Professional Practices for Artists:
Practical training to advance your artistic career
What is it?
Professional Practices for Artists provides training opportunities that will improve the ability of creative professionals to market themselves, access opportunities, and generate income from their work. The courses are led by practicing artists, allowing attendees to learn from those who have been where they are and can articulate paths to success.
Combining the benefits of workshop and mentorship models, these courses will allow artists to both target training to their needs and to put this training into practice. The focus is actionable results: participants will not only learn the requirements of, for example, a grant proposal, but write one of their own. And the courses will enable artists to expand their support networks as they will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with leaders and fellow participants throughout each one.
The courses are structured as individual modules; while each should be taken in its entirety, there are no prerequisites so artists can select the courses that will benefit them the most. All will be held at Creative Commons YXE, providing a professional environment and exposure to the workings of a commercial gallery.
Who is it for?
The courses are intended for artists of all skill levels who want to refine their professional practices or improve their creative business skills. They are suitable for early-career artists learning new techniques or experienced artists who would like to receive support and feedback throughout processes they have been undertaking for years.
WHERE DID THIS COME FROM?
This program has been developed by the Saskatchewan Craft Council and Void Gallery to address a recurring need: frequently Saskatchewan artists face challenges accessing opportunities or having the quality of their work recognized – despite its high calibre – due to a lack of professional practices or artistic business acumen. Over the next year, this program will provide training opportunities covering the full spectrum of artistic professional practice, while its unique structure of course modules will allow busy creative professionals to target their specific needs, providing them the tools they need to advance their careers.
Made possible with support from Creative Saskatchewan’s Business Capacity Grant Program.
Registration for all our Professional Practices workshops is available through the Picatic page.