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National Conference for Visual Artists May 13, 14th & 15th, 2010 Banff Centre for the Arts

banffCanadian Artists’ Representation / Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) is pleased to host visual artists from across Canada to attend our annual conference in Banff, Alberta. Below is a detailed schedule of conference events – it looks like it’s going to be an exciting weekend!

Reserve your spot today.

Conference Schedule


CARFAC National Visual Arts Advocate Award
3:00 – 3:30 pm, Willock & Sax Gallery (211 Bear St)

Banff Gallery Hop
3:00- 5:00 pm, Willock & Sax Gallery, Canada House Gallery (201 Bear St) and the Whyte Museum (111 Bear St)

Banff Centre Visual Arts Hop
6:00 – 7:30 pm, tour of Glyde Hall studios and the Other Gallery, The Banff Centre (107 Tunnel Mountain Dr)

Artist Talk with Ron Terada
8:00 – 9:30 pm, Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Bldg, Telus Studio, The Banff Centre


Banff Centre facilities tour
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, tour to start from lobby of the Professional Development Centre, The Banff Centre

Registration 2:00 pm, Room 122, Laszlo Funtek Teaching Wing (LFTQ), (Margaret Greenham Theatre), The Banff Centre

Opening Remarks from presidents of CARFAC National and Visual Arts Alberta
2:30 pm, Room 122, LFTQ, The Banff Centre

How the Artists’ Resale Right works for artists
2:45 – 4:00 pm, Room 122, LFTQ, The Banff Centre

Presentation by Jeremy Stein from the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS), on how DACS operates within the UK, and specifically how they manage the Artists’ Resale Right. Stein will provide an overview of how the Resale Right operates and how English artists have benefited from it since its implementation in 2006.

Panel: Artists’ Legal Issues
4:30 – 5:30 pm, Room 122, LFTQ, The Banff Centre

Panel discussion about common legal concerns that artists face with lawyers Suzan Dionne Balz, Martha Rans and Steve Seiferling, who have expertise with artists’ issues.

Artists’ Legal Clinic *
5:30 – 6:30 pm, Room 122, LFTQ, The Banff Centre

Do you have questions about your arts practice relating to copyright, contracts, labour law, incorporating as a business, etc? Ask our guest lawyers your questions.

Ron Terada’s Who I Think I Am Opening Reception
7:00 pm, Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre


Registration: 9:00 am, Room 122, LFTQ, The Banff Centre

Marketing and the Artist/Dealer relationship: A conversation with Susan Sax-Willock
9:30 – 10:30 am, Room 122, LFTQ, The Banff Centre

Susan Sax-Willock, co-owner of the Willock & Sax Gallery in Banff, will speak about the submission process for commercial galleries, and the importance of the relationship between artists and galleries.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Room 122, LFTQ, The Banff Centre

All current members of CARFAC are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you’re not a member yet, take this opportunity to join and find out more about what we have been up to in the last year.

Banff Centre facilities tour
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, tour to start from entrance at the Marian Greenham Theatre, The Banff Centre

Artists and Public Galleries: A conversation with Kitty Scott
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Room 122, LFTQ

Kitty Scott, the director of the Visual Arts department at the Banff Centre will speak about the relationship between artists and public galleries.

Panel: How do artists get paid?
3:30 – 6:00 pm, Room 122, LFTQ, The Banff Centre

Panel discussion and breakout groups that addresses the question: Is it possible to survive as an artist? While the cultural sector contributes more than $46 billion to the Canadian economy, recent statistics show visual artists earned an average of $13,976 in 2005. Despite this, the number of artists has steadily grown over the last decade. So, why do we do what we do, and how do we make ends meet? Our speakers discuss different ways to make a living, how they decide when it’s appropriate to work for free and what tools and interventions can be developed to improve conditions for artists. Speakers will include artists David Hoffos, Grant McConnell, Dana Inkster and Deirdre Logue.

Details subject to change

*See registration package for details on how to reserve a space in the legal clinic.