It’s that time again for the Draw More Income podcast! Today, we release the recording of our recent professional development talk with the Canadian painter, Brandy Saturley. Brandy shares her path and advice as an successful artist inspecting all things Canadiana in this wonderful live recording from our Edmonton gallery space in late March 2017.
To learn more about Brandy’s wonderful work, visit:
This episode was recorded by Sara McKarney
This episode was edited by Sara McKarney and Ryan Hemphill.
Additional assistance provided by Graeme Dearden, Chris Carson, and all the lovely people who showed up to the talk.
Intro music: “Outsider’s Paradox” by springtide (www.springtide.jp), accessed through Free Music Archive.
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The second in last week’s Calgary PD talks happened at TRUCK Contemporary Art with Tim Belliveau of the Bee Kingdom glass art collective. Tim did a great job of using the story of Bee Kingdom’s journey into the public eye to explain the essentials for marketing yourself as an artist.
The structure of Belliveau’s talk (part lecture and part slideshow) ended up providing information that, like Watson’s talk, expanded upon a lot of the basic information that artists hear when going through art school or looking up information on marketing for artists. Many artists have already heard advice like: take all the opportunities you can or go to lots of events in your community, but through descriptions of the Bee Kingdom’s journey from Western Canadian craft fair artists to speakers at international exhibitions and glass facilities, Belliveau took the old advice and honed it.
One of the things I found very interesting specifically was how the Bee Kingdom developed through taking advantage of what was available to them. One of the most important aspects of “putting yourself on the map” is seeing what unique opportunities are available to you and how you can utilize them to do things like find exhibtion or studio space, or land a job, or collaborate with figures in your community. For example, the Bee Kingdom had access to a piece of real estate that was perfect for setting up their glassblowing studio, so they utilized before they were even out of college. That studio has been the cornerstone of the collective’s operations ever since.
I personally think one of the best pieces of information provided was the Bee Kingdom Self-Defense Sale (made by Ryan Marsh Fairweather and Kai Georg Scholefield), which summed up some of the most essential tools needed to succeed within your artistic community:
Last weeks PD talk at the Untitled Art Society with Bruce Watson definitely was a treat. Specifically, this talk was focused on the writing of artist statements, while still providing a lot of information that could be very applicable for any type of writing where you are representing yourself as an artist, designer, crafts person, or cultural worker. While covering essential skills for writing an artist statement, Watson branched out into information about writing that might not be so ingrained in some artists yet.
One of the most important things that he stressed throughout the lecture, that many artists miss out on, is the issue of authenticity. He made sure to mention that academic writing can fall flat in an artist statement partly due to a lack of authentic language. Often artists will habitually follow tropes in artistic writing that are quite ineffective. Tropes like starting artist statements with “my work is about…” or using complex terminology without explaining said terminology.
A great tip that Watson gave in order to improve the level of authenticity in one’s language is to attempt to mimic verbal language. Often the way one talks about their art is more effective then how they write about their art.
For more information about Bruce’s talk, a few key handouts are available as PDF’s below: