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. 


Preparing a Gallery Submission


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


  • 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)


Carmen Milenkovic (Saskatchewan Craft Council Executive Director)