Past event

16 September 2021
6:00 – 7:30pm

(Artist) Life School: Budgeting for wellbeing

Design: Annamieke Montagne

Design: Annamieke Montagne

16 September 2021. Free entry.

(Artist) Life School: Budgeting for wellbeing

Thursday 16 September, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: understorey (The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora Gym)

Please note that at Level 2 this seating will be socially distanced and all attendees will be required to sign in and wear a face mask.

How does one wrangle a project budget (aka spreadsheet of doom)? How do you calculate costs, and non-monetary values, and balance those things with the time and energy you have to give to a project? How do you avoid burnout? What kinds of support are available, both from organisations and your peers?

Our second seminar is focused on budgeting, beyond dollars and cents. Khye Hitchcock, Programme Director of the Green Lab and curator at large, will address the importance of wellbeing and sustainable practice in an environment where most funding is contestable. This seminar will cover the basics of budgeting and managing projects with realistic approaches to costs, in-kind support, and ensuring the wellbeing of those involved.

(Artist) Life School brings together contemporary artists to further develop professional skills, and sets out to answer the curly questions around maintaining a practice out in the world. Ideal for recent graduates and emerging artists, each workshop hosts an industry professional to discuss the realities of making, resourcing, and showing your work.

Bring your notebook, we’ll supply the (individually wrapped if we’re still in level 2 still) snacks! This event is free to attend but please note that spaces are limited and registration is required. Please email to register.


Khye Hitchcock (they/them) is based in Ōtautahi where they are involved in a number of local initiatives that centre community building and place. Since 2019 they have been Programme Director of The Green Lab, a non profit organisation that creates green spaces for social good. They moonlight with Te Pūtahi Centre for Architecture and Citymaking, with CNZ as a Peer Assessor, and as an independent producer/curator. They are interested in generosity, and collaborative and experimental modes of practice which prioritise community and unsettle hegemonic systems. Khye has a MFA from Elam (2012) and has held various curatorial roles including at Artspace Aotearoa, SCAPE Public Art and CoCA Toi Moroki. 

Free Downloads:
Slides from (Artist) Life School: Budgeting for wellbeing (pdf) Notes from (Artist) Life School: Budgeting for wellbeing (pdf)