September 15 | October 25 | November 22, 2022
Virtual Program | 6–7:30pm
Free + open to all

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and Union Gallery are pleased to co-present the 2022–2023 Professional Development Series. Taking place over the Fall and Winter seasons, the series includes free workshops facilitated by arts professionals and local artists, 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 communities.

Upcoming Making Art Work programs

Documentation for Artists
September 15, 2022, 6pm

With Jessica Thalmann, hosted by Union Gallery

Do you ever get to grant season and realize you didn’t take any quality documentation of the work you did? Do you want to learn how to take better documentation? In this workshop, Jessica Thalmann will discuss and demonstrate techniques for portfolio documentation of artwork. Documentation techniques will be largely photographic with a focus on managing lighting configurations, post production, and how to archive and create a master inventory of all artworks and organize/manage images. You’ll learn handy tips and tricks for documenting artwork for grants or calls for submissions. No previous experience is necessary.

Jessica Thalmann is an artist and educator currently based in Toronto and New York City. She received an MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from ICP-Bard College and a BFA in Visual Arts from York University. Thalmann has taught at the International Centre for Photography, Akin Collective, MacLaren Art Centre, Toronto School of Art, Gallery 44 and City College of New York. She has been an artist in residence at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Alberta, Canada, and at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a recipient of grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council.

Building an Artist Website
October 25, 2022, 6pm

Facilitated by Kelsey Newman Reed and Hannah Schaub, hosted by Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre

Are you thinking of building a website for your art practice but not sure where to begin? Confused by all the different platforms out there? In this workshop, Kelsey Newman Reed and Hannah Schaub from Modern Fuel will go over the website basics from planning to building. You will learn how to plan your website (budget and goal setting), basics of creating a strong visual identity, and tips on building your artist website.

Kelsey Newman Reed is an artist, published poet, and has always been passionate about the arts. She is currently the Assistant Director at Modern Fuel, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art History with a Drama Minor from Queen’s University, as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate in Interactive Marketing Communications from St. Lawrence College. From working in communications roles, along with being a freelancer, she has extensive marketing experience from designing websites and print materials to content creation for social media.

Hannah Schaub is an artist, graphic designer, and web developer with experience helping local businesses bring their story to life. She has experience in marketing, e-commerce and graphic design. As the current Marketing Coordinator and Web Developer at Modern Fuel, Hannah is working on building a website for 45 years of archival materials, along with working in collaboration to enhance Modern Fuel’s branding and bring their marketing goals to fruition.

November 22, 2022, 6pm

Facilitated by Chantal Rousseau, hosted by Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Commissions can be a great way to generate income, but there are also potential pitfalls you will want to avoid. This workshop will introduce strategies on positively integrating commissions into your artistic practice with a focus on identifying and building on your artistic skill set. It will cover how to create a commission process, pricing strategies, payment structures, timelines, negotiating with clients, contracts, shipping and marketing.

Chantal Rousseau has been a practicing artist for over 20 years, primarily focused on painting and animation. She has had numerous exhibitions within Canada and internationally, as well as creating site-specific artist-led exhibitions and temporary public art projects. In recent years she has participated in artist residencies in Newfoundland, on Manitoulin Island in a mobile off-grid tiny house, and virtually with artists from Canada, Sweden and Spain. She is currently the artist-in-residence at the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture in Dawson City, Yukon.