Professional Practices for Artists

Practical training to advance your artistic career.


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.


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.


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. 

Grant Writing

Be prepared to work on an actual application of your choosing


  • Tuesday evenings, September 5th to 26th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Leader: Michael Peterson, Director of Void Gallery
  • Tickets: $100 general / $75 SCC members and students + service fees
  • Location: Void Gallery, 312 Avenue B South, Saskatoon, SK
  • Register via Picatic


  • Tuesday evenings, September 5th to 26th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Leader: Risa Payant, Executive Director at Common Weal Community Arts
  • Tickets: $100 general / $75 SCC members and students + service fees
  • Location: TBD, Regina, SK
  • Register via Picatic

These grant writing courses will take participants through the full process of writing a grant from researching opportunities to preparing a submission. Instructors Michael Peterson (Saskatoon) and Risa Payant (Regina) will show participants how to identify appropriate opportunities and will then work with participants through each step of the grant-writing process: project ideation, timeline, budget, and writing the grant. At the end of the course each participant will have prepared a submission package for the grant they have chosen.

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.

For more information contact:

Michael Peterson (Professional Practices Coordinator)


Carmen Milenkovic (Saskatchewan Craft Council Executive Director)