Category Archives: PROFESSIONAL Development

Calgary | Full Spectrum: An arts equity training intensive

CCEDA, Quest Theatre and the Rozsa Foundation invite you to:

Full Spectrum: An arts equity training intensive
March 12 & 13

Quest Theatre Rehearsal Hall, cSPACE King Edward

Tuition fees: Sliding scale from $25 – $225
Daily lunches provided

Full Spectrum offers up a foundational overview of core arts equity concepts, along with practical tools for assessment and implementation, and has been adapted into an arts sector context – from decades of experience working across artistic disciplines, with all equity-seeking communities.

CCEDA’s foundational arts equity intensive has been successfully piloted across Canada – with CADA, PACT,, Orchestras Canada and the Canadian Dance Assembly. We’re now happy to bringing this training home, through the generous support of Quest Theatre, Rozsa Foundation and Calgary Arts Development.

For more information and/or to register, please visit the Full Spectrum website.

Alberta | ASA Juried Membership Applications

The ASA adheres to the Canada Council for the Arts and Alberta Foundation for the Arts definition of Professional Artist. Therefore, you can be assured that obtaining the ASA professional designation through a clear process of adjudication will ensure the Professional Artist requirements for grant applications and exhibition purposes are met.

At The Alberta Society of Artists we take our commitment to education seriously and that is why we provide many opportunities year-round in the form of exhibitions, speaker opportunities, workshop opportunities, and, leadership. We believe the professional development of our artists goes hand-in-hand with the quality of exhibitions and programming we provide to the Alberta public.

Each year, the ASA reaches well over 100,000 viewers throughout the Province. Your creativity plays a significant role in the visual arts in Alberta. Join Us!

Click to Apply!

Online All Access | The Art of Website Content Creation PD Session with Kim Bruce

The Art of Website Content Creation with Kim Bruce

It’s common to see ads today promoting the easy creation of a website with the click of a button; but that’s only the beginning. You as an artist know that your profession is not like selling computer equipment or collectables online, but a more subtle and complex interplay of factors. A different audience, a different market with a different approach.

Join us for this webinar that focuses specifically on the needs of the fine art website. From creating engaging content, getting your art found online, and optimizing your art images for the web, this seminar will get your fine art site on track, interesting and presentable.

The Art of Website Content Creation will be hosted by Kim Bruce from Design is her background; art, her passion; digital technologies, her tools. Kim is a visual problem solver who helps fellow artists with their websites and content.

Thursday, March 8th, 7 to 8- 8:30pm

Free to Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC members, $45 to non-members. Please RSVP by 4pm on Thursday, March 1. For more information, contact Sharon at (780) 421-1731 or email us.

If you are in Edmonton, you may participate at the Visual Arts Alberta~ CARFAC Project Space. 3rd Floor, 10215 112 St. Edmonton, AB.

Calgary | Calgary Arts Development 2017 Public Art 101 dates

Calgary Public ArtWe are pleased to announce the current session line-up for our Public Art 101 Professional Development Series geared towards artists and community members. Topics are chosen based on the needs and interests expressed by artists. All of the sessions are free but registration is limited.

Public Art 101 sessions allow us to provide ongoing support and professional development opportunities to artists who are transitioning their practice from studio work to the realm of public art. 

For more information about the sessions including topics, dates and locations, please click here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.


Carfac BC’s Artists Talk Ebook is Available Now!

logo_CARFAC-c-positive-smallerCARFAC BC’s interactive ebook Artists Talk is available now, starting at only $9.99! Made up of over 400 pages of text and 9 video interviews, this book is PACKED with valuable information from artists, gallerists, and arts administrators. Whether you have just graduated from arts school or are determining your next career move, Artists Talk has advice for you from experienced fellow practitioners.

Includes texts on a wide-range of business of art topics—from preparing exhibition proposals, to marketing your work, negotiating artist fees, and so much more! Available in the following formats:

Amazon Kindle | iTunes iBookstore | Google Play | Chapters Indigo Kobo

Watch the video “Artists Talk: What is an Emerging Artist?” here.

Educating Artists – Hill Strategies

An analysis of the educational backgrounds of working artists and the labour market activities of arts program graduates in Canada

11 June 2015

Executive Summary

This report has a two-pronged goal: 1) to examine the post-secondary educational qualifications of artists in Canada; and 2) to provide information about the occupations and workforce characteristics of graduates of post-secondary arts programs.

Data for the report are drawn from the National Household Survey (2011) and the National Graduates Survey (2009/10 graduates, surveyed in 2013).

This report has a two-pronged goal: 1) to examine the post-secondary educational qualifications of artists in Canada; and 2) to provide information about the occupations and workforce characteristics of graduates of post-secondary arts programs.

Read the entire report on Hill Strategies’ website

What Does CARFAC Actually Do?

By Graeme Dearden, Communication Assistant

Last month, I attended two events hosted by Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC in Calgary, both focussed on the role of CARFAC and arts advocacy, pragmatically and idealistically. The first event was a small get-together at The New Gallery’s historic John Snow House where artist and former CARFAC National membership coordinator, Taylor Norris, gave a talk on what CARFAC does for Canadian artists. (more…)

Blog Elements

Blog Elements to include for a WordPress artist blog

So why have a blog on your website? Well I never wanted one myself to begin with but then I read this article about why artists should write about their work by Chris Tyrell for Opus Art Supplies. It makes a lot of sense that people who have your art hanging in their home of office want something intelligent to say about their investment.

If you do want to write about your work a blog is a great place to do this. You can expand and comment on a few pieces of work and talk about the process or the inspiration behind it. Using the blogging format to do this leaves your static pages and portfolio clean and uncluttered. (more…)

Pages for an artist website

What pages do you need on an artist website?

artbiz-artist-pagesThe list at the bottom of this page is a large list of the type of pages you may want to include on an artist website. It is not necessary to use them all as you may not have a list of reviews or want to show images of your studio. At the very least consider using the four following pages as a minimum.


The most important thing that needs to be on your site is your name. As an artist your name is your brand, use it. That said… (more…)

Free Blog Vs Self Hosted

What is the difference between a free blog and self hosted blog?

artbiz free blog vs self hostedThe Free Blog

A Free Blog is hosted by a 3rd party such as Google’s Blogger or Other examples of 3rd party blogs are Live Journal and Typepad.

With a free blog everything is taken care of for you. You can create a site without having to bother installing the blog platform or plugins, modifying the theme, paying for web hosting or a domain name. Basically they provide you a free space for your site on their site. But you do not own your site.

With a free blog you get automatic updates and can be assured that the update process is virtually flawless. The blog platform also supplies you with a number of widgets or gadgets that you can use to add functionality to your blog site and a choice between a 100 plus themes or more.

Once you get through the seemingly effortless task of setting up your blog you will have to learn some of the basic processes which are relatively easy. Then just start publishing your content.

The pro/con list below has been compiled using this artists experience creating a sample blog in and I didn’t try Typepad because they require a monthly fee and Live Journal grayed out the screen and made me wait for a video advertisement to load when I tried to “explore” it so left. (more…)