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ARTPRENEUR Ottawa 2017


Saturday, 4 November 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

ARTPRENEUR Ottawa 2017

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
One full day including: networking breakfast, keynote address, networking lunch, and a choice of breakout sessions.
27 Oct 2017 $75.00 $5.11
Students at secondary, post-secondary and the Ottawa School of Art are eligible. You must present your student ID at the door.
27 Oct 2017 $25.00 $2.11
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One full day including: networking breakfast, keynote address, networking lunch, and a choice of breakout sessions.
Ended $45.00 $3.31

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ARTPRENEUR Ottawa 2017 Conference

Canada 151 - Let's Get to Work
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON


Get inspired by the artists and arts groups who work and thrive in our Nation’s Capital. The theme for the fifth annual ARTPRENEUR conference is Canada 151: Let’s Get to Work. We’ll bring together artists, business leaders and more to explore what’s next after Canada’s sesquicentennial year, and how we can develop momentum and keep the energy going for local artists. We’ll also reflect on the ways in which 2017 was a disruptive year, and how we can use disruption as a positive force to build new models and practices.

The fifth annual ARTPRENEUR Ottawa 2017 Conference will be held at the state-of- the-art Shenkman Arts Centre, in Ottawa, Ontario. The multi-disciplinary arts centre provides large conference spaces for a vendor expo, breakout sessions and capacity for 150 at presentations in the Richcraft Theatre. The program features inspirational keynote speakers, real-world experience workshops, relevant product demonstrations and numerous networking opportunities. 

The ARTPRENEUR Ottawa Conference is a partnership between AOE Arts Council, Ottawa School of Art, the Shenkman Arts Centre and Wallack’s Art Supplies.

**Group discount of 20% off the early bird rate is available for groups of 8 or more. Please email or call Cassandra at 613-580-2767 for more information.**

ARTPRENEUR Ottawa 2017


Morning Keynote Address: Alexandra Badzak Director and CEO, Ottawa Art Gallery, in conversation with The Latest Artists and Anna Williams.


Morning Presentations

A. Picking the Perfect Platform (Entrepreneurship Skill – Basic: Social/Digital Marketing)
Sponsored by: Alterna Savings

Stand out in the arts community! This workshop will help you determine who your audience is and how you can target and engage in web platforms to profile your work, interests and expertise. Learn how to leverage your brand, events and projects to become visible and create opportunities to grow.
Speaker: Christina Devine (Kool Krys, House of PainT)

B. Building Relationships Through Content (Entrepreneurship Skill – Intermediate: Social/Digital Marketing)

How to build authentic relationships through social media and good digital content.
Speaker: Toni van Eeden

C. Creative Industries and the Arts in Ottawa (Roundtable)

How do creative industries intersect with the arts, and how can this industry impact the careers of local artists? What is the future of creative industries in Ottawa? Each presenter speaks for an allotted time period followed by roundtable discussion groups.
Speakers: Komi Olaf (Prototype D), more TBC


Afternoon 1 Presentations

D. Visual Art: The Future of Gallery Sales

Are you wondering about the current state of the commercial gallery and art sales in Ottawa and across Canada? Are you curious where your work might fit in, or whether this is the route you should take? This panel of curators, gallery owners and artists will help you navigate your way through the ever-changing landscape of “The Gallery”.
Speakers: TBD

E. Theatre: Getting Past the Gatekeeper

Vicki Stroich (Alberta Theatre Projects) and Pat Gauthier (undercurrents festival,Ottawa Fringe Festival) will explore the networks that get your work out of the rehearsal space and into the festivals and performance seasons. Combining practical industry knowledge and useful tools from their own careers, these gatekeepers are helping to shape the Canadian theatre landscape and have a finger on the pulse of new work that is being created across the country.
Speakers: Vicki Stroich (Alberta Theatre Projects) and Pat Gauthier (undercurrents festival, Ottawa Fringe Festival)

F. Music: From Basement to Stage: Developing Your Performance as an Emerging Artist

Presented by OMIC

In this panel discussion, Carolyn Coté (Arms of the Girl) and Scott May (Bar Robo) draw from their experiences as artist and venue owner respectively, to help provide tips for positioning yourself as a live performer early in your career. From booking your first shows to building community, these pros help identify opportunities to share your talents in conventional and unconventional ways. The panel is moderated by Colin Mills (Coordinator, Music Industry Arts at Algonquin College).
Speakers: Carolyn Coté, Scott May. Moderated by Colin Mills.

