Making Art Work:
Professional Development Series

Tuesdays 21 September, 19 October and 23 November 2021
6–7:30 pm (ET)

Workshops co-facilitated by local artists and arts professionals and geared towards emerging, mid-career and student artists and curators

These are virtual events.

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and Union Gallery are pleased to co-present the 2021–2022 Professional Development Series. Taking place over the Fall and Winter seasons, the series includes 6 free workshops co-facilitated by local artists and arts professionals from each organization, geared towards emerging, mid-career and student artists and curators. Participants will gain enhanced experiential learning opportunities, develop a toolkit of skills in preparing for a career in the arts and extend networks with Kingston’s contemporary art galleries.

Online, 21 September, 6–7:30 pm
About Social Media and Marketing with Julie Fossitt, hosted by Agnes
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Online, 19 October, 6–7:30 pm
Focus on Finances pt. 1: Making money as an artist with Greg Ivens and Liam Mills, hosted by Modern Fuel
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Online, 23 November, 6–7:30 pm
Access Exhibition Assistance with Lisa Wöhrle, hosted by Union Gallery
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The fall workshops will take place online, please register to secure your spot.

This program is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

With Julie Fossitt
Online, 21 September, 6–7:30 pm

Digital access offers an incredible opportunity for artists to document and demonstrate one’s creative process and product to the world. As an individual artist, your brand encompasses not only one’s work, but one’s vast online presence.

Does your digital footprint encourage connection and access across geography, language, gender, and culture? Can you separate yourself from art in a digital age? How can you connect your art with consumers and audiences online and beyond?

This workshop will explore these questions and will offer a snapshot of best practices and pitfalls for artists with the purpose to help share personal brand storytelling and identify the best tools to reach target audiences.

Speaker Biography:

Currently living on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe Peoples, Julie is a passionate advocate for access to arts, culture and heritage for everyone. She has held marketing positions at the National Arts Centre, the Victoria Symphony and is currently the Manager, Marketing and Public Engagement for the City of Kingston.

In 2015 Julie was awarded the John Hobday Award in Arts Management by the Canada Council for the Arts and in 2016 she earned both her Certificate in Cultural Planning from the University of British Columbia and her Masters Certificate in Marketing Communications Leadership from the Schulich School of Business. In 2019, she completed the Cultural Leadership Program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Julie is a part-time professor of Marketing Research and Analytics at St. Lawrence College and is currently a student at the University of Toronto, pursuing a Master in Education with a concentration in Online Teaching and Learning. You can find out more about Julie on social media @juliefossitt and at JulieFossitt.ca.

About Social Media and Marketing: Choosing the tools you need and letting go of the rest

Portrait of Julie Fossitt

Portrait of Julie Fossitt

Making money as an artist

With Greg Ivens and Liam Mills
Online, 19 October, 6–7:30 pm

Professional artists and Modern Fuel board members, Greg Ivens and Liam Mills, offer insights, best practices and various avenues for monetizing your art outside of the realm of exhibitions.

This workshop will cover:
1. Prints, Commissions & Consignment (Online and physical art sales)
2. Merchandise/Drop shipping (Where, why & how)
3. NFTs (What are they? How to create, sell & navigate the crypto world)
4. Live Art & Collaborations (Event Opportunities/ Public Art)

Speaker Biographies:

Greg Ivens is a Mixed Media/Digital Artist living in Napanee, Ontario. With a focus on bright and vibrant colour palettes, Greg’s primary medium is Liquid Light, a live artform first pioneered in the 1960’s Psychedelic Rock era. In an attempt to meld these live methods with digital distortion, mirroring and glitch art techniques, Greg creates unique and vivid images that span the spectrum of colour. With professional experience as a performer, educator and freelance artist, Greg combines these skills to merge digital and physical art, via NFTs and Live Art performances.

Liam Mills is a multidisciplinary designer and all-around creative, with a love for celebrating and promoting arts, culture, community, and out-of-the-box thinking. I have been a graphic designer for 12 years, and have professional experience public speaking, large-scale event creation, and more. Liam is working full-time as a Graphic Designer in downtown Kingston, but when he isn’t doing that, you can find him getting up to something creative – dabbling in visual arts, music, clothing design, and more.

Access Exhibition Assistance

With Lisa Wöhrle
Online, 23 November, 6–7:30 pm

In this workshop, Lisa Wöhrle, Associate Visual Arts and Craft Officer at the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), will guide us through the OAC Exhibition Assistance program and address frequently asked and perhaps perplexing questions that artists face in preparing grant applications.

Exhibition Assistance is a funding opportunity that supports Ontario artists and artist collectives presenting their work in a public exhibition. The program provides grants of $500 to $2,000 to assist with presentation costs. Grants are made through third-party recommenders (public art galleries, artist-run centres and arts service organizations) throughout the province, including Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and Agnes Etherington Art Centre. During this workshop, Anne-Sophie Grenier (Executive Director, Modern Fuel) and Sunny Kerr (Curator of Contemporary Art, Agnes) will offer remarks on their perspectives as recommenders.

Please note: Students enrolled full-time at the undergraduate or graduate level are not eligible for OAC Exhibition Assistance during their studies, but this workshop aims to equip all those interested to best prepare for their future applications.

Speaker Biography:

Lisa Wöhrle (she/her) is the Associate Visual Arts and Craft Officer at the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), the arts funding agency of Ontario’s Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. In addition to the Exhibition Assistance program, she manages the operating program for Visual Arts Artist-Run Centres, and the Craft Projects, Visual Arts Projects (supports organizations, curators and collectives), and Indigenous Visual Artists Materials grant programs. Lisa has held this position since 2011; from 2001 to 2010 she served as associate officer in visual and media arts.

Now based in Toronto, Lisa grew up in Hamilton and holds a BA in Art and Art History from McMaster University. Before joining OAC, she held positions at the Carnegie Gallery and Visual Arts Ontario and was on the executive board of the Hamilton Artists Inc. Lisa was a member of Hamilton’s Contemporaries artist collective, active in the 90s. Her experiences as an exhibiting artist, as well as her ongoing connections with Ontario artists, curators and organizations inspire her current work at the Ontario Arts Council. Lisa can be reached at lwohrle@arts.on.ca.

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