Professional Practice Plan (Updated)

Overarching Goals

Sustain myself financially while pursuing all opportunities that arise for me to make work and participate in festivals, exhibitions, publications, workshops or other wise.

Promote an democratic art environment for all participants, free of instructional hierarchies, creating an art environment for everyone regardless of educational background.

To establish a community of artists and people outside of the artworld to participate in my projects and keep them updated and interested in my work while feeling appreciated and involved.

Aims for One Year Ahead

Education/Training

Continue to pursue MA Fine Arts and take advantage of any related workshops or professionalization opportunities available, locally or within reasonable traveling distance.

Will keep up to date on these by following ArtLink NB, APAGA and AARCA updates, and receiving their monthly newsletters.

Public Profile

Update website and CV quarterly. Add News section to website and update as needed.

Keep instagram accounts active by posting new work and progress updates every other day.

Financial

Continue in role as Curator of Digital Engagement at Owens Art Gallery and focus on becoming more active as a curator outside of work as well.

Apply for artsNB career development grant to help offset tuition costs

Apply for artsNB Creation or Travel grant to sustain summer projects or participation in events.

Community

Maintain activity in the community by sitting on selection committees, continue to be involved in festivals like Boardertown and SappyFest and attend art related events when ever possible, including artist talks, opening receptions, workshops and contemporary art festivals.

Apply for more opportunities to exhibit/participate in festivals and zine fairs – Third Shift, Art in the Open, ArtCity, ConnectionARC, Perish Festival, TCAF, Comic arts Brooklyn, Arboretum… to expand audience but also develop relationships with the institutions/artist run centres running these events.

To achieve this: set aside 3 hours each week to work on proposal and create a better file management system to make this easier/faster.

Aims for Three Years Ahead

Education/Training

Have MA Fine Arts completed – do this by setting aside weekly time for coursework, research (Saturday, Sunday, Mondays and evenings)

Continue to attend any related workshops or professionalization opportunities available, locally or within reasonable traveling distance. For others consider Appling for external funding to attend more expensive/further away workshops.

Will keep up to date on these by following ArtLink NB, APAGA and AARCA updates, and receiving their monthly newsletters.

Public Profile

Keep website updated (create deadline to do so every 3 months) and social media active (aim for at least 4 posts a week).  

Community

Broaden community by exhibiting work outside of New Brunswick by applying for residencies through artist-run-centres, build relationships out of province through participation in zine fairs or contemporary art festivals.

Curate exhibitions with other emerging artists in public galleries, online or at artist run centre spaces.

Start thinking about developing relationships outside of Canada and what that will entail. Use the cohort as a starting point to generate lists of good institutions to look at and submit applications to.

Apply for exhibitions and residencies at emerging to mid career level opportunities like: Kingsbrea Gardens, Joggins Fossil Cliffs, Ottawa School of Art, Women;s Studio Workshop Residency or Internship, etc.

Financial

Apply for first Canada Council for the Arts Grant, Emerging Artist Level to create a new, post grad body of work. Use the momentum that the MA creates to keep going.

Use time that was preciously for MA work to split between making work, continued research and aim to spend more time on writing applications.

Find grant or patron opportunities to support publications/printing costs for curated exhibitions and my own.

Aims for Five Years Ahead

Education/Training

Start to consider a Doctorate in Art History, or in Museum Education likely in Canada. Compile list of potential Universities and requirements, financial and logistical.

Public Profile

Continue website maintenance, social media presence.

Take time to consider how social media has changed in the last 5 years and consider new platforms or ways of sharing updates beyond website and Instagram as appropriate.

Community

Expand international community through online projects and applying for opportunities outside of Canada. Continue to curate projects and try to get works published in magazines, online publications or by participating in zine and book fairs when ever possible.

Continue to apply for residencies through artist-run-centres (and hopefully start to get them) and exhibitions across Canada. Specifically: BANFF, FOGO Island, Cincinnati Foundation, Open Studio, Fire Island Artist Residency, etc.

Financial

Continue to work in arts administration part time. Apply for granting opportunities to support studio projects and consider freelance writing opportunities.

Apply for sessional teaching positions at the undergraduate/college level. In Canada there is no additional qualifications needed to teach at this level.

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