Creative Pictou County Workshops

Artist Development Project

Creative Pictou County is thrilled to announce our Artist Development Project, funded graciously by the department of Community, Culture Tourism and Heritage. This project includes free professional development workshops as well as paid exhibition and teaching opportunities (find information about exhibition and teaching opportunities HERE).

During the community consultations at the end of 2023, we received feedback from artists that they would like more education about various topics related to the professional side of their practice, as well as exhibition opportunities. Economic development is a part of Creative Pictou County’s mission to support artists, which is why it was important to us to be able to pay artists to show their work and teach their practice.

The following workshops were taught as part of this project:

Grant Writing with Becka Barker
Pricing Your Work with Stacey Cornelius
Exhibition Preparation and Installation with David Dahms
Networking & Talking About Your Work with Christopher Webb

The professional development workshop series is presented in partnership with Visual Arts Nova Scotia.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia believes in a future where a career as an artist is accessible, sustainable, and recognized as an integral part of our communities.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) supports artists through education, connection and advocacy. We operate across Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the L’nu people, also known as Nova Scotia. We prioritize artist-to-artist learning through workshops, mentorship, and sharing information about meaningful opportunities. Visual Arts Nova Scotia advocates for artists by listening to their concerns, speaking up for their needs, and creating platforms to share their work. Recognizing that equity-seeking artists face additional barriers to a career in the arts, Visual Arts Nova Scotia works to make resources accessible to artists across the province, while prioritizing support for those who are impacted by systemic oppression.

October 19 | 1-4pm

How to Teach An Art Workshop

Interested in teaching art classes, but don’t know where to start? Whether you are a professional artist or an emerging artist, teaching doesn’t always come naturally. In this afternoon workshop, we will look at: planning lessons, how to be prepared, working with children vs working with adults, long term courses vs short mini workshops and many more tips on how to be a successful teacher of your art form! The goal of this workshop is to have you feeling confident about taking those first steps to start teaching.

Elevate Your Retail: Strategies For Success

Creative Pictou County has partnered with Craft Nova Scotia to offer Elevate Your Retail: Strategies for Success, a workshop on branding and merchandizing.

This workshop takes place on May 11 from 10am-3pm at IGNITE Atlantic in New Glasgow.