Fifth Quarter

For Artists

Carclew’s Fifth Quarter arts incubator supported artists to establish viable arts businesses. It championed the idea that creative professionals can simultaneously pursue innovation as artists and entrepreneurs.

Located at Carclew House in North Adelaide, Fifth Quarter connected artists with enterprise models, networks and business planning skills through a one-on-one coaching and residency program. The program was open to all artists working in any art form however priority was given to artists aged 26 and under.

Other Fifth Quarter services included:

  • Tailored professional development intensives
  • Specialist mentor matching
  • Hot desk workspace options
  • GigCity access
  • Free access to meeting/rehearsal/art making spaces


Program Structure

Fifth Quarter residents completed a Foundation Year program and have the option to progress to the Established program (see below):


Foundation Year Residents

Established Residents

Residency Fee

$60 per week

$40 per week

Duration of residency

12 Months

Minimum 12 Months


1.5 hour session every three weeks

2 x 1.5 hour sessions per year

2 x grant application reviews per year

Workspace and Access to Meeting/Rehearsal/Art Making Spaces

Hot desk and rooms (subject to availability), 8 hours/week, cumulative quarterly

Hot desk and rooms (subject to availability), 8 hours/week, cumulative quarterly

Professional Development Intensives

Yes (included in Residency Fee)

Yes (additional fee)


One-on-one coaching was tailored to specific needs including business plan development, budgeting and developing service quotes. It also included guidance around superannuation, workcover, taxation and artist contracting requirements. Coaching was led by arts and business management gurus Amanda Jones and Belinda MacQueen (Jones MacQueen).


Workspace options were available to residents between the hours of 7.00am and midnight, Monday to Friday.

Professional Development Intensives

Sessions explored essential business knowledge for artists and included accounting and administration requirements, contracting/legal matters and funding opportunities. The cost to attend these sessions was included in the Foundation Year resident fee. Established residents had the option to attend these sessions at an additional fee.

All residents had the chance to book half hour follow up sessions with presenters.

Access to Meeting/Rehearsal/Art Making Spaces

Residents are entitled to free use of Carclew facilities, subject to availability.

Other Requirements

As Carclew is a child safe environment, Fifth Quarter Foundation Year residents were required to have a DCSI clearance for working with children and complete Reporting Abuse and Neglect (RAN) training. Carclew staff supported residents in the process of applying for their clearance and accessing RAN training.

Spoken Word SA
Spoken Word SA (SWSA) formed in 2013 to ensure South Australia could continue to be represented in the Australian Poetry Slam after funding cuts jeopardised the state’s involvement.  Working under the auspice of the SA Writers Centre, SWSA is run by prominent and established writers, performers and event organisers; Campbell (Kami) McInnes, Daniel Watson and Nikki Baumann. Utilising their collective experience in event organisation, arts administration and workshop delivery, they’re building on the skills and community the SA Poetry Slam established. As well as presenting the SA leg of the Australian Poetry Slam, SWSA runs workshops in schools, a Poet In Residence program in partnership with the Adelaide City Library and in 2015 commenced a Summer Slam program in conjunction with established local events and poets.

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Ovation specialises in performing arts programmes. They believe that all students should have regular access to educational theatre and drama in their schooling, and have to opportunity to be taught by well-trained theatre and drama specialists. Therefore we are committed to fostering a bright and dynamic future for all pre-school, junior, senior, special needs students and adult’s state wide with the opportunity to obtain first hand access to an array of inclusive courses and quality performing arts training, along with access to workshops, seminars and artists in residence programmes.
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Through Art
Through Art develops and implements challenging, inquiry-based learning programs that engage young people in learning literacy and numeracy skills through the visual arts. Their learning programs are designed specifically to help young people overcome low literacy and numeracy skills, while also developing in them a passion for the visual arts. They aim to engage and connect young people in literacy and numeracy skills development and the creative process of visual arts to make a positive impact on their life-long educational and socio-economic outcomes. Through Art’s learning programs cater to young people of primary, middle and secondary school age.

