The Business of Art: The Creative Life and Keeping It Real
Mondays, 6-8pm: November 5 - 26 + an additional Saturday of gallery-hopping in Toronto with the instructor
Artist, curator, and educator Frances Thomas will be instructing this five-part program that will teach participants integral skills to pursuing a career in the arts. This course centres on the artist, not only in terms of what and how they create, but the necessary professional skills needed to sustain a practice and reach desired goals. Everything from the philosophical to the practical. Learn how to work through creative battles, resistance and fear in the studio as well as how to speak and write effectively about your work. Create a compelling Bio, CV and Artist Statement and learn about exhibition opportunities, artist/gallery relationships, funding and grant writing, online presence and creating a network, copyright, pricing your work, artist residencies, gallery ethics and more. In addition to the in-class sessions, participants will have the opportunity to accompany Frances around Toronto for a day, to visit galleries and network with professionals. If you’re looking for information, expertise, inspiration and resources for establishing a career as an artist, then this course is for you!
This program has been generously subsidized by the Community Foundation of Orillia and Area and TD Canada Trust
If you are enrolled in or have completed a post-secondary arts-based program: Member: $100 + HST, Non-member: $120 + HST
If you are not enrolled or have not completed a post-secondary art-based program: Member: $125 + HST, Non-member: $145 + HST
Come in to OMAH to register or call 705-326-2159.
WEEK ONE – November 5
LIFE AS AN ARTIST: KEEPING YOUR SANITY AND DOING THE WORK
During this introductory week each participant will introduce themselves and their artwork. Topics covered include:
- Chasing the dream and paying the bills;
- Resistance and breaking through inner creative battles;
- Artist as professional:
- Studio life (personal space, collectives, creating a community with other makers);
- Tracking artistic production and artwork inventory;
- Is higher education necessary and the role of professional development
WEEK TWO – November 12
THE ARTIST TOOLS AND OPPORTUNITIES BEYOND THE STUDIO
Your professional image and creating opportunities.
- In class development of Bio, CV and Artist Statement
- Career Paths/Options
- Artist Residencies
- Social Media
WEEK THREE – November 19
GETTING PAID AND YOUR TAX RETURN
Stop working for free. This week focuses on ways to get paid and be valued!
- Pricing Your Work
- Can I write that lunch off?
- CARFAC and the evolution of the Artist Fee
- Canada Council
- How to write a grant
- Art Auctions, the good, the bad and the ugly
WEEK FOUR – NOVEMBER 26
ARTIST AS ENTREPRENEUR AND HOW TO PLAY THE LONG GAME
- Inviting Professionals to Visit Your Studio
- The Artist-Gallery Relationship
- No Gallery No Problem
- Artist Run Centres, Public Galleries, Commercial Galleries
- Exhibition Opportunities: Calls to Artists, Galleries, Alternative Spaces, Online
- Goal Setting
DAY IN TORONTO (DATE TO BE SET)
Gallery hop! Getting out of the bubble and into the real world. Frances will lead an excursion to Toronto to network with arts professionals.
Pre-registered programs cancelled 2 weeks (14 days) prior to the program start date will receive a full-refund. Programs cancelled less than 2 weeks (14 days) prior to the start of the program are non-refundable. Any program cancelled by the Orillia Museum of Art & History will be fully refunded regardless of the time of cancellation.