Working as an Artist: Talks and Workshops

Hey You! Yeah You!

Have you been making work*?  …but wonder what to do after ?

*By work we’re not just talking painting, We’re talking Music, Gardening, Zines, Blogs and lots of other stuff too!

Working as an Artist is a 3-Part Professional Development Workshop for Artists ages 15-25 AND FREE!  *pre-registration is requested for the workshops* (see below).

Working as an Artist is a 3-part series that will bring in professional national and international artists to facilitate workshops and hopefully inspire you! Whether you are interested in more traditional modes of exhibition, or questioning the whole “Art World” thing and are thinking about radical solutions to pushing back against that market, these workshops will provide open dialogue for you to consider the pros and cons when deciding what is right for your individual (or group) practices. From showing artwork in museums or galleries, to graffiti, public art interventions or subversive performance events these workshops will provide relevant skill training as well as how to price, hang, install, write about, promote and market your work.

Starting in January, the Purple Thistle will be hosting one talk and one workshop a month. All events are free, and only pre-registration is requested for the workshops. Rozzell Medina starts us off with a talk on January 17th from 7-9pm, and a workshop on January 18th, 1-4pm.

During these workshops you’ll get to hang out in a casual environment with some rad artists who have lots of experience exhibiting and sharing their work. You’ll also get to hang out with other like-minded artists participating in the workshop.

Each of the three workshops will always begin and end at the Purple Thistle Centre. However, during the workshop we may venture from the Thistle to off-site locations such as galleries, museums or other relevant but lesser thought of spaces, chosen by the visiting artists. So wear comfy shoes and dress for the weather and for adventure! We’ll make sure to take care of transportation and admission costs, so no need to bring money; just bring yourself.

That’s right, the workshops are FREE. But pre-registration is required.

So… are you interested?

“Hi!” I’m Kristin,  the resident Curator at the Purple Thistle. Registration is super easy! just  e-mail  me here: and send along 3 things:

  1. Your full name
  2. How best to contact you – whether  it be email, phone or facebook,
  3. Tell me a bit about yourself: What kind of maker/artist are you?

*** These workshops are not just for self-identified Artists. They are for anyone thinking about putting their work out into the world. Whatever that work might be, not just art things like painting, drawing or sculpture. ***


1. With Rozzell Medina


Artist Talk: January 17th 7-9 PM 

WorkshopJanuary 18th 1-4pm

Rozzell has been making visual art since he was a little kid. A few years ago, he became interested in how people can come together to form independent, self-organizing learning communities that improve the quality of participants’ lives and their abilities to co-create an equitable and liberated society. Since 2009, he has been working creatively and collaboratively to nurture these kinds of learning communities.

2. With Hannah Jickling

Artist Talk: Friday February 21st 7-9 pm

Workshop  Saturday Februray 22nd 1-4 

Hannah Jickling is an artist who works in photo, sculpture, printed matter, performance and public intervention.  As part of her art practice, she has shoveled snow, navigated a giant pumpkin boat in the ocean and exhibited kaleidoscopes from inside her trench-coat gallery. Hannah is interested in absurdist-activist tactics and the idea that fantasy can be a quality of life.  For this workshop, we will think through ways to maneuver art ideas inside and outside of art world rules. By looking at CV’s, artist statements and grant applications, we will learn more about how to navigate some of the expectations of a professional art practice.

3. With Harrell Fletcher and Carmen Papalia

Artist Talk:  April 25th 7-9pm

Workshop: April 26th 1-4pm

With the community as a canvas, the possibilities of artwork are endless. Art and Social Practice professor Harrell Fletcher challenges students to think outside the studio in order to create socially engaged art. By forming an experience in a place, rather than producing a final object, this barrier-breaking approach asks artists and their audiences to consider themselves, their community, and their environment as part of their art.

Papalia designs experiences that invite those involved to expand their perceptual mobility and claim access to public and institutional spaces. Often requiring trust and closeness, these engagements disorient the participant while introducing new modes of orientation that allow for perceptual and censorial discovery. As an open-sourcing of his own access, Papalia’s work makes visible the opportunities for learning and knowing that become available through the non-visual senses.


Contact Kristin for further information or to register: