Workshops: Exhibition Prep & Installation, Photoshop Essentials and more!

Do you have an exhibition coming up and want some tips? Do need to improve your images before your next application deadline? We still have room in Exhibition Prep and Installation and Photoshop Essentials in Halifax and those deadlines are coming up fast! See all workshop descriptions below.

Remember to register before the deadline…otherwise we have to cancel the workshop if we don’t have enough participants :(
Workshops are $40 for VANS Members and $55 for Non-members, unless otherwise stated. Members can bundle two or three workshops and save!

Questions? Call us at 902-423-4694 (or toll free 866-225-8267) or register online securely using a credit card or PayPal.


This workshop focuses on the preparation that artists need to do before their exhibition, including handling, packing, and shipping, and covers some of the more practical aspects of installation. It will include discussions on appropriate hanging/installation hardware, framing options, lighting considerations, safety, trouble shooting and the artist’s responsibility. Artists anticipating exhibiting their work will learn hands-on technical skills and tricks of the trade in this behind-the-scenes view of gallery installation from a professional gallery technician (from Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery).
Instructor: David Dahms

Wednesday, May 9, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Rd
Registration Deadline: Extended to May 8 (we need at least 1 more person for this to run)

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Let’s face it, the first place most people will see your work tomorrow is on a screen. Whether it’s on the desktop monitor of the artist-run-centre you’ve just submitted to or the smartphone of a new collaborator whose found you on social media, the way your work looks in digital places matters! This workshop will offer an introduction to digital image editing using Adobe Photoshop, with an emphasis on how its tools and techniques can be applied to art documentation.

Together, we will walk through a series of step-by-step examples to learn how to address common issues and improve the appearance of art documentation on the screen. We will cover topics such as: white balance, exposure, colour correction, small object removal, lens correction, perspective correction and more– focusing on how to make digital images more accurate and professional reflections of your work. We will look at key examples of how professionals artists and galleries use these techniques, and will allot time at the end of the workshop to address specific issues and questions brought in by participants.
Instructor: Ryan Josey

Wednesday, May 16, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: Centre for Art Tapes, 2238 Maitland St
Registration Deadline: May 11 (we still need a few more folks to register)
*Offered with the Centre for Art Tapes. CFAT Members also receive the Members’ rate of $40 for this workshop*

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This workshop will cover the dos and don’ts of writing an artist statement and bio that you can use for applications (for funding, residencies, exhibitions) and your website. You will learn best practices and have an opportunity to write a draft of your artist statement and bio and receive helpful feedback.
Instructor: Sarah Maloney, Sculptor, Consultant, and NSCAD instructor

Wednesday, May 23, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Rd
Registration Deadline: May 18 (definitely need 4 more registrants)

Saturday, May 26, 1 – 4pm
Lunenburg: Lunenburg School of the Arts, 6 Prince Street
Registration Deadline: May 18 (still a few spots left)

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Do you feel daunted when you sit down to write an application for a grant, residency, art festival, or exhibition? This workshop will break down applications into parts so that when you apply to your next opportunity you already have it half finished. Learn about crafting a project proposal, the difference between an artist’s CV and an artist’s resume and what to include in each. This workshop will also cover what people look for in artist statements, artist bios and the importance of great images.
Instructor: Melanie Colosimo, Artist and Director of Anna Leonowens Gallery

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Rd
Registration Deadline: May 25

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Sorting the Studio:
A panel discussion about dealing with a lifetime of work

with Ray Cronin and George Clarke

Date: Thursday, May 24 at 6pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Rd

As we get older, we often wonder: what will happen to all our artwork? In this panel attorney George Clarke and curator and author  Ray Cronin will discuss various ways aging artists can deal with what is in their studio. How can artists make decisions about what work to keep and what should be donated, gifted, bequeathed, or even tossed? What do artists need to know about estate planning to make decisions about their work that are right for them and their loved ones? This panel discussion will involve short presentations by both experts with lots of opportunity for discussion with the audience.

.RSVP to this free panel discussion

by emailing VANS.

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