Register today for VANS Spring Workshop Series!

Registration deadline are approaching and some workshops are already starting to fill up! We listened to your feedback and this spring’s workshop series includes some favourites (like Grant Writing and Marketing for Artists) as well as a new Critical Writing workshop. All of VANS’ professional development workshops are taught by artists, educators and experts in their field so you can count on a bunch of valuable info jam packed into each 3-hour session.

Workshops are only $40 for VANS Members ($55 for Non-members), unless otherwise stated. Members can bundle two or three workshops (using new discount codes at checkout) and save!

Please register today by calling 902-423-4694 (or toll free 866-225-8267) or register online securely using a credit card or PayPal.

Check out all our workshops here!


WORKSHOPS

WRITING YOUR ARTIST STATEMENT & BIO

This workshop will cover the dos and don’ts of writing an artist statement and bio that can be used for applications (for funding, residencies, exhibitions) and a website. Participants will learn best practices and have an opportunity to start a draft of their artist statement and bio. All participants should bring digital images of 5 recent works on a memory stick, a copy of their CV and their favourite pen.
Instructor: Sarah Maloney

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 6 – 9pm ONLY FOUR SPOTS LEFT!
Upper Tantallon: Acadian Maple Products, 13578 Peggy’s Cove Rd
Registration Deadline: April 15

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GRANT WRITING

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

Wednesday, April 24, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: VANS, 1113 Marginal Road
Registration Deadline: April 18

Saturday, April 27, 1 – 4pm WE NEED 2 MORE PEOPLE FOR IT TO RUN!
Truro: NSCC Forrester Hall Room 229, 36 Arthur Street
Registration Deadline: April 18

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CRITICAL WRITING   

This workshop will teach the essentials of writing about your own work and the work of others. We’ll explore the different forms of writing about art and the various approaches that can be utilized. The workshop will cover critical forms of writing including the exhibition review, an article for popular press, and the catalogue essay, as well as expository writing including descriptions for grants and the curatorial precis. The workshop will also discuss conducting research to support writing, creating community for editing written work, pitching pieces for publication and publication policies.
Instructor: Julie Hollenbach

Wednesday, May 1, 6 – 9pm NEW!
Halifax: VANS, 1113 Marginal Road
Registration Deadline: April 23

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PRICING YOUR WORK

How much should you be paid for your work? What price is the right price? How do you put a price tag on your work without second guessing yourself? In this workshop, you will learn how to calculate prices from a business perspective, and how labour and materials are just one part of the picture. We will explore the factors that affect pricing: where you fit into the marketplace, your target customer, as well as where, and how, you sell your work. There will also be a brief discussion about other types of artist income, such as teaching, and how to deal with inevitable requests to work for little or nothing — and how some of those opportunities can work to your advantage.
Instructor: Stacey Cornelius

Wednesday, May 8, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
Registration Deadline: May 1

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WEBSITES, SOCIAL MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY: CREATING YOUR BRAND

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, May 11, 1 – 4pm
Truro: NSCC Forrester Hall Room 229, 36 Arthur Street
Registration Deadline: May 3

Saturday, June 1, 1 – 4pm
Tatamagouche: Fraser Cultural Centre, 362 Main St.
Registration Deadline: May 24

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MARKETING FOR ARTISTS

Work smarter, not harder. This workshop will provide a clear, practical explanation of the core elements of marketing that’s tailored specifically for artists, whether you sell to shops, galleries, or directly to customers. We’ll explore newsletters, websites, and online selling. We’ll talk about how to make the most of both digital and print technology to create a professional presence, even if you’re on a tight budget. We’ll discuss how to use social media effectively. You’ll learn simple ways to focus on your target market, and tips on how to take the pain out of promoting your work. By the end of the session, you’ll see how the core elements of marketing work together to help you reach your best customers, and take away a set of strategies to develop a marketing plan that works for you.
Instructor: Stacey Cornelius

Sunday, June 2, 1 – 4pm
Tatamagouche: Fraser Cultural Centre, 362 Main St.
Registration Deadline: May 24

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FRESH EYES: an evening art critique!

Date: Thursday, May 16 at 7pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road

Do you ever want some feedback on your work in progress? Head down to VANS to chat with your fellow artists for this evening of friendly, constructive art critique. Working alone in the studio can be isolating, so if you want to get out of your own head and get a new perspective, come join us and get some Fresh Eyes 👀 on your artwork!

VANS members can bring work in any medium or images of the work on a USB to show the group. VANS will provide a screen, projector, laptop, and snacks. Just let us know that you’re coming in advance so we know we have enough artists to run the session.

RSVP to this critique session

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How do you get your work written about?
A panel discussion

Date: Tuesday, May 28 at 7pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road

You’re an artist making and showing work…now what? How do you get someone to write about your art, do an exhibition review, or feature your work in an art publication? How do you pitch a story on your work? Join us for a panel discussion and Q & A with Ray Cronin (writer for Canadian Art, C Magazine), Stephanie Johns (writer and former arts editor for The Coast), and Becky Welter-Nolan (publisher of Visual Arts News). Learn tips and tricks from those who have the inside scoop.

RSVP to this panel discussion by emailing VANS.

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Becoming a PAINTS artist
with Andrea Ritchie, PAINTS Coordinator

Wednesday, April 24 at 5:30pm
Wednesday, May 8 at 5:30pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road

Join us as Andrea Ritchie answers your questions about theProfessional Artists in the Schools (PAINTS) program.. If you are interested in becoming a PAINTS artist and teaching art workshops in schools then drop by for a short, free info session at Visual Arts Nova Scotia. No need to RSVP.