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This event produced by:

West Kootenay Regional Arts Council

Funded by:

British Columbia Arts Council

Columbia Basin Trust

Business for the Arts


Hotel Logos Hume Hotel Best Western Nelson

BC Wineguys - Nelson

Nelson Brewing Company

Big Cranium Design

Evolution Creative Communications

Weekend Symposium: October 25-27, Nelson, BC

To register CLICK HERE


Friday October 25

Opening Reception, including Bradley Smith presenting: Artists Trading Cards - an introduction to making and trading. Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s) are one of a kind miniature works of art. Each card is 2.5 X 3.5 inches in size. In order to get an ATC you must make one to trade. Cards are only to be traded card for card and money is never exchanged. The trading of ATC’s is an exercise in human connection through art making.

Artist Trading cards were initiated in 1997 by Zurich artist M. Vanci Stimemann and brought to Canada shortly after by Nakusp artist Chuck Steak. Trading card sessions typically take place once a month with people of all backgrounds. The beauty of ATC’s is that anyone can make and trade cards. Throughout the course of the evening we will have many materials on hand for people to leisurely engage in both the making and trading aspects of this exciting cultural performance.

Saturday October 26

Lou Lynn: rocking FormMaking a Living by Design. Chi Cheng Lee the designer, maker, CEO, sales, marketer for Chi's Creations Jewelry will share her diverse wholesale and retail experiences in jewelry and design for over 30 years from her basement studio to working with the International Luxury Jewelry company Harry Winston in NYC and Asia. Chi will share her insights on pricing, doing retail shows, consignment and wholesale as well as selling to stores.

Being in the World: Craft and Sustainability, presented by Sarah Alford. While craft is an ancient practice, its modern meaning arose as a way to differentiate its practitioners and products from mass industrial production and its negative effects. This presentation will draw upon historic and contemporary examples of craft practices that strive to be sustainable models of environmental, economic and social development. The focus will be ontological, on craft as a way of being in the world, a way in which we constantly renegotiate the divide between subjects and objects, the natural world and society.

Material Matters: Contemporary jeweller Rebecca Hannon will give an artist talk revealing her fascination with travel, materials and evolving digital technologies. Pieces of European photos give way to hand molded Tapa cloth in Polynesia and finally laser-cut laminate in Canada. This presentation is an exploration of an evolving artistic practice in response to place, and new avenues for making.

Pricing to Sell: Helen Sebelius & Lou Lynn take a realistic look at a difficult problem. The nuts and bolts of pricing art and craft include the tangible considerations of time, materials, overhead and profit, as well as the intangible factors of reputation, length of time you have been working, etc.

Craft practice in the 21st century: Greg Payce will discuss several emerging craft practitioners as examples of how the field is changing for a new generation. What are the impacts and roles of new hybrid practices? How are young makers facing these challenges in a sustainable manner? Greg will also present an overview of his own recent work.

Sunday October 27

Sarah AlfordCraft and Marketing Panel Discussion, facilitated by Sarah Alford. Whether one-of-a-kind or production work, marketing seems to be something that one can never, ever do well enough. Some questions considered: What are the particular challenges in marketing one-of-a-kind-work, and/or craft work that also functions as sculpture? Is this a place where the marketing of production work and the marketing of fine art blend together? One-of-a-kind, fine craft seems to inhabit a space between the way a so-called artist markets her work, and the way someone in production markets her work. In what ways do pop up shops, etsy and kickstarter etc. seem to present both opportunities and threats to our individual practices? Will more opportunities for marketing and selling online mean work in more homes, instead of galleries? Is that a good thing?

Jeremy Addington presents Photographing Your Own Work. This workshop is designed to teach participants how to make photos of their own artwork suitable for print or the web. Jeremy outlines a straightforward step by step approach to photographing your own work with 'Point and Shoot' or 'SLR' cameras with an emphasis on using natural light, and readily available reflectors, diffusers and gobos.

Jeremy Addigton JeweleryIndividual Photography Sessions with Jeremy Addington. Individual 45 minute sessions with the photographer. Please bring up to 3 pieces that you would like to have photographed. At least one piece (possibly more, depending on the difficulty/scale of the works) will be professionally photographed and digitally mastered on DVD (photoshopped, if necessary) with files formatted in: jpeg, tiff, web resolution and to Canada Council specifications. Files will be supplied on DVD within 2-3 weeks after the workshop.

Please Note: these sessions are not included with Symposium registration – additional fee is required. Availability is limited – register early to avoid disappointment.

Individual Portfolio Review Sessions with Lou Lynn and Helen Sebelius. Artists are invited to schedule an individual consultation to discuss their work and current promotional materials. These sessions are 45 minutes in duration. We ask that those participating in these sessions arrive at least 10 minutes early so that they can set up their work before their start time. This will ensure that we stay on schedule.

What to Bring to the one-on-one consultations:

  • Artists should bring several examples of their current work
  • Promotional materials such as business cards, brochures, postcards, photographs, websites, etc.

Please Note: these sessions are not included with Symposium registration – additional fee is required. Availability is limited – register early to avoid disappointment.

Registration Fees, Travel Subsidies and Schedule

Space is limited - register early! Click here for schedule and to register.

Full Weekend Presentations (Friday Opening Reception + Saturday Group Presentations + Keynote Event + Sunday Group Presentations) = $60.00 (Book the full weekend and save $15.00!)
Add Saturday Lunch $15.00

Saturday Presentations only $50.00
Sunday Presentations only $25.00

Individual Photography Session (Saturday) $45.00
Individual Portfolio Review Session (Sunday) $45.00

Selkirk College and College of the Rockies Students save 20%: enter STUDENT promo code when registering. You must present student ID when picking up your delegate package. Limited number of student discounts available.

Fees are due at time of registration and are payable by cheque or credit card when registering. Credit card payment is processed through Paypal. You do not need a Paypal account to use this service.

TRAVEL SUBSIDIES ARE AVAILABLE on a first come-first served basis to help offset costs for travel from communities in the Columbia Basin further than 50 km from Nelson.

Mileage subsidies are available in amounts ranging from $25.00 to $100.00 per person, depending on the area you are travelling from.

In addition, for travel from communities’ further than 100k from Nelson, those who register for the full weekend are eligible for an accommodation subsidy of $80.00 per person and those who register for one day are eligible for an accommodation subsidy of $40.00 per person.

Pre-Registration is required. Subsidies and spaces are limited so register early!

Apply for your travel subsidy when registering. Your subsidy cheque will be provided in your delegate package when you check in at the Symposium.

Travel subsidies are funded by the Columbia Basin Trust