STARTING 26/10/2022


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 practice themes 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.  

Radius 4.0 EOI’s

If you are an emerging regional artist from the Pilbara or Kimberley regions and are considering applying for the RADIUS 4.0 program/exhibition, we highly recommend you partaking in the COMPASS short course. To find out more about Radius 4.0, click the button below or email

Radius 4.0

    This program is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural
    Industries, the Royalties for Regions funded Regional Arts and Cultural Investment
    Program and Regional Arts WA.

    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 course materials 
      • Access to recordings of online modules  

      COMPASS Information

      Single Module Cost
      Booking a single module: $45.00

      COMPASS Course Cost (6 modules)
      For better value the full course content can be purchased together: $240.00

      (above prices excl. booking fees)  

      Registration closes: 25st October 2022, 10AM (AWST). Please note this is for purchasing the FULL COURSE, individual modules will still be available for purchase.

      Course delivery: 26th October 2022 – 1st March 2023 (Wednesday/s)

      Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm (AWST)

      Delivery method:  Online – Zoom + Website Membership

      Zoom Video Recordings: Will be accessible for 2 weeks after each module

      Access to the Member’s Area: 25th October 2022



      How can I access the course?  
      Upon signing up through the booking link/s provided, 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 if and when applicable. The content will be updated prior to an 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. 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 the day after the module release date and will be available for viewing for 2 weeks.


      COMPASS: Complete Overview

      MODULE 1

      Wednesday 26 October 2022, 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.


      MODULE 2

      Wednesday 2 November 2022, 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 to develop their innovative frameworks in response to these frameworks. 


      MODULE 3

      Wednesday 9 November 2022, 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 its 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?  


      MODULE 4

      Wednesday 15 February 2023, 6:30PM – 8:00PM  
      Facilitated by: Shona Erskine 

      Communicating your practice  

      In this session, participants will build on their practice articulation to learn how to talk about their practice. Strategies for identifying key groups and building your presence within networks, participants will learn tips and build confidence to communicate to audiences about their practice. 


      MODULE 5

      Wednesday 22 February 2023, 6:30PM – 8:00PM 
      Facilitated by: Fiona Sinclair  

      Building valuable relationships and professional network 

      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.  


      MODULE 6

      Wednesday 1 March 2023, 6:30PM – 8:00PM  
      Facilitated by: Sandra Murray  

      Planning Your Year: What’s your process
      Exhibitions: Approaching galleries, proposals
      Marketing: promotional tools
      Developing your own show: installation, catalogues
      Applications: art prizes, grants – where to apply, make a decision, and go for it!
      Communication: CVs and artist statements



      Book all 6 modules together to get better value. If you are not able to attend a session due to other commitments, you can view the recorded session/s as many times as you like for two weeks after the module date.




      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. 

      Find out more about Jacky here.


      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. 

      Find out more about Erin here.

      Headshot of Fiona Sinclair


      From a 20+ year career as a regionally based artist and arts manager, Fiona knows first-hand the daily miracles under-resourced organisations and independent practitioners achieve in providing transformative arts and cultural experiences for their local, regional and state communities.

      As Artistic Director/General Manager of Southern Forest Arts for 16 years she has explored collaboration and co-design to connect diverse artists, themes and perspectives with non-traditional arts audiences.

      She passionately advocates for the arts as a current board member of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA and Galleries West. She is a former Vice Chair of Regional Arts WA.

      Find out more about Fiona here.


      Sandra is an independent art curator, consultant and artist mentor; clients include the Royal Agricultural Society of WA, Bankwest and various councils. She has a depth of experience in working with artists, collections and exhibitions, including directing and curating for art and museum institutions in WA and NSW and has worked in the public, corporate, not-for-profit and private sectors.

      Sandra has project managed and curated over 60 art and museum exhibitions. She holds a particular passion for contemporary West Australian art and is the Artistic Director/Lead Curator for Sculpture at Bathers. She curated their 2022 exhibition in Fremantle and has most recently curated and managed the 2022 Perth Royal Art Prize for Landscape. She holds a BA Honours in Art History and Theory, and a Master of Philosophy.


      “A highly skilled psychologist and coach, I have dedicated my work to understanding the complexity inherent in creativity and innovation, and the challenges of expertise and elite performance.

      I coach senior leaders in the skills of creative leadership, and lead workshops on the neuroscience of creative practice, spanning corporate, not-for-profit and creative sectors. I run facilitation processes that attend to complexity and perspective. I endeavour to enable workshop participants, distil issues and focus outcomes for immediate on-the-ground implementation.

      I am expert in delivering psychology for performing and visual artists, as well as production and crew, through professional companies, universities, and in private practice. I have developed curriculum in areas of performance and wellbeing with an interest in disseminating best practice models to performing artist, teachers, and directors.

      My work is client focused. Whether seeking psychological service, coaching, or facilitation, I work with you to identify needs before designing processes, tools, and techniques that are practical and research based.”

      Find out more about Dr. Eskine here.