March 20, 2017 Events , Features , News Comments Off on BUILDING YOUR CAREER 2017 AGM AND CONFERENCE: EDMONTON, ALBERTA


CARFAC AGM: Building your career, June 3-4 2017

CARFAC National and Visual Artists Alberta-CARFAC welcome artists to Edmonton June 2 to 4, for our 2017 National AGM and Conference.

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, the conference will examine ways that visual artists can develop and advance their careers.

Conference events include the CARFAC National AGM, four professional development presentations, an award ceremony, several exhibition receptions and tours, and other social networking opportunities. All artists are welcome!

Please Note: This year’s event will not include simultaneous translation. Conference materials will be presented in English and French, and bilingual staff and board members will be available to field questions and provide assistance in your language of choice.

Conference Schedule

Friday, June 2nd

Welcome reception, progressive evening open to all registered. Please RSVP to by Wednesday May 31st if you are planning to attend this Friday progressive reception at Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC and the tour of SNAP Gallery.

  • 8:30pm and 9:30pm – Reception at Visual Arts Alberta –CARFAC , 10215 112 St NW, Edmonton, AB
  • 9:30pm and 10:30pm – Tour of SNAP Gallery, 10123 – 121 Street, Edmonton, AB

Saturday, June 3rd

All daytime events on Saturday are being held in the CN Theatre, MacEwan University, Building 5, room 142, 10460 – 105 St NW, Edmonton, AB

All members of CARFAC (including Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC) are invited and encouraged to attend. If you’re not a member yet, now’s the time to join!  Take this opportunity to find out more about our major projects and initiatives.

  • 8:45 – 9:30 am – Conference Registration
  • 9:30 – 10:00 am – Opening remarks and Welcome to Treaty 6
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am – CARFAC National AGM
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Presentation of CARFAC’s National campaigns
  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm – Lunch*

* Please note that the purchasing of boxed lunch closed on May 26th.

  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm – Building Your Career presentations:

Kristian Clarke, Senior Projects Manager at Canadian Actors Equity Association, will speak about how professional organizations like CAEA and CARFAC enable artists to become more professional in their practice, and the tools that a professional association can provide that can empower artists in building their career.

Deborah Carruthers and Paddy Lamb, co-presidents of CARCC Copyright Visual Arts, will speak about the importance of collective copyright management, how copyright and royalties play a part in the visual artist’s practice, and the importance of copyright protection and intellectual property in the digital age.

Michelle Schultz, Director of dc3 Art Projects, will speak from the business perspective about new models (outside the public gallery, artist-run centre, and commercial gallery model) for artists to utilize in building their career.

Jennifer Bowen Allen is a Dene emerging curator and arts administrator from Whitehorse, currently living in Lethbridge. She will speak about the challenges faced and opportunities available to artists living in the north, as they build their careers.

  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm – Closing remarks and refreshments
  • 7:00 pm – Exhibition reception and award ceremony at Latitude 53, 10242 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB
  • 7:15 and 7:45 – CARFAC presents its National Visual Arts Advocate Award, and Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC will present an artist with an honorary Lifetime Membership.

We close the day with a visit to Latitude 53 artist-run-centre, to view the Trumpet exhibition, which examines how artists use art to question new political realities (locally, nationally, internationally) and who have a unique perspective that is under-represented or unrecognized within current exhibition and curatorial practices.

Sunday, June 4th 

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm – Tour of Dc3 Art Projects, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, 10567 111 St NW, Edmonton, AB
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Visit the Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB
    • Tours will be available, as well as free entry for Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC, CARFAC, and RAAV members!

Registration Fees

This event is available free of charge to all current members of Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC, CARFAC, and RAAV. Yet another great reason to join or renew!

For non-members, the registration fee is $20.

*Please note: Participants will be responsible for arranging their own travel, accommodations and meals. Information is included below on some of the options available.  The boxed lunch option will only be available on Saturday for any participant who wishes to purchase it. Please order by May 26th to ensure there is adequate availability.

Accommodations options


There are several options for transportation to and from the airport:

Public Transit:

Edmonton Transit System’s (ETS) Route 747 is an express bus service that runs every half hour during peak hours between EIA and the Century Park bus and LRT station, which connects to MacEwan University. This bus service runs every day of the week starting at 4:10 am from Century Park and 4:34 am from EIA. Pick-up at the airport is outside Door 8, Arrivals Level (between Tim Horton’s and the Mac’s convenience store). The METRO Line LRT (labeled NAIT on the trains) will take people to MacEwan University Station.  The CAPITAL Line also goes downtown but not to MacEwan University.

  • One-way trip: $5 cash paid to driver or 2 adult ETS tickets, plus $3.25 per adult for the LRT.

Airport Shuttle, one-way trip: $18 Roundtrip: $30:

The Edmonton Skyshuttle is a cost-effective and convenient way to travel between Edmonton International Airport and various locations in Edmonton. The Skyshuttle pick-up point is centrally located on the Arrivals Level (next to door #7). The Shuttle stops at MacEwan University residence. The Skyshuttle only stops at hotels when service has been requested. Rides must be booked in advance online or by phone 780-465-8515. The average trip takes from one hour to one hour and twenty minutes, depending on road conditions, ridership volumes, and point of embarkation.


Edmonton International Airport is serviced by several taxi companies. Flat rates for transportation from EIA to downtown Edmonton by taxi are available and cheaper if you ask for it when booking.

  • Co-op Taxi Line: 780 425 2525
  • 24-7 Taxi Line: 780 442 4444
  • Airport Taxi Service: 780 890 7070
  • Greater Edmonton Taxi Service:
    (Barrel, Checker, Prestige, Yellow): 780 462 3456

Thank you to our sponsors



Register Now!

The boxed lunch option is available for $12. Please place your order by email to by May 26 to ensure availability. Boxed lunches include:

  • Choice of Deluxe Sandwich or Wrap (Tuna, Ham, Roast Beef, Turkey, or Grilled veggie with hummus and feta)
  • Whole Fruit
  • Two Home Baked Cookies
  • Choice of Soft Drink, Juice or Bottled Water

Advocacy Award Call for Nominations

To coincide with our national conference Building Your Career held in Edmonton, CARFAC seeks to honour a professional artist from Alberta, who has made a significant contribution as an advocate for the Canadian visual arts community. This contribution may be national or regional in scope, and is a wonderful opportunity for a local arts advocate to gain national recognition and thanks for their work.

For details regarding eligibility and how to nominate click here.

Call for New Board Members

CARFAC National is looking for new board members, to be elected at our AGM. CARFAC Members are asked to put forward names of individuals who would make good board members, to be considered by our Nominating Committee.

For details regarding Board Nominations for 2017 click here

Looking forward to June!


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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