Category Archives: PROFESSIONAL Development

Calgary | Writing Winning Proposals: How to Get That Grant! Professional Development Sessions

Poster for Writing Winning Proposals: How to Get That Grant! Professional Development Session

A two-day PD session geared towards understanding and excelling at the grant application process.

Saturday, July 29th: How To Do It With Words
11am – 12:30pm: David Folk (AFA) & Melissa Tuplin (CAD) will explain what grants are offered by their respective organizations. They will give concrete information as well as tips and tricks to help you succeed in your grant applications. Free to All.
2 – 4pm: Book a 20-minute meeting with an experienced grant writer (David Folk, Chris W. Carson, Kari McQueen, …) to look over a final draft of your AFA or other application–in–progress and get suggestions on making your application shine. $10 per session.

Sunday, July 30th: How To Do It With Images
11am – 1pm: Patrick Close will discuss how to take photographs in Part 1 and how to prepare those photos for grant application in Part 2 of this 90 minute session. $10.

At the Community Wise Common Room, 223 12th Ave, SW Calgary.

To RSVP, go to writingwinningproposals.eventbrite.ca

Calgary | CSPWC Watercolour Symposium 2017

CSPWC/SCPA logoCSPWC Watercolour Symposium 2017  |  August 19 – 24, 2017
At the Alberta College of Art and Design
1407 – 14 Street NW, Calgary, AB
Presented by the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour

Contact Us: Anita Cotter, Registrar, CSPWC Symposium 2017, 80 Birmingham Street Unit B3, Toronto, ON, M8V3W6, Canada;  Tel: 416-533-5100;  Email: info@cspwc.com
Web: www.cspwc.com

Symposium Experience

Enjoy a hands-on experience in water media taught by experienced workshop instructors at a great facility near the Rocky Mountain foothills. The Symposium will be held at the Alberta College of Art and Design which has lots of classroom and conference areas along with cafeteria and lodging nearby for those staying on site. You will enjoy the opportunities to visit the Rocky Mountains as well as experiencing some of the vibrant culture of the City of Calgary.

This unique watercolour symposium is open to everyone. Our team of professional watercolour artists will offer diverse perspectives on watercolour and water media painting. Hands-on participation is a priority! This will be a fabulous experience for artists, from beginner to advanced, who are looking for something different and challenging. Forums will offer the chance for two-way communication. There will be presentations, demonstrations, excursions, – and more!

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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.

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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.

 

Home
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 WordPress.com. 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 blogger.com and wordpress.com. 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…)