Artist Survival Guide with iii


6 sessions 19 October – 30 November 2021
16:00 – 18:00
Facilitators: Marije Baalman, Matteo Marangoni, Yun Lee, Dieter Vandoren
Cost: €60 incl. 21% VAT, buy tickets HERE

Art school may have taught you how to experiment, make, and critique, but if you recently graduated, you might be finding yourself at a loss when it comes to navigating the larger cultural sector. This is where the Artist Survival Guide comes in.

The Artist Survival Guide is a 6-part workshop by iii members covering entrepreneurial survival skills such as grant writing, budgeting, negotiating with curators, and promoting your work. The workshop is aimed at recent, soon-to-be art school graduates and working artists looking to further professionalize their practice.


19 October – Matteo Marangoni: Cultural Entrepreneurship
26 October – Marije Baalman: Budgeting for a Sustainable Practice
2 November – Matteo Marangoni: Project Management and Fundraising
9 November – Marije Baalman: VAT
23 November – Yun Lee: Promotional Writing
30 November – Dieter Vandoren: Production and Standard Contracts

About the workshops

Budgeting for a Sustainable Practice

Marije will guide you through how to make a personal budget as a working artist, how to create a project budget.

Project Management and Fundraising
Matteo will take you through the different phases of making a project happen, from planning, securing funding, connecting to stakeholders, to presentation. This workshop also goes through how to make your project relevant to public and society.

The tax system can be complicated if you’re a freelance artist who earns income from multiple sources. Learn about tax rates for different art forms, deductions, exemptions, and how to write a proper invoice.

Promotional Writing for Artists
From the perspective of both an artist and a PR person, Yun will take you through various writing exercises to come up with different versions of biographies and work descriptions for different audiences/purposes. We will assemble basic press kits, select good documentation of work, and talk about how to talk about your work.

Production and Standard Contracts
In this workshop, Dieter will outline the practical details of a presentation in different settings (theater, gallery, museum, festival), from negotiating contracts to writing tech riders.

About the facilitators

Marije Baalman is an artist, researcher/developer, and treasure of iii. She creates sustainable budgets for iii, makes sure that everyone is paid fairly, and is developing fair payment practices for iii.

Matteo Marangoni is an artist, curator, and chairman of iii. Within iii he coordinates the activities of the organization, fundraises, and curates No Patent Pending.

Yun Lee is an artist, educator, and curator who also spent three years doing PR for iii and currently coordinates the iii workshop program. Their PR motto is “a bio is not a CV”.

Dieter Vandoren is an artist, performer, IT developer, and associate of the rental and production company Squat Deluxe Rotterdam.

This workshop is made possible with support from Creative Industries Fund NL and The Municipality of The Hague