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Arts-U: From Inspired to Hired

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Arts-U: From Inspired to Hired

December 18, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

Arts Whistler is providing support for local artists in a whole new way with Arts-U: From Inspired to Hired. This game-changing event invites artists, creatives, performers and musicians for an immersive day of learning, inspiration and ideas.

Date: Saturday December 8, 12pm to 6pm
Location: Maury Young Arts Centre
Tickets: $50 for Arts Whistler members and $75 for non-members
Tickets for Art-U: From Inspired to Hired are available now at
This impressive program and accessible attendance fee is made possible through the generous support of the Spalding Family Foundation.

Led by some of the most respected experts in Canada’s arts and entertainment community, six interactive sessions will help artists and creatives grow their professional skills in performance and presentation skills, marketing, business management and locating new career opportunities.


Actor, musician and playwright Beverley Elliott will offer an opening keynote address with a healthy dose of inspiration and practical advice. Beverley has expansive experience in film, television, theatre and music, from a recurring role as Granny in TV’s “Once Upon A Time”, to roles in major motion pictures including Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-winning “Unforgiven”, to one-woman theatre hits. Beverley will share the secrets to being a successful career performer.

Veteran actor, director, writer and producer Lorne Cardinal (everyone’s favourite cop on “Corner Gas”) joins partner Monique Hurteau for a presentation skills and audience rapport workshop. Monique is an accomplished interdisciplinary artist, writer and educator, with a little stand-up comedy thrown in for fun.

Expert insight to the music industry will be provided by one of Canada’s top band managers (The Strumbellas, daysormay), Joanne Setterington, who is also a veteran publicist with her Toronto-based agency, Indoor Recess.

Joanne will join Squamish-based wordsmith and marketing whiz, Jess Robson, for a session on marketing and promotion. Jess will take the scariest artist thing ever – writing about yourself – and turn self-promotion into an easy art form. Joanne will be there to provide the scoop on artist promo that has really rocked.

Visual artists won’t want to miss our panel of art gallery gurus sharing insights on how to develop your portfolio, get gallery representation and understand the gallery/artist relationship. Featuring Liz Harris, owner and curator of Adele Campbell Fine Art, Liz Peacock, co-director and manager of Mountain Galleries Whistler, and Pennylane Shen, a Vancouver-based artists’ advisor and art consultant who works with the Bau-Xi Gallery and other Canadian galleries.

Rounding out the program is a session all about “Takin’ Care of Business”, providing practical and accessible advice on artist contracts, finances, paying your taxes, filing GST and all those other sexy details that are essential to professional success.


Arts-U: From Inspired to Hired is followed by an exclusive Gallery event. Attendees are invited to enjoy a drink and some tasty bites as they mingle with the day’s presenters and take in The Gallery’s newest exhibit, “Through the Looking Glass – An Artventure”.

The exhibit is the first augmented reality art exhibition at The Gallery, and is curated by Vanessa Stark, featuring works by Vanessa, Andrea Mueller, and Andy Anissimoff.

Attendees are invited to stay for the evening and attend the free public art opening for the show, which runs immediately after the exclusive gallery event, from 7pm to 9pm.



December 18, 2018
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Maury Young Arts Centre
4335 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, BC V0N1B4 Canada
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