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Eastern Edge & Artforce NL Workshop Series

Eastern Edge and Artforce NL have partnered up to bring you a special workshop series!

Eastern Edge is an artist-run centre located in St. John’s, NL, dedicated to exhibiting work that facilitates critical dialogue concerning issues in contemporary art and society, and actively encouraging emerging and established artists whose work speaks to feminist, multicultural, queer, and other diverse perspectives.

Artforce NL is an arts-based education charity, helping Newfoundland and Labrador youth overcome social and/or economic obstacles. Through arts-based programming and connections, Artforce helps young people coping with challenging circumstances develop life skills essential for independence and success.

In February and March we will be offering a number of workshops oriented around professional arts practices. These workshops will help developing artists hone their skills in art writing and presentation. They will be a mix of online (Zoom) and in-person workshops facilitated by practicing artists.


February 21, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Artist Grant Writing 101 with Daniel Rumbolt

During this workshop participants will learn how to read and understand the guidelines of various grants or call for submissions, and how to gather your thoughts and materials in order to fully meet the necessary requirements. The workshop will focus on channelling your big ideas into a concise project proposal, and will include tips to help you draft a budget, prepare support materials, and refine your writing skills. The workshop will end with an open Q&A to dig deeper into your specific projects and ideas.
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March 5, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Photographing your Artwork with Matthew Hollett

High-quality images of your artwork make a huge difference when applying for exhibitions and grants! This is a workshop on documenting artwork through photography. We’ll compare different ways of digitizing your work, including professional cameras, phone cameras and scanners. We’ll talk about the importance of good lighting, and using a tripod. We will also go over post-processing images in Photoshop: cropping and perspective correction, brightness, saturation and colour balance, and so on. Finally, we’ll look at different image formats and how to resize and format your files for different purposes.
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March 7 & 8, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Art Installation and Exhibition Lighting with Kym Greeley

This workshop will walk artists through installing their work in the Wake Up Inspired exhibition in Eastern Edge’s rOGUE Gallery. As such, attendance is limited to artists exhibiting in Wake Up Inspired. To submit an application to this exhibition, see the Call for Submissions.

March 18, 1:00 – 3:00pm

Head, Heart, Hand: Demystifying Writing About Art with Craig Francis Power

“If you’re anything like me—and I really don’t suppose you are—you may have read some piece of writing about art in a journal, periodical, or exhibition catalogue, and wondered what the writer seemed to be trying so very hard to say.

Likewise, you may have come across a review in which some other writer did nothing more than literally describe an artwork’s formal qualities without delving into the political and historical context in which a given work was made, or for that matter, some wider relevance a work may have.

Notorious both for impenetrable art-jargon word-clouds and facile trivialities, writing about art can be simple. But it’s never easy. How does the art writer see and think and feel deeply about art and communicate effectively to an audience their experience in a way that is true to the art, and to the writer themselves?

Up to six participants are asked to bring in for discussion some short piece of art writing they love (or hate), while Craig Francis Power (he/him) attempts to guide us through what works, what doesn’t, and why.”

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March 25, 1:00 – 3:00pm
How to Write an Artist Statement with Daniel Rumbolt

What is an Artist Statement? Is it the same as a bio? Is it like a CV? And how do you even begin to write one? This workshop will help answer these questions and more as we dive into the many ways artists use statements to support their work. We will learn about the different types of statements, how they differ from an artist bio or resume, and how you can use it as a tool to better understand your own practice.

The workshop will include a presentation, but is conversational in nature. Participants are encouraged to bring their own draft artist statements or project ideas so we can develop your writing as a group! All levels of experience are welcome.

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