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8 Online Resources for Artists to Bookmark

María Escalona June 03 2021

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Where to sell your art? What is an art residency? How can I get funding? Are you an emerging artist asking yourself these questions? Don’t quite know where to ask? Start by consulting this list of essential websites made to help you succeed in your artistic career.

As an artist myself, I know how hard it is to navigate the sea of information accessible to you. Art sometimes feels like a lonely practice, but it does not have to be. You would not believe how many resources are out there designed to help artists. Whether you want to sell your art, market yourself,create more art, or nurture your practice, here is a list of general resources that I have gathered throughout my years as an emerging artist.

This list of websites, specifically curated for up-and-coming visual artists, is short but broad. Each section contains a bundle of resources that offer a range of information concerning funding, local art communities, Canadian art, residencies, services, networking, and more.

Explore, enjoy, and remember that art is about connecting within yourself and with others!

MONTREAL
Artère
“A website destined for the next generation of artists of Montreal!”
This art platform, as the name cleverly suggests, works as an artery that redirects you to other useful websites. However, this site also offers information, tricks, and tips about funding, diffusion, current events happening in the city, job/ art residency opportunities, and more. Whether you are a visual artist, a musician, a filmmaker, a circus artist, a digital artist, etc., Artère can help you. The part I find the most useful is the “Babillard” section, where you can find all sorts of announcements about the Montreal art scene. This includes job opportunities, open call outs, residencies, vacant studio spaces, and workshops. You can also post your own art related ads for free.

CUCCR (Concordia University’s Center for Creative Reuse)

If you are an emerging artist living in Montreal who would like to be creative, conscientious, and resourceful, all while interacting with the local art community, I can’t recommend this center enough. This initiative, created by Concordia University, is “dedicated to diverting materials from inside Concordia’s waste-stream and offering them to the general community free of cost.” In their ever-changing space, you are given access to many materials; plastic bottle caps, strips of old film positives, scraps of wood, metal and fabric, you never know what you’ll find! Unfortunately, they are currently closed due to the pandemic. Fingers crossed that we can soon have access spaces like this again, where sustainability and community are put forward.

QUEBEC
Réseau Art Actuel

I find this network specifically useful because of their weekly bulletin. Here, you get updates on exhibitions, open calls, job offers, events, etc. happening in the province of Quebec. They have free guides about cultural management, media, and social media management. Best of all, they provide a lot of information about self-managed artist centres, cultural institutions, galleries, workshops, and studios for you to join and be part of Quebec’s artistic community. This is a great resource for networking and gaining recognition.

Regroupement des associations d'artistes en arts visuels du Québec
The RAAV, is the professional association for visual artists in Quebec. This includes “traditional” practices like painting, sculpture, engraving, textiles, photography, performance, video art, and illustration, as well as new disciplines like digital art and media. Their goal is to improve, develop, and support the life and career of all working visual artists of Quebec. They provide education services regarding documentation, professional development, legal/tax advice, intellectual property, and the different advantages offered in the province.

CANADA
Canada Council for the Arts

If you are a Canadian artist, I strongly recommend you become acquainted with this website. This organization has a broad repertoire of funding options for every demographic, discipline, and level. Yes, the paperwork is unavoidably tedious, but learning to write statements, proposals, descriptions, and budgets are good skills to acquire to improve your reputation. The Council is also a useful source of information about the arts across all the provinces and territories. For example, how public money is distributed for the arts and cultural institutions, and how it affects your specific sphere. This organization also includes a virtually accessible Art Bank that “offers Canadians unique public access to contemporary Canadian visual art”.

INTERNATIONAL
DutchCulture|TransArtists

Are you interested in doing a residency in Canada, or maybe Europe, or Asia? Wherever you like in the world, whichever discipline (visual arts, photography, digital, music, theatre, creative writing, etc.), this website links you to hundreds of residencies and establishments for artists. “DutchCulture|TransArtists (offers) you all about facts, use and value of international artist-in-residence opportunities.”

GYST-Ink

GYST-Ink, short for Get Your Shit Together, “is an artist-run company/art project by Karen Atkinson, providing resources, technology and solutions created by artists for artists.“ The website provides you with tips and advice. This includes how to create your CV, your artist statement, your website, building your brand, selling your art, applying for funding, and more. The company also sells books that go in depth on these topics, available for online or physical purchase. You can also book a consultation/advising session with the team about your artistic path.

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anastasia_koutso1260 replied 1 year, 7 months ago Super useful, good resources can be hard to find. Thank you!
christinamarando21432 replied 1 year, 7 months ago Very helpful list!