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Erin Fowler
Erin Fowler is an Australian artist working across the dance, music, film and theatre industries. Erin’s choreographic work includes Epoch (2016) created on Australian Dance Theatre for their Ignition season, The Ten Thousand Things (2016) created on the second year Adelaide College of the Arts students, Bird Calls (2015), an immersive solo work commissioned by Open Space, Femme (2015) a solo work developed as part of The Mill’s Choreographic Futures Dance Residency, and the dance film Gaia (2014), which has screened in over 23 film festivals around the world. Her performance work includes seasons with BalletLab and Patch Theatre Company. She was recently awarded the 2017 Channel 9 Arts & Fashion Young Achiever Award as well as the overall SA Young Achiever award for her work in the arts. Erin is also the Co-Artistic Director of The Mill, a creative hub for Adelaide’s local artists from all disciplines and a member of the band Sitara with her sister Tess, where she plays guitar and sings.

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Reflective Teaching Forum

Thursday 28 May 2014

Facilitator | Katie Dawson

Why am I an artist? What is my vocation, my life’s work, my calling? How can a reflective practice help me to become and/or remain an inspired, motivated artist throughout my career?

University professor and US arts integration specialist Katie Dawson, will raise and explore fundamental questions about the complex functions of the Teaching Artist in a school, community and professional theatre settings. Introducing her book The Reflexive Teaching Artist: Collective Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field, Katie will explore a series of foundational concepts including intentionality, quality, artistic perspective, assessment and praxis, all used as a reflective framework to illuminate case studies from a wide range of teaching artist practice.

Katie Dawson is currently an assistant professor in theatre and dance at the University of Texas, Austin and has worked professionally as an actor, educational television personality, youth theatre director, classroom teacher and museum theatre educator.

Understanding the Australian Curriculum: The Arts

Thursday 5 December 2013

Facilitator | Sharyn Schell

Why should artists need to know anything about curriculum?

Develop your competitive advantage as a teaching artist by aligning your work with the Australian arts curriculum.

In this session facilitated by Sharyn Schell, you will develop a clearer understanding of the Australian Curriculum through:

  • An overview of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts and how it is structured
  • Exploring the most relevant parts of these structures for artists
  • Examples of linking your arts practice to curriculum
  • Deconstruction of Teaching for Effective Learning (TfEL)

Sharyn Schell

Sharyn is an experienced teacher of young people in secondary music and health education, with a number of years in an R-12 setting.  Much of her career has been engaged with students of disadvantage, with several years dedicated to an R-12 arts strategy for disadvantaged metropolitan and regional, primary and secondary schools where she contracted over 100 artists. Her current role focuses on the Come Out Festival, the Australian Curriculum: The Arts, and the Department’s involvement in the Federal Creative Education Partnerships: Artists in Residence program.

Plan the Work, Work the Plan: Essential Project Management

Saturday 2 November 2013

Facilitator | Georgie Davill | Presented as part of the Festival of Co-Creation

Got a great idea but unsure about how to make it happen? Identify the who, what, how, why and when in designing a successful project.

This workshop will assist you to develop a clear, rational and sound project proposal and the skills to use it effectively. You will also learn practical tools for project planning including consultation, risk management, tracking and evaluation mechanisms to steer you towards a successful outcome.

Some of the key topics you will explore:

  • Defining a project concept;
  • Identifying aims, objectives and stakeholders;
  • Identifying project needs and breaking down the project into achievable tasks and milestones;
  • Identifying resources required and resources available;
  • Developing a detailed plan to move your project from idea to action;
  • Outputs versus outcomes; and
  • Evaluation.

Georgie Davill

Georgie has over 20 years experience within arts and cultural industries, specifically theatre and performance, arts management (youth arts, disability arts, community cultural development) international residencies, facilitation and training, coaching and mentoring and strategic planning.

