Workshops

VANS’ Professional Development Workshop Series is presented in an effort to keep members and visual artists informed of best professional practices in the visual arts. As this is our 40th Anniversary, workshops are $40 for members and non-members!


REGISTER FOR A WORKSHOP:

1. ONLINE: Visit our shopping cart to read full descriptions, register and pay by PayPal or with your credit card.

2. MAIL: Please print the attached Workshop Registration Form and send with payment to Visual Arts Nova Scotia at: 1113 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS, B3H 4P7

3. IN PERSON: Drop by our offices during regular business hours to register and pay in person. Please note we only accept credit cards, cash and cheques in the office.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds of 75% of workshop fee will be given if cancellation occurs 72 hours or more prior to the beginning of the workshop. No refund will be given if cancellation occurs on the day of the workshop. If VANS cancels the workshop for any reason, registrants will be notified and given a full refund.


WORKSHOPS

GRANT WRITING

This workshop focuses on writing a convincing project description for Arts Nova Scotia and Canada Council creation grants as well as other applications. The instructor will discuss how to position yourself and your practice in a way that supports your proposal and what jury members look for when reviewing submissions. The workshop will not cover aspects such as CVs or artist statements, and does not guarantee success, but aims to improve grant and proposal writing skills.
Instructor: Katie Belcher

Wednesday, May 3, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road

Saturday, May 6, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Inverness: Inverness County Centre for the Arts, 16080 Highway 19
Registration Deadline: May 3


MARKETING FOR ARTISTS

Work smarter, not harder. This workshop will provide a clear, practical explanation of the core elements of marketing that’s tailored specifically for artists, whether you sell to shops, galleries, or directly to customers. We’ll explore newsletters, websites, and online selling. We’ll talk about how to make the most of both digital and print technology to create a professional presence, even if you’re on a tight budget. We’ll discuss how to use social media effectively. You’ll learn simple ways to focus on your target market, and tips on how to take the pain out of promoting your work. By the end of the session, you’ll see how the core elements of marketing work together to help you reach your best customers, and take away a set of strategies to develop a marketing plan that works for you.
Instructor: Stacey Cornelius

Saturday, May 6, 11am – 2pm
Shelburne: The Osprey Arts Centre, 107 Water St.
Registration Deadline: May 3

Saturday, May 27, 1 – 4pm
Antigonish
: St. FX Art Gallery, Bloomfield Centre, 5555 Union Place
Registration Deadline: May 22


WRITING ABOUT YOUR WORK

How do you take a visual medium and translate that artistic piece or practice into language? As artists, we are asked to communicate our work in compelling and electrifying ways to the public. Whether it is writing proposals, press releases, artist’s statements, or presentations, feeling confident and creative with words will transform the ways that one’s art is effectively received by the public and by art professionals alike. This workshop is for visual artists who want to explore new and vibrant approaches to writing creatively and critically about their work.
Instructor: Carol Bruneau

Thursday, May 11, 6 – 9pm CANCELLED
Dartmouth: MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning, 50 Queen Street
Registration Deadline: May 4


PRICING YOUR WORK

How much should you be paid for your work? What price is the “right price”? How do you put a price tag on your work without second guessing yourself? In this workshop, you will learn how to calculate prices from a business perspective, and how labour and materials are just one part of the picture. We will explore the factors that affect pricing: where you fit into the marketplace, your target customer, as well as where, and how, you sell your work. There will also be a brief discussion about other types of artist income, such as teaching, and how to deal with inevitable requests to work for little or nothing — and how some of those opportunities can work to your advantage.
Instructor: Stacey Cornelius

Saturday, May 13, 10am – 1pm
Lunenburg: Lunenburg School of the Arts, 6 Prince Street
Registration Deadline: May 5

Wednesday, May 17, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
Registration Deadline: May 10


DOs AND DON’Ts OF EXHIBITION PROPOSALS

This workshop will include examining calls for submissions from public galleries and artist run centres to identify and decipher application criteria. Participants will learn how to research galleries to see where they might best apply. This workshop will address formatting and content for resumes, artist statements, cover letters, letters of intent, and tips for choosing support material, including image files, size, and quantity. Participants are encouraged to bring their proposals in progress for review and feedback. Questions are encouraged!
Instructor: Dr. Laurie Dalton

Saturday, May 13, 2 – 5pm
Lunenburg: Lunenburg School of the Arts, 6 Prince Street
Registration Deadline: May 5

Saturday, June 3, 1 – 4pm
Antigonish: St. FX Art Gallery, Bloomfield Centre, 5555 Union Place
Registration Deadline: June 1


EXHIBITION PREP

Participants will gain practical experience in planning and preparing for different types of exhibitions. The workshop will cover key aspects of exhibition planning such as packing, transportation and will focus on installation dos and don’ts. The workshop will include discussions on appropriate hanging/installation hardware, framing options, lighting considerations, safety, trouble shooting and the artist’s responsibility vs the gallery. Also included will be discussions on the pros and cons of different exhibition styles and approaches (group show, salon, solo) and will conclude with open Q&A session where participants can discuss their specific questions about their own exhibitions.

The workshop is designed for emerging artists wishing to gain professional experience, and expand and develop their careers and capabilities. It will cover the basics of exhibition installation, problem solving and resources for artists and will also include discussions about more advanced techniques.
Instructor: John Mathews (Collections Technician at CBU Art Gallery)

Saturday, May 27, 11am – 2pm (NEW DATE AND TIME!)
Inverness: Inverness County Centre for the Arts, 16080 Highway 19
Registration Deadline: May 22


INFO SESSIONS

Ask a Conservator
with Elizabeth Jablonski, M.A.C., & Ian Loughead, M.A.C.

Saturday, May 27, 1pm – 3pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
*Donations will be collected at the door

Have you ever wondered what happens to your art after it enters a gallery, museum, archive or private collection? Have you questioned whether your art is going to last and which materials are more durable than others?  Art conservators are uniquely qualified to provide you with information and resources with which to make decisions about the material aspects of your artistic practice.

Bring questions, images and materials to this session to direct the discussion according to the needs your practice. Receive answers to your questions on a variety of materials, including: paintings and painted objects, metals, wood, ceramics, glass, fiber/textiles, plastics and two-dimensional framed art.  A list of resources will be provided.


Copyright for Artists
with the Artist Legal Information Society (ALIS)

Wednesday, May 31, 6pm – 7pm  CANCELLED
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
*Donations for the Artist Legal Information Society will be collected at the door

Do you have questions about copyright? Artists have had images of their work copied from the web and sold on handbags and mugs. Several social media websites help promote your work, but also claim ownership over what users post. Join the Artist’s Legal Information Society in a session about copyright, including copyright online and the risks of featuring your artwork on websites and social media. The session will include lots of time for a Q&A, so use this chance to ask a lawyer about copyright!



Refunds of 75% of workshop fee will be given if cancellation occurs 72 hours or more prior to the beginning of the workshop. No refund will be given if cancellation occurs on the day of the workshop. If VANS has to cancel the workshop for any reason, registrants will be notified and refunded in full.

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For more information, please contact:
Carri MacKay
Programming Coordinator
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
902-423-4694
communicate@visualarts.ns.ca