Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries presents online Professional Development Workshop Series

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We are thrilled to present our professional development workshops to your screens where you can safely learn from home!

Join Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries for our upcoming online workshops, where senior, mid-career, and emerging professionals will gain professional knowledge, skills and practices in the public art gallery and museum sector.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

COLLECTIONS AND ACCESSIBILITY:
Thursday January 28th, 2021

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND YOUR COLLECTION:
Thursday March 11th, 2021

HOW GALLERIES CAN STRENGTHEN COLLECTIONS:
Thursday March 18th, 2021

BOARDS, ACQUISITION COMMITTEES, AND YOUR COLLECTION:
Thursday March 25th, 2021


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Workshop #1 – COLLECTIONS AND ACCESSIBILITY
Thursday January 28th, 2021
Time: 2:30pm to 5:30pm ET

The relationship between art and disability has a rich but complex history. Although disability arts as a sector has only recently been acknowledged and supported in Canada, disability arts as a practice by disabled artists has always existed in one form or another.

While today, we recognize that art galleries and museums are mandated to serve the ‘general public’, however, many disabled people are barred from fully experiencing what galleries have to offer. Not only can spaces exclude through physical barriers, many galleries and museums are not accessible in their programming, exhibitions and collections.

This workshop provides an introduction to disability arts, tracing the gaps in galleries; accessibility and inclusion in their programs. This workshop will also address the gaps of accessibility online. Institutions need strategies to not only make their online and physical spaces more accessible, but must actively resist the compulsory able-bodiedness of the “visual” arts as a whole.

Sessions will include:

  • discussion on disability arts and justice;
  • case studies discussing web and digital access and practices in gallery spaces;
  • and panel discussion on current practices and the future of accessibility in the gallery sector.

Workshop #2 – PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND YOUR COLLECTION
Thursday March 11, 2021
Time: TBD

This workshop will address how public programming is becoming an increasingly important part of engagement and audience development as museums and galleries work to attract new audiences. It will explore recent trends in programming, from engaging and activating existing collections to investigating new models such as dedicated performance programs and independent talks on broader cultural issues, inspired by works and exhibitions, which can deepen the experience. It will also address questions such as the balance between collection-based vs. independent programming and how broad thematics can be used to create a seasonal approach to content.

Workshop #3 – HOW GALLERIES CAN STRENGTHEN COLLECTIONS BY WORKING WITH ARTISTS
Thursday March 18, 2021
Time: TBD

This workshop will focus on how galleries can work with artists to strengthen their collection. Discussions may include alternate methods of collecting, supporting artists through art making, how to work with artists and your collection, and the impacts of donations on artists.

Workshop #4 – BOARDS, ACQUISITION COMMITTEES, AND YOUR COLLECTION
Thursday March 25, 2021
Time: TBD

This workshop will be for Board members and senior leaders of art galleries and museums. It will address the role of Boards in an art gallery and museum governance, and their effect on all aspects of the institution. It will also open peer-to-peer discussion on how gallery staff and Boards can work collaboratively and collectively to advance the mission, vision and mandate of the institution, while addressing their own systematic issues within their institution.


TO REGISTER FOR WORKSHOP #1 – COLLECTIONS AND ACCESSIBILITY

Completed registration form then email form to – Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Coordinator, members@oaag.org, with subject line – ATTN: MAP – Workshop Series

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM

Interested in the upcoming workshops in March? Fill out the Expression of Interest Form to receive a notification of the next three workshops registration openings.

FILL OUT EXPRESSION OF INTEREST HERE

REGISTRATION FEES:

Single Day Workshop Cost:
GOG Members: $150.00
General/Non-Members: $250.00
Students (with valid student ID): $45.00

Registration includes access to the full day of presentations and discussions, supplementary materials, and any additional activities.

VENUE LOCATION:

These workshops will all be held virtually via Zoom – Zoom link will be sent once registration payment has been processed.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

GOG gratefully acknowledges the funding contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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ABOUT GOG
Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries marked its 50 year as an arts service organization (ASO) which represents over 270 members—public art galleries, museums, artist-run-centres, and arts organizations. Over 40 years, its annual award program has been defining the standards of excellence for the visual arts in Canada. Through advocacy on issues, policy, legislation to all levels of government, and delivery of innovative and cutting-edge professional development opportunities and network-building, GOG advances, empowers, and strengthens the visual arts sector in Canada.

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Contact Information:
Julia Garnet
Communications Assistant
Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries
E: communications@oaag.org
T: (416) 598-0714