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The Artist’s Portfolio: Components and Presentation Strategies

Following the survey last spring that showed an interest for this kind of training, the PAA is now pleased to offer the course entitled The Artist’s Portfolio: Components and Presentation Strategies.

This course is offered through the CRCO (Conseil régional de la cultutre de l’Outaouais), the RAAV (Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels), Emploi Québec and the CLD.

The instructor will offer a personalized follow up. 


A registration form will have to be completed. If you wish to take this training, please request the registration form. Accepting registration now at

with Valérie Gill

Date: November 10 and 11, 2012, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: $50 (Real value: $200.00)
Instruction: English and French in the same session
Maximum registrations: 12 students

Location: Stone School in Portage-du-Fort

The artist’s portfolio is artists’ main tool for representing and promoting themselves, and it must assembled as a convincing and coherent document.

The portfolio is used for many things: to obtain funding (scholarships, awards, sponsorships, grants), present a project (call for portfolios, project proposal, submission), obtain representation by a gallery or agent, make a sale, make one’s work known to the public and the media, build one’s Web site, and so on.

Because the portfolio is visual artist’s main tool for representing themselves, they must be well equipped to assemble and use it strategically.  Combining theory, group discussions, and a practical workshop, this training session is intended to familiarize artists with basic rules for putting together a persuasive, effective portfolio. Participants will be able to promote themselves better to potential purchasers, granting organizations, sponsors, juries, galleries, artist-run centres, and directors of art events, or to develop their Web site.

About the trainer:

With a master’s degree in Fine arts, VALÉRIE GILL has had a professional career in the visual arts during which her sculptures have been presented in numerous exhibitions in Canada and Italy. She has been a speaker, exhibition curator, and member of juries and selection committees, as well as an administrator of Galerie OPTICA. Because she has also worked in the media communications sector (television) she is a press attaché for singers and musicians, and she also translates and edits texts for a variety of publications. Ms. Gill regularly gives training for professional associations and regional culture councils. 

Training prerequisites:

To prepare adequately to participate in the training session The Artist’s Portfolio: Components and Presentation Strategies, we require the following prerequisites:

1.0. Documents to bring:

Participants are asked to come to the session with their ARTIST’S PORTFOLIO. This maybe the equivalent of a portfolio that was recently used to make a submission or a portfolio that you are in the process of putting together to submit in the future to a call for portfolios. Even if your portfolio is not yet complete or updated, bring documents (written documentation) that you can use as a point of reference during the training, such as your curriculum vitae, your “artist’s approach” text, your project text (individual or group exhibition, artist’s residency, symposium, or other), a descriptive list of your visual documentation, etc.

If you wish, you may bring visual documentation on your recent work in order to refer to it. However, we will not be viewing the images of your works, although we will address the question of visual documentation during the session. TAKE THE TIME to review your documents before coming to the session. Note the questions that come to mind regarding the ARTIST’S PORTFOLIO and write them down.

2.0. Prerequisite exercise:

What sites or contexts are good prospects for circulation of your work, and for which you want to put together an artist’s portfolio? And what documents are they asking you to include in your artist’s portfolio? Write down your answer or put together a list, as applicable. We will address these questions during the training session.

Please note that you must come to the training session with hard copies all of these documents and notes in hand (no printer or Internet connection will be available on site for this workshop). You may also bring a laptop computer (bring an extension cord if you will need to recharge the battery) but be aware that the room in which the session will take place has a limited number of electrical outlets.

Good luck with your preparations, and I look forward to meeting you soon! 

Valérie GILL, Trainer