Professional Artist Toolbox


  • Instructor: Melanie Colosimo and Kate Walchuk



Dates: April 7th – May 19th, 2021

An essential course for all emerging artists and those pursuing a career in gallery operations, participants will develop capabilities in the main administrative areas common to all professional art practices and galleries: effective grant and proposal writing, budgeting and taxes for artists and arts organizations, best practices for working with curators and galleries, and navigating contracts and copyright. Lead by Melanie Colosimo and Kate Walchuk. Featuring Natalie Slater, Leanne Dowe, Brendan Fernandes, Ryan Josey, and Rebecca Young. New online course content will be released at 8:00am each Sunday. The class will meet every Wednesday from 6:30pm – 7:30pm in the virtual classroom to discuss any questions you might have about your course.

These courses will be delivered online through the course management system Brightspace. You will be issued a Brightspace account to login to the course from the NSCAD Brightspace Login Page. To access this course on Brightspace you will need access to the Internet and a supported Web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari).  For a list of operating system and software requirements please contact

The Anna Leonowens Gallery Certificate in Gallery and Studio Management is a series of 5 online professional development workshops for emerging artists and gallery workers. This series is designed to provide the practical skills necessary and essential to succeeding in navigating a career as a professional artist or arts worker.

The Anna Leonowens Gallery (The Anna) has hosted over 4600 exhibitions and projects to date in its 52-year history. A unique exhibition space, The Annas pedagogical mandate is to equip emerging artists and curators with hands-on, practical experience. Participants in the course will benefit from the personal experience of the instructors, both practitioners in the gallery field as well as a roster of professional Canadian artists. Ultimately, the aim of these courses is to provide a unique online educational program where participants will receive a well-rounded behind-the-scenes look at the reality of being a professional artist and arts worker. 

There are 5 courses in this certificate program which may be taken on an individual basis or together as part of the ALG Certificate: Gallery Preparation and Exhibition Design, Professional Artist Toolbox, Marketing and Promotion for Artists and Galleries, Documentation for Artists and Galleries, and Introduction to Archives and Collections.

To obtain the ALG Certificate all courses must be completed and participants are evaluated on a competency basis based on understanding of the material presented and completion of assignments.

Image: Work by Camille-Zoé Valcourt-Synnot, photo by Natasha Verbeke

Additional information

Course Code





2021-04-07 to 2021-05-19


Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm AT

Registration Deadline