Prior to Carclew, Georgie was Training and Development Manager at Community Arts Networks SA and maintained a freelance theatre facilitation practice. A graduate of Flinders University Drama Centre. Georgie holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Drama and Spanish), Graduate Diploma in Community Cultural Development: Community Based Arts Practice and Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training.

During 2008, Georgie undertook an Asialink Arts Management Residency in Thailand with the Makhampom Foundation. She is former national Board member for Young People and the Arts Australia and recently Chaired the Arts SA Community Arts (Organisations) assessment panel.

Working in & with Schools

Thursday 31 October 2013

Facilitators | Bronwyn Sugars (DECD), Jeff Meiners (UniSA), and Leigh Mangin (Carclew)

The recently launched National Cultural Policy (2013) affirms that ‘creativity in schools is considered as a vital 21st century skill to drive innovation and productivity’.

Recognising the benefits of an arts rich education, the Australian Government has committed to ensuring arts subjects are included in the national curriculum which is now supported by the national cultural policy.

This forum explores what ‘an arts rich education’ means for artists and how they can leverage opportunities.

  • Navigating curriculum and where and how to get support
  • Talking to educators and institutions
  • Developing quality arts activities for students

Ideas for discussion

  • A snapshot of the Education Department, purpose, function and structure
  • Overview of Arts Curriculum
  • What does the National Curriculum mean for artists and how can they maximise such opportunities?
  • How can artists play a part in supporting a cross agency approach to ensuring arts is part of every child’s life?
  • How can an artist’s be more intentional in their approach and practice to arts in education?
  • How can artists develop a shared language and understanding of the benefit of arts approaches with their counterparts – the educators?
  • How can artists work towards building a practice that is ‘circus coming to town’ experience for students?
  • How to make an approach to schools?
  • How to present the value of arts activity to an educator?

Working with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Communities

Thursday 10 October 2013

Facilitator | Lee-Ann Buckskin

Would you like to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in your arts practice? How can artists become more culturally aware and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities?

This forum will provide you with a beginning point to develop your knowledge and understanding of the diverse cultural dynamics that exist within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities, and how to engage them through your artistic practice.

Some of the fundamental principles and topics you will explore include:

  • Appropriate and considerate communication
  • Respecting cultural practices and protocols of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Barriers to participation
  • Meeting the needs of individuals and communities
  • Authorisations and formal consents when using Indigenous subject matter
  • Responsible use of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge and expression

Lee-Ann Buckskin
Manager, Aboriginal Arts Development, Carclew
Chair, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board, Australia Council of the Arts

Lee-Ann has an extensive career within the arts, cultural and festival sectors. Through her heritage and professional experience Lee-Ann has well developed knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, cultural protocols and working with urban, regional and remote communities. Lee-Ann was previously a Member of the SA Museums Aboriginal Advisory Committee and Program Coordinator of the Aboriginal and Torres Srait Islander Program at Adelaide Fringe and the Adelaide and Brisbane Festivals of Art.

Arts Business Start Up

Saturday 21 September 2013

Facilitator | John Paul Fischbach

The A-Z of setting up your arts business.

Business is no longer a dirty word to be shuddered about for the creative arts worker. Executive Director of Melbourne’s Auspicious Arts Projects, John Paul Fischbach will cover all the key pointers for any artist or administrator to truly get their start up business off the ground and into growth. Learn what is inside a business and a financial plan that will help you create the future you imagine.

John Paul’s workshop at The Arts Garden sold out in record time. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend this expanded, extended, enhanced, improved and intensive one-day session with one of Australia’s leading arts business practitioners.

Some of the key topics you will explore:

  • Business plan or strategic plan;
  • Using SMART tools and analysis;
  • Branding and marketing;
  • Resourcing through funding, philanthropy, service or product income, fundraising, sponsorship;
  • Business essentials: insurance, legal status, finances, administration, compliance, ABN and tax;
  • Employment and contracts; and
  • Planning and evaluation.

