Untitled (night)
acrylic on canvas
200 × 250mm

Proposals: Love them or hate them; they’re part of being an artist. Without them, you don’t get exhibitions, residencies, funding, and more.

Right now, I’m writing a proposal to exhibit my small paintings. I’ve been referring to a helpful document – Tips & Hints for Writing Proposals (122kb PDF) created by the Wellington City Council Arts team.

I’ve used it before with excellent results. It gives me a structure to work with and intelligent questions to answer.

One other thing I’ve discovered - of all the proposals I’ve written, the successful ones have an uncomplicated idea, succinctly explained.

If you’re struggling to write your proposals or are intrigued about what goes into writing a good proposal, this tips & hints document is a damn good place to start.

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