Building Your Career: A national conversation for visual artists

March 20, 2017 Events , Features , News Comments Off on Building Your Career: A national conversation for visual artists

Building Your Career: A national conversation for visual artists

Most visual artists are self-employed and encounter great challenges as they attempt to succeed creatively and economically. At CARFAC, we are committed to providing artists with resources and tools to help them thrive. Under the banner of Building your Career, this conversation will travel across Canada, and will examine ways that artists can develop and advance their career. Coming soon to a city near you! Details on events will be updated as they become available.


Edmonton, Alberta

Saturday, June 3 2017
CN Theatre, MacEwan University, Building 5, room 142, 10460-105 St NW

CARFAC National and Visual Artists Alberta-CARFAC welcomed artists to Edmonton June 2 to 4, for our 2017 National AGM and Conference. Conference events included the CARFAC National AGM, four professional development presentations, an award ceremony, several exhibition receptions and tours, and other social networking opportunities


Prince George, British Columbia

Saturday, September 23 2017, from 1-4pm
Two Rivers Gallery, 725 Canada Games Way

Workshop: Modes of Making a Living as an Artist, led by Bill Horne
Navigating the art world can be confusing and overwhelming. This afternoon workshop will explore different avenues accessible to artists to exhibit and be paid for their work. Topics covered will be helpful to all artists from those just starting out to seasoned professionals. Click here to register.

Charlottetown, PEI

Thursday, September 21, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Cultural Pavilion, Victoria Park

CARFAC Maritimes | Brown Bag Lunch & Radio Show during Flotilla

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Details coming soon


Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador

Building Momentum: strategies to build and sustain a visual arts career in Western Newfoundland.

As part of the CARFAC National lecture series “Building Your Career “, VANL-CARFAC invites you to the session “Building Momentum: strategies to build and sustain a visual arts career in Western Newfoundland.” Arts communities across Canada are more connected than they have ever been before, but navigating opportunities from remote locations, for emerging and/or relocated artists, can be challenging. Corner Brook-based artist and educator D’Arcy Wilson will offer tips and strategies for building your visual arts career in Newfoundland, while staying connected to a national arts community. The presentation will lead into a Q&A and discussion for sharing perspectives and experiences. All are welcome, but please note that this event is geared towards visual artists working outside of a commercial practice.  Attendance to this event is free.

Time and place: Wednesday the 15th, 7pm – 8:30 in Room FA 224, the Fine Arts Building, Grenfell Campus

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D’Arcy Wilson

D‘Arcy Wilson (MFA University of Calgary ’08, BFA Mount Allison University ’05) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers Western Culture’s fraught relationship with wilderness. D‘Arcy has collaborated with wildlife rehabilitation centers, natural history museums, school choirs, and more. She has participated in numerous artist residencies and exhibitions across Canada, most recently exhibiting her work at The Rooms (St. John’s, NL), the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville, NB), Cape Breton University Art Gallery (Sydney, NS) and Galerie d‘art Louise-et-Reuban-Cohen (University of Moncton, NB). In 2016 she initiated and curated Saltbox Contemporary Arts Festival at the Grenfell Art Gallery, in Corner Brook, NL. D‘Arcy is based in Corner Brook, where she is Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts Program at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus.


Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, October 29
1:00-2:30 – Official AGM business (members only)
3:00-4:00 – “Building Your Career” presentation/discussion (open to the public, PWYC)

Multidisciplinary artist Erika DeFreitas will discuss how she built her career with CARFAC Ontario’s Executive Director, Sally Lee, sharing some of the challenges and opportunities she has encountered along the way to building her thriving full-time practice. Erika’s work is currently showing at the Art Gallery of York University as part of Migrating the Margins, and until October 16 as part of take your legs and your shoes at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. Find out more about Erika and her work at

Click here to register through Eventbrite

401 Richmond Street West
Suite 440, Bashir/Yerex Presentation Space
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

We thank the Access Copyright Foundation for their support of our presentation series.

Nous remercions la Fondation Access Copyright pour leur soutien dans la tenue de notre série de conférences.

An Open Letter to Minister Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

July 15, 2016 News 2 comments


Dear Minister Joly,


Please accept our sincere congratulations on the start of a promising new mandate in the service of arts and culture in Canada.

We represent Canadian artists, their representatives and associations from a wide range of artistic disciplines. Today, we are writing to request further clarity regarding the composition of your Cultural Policy Advisory Group. As well, we would also like to pass along the message that artists from the visual and media arts, theatre, dance, writing, music and publishing sectors would like to see representative inclusion in the Advisory Group that you have recently struck.

We commend the government for engaging in what you have called “a sweeping review of Canadian cultural policy,” and many of us have worked to ensure that artists and administrators from our various sectors fill out the consultation survey that your department launched several months ago. We agree that changes to cultural policies are needed. Regulations surrounding Canadian content, digital content and copyright affect the lives and livelihoods of all artists and cultural sector workers. It is therefore concerning to us that your Cultural Policy Advisory Group excludes representation from most of the major artistic disciplines in Canada; that there is a lack of creator representation in your group; and that the twelve experts in the group do not sufficiently represent the cultural, gender and sexual diversity of our communities.

Artists and arts institutions in Canada have urgent needs that require the partnership of our government. Please consider our request for clarity and inclusion to be in the spirit of constructive feedback from the sectors your Ministry represents in Ottawa. We intend to pass your response to this letter along to the artists, cultural workers and advocates that we represent and with whom we work.

