Expanding Together

May 12, 1 pm - at ARTSPACE

Expanding Together is an interactive workshop which encourages participants to share knowledge and engage in active conversation related to their concerns regarding contemporary creative practices. Workshop leaders Chrissy Poitras and Kyle Topping have developed a spinning wheel of topics related to creative concerns and creative business management that is used to direct conversation and create opportunities for dynamic exchange. Focused on addressing issues artist face with regards to funding, affordable live/work, community engagement, environmentally sustainable art practices and professional promotion this workshop will act as an incubator for comprehensive solutions. A vital part of this workshop is Chrissy and Kyle’s commitment to sharing their personal story and lessons they’ve learned through running Spark Box Studio. This open dialogue, moderated by Chrissy and Kyle, will generate a wealth of information, related to the exact questions the audience is seeking answers for.

Beverages and snacks will be provided.

Presenter's Bio

Since 2009, Chrissy Poitras and Kyle Topping have been hosting a vibrant community artist residency and printmaking studio in their rural Ontario farmhouse. They've welcomed over 350 visiting artists from around the world who have come to find time and space away from their routines to focus on a variety of arts ranging from painting and poetry, to music and film.

Above all else, they view Spark Box as a resource by artists for artists. It's a place to create, research and grow. A place to learn, develop and explore. However artists, community members, and visitors engage with them, the goal is to provide artists with the tools and connections to successfully share their vision with the world.

Both are graduates of the Queen’s University Bachelor of Fine Art Studio Program. Both are practicing artists working in painting and printmaking. Through their positions at Spark Box Studio, and as a former professor in the Art and Design Foundations Program at Loyalist College, Poitras and Topping have organized, developed and run courses on a variety of studio arts and arts management topics. They are highly involved in their artistic community and have built a career that is rooted in creation, community, and public outreach.