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 Creative Commons YXE, a production space attached to Void Gallery, providing a professional environment and exposure to the workings of a commercial gallery.


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. 

Professional Practices: An Introduction to Upcoming Courses


After an initial pilot in Saskatoon, we are expanding this program throughout the province, offering courses both in-person and online. To launch this provincial program we are holding introductory sessions in a number of communities in late May/early June.

At these sessions, we will also offer information about Creative Saskatchewan’s current grant programs (closing deadline July 10).


North Battleford


  • Saturday, May 27, 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Kerry Vickar Centre, 206 Bemister Avenue East
  • Register via Picatic

Moose Jaw

  • Saturday, June 3, 2:30 to 4 pm
  • Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, 461 Langdon Crescent
  • Register via Picatic

We are arranging presentations in Regina and Swift Current. Please check this webpage, sign up for Talking Craft, or follow us on Facebook for up-to-date information.

There is no charge for these Introductory Sessions, but we ask that you please register.


Grant Writing for Creative Saskatchewan


Grant Writing Course & One on One Consultation: Creative Saskatchewan Upcoming Deadline

As our first provincial offering, we are holding a grant writing course specific to Creative Saskatchewan‘s current grants. Highlights of this program will include:

  • A 3 hour detailed discussion of Creative Saskatchewan’s application process;
  • 30 minute one-on-one consultation for feedback on your idea and its objectives
  • 2 hours of one-on-one consultation providing feedback and guidance on the development of your grant proposal.
  • It doesn’t matter where you live as we will work with you online.
  • Cost: $150 ($130 for Saskatchewan Craft Council members).
  • Dates: Monday, June 5th, 6:30 to 9:30 pm – A detailed discussion of Creative Saskatchewan’s grant programs and application process. Attendees will be welcome to attend in-person at Void Gallery, 312 Ave B South in Saskatoon; the discussion will also be recorded and available online for participants.
  • One-on-one consultation: Available by phone or online at times booked individually by participants.
  • Register via Picatic


For more information contact:

Michael Peterson (Professional Practices Coordinator)


Carmen Milenkovic (Saskatchewan Craft Council Executive Director)