Setting up a Local Arts Group

Artists get can get more done when they work together. There are a lot of benefits to starting an artists’ association. In an artists’ association, you could:

  • Share workloads for commissions and job contracts
  • Voice your concerns together and make yourselves heard
  • Be eligible for funding not open to individuals

Your artists association will be recognized by the government if you register it as an incorporated society. An incorporated society acts as a legal entity separate from its members. A society can buy property, borrow money, and put up buildings. Generally speaking, members of an incorporated society are not liable for the debts and obligation of the society.

You need at least five people to create an incorporated society. To register your society:

  1. Complete an application and have it signed by all five members
  2. Have your by-laws signed by all five members
  3. Send the application, by-laws, a fee and a notice of registered office to the Registrar.

Please speaker to your local Registries Office before sending your application. They can show you a sample application and sample by-laws to help you write yours.

If you need help writing these documents, please ask your local Economic Development Officer for assistance.

Rules

Every year, 14 days after its annual general meeting, an incorporated society must send the following documents to the Registrar:

  1. Financial statements signed by the society's auditor or, if there is no auditor, by two directors. These statements will list the assets and liabilities of a society, as well as its receipts and expenditures.

  2. A list of the directors, including their jobs and addresses. A director or other authorized officer with the society has to sign this list.

The society must have a mailing address in Nunavut so that letters and legal notices can be mailed to it. If the address changes, the society must let the Registrar know.

For more information, contact:
Nunavut Legal Registries
Phone: (867) 975-6190
Website: http://nunavutlegalregistries.ca/


Copyright Law

It's up to you to decide how, when and where you want images of your work to be reproduced. Artists have the right to control their work and to benefit from their exhibition and reproduction. If you don’t have control over your creations, your art could end up on anything, and you could end up being associated with a product or cause you do not support.

The Canadian Copyright Act protects artists by giving them the legal right to control how their work is used. It also gives them the right to be paid if they decide to allow others to reproduce their work. Copyrights in Canada last for 50 years after an artist’s death.

When you’re looking for help protecting your copyrights, we at NACA recommend the CARfac (Canadian Artists' Representation, or in French, Le Front des Artistes Canadiens) as your supporter.

CARfac helps artist with:

  • Negotiations with copyright users
  • Getting the most out of copyright fees
  • Income tax and GST
  • The export of artwork
  • Customer regulations
  • Health and safety


For more information, please contact the CARfac Copyright Collective directly.

CARfac Copyright Collective
http://www.carfac.ca/collective/
Phone: (306) 982-4784
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Pricing

Pricing Your Art

There are no easy rules for pricing your art. Most people, however, would recommend basing your price on the demand. If there is a lot of competition from other artists and not much demand, lower your price. If you can’t create your art fast enough to meet the demand, raise the price.

Selling Your Art

Most artists in Nunavut sell their art to wholesalers like the Co-Op or the Northern, but you can sell your art to your customers directly if you prefer. There are a lot of different ways to approach it and there are advantages to each method.

Selling to a Wholesaler

Here’s what happens to your art when you sell it to a wholesaler like the Co-Op or the Northern:

1. You sell your art to a wholesaler. You are paid a wholesale price.
2. The wholesaler sells your art to a gallery or a store. They are paid a higher second wholesale price.
3. Galleries and stores sell your art at the retail price to the customer.

The advantage to this approach is that it’s easier to develop a relationship with a local wholesaler than a gallery or store outside of your community. If the wholesaler buys your art regularly, you can count on regular income from your art.

The disadvantage is that, for each piece sold, you make less money than you would selling your art more directly. The more levels there are between you and your customer, the less money you make.

Selling Directly

There are alternatives. You can also sell your art to:

• Private wholesalers
• Galleries or stores
• People in your community
• Tourists

The more directly you sell your art to your customer, the more money you’ll make on each artwork sold. This approach can take a bit more work, but it just might make you more profit.

If you are going to sell to a gallery or another company in the south directly, keep the following in mind:

• When you sell to the south, you pay shipping and handling.
• It takes time to develop a relationship with a gallery.
• Don’t cut yourself off from your old markets.


Health and Saftey

An artist’s livelihood depends on their good health, so it’s important your keep your work environment safe. Carvers have to be especially concerned about health and safety. Power tools grind up lots of dust, make plenty of noise, and cause rock chips to fly up. Breathing in stone dust is harmful. Rock dust accumulates in the lungs and causes a variety of serious illnesses, like silicosis or pulmonary fibrosis.

Safety Tips for Carvers   |   Accident Insurance   |   Safety Courses

Promoting Your Art

There’s a whole world out there waiting to discover you and your artwork. You just need to let them know that you exist. Here are a few tips to help you spread your name and your art across Nunavut and across the world.

Increase Your Online Presence

• Add your profile to our Artists Database

Your NACA Biography will let people see your work and learn who you are, why you create your art. It makes it easy for people to find you online and gets your art exposure where everyone in the world can see it. It also helps art buyer, galleries and other artists get in touch with you directly.

Click here to upload your artist biography.

Answer Calls to Artists

• Answer Calls to Artists on the NACA website

There are always new opportunities posted on the NACA website. Entering your art into our Calls to Artists is a great way to increase exposure.

You can find new opportunities in three different ways:

1. Job Board

Check the job board regularly, as we post new opportunities every chance we get.

Click here to view the Job Board.

2. Newsletter

Every month, we send an e-mail newsletter with art news and opportunities. Subscribe to get news sent to you even when you don’t have time to check the site.

Click here to subscribe.

3. Social Media

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Not only will you be notified of opportunities by NACA, but other art lovers and organizations will post calls to artists on our wall, as well.

• Enter art competitions

Attend as many art competitions as you can. Competitions give you great exposure and improve your reputation as an artist. You’ll meet new customers and other artists, who can help introduce you to new markets.

Click here to apply for the Nunavut Arts Festival.
Click here for information on other competitions, festivals and events you can enter.
Click here for information on travel grants.

• Attend art shows

Art shows are full of people ready to spend money. In the south, there are often thousands of people at each show – in fact, the Arts Festival of Boston draws close to 100,000 people. You will need someone who speaks English, though, so if you aren’t confident be sure to bring a partner who can.

Click here for information on art shows around the world.
Click here for information on travel grants.

 
4. Make Connections

• Participate in online discussion forms

The internet is a great tool to bring people around the world together. Your comments could bring you in touch with future customers.

• Talk to galleries directly

Tell galleries about your artwork to get them interested in buying your work from you directly. When you sell your artwork to galleries directly instead of to a wholesaler, you cut out the middle man and make more money on each piece sold.

This can be riskier and a bit more work than going through a wholesaler, so before you do:
Click here to learn about pricing.
Click here to learn about copyright law.

• Contact the Nunuavut Development Corporation

The Nunavut Development Corporation (NDC) is a government agency that sells $1.8 million of Nunavut’s arts and crafts each year. Get in touch with them for help promoting and selling your work.

The Nunavut Development Corporation:
Website: http://ndcorp.nu.ca
Phone: 1-866-645-3170
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Subcategories

Tips to stay Healthy and safe while creating your masterpiece.

There are a number of grant opportunities available for artists in Nunavut.

 

Individual Artists (Grants)  |    Arts Organizations (Grants)

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