On 2 Saturdays in November, Eastern Edge Gallery and VANL-CARFAC are partnering up to host 6 professional development workshops for local artists as a part of WADE IN!

Eastern Edge Gallery Members – free (not a member? sign up! $25/year)
VANL-CARFAC Members – $5/workshop (not a member? sign up! $50/year)
Students – $5/workshop
Regular – $10/workshop
(no registration necessary, just show up!)


10 AM | The Nitty Gritty, led by ZACH PEARL (Toronto)


Many artists want to know how to design the best application, track, or take care of our artistic careers efficiently. In this workshop we will explore how to format applications, make budgets and spreadsheets that help track revenues and expenses as well as the sales of your artwork.

Zach Pearl is a freelance curator and designer, and an impassioned educator. He holds a BFA with honours in Graphic Design & Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and an MFA in Curatorial Practice from OCAD University in Toronto. Zach specializes in new media curation, and his masters thesis work focused on experimental strategies in virtual exhibitions. Before moving to Canada in 2010, Zach spent five years in the public programs department for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and three years as the Assistant Coordinator for the Susan Hensel Gallery. Since relocating to Toronto, Zach has helped to produce exhibitions for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Textile Museum of Canada and the Gladstone Hotel. When not tackling his freelance endeavours, Zach works as a sessional instructor in Faculty of Art, Integrated Media and Faculty of Design, Graphic Design at OCAD University.

1 PM |  The Independent Artist: Representing yourself, led by PETER WILKINS (Clarkes Beach/UK), 1pm


How do you get started as an independent artist? What can we learn using entrepreneurial thinking. How do you talk about your artwork to others, some techniques and tips on getting out there. We will review strategies together from opening your own studio and having visits with other art professionals to creating an online presence and physical takeaways. We will also discuss where to find like-minded folks in the creative economy, and how they can help you become an independent artist.

Peter Wilkins is a multimedia artist based in Clarke’s Beach, Newfoundland. Wilkins’ various bodies of work have been exhibited in public and private galleries across Canada and abroad, including The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Confederation Centre Art Gallery (PEI), the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Canada House (London, England). His portrait and landscape artworks are held in public and private collections in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France and Greece. In 2009, Peter Wilkins was the inaugural artist-in-residence at Memorial University. In 2011, his works based on the architecture of Toronto were exhibited as a featured exhibition of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival (Toronto). In 2013, Wilkins exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale in the Collateral Event, About Turn: Newfoundland in Venice, Will Gill & Peter Wilkins.

3 PM | Making the Pitch, led by CHRISTINA PARKER and MARY MACDONALD

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Many artists seek commercial gallery representation or would like to pitch new exhibition ideas to artist-run centres like Eastern Edge. In this workshop we will explore how to approach, build relationships, and pitch to these various galleries. We will also discuss how to deal with rejection.

Christina Parker began working with visual artists as a private dealer in 1981. In 1984 she established her first gallery in a small space on Queen’s Road called Contemporary Graphics that specialized in work on paper but later grew to include work in all media. The gallery soon outgrew its modest location and in June of 1989 the Christina Parker Gallery opened its doors specializing in the growing interest in contemporary practice. The new location at 50 Water Street has been an active and engaging space to exhibit contemporary art and mount larger exhibitions that celebrate the accomplishments of the gallery artists. The gallery philosophy has been to look outward in representing its artists and to this effort has participated in the Toronto International Art Fair, the most significant annual event for contemporary art in Canada, since 2001. This year the gallery celebrates 30 years of activity in presenting and promoting significant work by many important artists of the province and beyond and remains one of the longest established contemporary art galleries in Eastern Canada.

Mary MacDonald is an artist, critic, arts administrator and independent curator currently residing in St. John’s, NL. Mary graduated from Mount Allison University (BFA 2006) and continued her practical education through Zwicker’s Gallery (Halifax) and the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville). She recently completed her MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice at OCAD University and an internship at C Magazine in Toronto. Her most recent project, the W(here) Festival was a performative exploration of rural artistic practices in Pictou County, NS. Mary is currently the Director of Eastern Edge Gallery, Newfoundland and Labrador’s only artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation and discussion of contemporary visual art where she helps to facilitate the presentation of exhibitions, events and community programming. Mary’s personal research interests include temporary and ephemeral exhibition structures, collaboration with non-arts communities, and artists working within rural communities and contexts.


10 AM | All You Need to Know About Licensing, Fair Use, and the Defining the value of your Artwork, led by Ingrid Mary Percy (Corner Brook)

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In this workshop we discuss how to approach issues such as copyright, copyleft, and creative commons licensing. We will also take artists through fair use of their imagery and professional fee schedules as recommended by CARFAC. This helps artists know how much to charge for their services. We will also discuss defining the value of your work with the assistance of a professional appraiser and gallerist.

