Artist Project is pleased to present a workshop series focused on skill-building for artists and the art-curious. Across 3 interactive virtual evening workshops in April and May, learn firsthand from independent artists and art industry experts on a range of subjects. 


Past Workshops

Shopify for your Creative Business

Wednesday May 26, 5:30-7PM (ET) 

Welcome to Shopify! In this session, we will provide an introduction to the Shopify platform, what we do, what we offer, and how it can help you take your creative business to the next level. We will also introduce the concept of Print on Demand and talk about how you can get your art into the spaces of more customers.

In addition to the workshop, Artist Project is thrilled to offer a free trial membership with Shopify. You can sign up for a 14-day free trial now HERE!


Creating Opportunities Beyond the Gallery (International Exhibitions, Commissions, Artist Residencies and more)

Wednesday May 12, 5:30-7PM (ET) 

Join artists Kal Mansur and Nathan Eugene Carson on Zoom for a workshop focused on creating career opportunities as an independent artist. Kal and Nathan will share their unique perspectives and paths to success, from soliciting art commissions, navigating exhibition opportunities, living/working internationally and more. The session will be interactive, and will include time for questions.

Nathan Eugene Carson (b. 1980, lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario) received a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2005. His drawings and paintings have since been shown at Verso Gallery, Lennox Contemporary, Gallery One, and the Drake Hotel in Toronto. Carson’s work was also featured during the AGO First Thursdays in partnership with the RBC Emerging Artists Projects and StreetARToronto. In 2016, he was part of an exhibition titled Ponto, the first of several held at Oswald Gallery, Hamilton. Other group exhibitions include Free Fall (2016) and Worked Over (2017), both at Oswald Gallery, and 100 Paintings (2019) at The Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario. His most recent solo exhibition, Cut From the same cloth (2021)  at The Power Plant  in Toronto  , comprised paintings of characters emerging from obscure matte grounds.

Kal Mansur (b. 1965) is known for his translucent and vivid acrylic sculptures, which he has been producing since 2006. His work is unique in its use of diffusion and concealment as compositional elements. His pieces express a fusion of disparate perspectives into a cohesive, elemental projection. Mansur produces sculpture, painting, and large-scale installations. He completed his BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. He is represented by galleries in Canada, Europe, and the United States. His work has been commissioned by Tiffany and Company (Honolulu and Moscow), Bonjour Capital (New York), George Brown College (Toronto), Ryerson University (Toronto), the Norwegian Cruise Line, the Caribbean Cruise Line, Related Companies (New York), among others. He has studios in Toronto and Pittsburgh.


Selling your Work Online
Wednesday April 28, 5:30-7PM (ET)

Online art sales have become the norm in the past year, providing connectivity with a wider art audience but also bringing up a lot of questions. Join Ashley Mulvihill, curator and founder of online gallery Ninth Editions, in conversation with artist Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart (2020 Artist Project alum), for a virtual workshop focused on optimizing your online brand and sales channels, including logistics tips and tricks, website design, social media and more. They will share their respective experience from both the curatorial perspective and that of the independent artist, as well as answer questions and provide feedback.

Ashley Mulvihill founded Ninth Editions, an online gallery selling limited edition prints and original works, to bring engaging artwork by contemporary, emerging artists to a broader audience. She is also the curator for Drake Hotel Properties, Fitzrovia Real Estate, and advises on public art projects across Canada.

Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart is a 25-year old fine art photographer from Toronto with a BFA in animation from Concordia University (2018). Having endured insecure housing situations and periods of homelessness from 2017-2019, Sage was inspired to reflect on themes of ownership, responsibility, and public/private space through photography (mostly self-portraiture). Sage is the recipient of an Emerging Artist Grant (OAC 2021), winner of the Best of Photography/Digital Media (TOAF 2020), an Emerging Artist Grant (TAC 2019), and a Flash Forward category winner (Magenta 2019).

Building Art Industry Relationships

Wednesday, April 14, 5:30-7PM (ET)

Join artist Shaheer Zazai, and Devan Patel, co-owner and director of Patel Brown Gallery, on Zoom for a multi-faceted conversation focused on building relationships with curators, designers and gallerists as an independent artist. Shaheer, an Artist Project alumnus (2019), will discuss the growth of his career in Toronto, and elaborate on how his journey has been supported through frequent collaborations with galleries including Patel Brown. Devan will share his perspective as a gallerist, elaborating on what he looks for when building relationships with independent artists and best practices artists should follow when engaging with the gallery and curatorial community. The session will conclude with Q&A. 

Shaheer Zazai is a Toronto based Afghan-Canadian artist with a current studio practice both in painting and digital media. Zazai received a BFA from OCAD University in 2011 and was artist in residence at OCAD University as part of the Digital Painting Atelier in 2015. Zazai’s practice focuses on exploring and attempting to investigate the development of cultural identity in the present geopolitical climate and diaspora. The digital works revolve around Microsoft Word and imagery drawn from traditional Afghan carpets. Through mimicking carpet-making methods, Zazai creates his own designs in Microsoft Word, where every knot of a carpet is translated into a typed character. While the digital is a process based exploration, the paintings have been an internal investigation into vulnerability and fear. Zazai is a recipient of Ontario Arts Council grants and he was a finalist for EQ Bank’s Emerging Digital Artist Award in 2018. Since graduating, Zazai has had several solo and group exhibitions such as those at the Capacity 3 Gallery, CAFKA Biennial 2019, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant., Double Happiness Projects and Patel Brown Gallery. His digital works have been covered by CBC Arts in 2018, Ajam Media Collective in 2019 and Globe and Mail in 2020.

Devan Patel organized his first art exhibition as a teenager and opened his first art gallery in his early 20s. Patel is interested in how the artist process can expand our understanding of ourselves and the world we live in. Originally opened as Project Gallery and later renamed to Patel Gallery, Devan Patel has quickly become one of Toronto’s most prominent up-and-coming gallerists. In 2020 Patel announced joining forces with long-time friend and collaborator Gareth Brown-Jowett to form Patel Brown Gallery which has two locations in Toronto. Patel currently sits on the board of the Gardiner Museum and is a member of the curatorial committees for Casey House’s Art With Heart Auction as well as the Evergreen Brickworks public art program. He has served on various boards and committees, contributing to initiatives with organizations like the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Edition Art Book Fair, Magenta Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Mercer Union, East End Arts, Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Metropole, Nuit Blanche, Street Art Toronto and more.