G. Makers: Makers Gonna Sell

Presented by MakerSpaceNorth

Maker Space North and Freewheeling Craft will talk about getting a shop online, and lead hands-on exercises.
Speakers:  Sheri Chiprout, (Makerspace North) and Amanda Cockburn (Freewheeling Craft).


Afternoon 2 Presentations

H. Business of the Arts Basics (Entrepreneurship Skill – Basic)

This session helps to prepare you to get your work out there. The overview includes information on what goes into your C.V., bio and artist statement.
Speaker: Remco Volmer (Artengine)

I. Promo Video (Entrepreneurship Skill – Intermediate)

Look at ME! A session about video for social media. Get out there and get heard but also be seen. Pull back the curtain. Let 'em have a peek. Explore how artists can use video to build a more engaged audience and gain more sales. 
Speakers: Shawn MacDonell (Creativision)

J. HQ Ottawa – Living in Ottawa and Working Elsewhere (Roundtable)

How can artists be based in Ottawa, and still bring their work to the wider world? This roundtable explores how artists in different disciplines manage national and international work, like finding contracts, auditions and exhibitions.Each presenter speaks for an allotted time period followed by roundtable discussion groups.
Speakers: Erin Benjamin, Adrian Göllner


Afternoon Keynote Address - Kevin Loring, first Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre, Canada’s National Arts Centre


Networking Cocktail


Have questions about ARTPRENEUR Ottawa 2017? Contact ARTPRENEUR Ottawa

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Shenkman Arts Centre des arts Shenkman
245 Centrum Boulevard
Ottawa, ON K1E 0A1

Saturday, 4 November 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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ARTPRENEUR is a one day conference dedicated to helping artists succeed. The conference brings together leading creative experts and art community individuals who will motivate and inform artists on their creative professions. The Conference aims to deliver a valuable experience for delegates, with accessible for delegates new to the topic, and opportunities for rich conversations and connections for all attending, maintaining an open, welcoming learning environment.



AOE Arts Council has been serving the arts community since 1987. As a bilingual not‐for‐profit charitable organization, the Arts Council represents a membership of artists, arts organizations and supporters in all arts disciplines. The Arts Council creates opportunities for artists to share and sell their work, provides resources and services to its membership, organizes professional development activities and isa leader and arts collaborator on city‐wide arts initiatives.

Join AOE Arts Council today at or by phone at 613.580.2767S



The Ottawa School of Art offers a full range of specialized art courses including lifedrawing, landscape painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, lithography, watercolour, etching, printmaking, and a wide variety of specialized short courses and workshops. Children’s and Teens’ classes range from multi-media to animation and cartooning, sculpture and construction, pottery, drawing and painting. In addition to art courses, the OSA’s programs have grown to include visiting artist-in-residence workshops, a professional exhibitions gallery (which hosts solo and groups shows by local, national and international artists), a non-for-credit Arts Fundamentals Certificate, a one-year Portfolio Development Program and a 3-year Diploma Program. 



The Shenkman Arts Centre is Ottawa’s only multidisciplinary arts facility offering services and programs in both English and French. The Centre, which is located in Ottawa East, is a creative hub where artists and audiences meet to create and explore the arts. The Centre, which opened in June 2009, plays a vital role in ensuring artists are given the forum they need to nurture creativity and audiences are given access to dynamic and thought-provoking arts programming in a facility that matches creative excellence.



For almost 75 years, Wallack’s has been committed to supplying creative people with quality products at competitive prices. Wallack’s reputation is built on offering a wide selection of brand name artist materials, service by friendly knowledgeable staff, and quick and efficient delivery across Canada. Educational

programming also continues to be a part of Wallack’s, and knowledgeable staff provide instruction through workshops and events at its many locations.


Today, Wallack’s is eastern Ontario’s largest retailer of artist materials with two locations in the Ottawa area, and one in Kingston.


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