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. All 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.

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. 


Winter 2017 Courses

 

PREPARING A GALLERY SUBMISSION

  • Tuesdays, April 25 to May 9, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Creative Commons YXE, 312 Avenue B South, Saskatoon, SK
  • Led by Michael Peterson
  • $75 / $60 SCC members / $50 students + service fees
  • 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.

 

DEVELOPING REVENUE STREAMS TO SUPPORT YOUR ARTISTIC CAREER

  • Sunday, April 30, 10 am – 4 pm
  • Saskatchewan Craft Council, 813 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon, SK
  • Led by Karlie King, Jenna Stanton, and others; moderated by Michael Peterson
  • $50 / $40 SCC members / $30 students + service fees
  • Register via Picatic

Most professional artists do not make their living only from artist fees or sales of their work. Rather, their income generally comes from a variety of sources, from leading workshops to working in schools to commercial production. Because this work is often outside the public eye, understanding the ways that artists build the financial structures to support their careers can be difficult. In this workshop, a number of full-time professional artists, including Karlie King (Ceramic artist and instructor at Regina’s Cathedral Art School), Jenna Stanton (ceramic artist and curator from Medicine Hat’s Medalta) and others will discuss their varying approaches to forming different artistic revenue streams and how they these streams have developed throughout their careers. Following these presentations, there will be an open discussion time where participants can ask questions and receive feedback regarding what approaches may work best for their particular practices.