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

 

GRANT WRITING

  • Tuesdays, January 31 to March 7, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Creative Commons YXE, 312 Avenue B South, Saskatoon, SK
  • Led by Amalie Atkins and Michael Peterson
  • $150 / $125 SCC members / $100 students + service fees
  • Register via Picatic ** SOLD OUT **

This course will take participants through the full process of writing a grant from researching opportunities to preparing a submission. Amalie Atkins, an internationally-exhibiting new media artist, and Michael Peterson, owner of Void Gallery, will show participants how to identify appropriate opportunities and will then work with participants through each step of the grant-writing process: forming community partnerships, preparing a portfolio of images, developing a 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.

Amalie and Michael have a wide range of grant-writing experience from Saskatchewan Arts Board (Independent Artist, Artist in Schools, Artist in Communities) to Creative Saskatchewan to Canada Council grants.

 

EXHIBITION TECHNIQUE

  • Sunday, February 19, 10 am – 4 pm
  • Saskatchewan Craft Council, 813 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon, SK
  • Led by Tarin Hughes & Maia Stark
  • $50 / $40 SCC members / $30 students + service fees
  • Register via Picatic

In this single-day course, participants will be shown different approaches and considerations for installing their work in galleries. Each will be asked to bring a sampling (about four pieces) of their art and will workshop different display options with their fellow participants and instructor. Instructors include Tarin Hughes, the Director of AKA artist-run and Maia Stark, the Exhibition Coordinator at the Saskatchewan Craft Council. Approaches from framing to magnets to plinths will be covered, as well as aesthetic considerations such as proper lighting and spacing. As well, the instructor will discuss how an installation changes as it moves between different venues so it addresses each space and different approaches to group shows.

 

DEVELOPING A BODY OF WORK

  • Wednesdays, March 8 to 29, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Creative Commons YXE, 312 Avenue B South, Saskatoon, SK
  • Led by Monique Martin
  • $100 / $85 SCC Members / $75 students + service fees
  • Register via Picatic

Through this four week course, participants will be shown how to develop a body of work (rather than individual pieces) and will write an exhibition proposal for this work. Starting by exploring calls for submission as well as current events, participants will be shown how their work can engage in existing dialogues and trends in the artists’ communities so that the 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.

 

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
  • Creative Commons YXE, 312 Avenue B South, Saskatoon, SK
  • Led by Karlie King, Marcel Petit, 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 (Instructor, Cathedral Art School),  Marcel Petit (Owner, m.pet productions) 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.