Workshop Registration

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Grant Writing – Katie Belcher

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. Participants are asked to bring in their partially completed applications for feedback. 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.

Wednesday, October 5, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
Registration Deadline: September 29

Saturday, October 29, 10am – 1pm
Lunenburg: Lunenburg School of the Arts, 6 Prince St.
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 21

Grant Writing – Lunenburg

Writing about your Work – Carol Bruneau

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.

Saturday, October 15, 1pm – 4pm- CANCELLED due to low registration
Wolfville: Acadia University Art Gallery, 10 Highland Avenue, Beveridge Arts Centre
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 7

Saturday, October 22, 10am – 1pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 20

Writing About Your Work – Halifax

Marketing for Artists – Stacey Cornelius

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.

Wednesday, October 19, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
Registration Deadline: Monday, October 17

Marketing for Artists – Halifax

Documenting Your Work – Steve Farmer

How do you show the world your work, on your website, in your portfolio, and when applying for grants? This workshop will show artists how to photograph 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional work using a digital camera, along with a variety of lighting methods including professional and household lighting. Artists will learn to develop techniques to professionally document their work using readily available equipment, from around the studio or in the home. The workshop will also provide basic instruction on how to download images from camera to computer, and how to resize images for web applications.

Wednesday, October 26, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Rd
Registration Deadline: Monday, October 24

Documenting Your Work- Halifax

Taxes for Artists – Nora Macnee

Have all your income tax fears extinguished in this DIY income tax workshop.  This session will teach you how to organize your artist practice for income tax reporting, explain how to report your income and expenses, and help you understand the jargon. Space is limited, so register early to participate.

Saturday, November 5, 9am – 12pm
Lunenburg: Lunenburg School of the Arts, 6 Prince Street
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 28

Taxes for Artists – Lunenburg

Saturday, November 19, 10am – 1pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
Registration Deadline: Friday, November 11

Taxes for Artists – Halifax

Art Festival Proposals – Sara Roth

This workshop caters to artists who are interested in submitting an application to art festivals such as Nocturne: Art at Night (Halifax) and Lumière (Sydney). The workshop will explore the issues specific to art festivals and typical application guidelines for art festivals to help workshop participants develop their project proposals. The instructor brings a wealth of experience to this topics having been a participating (juried) artist, Juror and Event coordinator with Lumière, and exchange artist with Art in the Open, Charlottetown.

Wednesday, November 9, 6 – 9pm
Sydney: Cape Breton University Art Gallery, 1250 Grand Lake Road
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, November 1

Art Festival Proposals – Sydney


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

Saturday, October 29, 11am – 1pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
RSVP to by October 27

$10 Members
$20 Non-Members
You can register in advance, using the PayPal button below or pay 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.

Ask a Conservator info session

Art Handling and Transportation
with Ray Cronin

Dates and locations TBA

Members’ Bundle Discount

VANS offers a member special that allows visual artists to develop their professional skills at an increased discount when registering for 2 or more workshops of the same price. Please see below for full discount breakdowns.

To be eligible for discounts, workshop registrants must be up to date with their VANS memberships. Click here for information on how to become a VANS member.

* Professional Development Series – Members’ Bundle Special

Members Bundle Options

* When registering for the bundle offer, please e-mail with the titles of your selected courses.

VANS Cancellation and Refund 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 has to cancel the workshop for any reason, registrants will be notified and refunded in full.<<Return to Shopping Cart

2 Responses to Workshop Registration

  1. Pingback: Maritime Art List » Blog Archive » VANS Grant Proposals Workshop – Registration Deadline Oct 9

  2. It would be fantastic if any of these workshops were offered online or as a podcast either during or after. The workshop could be filmed then broken into parts and uploaded to utube with password protection. People could pay. It would be a great advantage for those of us who are not in Halifax and even for people not in the Maritimes. It would be great promotion too for VANS and the services it offers.

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