Ingrid Mary Percy studied visual art at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver (BFA, Dip FA, Studio) and at the University of Victoria (MFA, Painting). Since 1997, Percy has taught visual art at various institutions including the University of Victoria and Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She has served on the Board of Open Space in Victoria, BC and Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s. Currently, she is Vice-Chair of the Board of Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC) and is the Newfoundland and Labrador representative on the Board of Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) National. Percy lives in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador and is an Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts Program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. She teaches 2D Design, Drawing, Painting and Serigraphy.

1 AM | The Big Picture/Doing Our Homework, led by Michelle Jacques (Victoria)


The artworld is a big place with many players. Each city has its own unique ecology made up of artist run centres (like Eastern Edge), commercial galleries, public galleries, and major art museums. Add to the mix international art fairs and festivals, and you have a wide range of options to choose from. In this workshop we will consider how each site is different, and how these sites relate to the work that artists are making. We will provide a takeaway of great institutions to start researching.

Michelle Jacques is a curator and writer based in Victoria where she currently holds the position of Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2012-present) . She was recently a the curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario where her curatorial projects included Luis Jacob: Habitat (2005-2006); Jennifer Steinkamp: Loom (2005); Present Tense: Kori Newkirk (2005); and Video Primer, a year-long series of consecutive and thematic video programs (2001-2002). Independent projects have included At the Corner of Time and Place, Nuit Blanche Toronto, (2007); Digitalized: Inside the Electronic Dream, Gallery TPW, (2000); and here, a group exhibition of local emerging artists, Robert Birch Gallery, (1999). Recent writings include “The Artist-run Centre as Tactical TrainingUnit,” in decentre: concerning artist-run culture (2008); “Some Thoughts on Speech Bubbles,” in Pro Forma: Language/Text/Art (2007); and “Art and Institutions: An interview with Janna Graham and Anthony Kiendl,” in the September 2007 issue of Fuse.

3 PM | Presenting, Framing, and Shipping your Artwork, led by John McDonald & Will Gill (St. John’s), NL, 3pm

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In this workshop we will discuss the presentation formats, and a number of techniques from installation to labelling. We will also look at framing techniques, and how to safely pack, crate, and ship your artwork for display.

William Gill was born in Ottawa and moved to Sackville, New Brunswick in 1987 to begin his formal training in art through a BFA at Mount Allison University, with a main focus on sculpture. After graduating from Mt. A, Halifax was home for several years. An opportunity presented itself in 1997 to move to St. John’s, Newfoundland, to work as an apprentice at a bronze-casting foundry for sculpture where he has remained since. Gill maintains a studio practice that has evolved from solely sculptural exploration, to one that encompasses sculpture, painting, photography and video work. He has a wide-ranging exhibition history that includes artist-run centres, commercial galleries, and public galleries/museums at home and abroad. Considerable attention has been paid to his work in the form of critical writing in magazines, newspaper articles and radio and tv spots. Peer juries have consistently recognized and supported his work through grants from both the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Gill was selected to the national longlist in the 2004 and 2006 “Sobey Art Award”. His work is in many private and public collections and is handled exclusively through Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s. Gill currently works as a Preparator at the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in addition to his artistic practice.

John McDonald works in a range of two-dimensional media-oil on canvas, intaglio, mezzotint, aquatint-and has integrated steel, resin, bronze, and other materials in his sculptures. His art often treats social or political issues, particularly war, aggression and fear, and self-identity. He is fully and creatively engaged in explorations of both medium and message. Born in 1982 in the Goulds, just outside St. John’s, McDonald completed a BFA in the Visual Arts Program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in 2005. His work has appeared in exhibitions in Newfoundland, Quebec, and Ontario, as well as England and France. His awards include prizes in the provincial Arts and Letters Competition. McDonald’s work can also be found in the collections of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, among others. He is represented by Emma Butler Gallery in St. John’s. In addition to his creative practice, McDonald currently works as a Collections Manager at the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery.


About our Partner

VANL-CARFAC Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador is a non-profit umbrella organization for visual artists in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its mandate is to advocate on behalf of the visual arts sector and acts as a liason between the visual arts sector, government, cultural organizations and public. Become a member at

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2 thoughts on “Workshops

  1. These sound like wonderful workshops. I wish they had happened some years ago.
    Questions: How long will each workshop last : hours, half day, full day?
    I would like to participate in some of these topics, but have limited time. Will they be in the daytime evenings, or weekends?
    I presume there will be a cost??

    • Hi June,
      The workshops will take place Nov 8 and 9 for a series of 6 total. 3 per day. You can pick and choose which ones to attend. We’re still working out the details but will post soon about cost. It will be pretty minimal if any we think! We’re hoping to keep it really affordable for artists. Thanks! – Mary

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