Professional Practices for Artists

Current Semester

 

Developing a Body of Work

Prince Albert

  • Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29, 10 am – 4 pm
  • Instructor: Monique Martin
  • $100 general /$75 SCC member or student + service fees
  • Location: Mann Art Gallery, 142A – 12th Street West, Prince Albert, SK
  • Register via Picatic
  • If you would like to purchase your ticket to this course in person, you may do so at the Mann Art Gallery. They offer debit, credit, cash, and cheque payment methods in person, or will take credit card over the phone. You may register with Randa by calling the gallery at (306) 763-7080 or emailing reception@mannartgallery.ca.

Through this two day course, participants will be shown how to develop a body of work (rather than individual pieces) and will write an exhibition statement for this work. Participants will be shown how their work can engage in existing dialogues and trends in the artists’ communities so that it better finds an audience (both galleries and potential buyers). Monique Martin, an artist and art educator who has won numerous national teaching awards, will show participants how to start at the ideation stage, letting these ideas influence everything from the media used to the way the work is displayed.

Monique Martin is a multi-disciplinary artist and art educator. She received the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History (2007) and the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in (2009). Monique has been nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction and for the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts (2006) and Arts and Learning (2012). Monique was named one of the Top 100 printmakers in Canada in the National Printmaking Awards. Monique is also a two-time winner of a National Teaching Award for combining art into other subject areas.

 

Saskatchewan Art Gallery Survey

Saskatoon

  • Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Instructor: Michael Peterson (Void Gallery)
  • Tickets: FREE (provided by CARFAC Sask)
  • Location: Void Gallery, 312 Ave B South, Saskatoon, SK
  • Register via Picatic

In this one-night course, Michael Peterson, owner of Void Gallery, will survey Saskatchewan galleries, discussing the opportunities they present for participants. He will review the different types of galleries (from public to artist-run to commercial) and the stages of an artist’s career at which each might be most applicable. He will also the difference between artist fee- vs. sales commission-based exhibition and the different possibilities for income these hold.

The course Preparing a Gallery Submission (below) is intended as a follow-up to this course, where participants will be guided through the process of preparing a submission for a gallery of their choosing. Registration in Preparing a Gallery Submission is not required for this course.

This course is presented in partnership with CARFAC.

 

Preparing a Gallery Submission

Saskatoon

  • Wednesdays, May 2 to 16, 2018, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Instructor: Michael Peterson (Void Gallery)
  • Tickets: $75 general / $60 SCC member, CARFAC member, or student + 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.

 

Pricing Your Work – Markets

Saskatoon

  • Sunday, May 6, 10 am – 4 pm
  • Instructor: Carole Epp
  • $50 general /$40 SCC member or student + service fees
  • Location: Void Gallery, 312 Ave B South, Saskatoon, SK
  • Register via Picatic

Regina

  • Sunday, May 27, noon – 5 pm
  • Instructor: Carole Epp
  • $50 general /$40 SCC member or student + service fees
  • Location: Art Gallery of Regina, 2420 Elphinstone Street, Regina, SK
  • Register via Picatic

During this one-day course, Carole Epp will take participants through the various considerations involved in pricing work for market sales. Participants will work with Carole and their fellow attendees to set pricing guidelines for their own 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.

 


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. This program provides training opportunities covering the full spectrum of artistic professional practice, while its unique structure of course modules allows 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. 

 

For more information contact:

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

OR

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