Symposium: Kickstart Your Art Career

January 31, 2016

Get inspired at this full day of panel discussions, small group break-out sessions, and a networking reception where working artists and curators provide tips on professional practices for visual artists.

$50 RAGA or CARFAC Members / $75 Non-Members

As part of the Art at Work Series, CARFAC BC, City of Richmond Public Art Program, and Richmond Art Gallery present a full day of artists, curators and arts specialists providing tips on professional practices for visual artists.


10:00 – 11:00 am
Panel Discussion: Making a Living as an Artist
Professional artists share their knowledge and experiences on developing art world networks, establishing a productive studio practice, promoting your work, and planning for exhibitions, commissions or residencies.

Panelists: Annie Briard, Cori Creed, Germaine Koh, Carmen Papalia

Moderator: Kevin Day, CARFAC BC Board Member

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Breakout Session with Presenters
Meet with the individual panelists for a small group discussion.

12 – 1pm: Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Panel Discussion:  From Proposal to Exhibition – Approaching Galleries to Show your Work
Art professionals from various types of art galleries will share their knowledge of how to prepare for an exhibition application, how to network, and what to expect when working with galleries.

Panelists: Chris Bentzen (Hot Art Wet City), Nan Capogna (Richmond Art Gallery), K Higgins (UNIT/PITT Projects), Shane O’Brien (Gallery Jones)

Moderator: Rachel Rosenfield Lafo, Richmond Art Gallery Director

2:00 – 3:00 pm
Breakout Session with Presenters
Meet with the individual panelists for a small group discussion.

3:00 – 5:00 pm
Tour & Reception at the Richmond Art Gallery
RAG Director Rachel Rosenfield Lafo leads a tour of the Peter Aspell exhibition, followed by a reception for Symposium participants.

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