place for a well organised and successful practice. This includes time management, pricing your work (and GST), inventory management, contracts, postage and logistics.


Wednesday 16 March, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Facilitated by: Shandell Cummings 

Working on Country: Ethics and Values  In this session, build on your awareness of First Nations culture and history, and using these frameworks, inform creative decision making. Participants will learn how they can develop our own creative frameworks in response to these frameworks.


Wednesday 23 March, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Facilitated by: Erin Coates  

Your work: What is it and why is it relevant? This session encourages participants to think and learn how to write about your work, specifically it’s place within your regional space. How are you contributing to the artistic landscape? What are some key viewpoints to consider in relation to your practice? Why is it relevant?


Wednesday 30 March, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Facilitated by: Elise Batchelor  

Communication and building your practice: Public speaking, talking about your practice, strategies for identifying key groups and audiences and growing your presence. In this session, participants will build on their articulation of their practice, to learn how to talk about their practice. Identifying key groups and building your presence within networks, participants will learn tips and build confidence to communicate to audiences about their practice.


Wednesday 06 April, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Facilitated by: Jacky Cheng and Belinda Cook  

Relationships: Building your professional network and establishing your place within your artistic community (being a creative leader). In this session, learn how to build networks, understand the professional artist/practitioner landscape and be leaderful in your creative community. Participants will identify and establish their place within their artistic community.


Meet Your Facilitators


Jacky Cheng was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She received her Bachelor of Architecture (Honours 1) from University of New South Wales, Sydney. She has since pursued her love for creating and making in smaller scales and the education sector. 

Jacky works across several mediums incorporating her philosophy of ‘slow art’ – a visual participatory, most notably through paper bas-relief sculptures, installations and process-based works.  Her introduction into the manipulation of paper was highly influenced by her elders on cultural practices and duties performed for Chinese Ritual purposes.  She has since amalgamated both architectonic and visual language using papers and fibres as the predominant mediums in her practice.  Her award winning manual hand-cut paper enchantment is featured in ABC Makers and Creators segment  ‘The Paper Cutter’, ABC Arts – ‘How art changed my life’ as well as numerous art feeds and articles locally and internationally.  

Her teaching accolades includes both state and national awards in Best Trainer/Teacher of the Year in Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector bestowed by the prestigious Australia Training Awards as well as a finalist for the Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award by Awards Australia. 

Today, Jacky continues to practice and teach on the lands and waters in and around Yawuru Country, Northwest of Western Australia where she lives and work since 2006. 


Shandell Cummings is an Aboriginal woman with traditional ties to Menang boodja (country) on the south coast of WA. Her career choices have included natural resource management, family violence and youth work; and it is this varied experience that has allowed Shandell to build a tremendous number of skills and vast knowledge bank. 

Shandell is also a practicing First Nation artist, and she has showcased at REVEALED 2020, had artworks selected at the WA Museum Boola Bardip project and has also had the opportunity to collaborate on three major public art projects in Albany with one of those being the rejuvenation of Alison Hartman Garden on York Street.  

Shandell believes it is pivotal to build the capacity and ability of our communities to achieve positive outcomes. Shandell is keen to support communities and individuals to develop and grow along their journey, and she hopes that she can impart a sense of understanding on Aboriginal culture in everything she does. At their family consultancy, Awesome Aboriginal, Shandell is always sharing Aboriginal culture with the wider community, of which her art supports, as well as delivering cultural education to our upcoming generations. 


Erin Coates is an artist and creative producer living in Boorloo (Perth). She has worked as a freelance curator and also held the role of Special Projects Curator for Fremantle Arts Centre for over a decade, where she worked on a number of key Western Australian exhibitions and national touring projects.  

In her art practice, Erin creates drawings, videos and sculptures that are informed by her deep interest in the natural world, biology, science fiction and genre film cultures. Her practice focuses on the limits of our bodies and physical interaction with and within given environments. In exploring bodily thresholds she draws from her own background in rock climbing and freediving.  

Recent work has centred on the oceanic Gothic in relation to Australia’s unique marine flora and fauna. Her work is held in major collections including the Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Wesfarmers Collection, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, Janet Holmes à Court Collection and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. Erin was recently awarded a WA Screen Culture Award for Innovation in Moving Image and Installation Art and held a solo survey exhibition of her video and film work at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.  

She is a participant in the 2022 Biennale of Sydney. Erin holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, Canada.  


Elise Batchelor is a West Australian Master of Ceremonies, Public Presenter and the Artistic Director of new Pilbara-based, Australia Day award winning theatre company HATch (Hedland Amateur Theatre). Backed also by 25 years of teaching in classes ranging from university level down to kindergarten, and several years as a print and radio journalist, Elise has myriad experiences with performing, presenting and tailoring each event to audience demographics.

Following a childhood in WA, which included gaining a music scholarship to Perth Modern School during its arts era, Elise went on to produce and choreograph musicals in Melbourne during her time teaching at Korowa Anglican Girls’ School. Subsequently, upon returning to the West, Elise spent 10 years writing and performing humorous poetry for ABC North West radio as the ‘Pilbara Poet’. This culminated in a spot in the national ABC Poetry Slam Final at the Sydney Opera House. Subsequently, Elise was journalist for ABC North West and has had the opportunity to interview many prominent figures in Australian culture.

Elise has directed several musicals and currently heads HATch’s 2022 musical theatre production ‘After Ever After’, featuring a cast of 60 students aged seven to middle aged and menopausal. She has hosted many public community events including the Mother’s Day Classic and Port Hedland’s North West Festival Sundowner.

The art of effective and inspired communication with audiences large or small is at the core of Elise Batchelor’s love of presenting. Humour and empathy sit at its heart and sharing the tools for confidence is something that brings Elise great delight.


With over a decade of experience in the creative industries, and post-graduate studies in business and design, Katie understands the needs of those establishing a creative enterprise, and how best to support the growth and development of artists and practitioners.  

Leading The Junction Co. team, Katie specialises in strategic planning, audience engagement, community collaboration and making things tick. She has the knowledge of running a Gallery+Studio, alongside operating her own business. Katie will draw on her systems knowledge and experience to guide people in how they can strategise and organise their practice.


Belinda Cook is an arts and cultural management consultant, based on Yawuru country (Broome) and currently working with regional and national Aboriginal Corporations including Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC), Kimberley Art Centres (KAA), Magabala Books, Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP) and Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation.

Belinda is an experienced arts administrator, curator and manager, having managed Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency in Fitzroy Crossing (Kimberley WA) for seven years and spent a decade working with Aboriginal Corporations in the Central Australian Desert communities including NPY Women’s Council, Tjanpi Desert Weavers and Papunya Tula Artists. She grew up in South East Victoria on Bunurong and Boon Warrong country, and she managed the visual arts program for Frankston Arts Centre in South East Victoria for a number of years.

Her academic qualifications and experience incorporate research, international and community development and arts management in Indigenous Australian art and cultural industry contexts.  She has overseen major exhibition projects and programs, cultural programs, strategic planning and business development, and the advancement of Indigenous artist careers within Australia and internationally. Her specialisations include revenue diversification, product research and development and collaborative creative practice; brokering successful art and design partnerships including the facilitation of the Mangkaja x Gorman fashion collaboration, high end Furniture design and jewellery developments with Mangkaja artists.

Belinda is a Churchill fellow specialising in global Indigenous fashion development and research, she is currently undertaking policy research to encourage government investment and development of the Indigenous Australian Fashion sector.

Her personal art practice includes photography and printmaking. She is a qualified photographer, utilising her training to support the development of marketing, promotional and imagery documentation for arts organisations and editorial purposes.