Learn to create the future you imagine.

John Paul Fischbach

John Paul is an international producer / director of both theatre and film. In 1997 he transitioned his theatre company to using Value Based Language and continues to be a passionate advocate of changing the way we talk about the arts.  He created the Auspicious Arts Incubator in 2007 to provide long term one-on-one coaching for independent artists and arts organisations to improve business and marketing skills.  In 2009 John Paul created a series of full-day training seminars. ThisSo you wanna series tours nationally and is in great demand for changing old paradigms in order to create dynamic business and marketing results, particularly using social media. John Paul is the author of the forthcoming book Market the Heart, smarter more effective marketing for the arts.

John Paul divides his time equally between the incubator and his own creative projects.  His short film Shoelace (about the day a five year old succeeds in tying his shoes) has screened at 21 festivals around the world and is currently playing on screens around Australia in two festivals. Most recently John Paul launched True Secrets, seven digital pod-plays of Melbourne’s notorious past delivered over your smart phone at specific locations in the CBD.

What’s Your Worth?

Thursday 19 September 2013

Facilitator | Georgie Davill

In many cases artists accept a job without any true analysis of their actual costs. How much do your services really cost? Is your approach to setting your value led by your heart or your head?

Pricing your professional arts service is more than just nominating a random figure. Accurate pricing involves a good understanding of all costs associated in delivering your offering. Consider: intellectual property, work cover, superannuation, holidays, travel and administration to name just a few.

This forum will provide you with a starting point of understanding your value, its relation to developing standards for all artists and how to find a satisfactory medium to ensure you get the contract and a fee that you deserve.

  • The difference between profit and money
  • Considerations for setting a pricing structure and fee
  • Understanding your actual and comprehensive overheads
  • What’s fair for you and your customer

It’s time to step up, be proactive and take ownership of your income stream and livelihood.

Insurance Basics

Thursday 29 August 2013

Ignorance is no defence in the eyes of the law. It is important for artists to understand the responsibility they have to themselves and others through their practice.

Artists may be required to take out certain insurance policies to undertake projects and programs, work in certain areas and in a range of capacities including tutoring others.

This forum will help you to begin to de-mystify the world of liability, highlight your responsibilities and assist you to the best insurance premiums for your business.

  • Compulsory Insurances
  • Essential Insurances
  • Useful Insurances

Financial Literacy 101

Saturday 24 August 2013

Facilitator | Kay Jamieson

Income and expenditure, in-kind resourcing, profit and loss, cash flow, profit margins. What do they all mean? And how do they all relate? Developing financial literacy is essential for any artist in their drive to be sustainable and able to support the creative work they need and want to do.Join experienced arts manager Kay Jamieson for this one-day hands-on workshop exploring financial management for creative business.

  • Unpack the process of preparing thorough budgets through an intensive project based case study;
  • Explore the ways to set realistic targets for your income and the streams through which you can generate. E.g. box office, sales and sponsorship;
  • Develop a strong understanding of how to go from surviving to thriving in your arts business.

Kay Jamieson

Kay has almost 30 years of experience managing arts organisations and delivering national and international major events and complex international arts festivals. She brings a wealth of knowledge around securing income and funding partners, financial management, negotiation, communication and lateral thinking.


Thursday 8 August 2013

Facilitator | Kate Gould

Want to develop a more effective voice to influence change in arts public policy and stronger public value for the arts? Do you think that lobbying is for arts organisations with greater resources and that your single voice will have no benefit? Think again, your efforts can make a difference!

Expert Kate Gould will provide an introduction about the ways to develop you lobbying and advocacy skills, including how to approach politicians, senior bureaucrats and decision makers. Learn tips for telling your story and developing persuasive arguments about the value of your art.

