Forum on the Professional Status of Artists


The artist’s profession is not very well recognized or well supported in New Brunswick. In order to deal with some of the challenges artists face and to set the stage for the work of the Premier’s Committee on the Status of the Artist, due to begin in August 2013, the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-­-Brunswick (AAAPNB) is organizing a Forum on the Professional Status of Artists in conjunction with its Annual General Meeting.


The Forum will be held on May 31, June 1 and 2, 2013 in Shippagan and Lamèque.

The Forum will be a major gathering where artists from every cultural group in New Brunswick (Acadian, Anglophone, First Nations and other groups) will be able to discuss the challenges they face related to recognition for their profession and their work.

Participants will also have a chance to learn about legislation and programs which have been introduced around the world to improve the working conditions of artists. Presentations and discussions will be interspersed with performances and arts events. The Forum will feature well known artists, including Mr. Claude Robinson, a creator and activist who is deeply involved in the struggle for artists’ rights. This gathering will offer professional artists from every area of the province an exceptional opportunity to get to know each other and network.


No other event since 1987 has provided artists with this kind of large scale occasion to meet and discuss with each other. We have included a registration form and the tentative program of the Forum. Please fill out the registration form and return it to us by May 10, 2013 so that we can arrange meals and accommodation for the participants.

The AAAPNB is pleased to be able to cover expenses for any artist who participates in the Forum. As well as free registration, this includes travel costs, hotel rooms and meals. This Forum will undoubtedly be an important step towards having your profession valued and supported in New Brunswick. We hope you will attend, and look forward to meeting you for the first time or seeing you again in Shippagan and Lamèque!

For full details and to download a registration form, click here to go to the AAAPNB website.