Workshops in Parrsboro, Wolfville and Halifax – sign up today!

Registration deadlines are fast approaching for some of the VANS workshop series! Sign up today for Websites, Social Media and Technology: Creating Your Brand with Stacey Cornelius in Parrsboro, or the Dos and Don’ts of Exhibition Proposals with Laurie Dalton in Wolfville. You can still sign up for Grant Writing in Sydney (happening this Saturday Oct.20)!

Workshops are only $40 for VANS members and $55 for non-members, unless otherwise stated. Register by calling 902-423-4694 (or toll free 866-225-8267) or register online.



This workshop focuses on writing a convincing project description for Arts Nova Scotia and Canada Council creation grants as well as other applications. The instructor will discuss how to position yourself and your practice in a way that supports your proposal and what jury members look for when reviewing submissions, as well as navigating the new Canada Council portal. The workshop will not cover aspects such as CVs or artist statements, and does not guarantee success, but aims to improve grant and proposal writing skills.
Instructor: Becka Barker

Saturday, October 20, 1 – 4pm
Sydney: Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, 322 Charlotte Street

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*This workshop is only $40 for members of VANS and the CB Centre for Craft*

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Technology gives artists powerful tools to build a professional presence. But knowing which tools are best, and how to use them effectively, can be a challenge. This workshop will provide an overview of the top website builders, email marketing and newsletter services, and social networks (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) that can help you build your brand. You’ll get a look at these tools in action, and learn how you can use them in your own professional practice to enhance your online presence and boost your business.

We’ll also take a look at search engines, social media advertising, and in-person sales technology like Square, as well as the most reputable sites to sell your work, whether you sell from your own website or not. At the end of this session you’ll see how the tools discussed fit together to help you work smarter, and how to reach your goals within a sensible schedule and well within the leanest budget.
Instructor: Stacey Cornelius

Saturday, October 20, 1 – 4pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Rd
Only a couple of spots left. YOU CAN REGISTER IN PERSON AT THE WORKSHOP!

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Saturday, November 3, 1 – 4pm
Parrsboro: Main & Station, 168 Main Street
Registration Deadline: October 29
We still need a couple more folks registered to run this workshop.

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This workshop will begin by reading through sample calls for submissions from public galleries and artist run centres to identify and decipher application criteria. Participants will learn how to research galleries and ARCs to see where they might best apply. This workshop will address formatting and content for resumes, artist statements, cover letters, letters of intent, and tips for choosing support material, including image files, size, and quantity. Participants are encouraged to bring their proposals in progress for review and feedback. Questions are encouraged!
Instructor: Dr. Laurie Dalton

Date: Saturday, November 3, 1 – 4pm
Wolfville: Acadia University Art Gallery, 10 Highland Avenue
Registration Deadline: October 29

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Date: Saturday, November 10, 1 – 4pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
Registration Deadline: November 5

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