Category Archives: PROFESSIONAL Development

St. Albert | Art Plus Professional Development Session with Gerald St. Maur

St. Maur’s presentation explores various opportunities for visual artists to
work with artists in other fields: poetry, music, dance and theatre. St. Maur
will begin with a discussion of haiga, the Japanese art combining poetry
and visual images. Next, he will consider the opportunities and difficulties
of combining the spatial (painting, sculpture, photography) with the
temporal i.e music. Similar consideration will be given to dance and drama,
both of which combine the spatial with the temporal. The talk will address
the benefit to visual artists’ careers; where the practical advantages of
pairing with other artists working in related fields can lead to success and
the attainment of significant goals.

Saturday May 12 from 1 – 2:30pm
Free for Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC and VASA members, $20 to non-members. Please RSVP by 4pm on Friday, April 27. For more information, contact Sharon at (780) 421-1731 or email us.

Join us at VASA – Visual Arts Studio Association in the Hemingway Centre, 25 Sir Winston Churchill Avenue, St. Albert. Google Maps.

Edmonton | Gearing Up to Submit to the Edmonton Arts Council

edmonton arts council

Presentation by the EAC Grants and Public Art Staff at SNAP Printshop

Learn the best tips and strategies for public art and grant applications, better understand how to submit proposals and applications and how to best present your submission to the Edmonton Arts Council. SNAP in partnership with the EAC is pleased to offer this session for artists in any discipline interested in applying for funding through the EAC for both Public Art and Grant programs. An informative lecture will be followed by break out groups where participants can discuss components of the application (Artist CVs, budgets, proposals, etc.)

When: Wednesday, April 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: SNAP – Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists Printshop (10123 121 Street, Edmonton)
RSVP: by April 7 to, please note space is limited to 30 participants

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All Access Webinar | Tax Filing Preparation for Artists

Unravelling the Mysteries of Financial Record Keeping and Filing Tax Returns *

When: Monday, April 9, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM MDT
Where: This is an online event.

The presentation will provide an overview of the intersection between the “business” of being an artist and Canadian tax reporting requirements, focusing on what income to report and expenses to deduct.

*This presentation does not constitute tax advice on individual tax filing, please consult your financial advisor or Canada Revenue Agency.


Edmonton: Accounting for Artists Professional Development session

#Yegfilm Presents: Accounting for Artists
Saturday, March 24, 2:30 PM
Ortona Armoury, Exhibition Suite (2nd floor)
Light refreshments provided
Registration fee: $40 per person

About to submit your income tax return? Don’t forget about all your income and expenses on your arts projects! #Yegfilm hosts Accounting for Artists, a three-hour workshop led by accountant Janet Hamley, CPA/CMA, Producer and Head of Finance from Prairie Dog Film & Television, that’s essential for anyone who earns income or has expenses from their art projects. Hamley will cover subjects such as basic bookkeeping, maintaining records, GST & income tax filing, and project accounting for individual artists.

This workshop includes extensive time for questions and answers, and will be especially useful for artists working on a project-by-project basis, but applicable to accountancy for all practitioners paid as self-employed proprietors. This workshop does not cover accounting for incorporated businesses, but related questions are welcome.

If interested, please register here:

Information about the presenter: Janet Hamley:
Janet Hamley is a Producer and Head of Finance at Prairie Dog Film + Television. She is involved in the producing and development stages of future projects. Janet also oversees all aspects of accounting and Business Affairs; including financing, budgeting, cost reporting, cashflow as well as overall corporate operations.
Janet is educated as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) as well as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and has a Bachelor’s degree in Accountant and Applied Business Administration from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. She has over 17 years of experience as an Accountant, with 11 years focused on the Film + Television Industry. Her experience has led her to work on a dramatic television series, a movie of the week, short films, documentaries, docu-series, lifestyle TV series, promotional videos, web/television commercials, public service announcements and corporate event videos. These projects have aired on NETFLIX, CBC, Rogers, ABC, CTV, APTN, BRAVO, CMT Live, Discovery Channel, ESPN, The Food Network, Muchmusic, and OMNI.
Hamley also volunteers her time on the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) Board, Chairing AMPIA’s Finance & Fundraising Committee and Treasurer on the Board of Women in Film & Television, Alberta.

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!

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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.