Professional Practices for Artists

Practical training to advance your artistic career.

WHAT IS IT?

Professional Practices for Artists provides training opportunities that will improve the ability of creative professionals to market themselves, access opportunities, and generate income from their work. The courses are led by practicing artists, allowing attendees to learn from those who have been where they are and can articulate paths to success.

Combining the benefits of workshop and mentorship models, these courses will allow artists to both target training to their needs and to put this training into practice. The focus is actionable results: participants will not only learn the requirements of, for example, a grant proposal, but write one of their own. And the courses will enable artists to expand their support networks as they will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with leaders and fellow participants throughout each one.

The courses are structured as individual modules; while each should be taken in its entirety, there are no prerequisites so artists can select the courses that will benefit them the most. Many courses will be held at Void Gallery in Saskatoon.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The courses are intended for artists of all skill levels who want to refine their professional practices or improve their creative business skills. They are suitable for early-career artists learning new techniques or experienced artists who would like to receive support and feedback throughout processes they have been undertaking for years.

WHERE DID THIS COME FROM?

This program has been developed by the Saskatchewan Craft Council and Void Gallery to address a recurring need: frequently Saskatchewan artists face challenges accessing opportunities or having the quality of their work recognized – despite its high calibre – due to a lack of professional practices or artistic business acumen. Over the next year, this program will provide training opportunities covering the full spectrum of artistic professional practice, while its unique structure of course modules will allow busy creative professionals to target their specific needs, providing them the tools they need to advance their careers.

Made possible with support from Creative Saskatchewan’s Business Capacity Grant Program. 


 

Building Your Online Presence

 

Be prepared to work on or develop your own website and social media

Saskatoon

  • Thursdays, October 19 to November 9, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Leader: Carole Epp (Musing About Mud)
  • Tickets: $100 general / $75 SCC members and students + service fees
  • Location: Void Gallery, 312 Ave B South, Saskatoon, SK
  • Register via Picatic

This course will survey a variety of online platforms available and proven successful for artists and other creative professionals. Carole Epp, founder of Musing About Mud – a blog and Instagram account with over 13k followers – will cover concepts ranging from marketing and branding to content production to contextual considerations for dissemination to practical “how-tos” of online social media platforms. This will not be a “how to build your website” course, but rather how to use the internet to grow your business. It is suitable for beginners to those with an established web presence: Carole will take beginners through the process of developing an online portfolio – including a website and social media – introducing and explaining how to use a variety of free online resources; through this process, she will work with those who are more experienced to refine each aspect of their online presence so it better markets them and their work.

This course is intended for artists of all skill levels who want to refine their professional practices or improve their creative business skills. It is suitable for early-career artists learning new techniques or experienced artists who would like to receive support and feedback throughout processes they have been undertaking for years.

 

Building Your Online Presence (Pre-Day)

 

Participants should bring the phone, tablet, or laptop they will be using for the Building Your Online Presence course

Saskatoon

For those new to social media or working online, this half-day session will go over the basics of setting up social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), how to post content to each platform using your phone, and other best practices when working online. This is intended as a pre-course session for those who would like extra support before starting the Building Your Online Presence course (see above).

 

Writing Your Artist Documents

 

Be prepared to work on your own CV, Artist Statement, and Bio

Saskatoon

  • Wednesdays, November 22 to December 13, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Leader: Michael Peterson (Void Gallery)
  • Tickets: $100 general / $75 SCC members and students + service fees
  • Location: Void Gallery, 312 Ave B South, Saskatoon, SK
  • Register via Picatic

Through this course, participants will write the documents required for professional artists and craftspeople: CV, artist statement, and bio. Michael, who has worked as a Graduate Writing Tutor for Emily Carr University, will take participants through the process of considering the audience and purpose for each type of writing so they can understand how their writing will be read and how to write for these different contexts.

This course is intended for artists of all skill levels who want to refine their professional practices or improve their creative business skills. It is suitable for early-career artists learning new techniques or experienced artists who would like to receive support and feedback throughout processes they have been undertaking for years.

Michael is the founder and Gallery Director of Void Gallery. He is also the Curator and Project Manager for Nuit Blanche Saskatoon’s 2017 festival and the Project Manager for Professional Practices for Artists. Michael received his BFA in Printmaking from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 and his MDes (Master of Design) from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver in 2015. He has taught as a Sessional Instructor in Printmaking at the U of S and has worked as a Graduate Writing Tutor for Emily Carr’s Writing Centre. He has sat on juries for AKA Artist-run, the City of Saskatoon, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board, among others. He also co-hosts Un-framed, the weekly arts radio program on CFCR, Saskatoon’s community radio station.

 

Preparing a Gallery Submission

 

Be prepared to work on your own submission to a gallery of your choosing

Saskatoon

  • Tuesdays, May 2 to 16, 2018, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Leader: Michael Peterson (Void Gallery)
  • Tickets: $75 general / $60 SCC members and students + service fees
  • Location: Void Gallery, 312 Ave B South, Saskatoon, SK
  • Register via Picatic

In this three-week course Michael Peterson, Gallery Director for Void Gallery, will take participants through the process of preparing a gallery submission. Michael will begin by discussing the different types of galleries that exist (from public to artist-run to commercial) and the different forms of artistic production they support, helping each participant research galleries suitable for their work. Participants will prepare a gallery submission for at least one of these galleries, including writing a cover letter and exhibition statement and developing a portfolio of images.

This course is intended for artists of all skill levels who want to refine their professional practices or improve their creative business skills. It is suitable for early-career artists learning new techniques or experienced artists who would like to receive support and feedback throughout processes they have been undertaking for years.

Michael is the founder and Gallery Director of Void Gallery. He is also the Curator and Project Manager for Nuit Blanche Saskatoon’s 2017 festival and the Project Manager for Professional Practices for Artists. Michael received his BFA in Printmaking from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 and his MDes (Master of Design) from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver in 2015. He has taught as a Sessional Instructor in Printmaking at the U of S and has worked as a Graduate Writing Tutor for Emily Carr’s Writing Centre. He has sat on juries for AKA Artist-run, the City of Saskatoon, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board, among others. He also co-hosts Un-framed, the weekly arts radio program on CFCR, Saskatoon’s community radio station.


For more information contact:

Michael Peterson (Professional Practices Coordinator)
michael@voidgallery.ca

OR

Carmen Milenkovic (Saskatchewan Craft Council Executive Director)
scc.director@sasktel.net