Professional Development Workshops

As part of our commitment to increasing capacity for artists, the Eastside Arts Society offers affordable professional development workshops for artists throughout the year.

Our workshops are $20 for 2023 Eastside Culture Crawl artists and $25 for non-Crawl artists.



Photographing Your Artwork


Location: On Zoom

Date & Time: February 22, 2024 @ 2:30pm PST

This  free webinar will provide attendees with an overview on filing taxes as a self-employed visual artist in 2024. Attendees will also learn about how they can request free virtual one on one tax help with a Canada Revenue Agency’s Liaison Officer.

There will be no live Q&A, but questions can be submitted in advance until February.16th here.

Submitted questions will be shared with the presenters anonymously to help guide the webinar.

Taught by Canada Revenue Agency’s Liaison Office

Location: In-Person at 716 East Hastings Street

Date & Time: April 25 @ 7:00-9:00pm PST

Wendy D will be teaching very basic ways to document your artwork, flat or 3 dimensional. whether using just your phone camera or using a DSLR, the principles are the same. Points covered will be: lighting, camera angle, camera lens, types of files (jpg, tiff), size of files, post-processing and portfolio images vs. social media images. An in depth, hands-on workshop of how to document your work.


*** Please note: You must have registered for the 2023 or 2024 Culture Crawl to receive the Crawl discount price. If you are not a Crawl artist please select Regular Price or you will be asked to pay the difference.

Maximum 15 participants

Taught by Wendy D

Wendy D, professional photographer, capturing moments in life, who we are, what we do and showing it to the world through the visual image. She loves what she does, she helps people tell the story of themselves, their business, their event, their project, their passion. For Wendy, its a collaboration between photographer, her subject and her lens… always. Some of her clients include, CBC Vancouver, CBC radio-canadaVancouver, BCIT, Sauder School of Business at UBC, Vision Vancouver. Josh Berson Photography, Bentley photographics, Scott McAlpine photograph, SFU, The Cultch, Women in Film and Television Vancouver, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientist BC, City of Mission, City of Vancouver, Home Depot, Meinharts, Ki Communications. In 2012 Wendy was honoured with the Sharon Gibbon Lifetime Member Award for her 10 years of volunteer efforts with Women in Film and Television Vancouver.

Location: On Zoom

Date & Time: May 14 @ 7:00-9:00pm PST

Are you ready to level up your grant writing skills? Join us for this online event where you’ll learn all the tips and tricks to secure funding.

Writing a successful grant application can often be a challenge. Funding guidelines priorities can often be challenging to decipher, and with an increasingly competitive grant environment can make success even tougher to achieve.

For all those who need some guidance on successful grant writing, this is the workshop for you. Facilitator Mary Ann Anderson (Little Dog Creative Consulting) will translate what the funder really means in their guidelines language, identify ‘red flag’ language to avoid, and go through the best ways to make your application speak directly to what each funder is looking for. The workshop will provide a clear road-map to creating a successful application – for both first-timers and long-time grant recipients.



* Please note: You must have registered for the 2023 or 2024 Culture Crawl to receive the Crawl discount price. If you are not a Crawl artist, please select Regular Price or you will be asked to pay the difference.

Maximum 20 participants

Taught by Mary Ann S. Anderson

Mary Ann S. Anderson is a Vancouver-based arts administrator, who has worked in the local cultural community since 1989. A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Arts Administration Program, Mary Ann has been the Executive Director of a number of organizations, including arts service groups, galleries, artist cooperatives and municipal government agencies. Mary Ann has considerable experience in public fundraising, and in the development of fundraising plans; in addition, she was responsible for the delivery of the North Vancouver municipal granting program working with 50+ arts organizations over the course of 12 years. She has forged successful relationships with funding agencies across the country in the course of her career. Mary Ann is the founder of Little Dog Creative Consulting (2005), which provides consulting services for a variety of clients in the areas of arts management, organizational planning, capacity building and public fundraising.

Platinum Partners

Gold Partners

Location: On Zoom

Date & Time: May 24, 2023 @ 7pm

This workshop introduces participants to the process of establishing an online presence to promote their art practice. Participants will learn about artist statements, documentation, and other important website content, as well as how to use accessible, pre-built template website options. This workshop will explore how to create a dynamic website presentation that showcases their work and experience.

Taught by Jess MacCormack (They/Them)
Jess MacCormack is a queer, mad artist and white settler working on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Their art practice engages with the intersection of institutional violence and the socio-political reality of personal trauma. Working with communities and individuals affected by stigma and oppression, they use cultural platforms and distribution networks to facilitate collaborations which position art as a tool to engender personal and political agency.

They have an MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from the Bauhaus University (2008) and were an Assistant Professor of Studio Arts at Concordia University (2010-2013). Jess is currently an instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and will begin a PhD at SFU this fall.