Left of Centre Conversations: Motivate, Inspire, Learn

Left of Centre Conversations

Wondering what the differences are between artist statements and artist bios? Interested in learning how a studio visit – in person or virtual – can help you build deeper connections with your peers, curators and buyers? Or maybe you’re looking to better understand how flash assessments can support your creative writing career. In these series of videos, we explore ways that you can better understand and articulate who you are as an artist, and how to feel empowered to take the roles, space, and energy you deserve as a creative. Check out the full playlist on YouTube, or keep reading to learn more about each conversation.

Developing a Career, Creating Space, and More

We sit down with film programmer Sarah-Tai Black as she explores working in the arts as a Black queer woman, the politics and impact of tokenism, privilege, and proximity, and the importance of following what makes your soul feel good. Sarah-Tai also shares insight on how she’s created an artistic career as a film programmer, and well as how she empowers herself to take space and creative opportunities. Watch Here!

Finding Your Voice as a Writer and More

Writer and Community Engaged Artist Fiona Raye Clarke shares how writers can leverage websites and online spaces to represent them and their work, as well as how Flash Assessments can support your creative writing. Watch Here!

Artist Statements, Bios, Studio Visits, and More

Artist and Curator Liz Ikiriko breaks down how to best develop an artist statement over the course of your career, and share information on how emerging artists can begin to host studio visits, in-person or online! Watch Here!

Garnering, Leveraging, and Navigating Press

We sit down with journalist and producer Pacinthe Mattar to learn about the ins and outs of garnering and leveraging press to share your creative projects and ideas with the world. We also discuss how to respond to press inquiries, and make sure that your voice is honoured. Watch Here!

Contracts, Invoices, and More

Producer Sara Elgamal and Founder of PIQUE, Imad Elsheikh share their best business tips, including how to create agreements between peers & collaborators, and investing time & money into your admin and workflow. Watch Here!

Grant Writing for Black Artists

When are you ready to apply for a grant? What does the process look like from behind the scenes? How much support material should you have? We answer all your burning grant writing questions and more with Kevin Reigh from the Toronto Arts Council. Watch Here!


Special thanks to Manifesto Community Projects for allowing us to film these conversations at their space in a safe, socially distanced environment.
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