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.  Individual webinars will be available to VANS members for $18, and $28 for 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.


WEBINARS

Starting on Wednesday, February 21, at 6pm AT, this three-part online workshop series will focus on grant writing essentials for artists. Each one hour session will be taught by grant writing consultant, interdisciplinary/media artist, and NSCAD University instructor Becka Barker. Sessions will allow artists from across the country to learn about tools for leveraging opportunities, effective methods for drafting proposals, and writing essentials– all from the comfort of their own home or studio.

This webinar series is designed to give artists practical help for creating successful applications and proposals to support artistic creation, exhibition, research, and professional development. Artists will be expected to draw on their creative and critical skills as they learn how to assess opportunities for support, respond effectively to funding criteria (while maintaining their artistic voice), and draft clear texts that accurately convey the artist’s ideas, needs, and hopes.


LEVERAGING OPPORTUNITIES

This first webinar in the series will give an overview of how to find funding opportunities, what goes into a good grant, and how to utilize opportunities to best support your practice. Topics include: understanding the differences among funding opportunities and assessing their fit; aligning opportunities to modes of practice (research, creation, production, etc.); the path to funding eligibility/validation; and telling your story with images, numbers, and text (or, understanding support material, budgets, and project description).
Instructor: Becka Barker

Wednesday, February 21, 6 – 7pm AT – WORKSHOP IS FULL!
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 14


PROPOSAL ANATOMIES

A well-written proposal is essential for convincing funders to support your work. In this webinar, you will learn how to draft a strong proposal while remaining true to your artistic vision and voice. Topics include: giving the jury what they want (ie responding to criteria), content vs. style vs. mechanics, and finding your voice.
Instructor: Becka Barker

Wednesday, February 28, 6 – 7pm AT – WORKSHOP IS FULL!
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 21


ARTISTS, WRITING

This webinar gets into the nitty-gritty of writing: strengthen your command of grammar and syntax to help your proposal content and artist statements shine. Topics include: editing for logical flow, editing for clarity, and focusing on the grammar that matters.
Instructor: Becka Barker

Wednesday, March 7, 6 – 7pm AT – WORKSHOP IS FULL!
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 28


Becka Barker is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, writer, and arts consultant based in Halifax, NS. Her twenty years’ experience in the arts landscape includes serving as Executive Director for The Centre for Art Tapes, writing for Arts Atlantic and Visual Arts News, serving on dozens of selection and peer assessment committees, and teaching in media arts and design at NSCAD University. Her art production has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, and the National Film Board of Canada, and she has been fortunate to have been included in several commissioning projects, as well. She has been exhibited at several contemporary art and film festivals ranging from regional to international in scope, and has been programmed in several galleries across Canada.

Her consulting work focuses on assisting artists and organizations with grant writing and strategic planning. She has presented at several national academic conferences as well, such as the Canadian Society of Education through Art, Universities Art Association of Canada, and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She has also held several volunteer positions over the years, including Secretary on the National Executive for the Independent Media Arts Alliance, programmer at CKDU-FM, and founding member of Ardmore Community Projects.



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