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How to Develop a Sustainable Career in the Arts, focus on Artist Residency

September 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

“The most important strategy is to set up a supporting sustainable strategic plan that will be there when things get tough because the truth is that the art world is challenging to navigate.” (quote from: Delphian, ‘Navigating the Art World. Professional Practice for early career artists’, 2020)

Ninety percent of the recent art graduates abandon their career in the arts due to a lack of professional knowledge, skills, and connections. The Artist and the Others (TAATO), in collaboration with Dona Daria, aims to empower emerging artists through educational projects and workshops. By sharing knowledge acquired in more than 10 years of working with artists, creatives, creating special Summer Training that provide an answers to the need of the artists, writing applications and being in jury committees, Jessica Capra, and Ronja Terwindt, will provide practical guidance on how to develop sustainable career practices in the arts.


During the years, common questions have arisen in our Coaching sessions for Artists. This Workshop provides the answers to these fundamental questions. Breaking down key steps, tools and points to create a solid framework that will empower you to navigate the art world(s).


  • Where can I start from when building a career in the Arts?
  • How can I gain visibility as an artist?
  • How can I build professional relationships as an artist?
  • What resources exist?
  • What should I consider when selecting my next opportunity?
  • How can I build a network and a sustainable career?
  • Where do I look for residency? How do I learn to read between the lines?
  • What do I need to have ready to answer an open call?
  • What If I have a diverse practice and or medium?
  • If I am a parent, are there any AIR where can I go with my family?

!! Please book your spots through the Creative skills website.


Through a presentation, interactive exercises and common reflections.
You will also learn by sharing your experiences and knowledge with the other participants.


If you are a creative professional or recent graduate who wants to gain more information about how to create a solid framework to navigate the art world(s) and master the knowledge behind open calls and applications for art residencies, this workshop is a must for you.


Jessica Capra is a cultural professional with over ten years experience, working in culture and supporting artists in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, Turkey and Italy. She initiates and develops cultural projects based on needs, created to make a change. She works for and with artists and cultural professionals.

The pillars of every project she develops are: the promotion of shared knowledge, the need to connect people, enhance skills and start new collaborations that can create value for the current cultural situation. Her passion for motivating, empowering and advising others, especially young cultural professionals and artists, led her to the creation of The Artist and The Others. She is also the initiator of the Summer Training for emerging artists where different cultural professionals (curators, Gallerist, art managers) merge with cultural organisations and networks that support artists in order to provide artists with, as well as knowledge and tools an networks, the evidence of the ecosystem & dynamics they need to learn to navigate the art worlds.
She is also a certified fundamental coach by Shouten and Nelissen.

Ronja Terwindt
After following Management studies in Eindhoven, and autonomous studies at the Art Academy in Maastricht, Ronja Terwindt chose to gain experience as a Team Leader at a country estate. Here she acquired Team Management and Event Organisation skills, recognising the importance of the visitor. Alongside this, she worked for art organisations in Maastricht and Parkstad.

Ronja decided to continue her career as a freelancer, applying her knowledge and experience to benefit local makers, creatives and initiatives. Since 2022, she has been active for The Artist and the Others and for Video Power. She is now Maastricht-based Project Leader and Head of Production at The Artist and the Others. Giving special attention to what distinguishes one maker from another, she develops customised solutions alongside our partners. Her strong commitment to truly help creative people is transferred to the projects and collaborations on which she works.

About the Creative Skills Week

Creative Skills Week 2024 gathers third-level educators, university leaders, vocational education and training (VET) providers, industry partners, SME’s and policymakers dedicated to the future of the Cultural and Creative Sector Industries (CCSI).

Working in the cultural and creative ecosystem, we often lack the time to come together and think about the future of our sector, particularly how we can strengthen the organisations and businesses within it.

Join us for Creative Skills Week 2024, a unique opportunity to shape and steer the discussion around skills for our somewhat fragmented sector. To achieve this, we need all stakeholders to be involved and help us address skills gaps, identify opportunities for upskilling, and start shaping strategic skills for future creatives.

Explore common ground for the cultural and creative ecosystem throughout Europe. Develop local and European solutions which address urgent challenges within the CCSI. Together, let’s learn from each other how local communities can strengthen their work and enhance collaboration within their local ecosystems. Contribute to expanding creative skills training beyond systems and sectors to secure sustainable futures in the CCSI!

Powered by SACCORD, in association with CYANOTYPES, and hosted by Conservatorium of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK)


Dona Daria
Gerard Scholtenstraat 129
Rotterdam, 3035 SJ Netherlands
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