A series of Sunday morning lectures and workshops designed & produced for artists, performers and arts organizations on the Sunshine Coast. Topics will explore the business side of creative work, from using social media as a promotional tool, record producing to photographing work either visual or performance.

The fall/winter series information will be published Spring 2018.

How to use Social Media for Promotion

January 14, 2018, 10 am–12:30pm
Presented by Social Media Expert: Marc Smith

Marc can explain the differences between various social media platforms and how to choose the right ones for your promotional purposes. He will talk about how to create a base of followers, what and how often to post, the value of visuals and how to “go viral”.

Marc earns his living through his web adventures. He is a solo traveler with a digital magazine that explores where to stay, what to do, what to eat and drink. He is a tireless influencer who has created many circles through social media.


Photos by Paul Clancy

How to Frame Your Work for Exhibition

February 25, 2018, 12pm–2pm
Presented by: Cindy Buis from Artworks Gallery & Framing

Framer Cindy will present the options of custom verses off-the-shelf framing, what constitutes a great frame, how to enhance your piece with the proper frame including colour, material, proportions, safety and gallery requirements. Bring a piece of work for matting and from 1pm-2pm Cindy will custom matt your artwork.

Cindy received a BFA in Art & Design in 1982 and trained as picture framer in Calgary. She has been custom framing professionally on the Sunshine Coast for over 30 years, having opened the coast’s very first framing shop in 1984.

Photos by Paul Clancy

How to Produce a Recording

March 25, 2018, 10 am–1pm
Presented by: David j Taylor, Award winning music producer

David will present information on recording and producing a song/album. He will bring examples of the work in progress, talk about the time and costs involved, how to know when you are ready and how to self-release a CD and promote it via social media. David is a multiple award winning record producer/engineer/audio post professional and multidisciplinary artist. A Western Canadian Music Awards “Producer Of The Year” award winner and multiple WCMA nominee. David has over 120 album credits to his name including albums by Joel Fafard, Geoff Berner, Megan Nash and Despistado. His television & film sound work includes Corner Gas, Wild Life and The Nature of Things.


Photos by Paul Clancy

So You Want To Be in Movies?

April 29, 2018, 10 am–1pm
Presented by: Kim Barsanti from Lucas Talent

As a talent agent, what kind of training does it take to land major roles, minor parts and background appearances? How does an actor get listed with an agency and what do agencies do for their clients? Where do I find my clients? How do you begin?

Auditioning Workshop for Actors (12—1pm): Registered participants will be provided with scripts in advance, with specific parts to prepare and then to read in front of the group. prepare, audition protocol, how to relax and enjoy the process of auditioning, and dealing with rejection. Kim has been a talent agent for 20 years and works at the largest agency in Vancouver. She has a BFA in theatre from Concordia and worked in professional theatre as a stage manager for 15 years previous to being an agent. She is a popular presenter within the film industry and has a big heart for actors.


Studio Photography: How to Photograph Your Work or Shoot Yourself in the Head

May 27, 2018, 10 am–1pm
Presented by: Emily Cooper, Photographer

Master studio photographer to the arts, Emily Cooper will explain lighting, props, photoshop edits and programs. She will provide tips on how to work with a professional photographer to achieve the results that you need and how to prepare yourself and your work before entering a photographic studio.
Part Two: Practical Practice. Emily will set up a temporary photographic studio in the art studio and teach participants how to use their own cameras to achieve the best results, whether they are shooting their art work or themselves. Emily is a remarkable photographer who specializes in photographing art and artists. She is well educated in her craft and has won numerous awards. She is known for her photo illustrations, book and Georgia Straight covers. She shares a studio in Vancouver with her famous father, David Cooper.


Photos by Paul Clancy

Creating your Artist Website

June 24, 2018, 11am–1pm
Presented by: Alison Taylor

Are you ready to build your first website, to share your art work online? Or perhaps you already have a site and want to switch to a new technology? Join Alison Taylor to learn about some popular options available to you, and their pros and cons.

We’ll cover some basic terminology like domain registration, hosting, and themes (aka templates). We’ll review several of the most popular technologies for building websites these days, and what the costs are. And yes, some of them will be free.

We’ll also look popular sales sites including Etsy, Saatchi Online, Amazon and eBay, and touch on options for selling prints and products with your artwork.

And finally, we’ll review what to look for in a web designer if you want someone to do it for you, and what information you’ll need to provide them with.

Alison has a BFA in Visual Arts and a BSC in Physics and Computing and is the owner of Digital Dandelion Web Studio and developer of ArtistClerk: Business Software for Artists. She occasionally offers hands-on one-weekend workshops where participants leave with a new website, and the knowledge of how to update it themselves.

Photos by Paul Clancy


Members : $15 per talk/workshop
Non Members: $25 per talk/workshop

Other costs may be required for supplies during the workshop. These will be provided upon registration.


Registration is required either in person at the arts centre or via our website (please see online form below).

Space is limited, drop ins will be welcome if there is space to accommodate.

This series is made possible by funding from BC Arts Council and Sponsorship by Sunshine Coast Credit Union

Registration Form


First Name (required)

Last Name (required)

Your Telephone (required)

Mailing Address (required)

Postal Code (required)

Your Email (required)

Are you a member?
 Yes No

Please select which workshop

 Social Media (Member $15)
 Social Media (Non Member $25)
 How to frame your work for exhibition (Member $15)
 How to frame your work for exhibition (Non Member $25)
 How to produce a recording (Member $15)
 How to produce a recording (Non Member $25)
 So you want to be in the movies (Member $15)
 So you want to be in the movies (Non Member $25)
 Studio Photography (Member $15)
 Studio Photography (Non Member $25)
 Website Design (Member $15)
 Website Design (Non Member $25)

Please select your payment option (required)

Please enter the anti-spam code

Pay via PayPal

If you chose to pay via PayPal, select your membership type and click on the “pay now” button and you will be directed to the secure PayPal payment page.

Please select