It is our position that artists, their representatives and national arts service organizations should be included in any group of experts providing you with their advice and knowledge of the sector as you work to review our cultural policies and legislation. We do not agree that the task of bringing our voices to the table is impossible.

We are eager and excited to work with you and your teams as you bring the Canadian and Québécois cultural sector forward into a digital world. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.




Marcia Lea, Executive Director, Canadian Artists Representation/ le Front des artistes Canadiens National (CARFAC- National)

Sara Meurling, Executive Director, Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT)

Christen Thomas, Executive Director, Literary Press Group of Canada (LPG)

Jane Needles, on behalf of Conseil québécois du théâtre (CQT)

Carol Anne Pilon, Directrice adjointe, Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (FCCF)

Arden R. Ryshpan, Executive Director, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (Equity)

Greer Attridge, Canadian Artists’ Representation/ le Front des artistes Canadiens-British Colombia (CARFAC-BC)

Yael Brotman, Visual Artist and Lecturer, Dept of Arts, Culture and Media, University of Toronto

Bruce Pitkin, Executive Director, Theatre Ontario

Maegen Black, Director, The Canadian Crafts Federation / Fédération Canadienne des Métiers d’Art

Dave Andrews, Executive Director, Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC)

Eric Coates, Artistic Director, Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC)

Ann MacDonald, on behalf of the University and College Art Galleries Association of Canada

Christian Bédard, Directeur general, Le regroupement des Artistes en arts visuels du Quebec (RAAV)

Sally Lee, Executive Director, Canadian Artists’ Representation/ le Front des artistses Canadiens- Ontario (CARFAC- ON)

Penny McCann, Director, SAW Video Media Art Centre

Martha Hynna, President, Board of Directors, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra/  l’Orchestre symphonique d’Ottawa (OSO)

Wendy Nelson, Executive Director, Canadian Artists’ Representation/ le Front des artistses Canadiens- Saskatchewan (CARFAC-SK)

Chris Carson, Executive Director, Visual Arts Alberta (VAA-CARFAC)

Michael Adam Murray, Executive Director, Toronto Musicians’ Association

Brian Quirt, Artistic Director, Nightswimming Theatre

Ann Bertrand, Executive Director, Artists Run Centres and Collectives Conference/ la Conférence des collectifs et des centres d’artistes autogérés (ARCA)

Alexis Kinloch on behalf of Canadian Artists’ Representation/ le Front des artistses Canadiens- Manitoba (CARFAC-MB)

Robin Sokoloski, Executive Director, Playwrights’ Guild of Canada (PGC)

Ben Donoghue, Managing Director, Media Arts Network of Ontario/ Réseau des Arts Médi­a­tiques de L’Ontario (MANO)

John Degen, Executive Director, The Writer’s Union of Canada

Remco Volmer, Managing Director, Artengine

Greg Johnston, President, Songwriters Association of Canada / Association des auteurs-compositeurs Canadiens

Marvin Dolgay, Chair of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada

Emmanuel Madan, National Director, Independent Media Arts Alliance / Alliance des arts médiatheques indépendants

Elisha Denburg, General Manager, The Canadian League of Composers/ La ligue canadienne des compostieurs

2016 AGM Wrap Up

June 28, 2016 Events , Features , News Comments Off on 2016 AGM Wrap Up

Melissa PanelCARFAC’s 2016 AGM and Draw More Income Panel discussion was awesome!

On June 4th, in Montreal, CARFAC and RAAV (Regroupement des artists en arts visual) members gathered along with members of the creative community to participate in a productive conversation about artists’ rights and economic wellbeing. Our panel of remarkable artists came from all across the country and generously shared their work and experience with a crowd of over one hundred people.

Theresie Tungilik came from Nunavut and spoke in detail about the ways Inuit and Northern artists are working in traditional and contemporary mediums. She spoke to the myriad successes and challenges that are particular to artists in the north and gave us insight into how CARFAC can work to support artists’ rights to members of her community.

Moridja Kitenge Banza lives in Montreal and shared images of his remarkable practice with us. He showed us slides of his work which draws from cartography as well as “chiromancie” (palmistry). He spoke to the fact that he has needed to become a business person and that all artists are business people. He said that he has access to three art markets as a French speaking, African, Canadian resident and that he creates work specifically to be sold on those three markets.

Melissa Mongiat is a Montreal based artist, who works internationally and through a collective called Daily tous les Jour. Her work is site specific and uses digital technologies. She gave us the insiders history of her most sought after art piece, Musical Swings. She described the challenges and joys of creating innovative installation work that interacts with communities.

Collin Zipp joined us from Winnipeg and described his cheeky body of work through slides and storytelling. He also spoke to the nascent, yet burgeoning art world of Winnipeg, where there are few commercial galleries. He shared with us that in order to make a living as an artist he has had to do many kinds of things from teaching to installation as well as creating art pieces.

After the panel discussion, participants heard presentations regarding the Artists’ Resale Right (Droit de Suite), the updated news about Copyright Visual Art (formerly CARCC) and our work to harmonize the CARFAC fee schedule with the IMAA (Independent Media Arts Alliance) fee schedule. All of these presentations gave our members much needed insight into the ongoing work that CARFAC is doing on their behalf. More information about all of these dossiers is available to our members on our website or by calling our offices.

It was a wonderful gathering of intelligent and motivated artists! Our partner RAAV, did a marvelous job of hosting us while we engaged in the important discussion of what will drive CARFAC into the future. Thank you to all who came out!

For those of you who missed being in Montreal in person a video recording of the Draw More Income panel and presentations will be available soon on our website.

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