  • The difference between advocacy and lobbying
  • Understanding the political system in relation to the role of public constituents
  • How to gather like-minded people to strengthen your lobbying and advocacy efforts

Kate Gould launched her company OurBodyCorp in September 2012. The winner of her category of the Telstra Business Women’s Award (SA) in 2009, Kate was Chief Executive of the Adelaide Festival of Arts.  She lectures in the masters program at the School of Management, University of South Australia; and is on the Finance Committee of the Adelaide Football Club (AFL – the Crows).  Kate Gould is Co-Chair of South Australia’s Premier’s Council for Women. Kate was also the former Chair of Carclew.

Business Structure for Artists

Thursday 18 July 2013

Facilitator | Pitcher Partners

Entrepreneurial artists and groups, have you got your business structure right to ensure your creative opportunities, outputs and returns are maximised? This forum is a practical session exploring different business structures, governance and compliance requirements for independent artists and fledging arts organisations.

  • Profit or not-for-profit
  • Business Structures and choosing the one for you
  • Business Compliance and Obligations

Putting your Best Foot Forward

Saturday 22 June 2013

Facilitator | Jill Gael

This is your opportunity to grill expert Jill Gael about the best way to present yourself as an artist. Whether you are pitching to a gallery, for a performance or a gig, for a conference/workshop or to a publisher, what is the key to getting someone’s attention and to hook them into wanting what you have to offer?

This session is relevant to artists of all genres and art forms and at any stage of a career and will focus on:

  • How to identify what you want to get out of a pitch/presentation
  • How to arrive at the desired outcomes of a pitch/presentation
  • Information required to achieve the desired outcomes
  • What is the ‘hook’?

Jill Gael

Jill is co-founder of CPD BIZ Consulting Pty Ltd and Director of the Centre for People Development. Jill has held senior management positions in both the South Australian and Victorian public sector spanning the arts, health, education and information services. She has served on many South Australian arts boards of management including Patch Theatre, Vitalstatistix and No Strings Attached. Jill is creative, mischievous, brimming with ideas and energy, passionate about people and their development and can establish rapport with anyone.

Katie Dawson and the mindPOP experience

23 May 2013

Recognising the benefits of an arts rich education, the Australian Government is committed to the inclusion of arts subjects in the national curriculum. Creative Australia – the National Cultural Policy further confirms that the government is serious about this commitment and understands the vital role of arts in every child’s learning.

So what does this mean for artists and how can you maximise such opportunities?

Learn from leading expert in the field, Katie Dawson about the essential role of the artist in creating meaningful partnerships with educators and their institutions.  Assistant professor in Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas, Austin, Katie’s area of research include community-engaged outreach programs, arts integration, youth theatre, museum theatre, drama-in-education, theatre-in-education, and teaching artist praxis

Katie will share key insights and lessons learnt from the mindPOP experience, a highly successful initiative from Austin Texas geared with developing, trialling and finally establishing a blueprint for district-wide and city-wide arts programming in Austin Texas.

Mammalian Diving Reflex Arts & Culture Talk

21 May 2013

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield in association with Fifth Quarter presents an arts and culture talk by Canadian Mammalian Diving Reflex.

Founded in 1993, Mammalian Diving Reflex is a research-art atelier dedicated to investigating the social sphere, always on the lookout for contradictions to whip into aesthetically scintillating experiences. They are a culture production workshop that creates site and social-specific performance events, theatre-based productions, gallery-based participatory installations, video products, art objects and theoretical texts. Collaborators in their dynamic and innovative range of Mammalian Diving Reflex projects range in age from 13 to over 80 years old.

Eva Verity and Jenna Winter from Mammalian Diving Reflex are currently in Adelaide working on These are the People in Your Neighbourhood with Year 6 students from Blair Athol North B-7 School, as part of the Come Out Festival 2013, in association with the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.

This is your exclusive opportunity to hear from Eva and Jenna and learn about their working practice and projects.

Click here to visit Mammalian Diving Reflex online.

Banner image: Carclew house as viewed through the South East Gate – Photo taken by Braw Media