Create a Portfolio Website

A Three Part Series with Shion Skye Carter
November 1, 3, 5, 2021 | RSVP

In this portfolio website workshop, participants will learn the key skills needed to set up their own artist presence online, with a focus on designing the portfolio through a free website-building platform. Along with learning technical elements such as designing a website layout and inserting links, photos, and videos, the workshop will cover how to effectively write an artist biography, artist statement, and descriptions of art projects for portfolios, CVs, and applications (residencies, festivals, grants). This workshop is open to students of all artistic disciplines.

Participating students are recommended to bring a notebook, writing utensils, and a USB or hard drive with some artist headshots and/or photos of their work to practice incorporating into their website. Students are also asked to set up an account on prior to the first workshop day, with a blank webpage ready to be transformed into an artist portfolio. No previous web design or coding experience is required.

Session 1 | GCA Computer Lab

Monday, November 1, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Wednesday, November 3, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Friday, November 5, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Session 2 | Zoom or Bring Your Own Laptop to the GCA (will poll those who RSVP)

Monday, November 1, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Wednesday, November 3, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Friday, November 5, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM   

NOTE: Session 1 and Session 2 are different time options for the same workshop.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Please note: Participation is limited to current SCA students unless otherwise noted and priority will be given to participants in the Art Skills program. If space is available, recent SCA graduates may also attend. Presented as part of the SCA Fall Professional Practice Series.


Shion Skye Carter is a dance artist originally from Tajimi, Japan, and based in Vancouver, Canada. Through choreography hybridized with calligraphy, video, and sculptural objects, her work celebrates the intersection of her ethnographic and queer identities, in connection with her heritage. As co-founder of olive theory, an interdisciplinary duo with musician Stefan Nazarevich, she collaborates to experiment at the intersection between embodied performance, installation art, and live sound. In both her independent work and as olive theory, Shion has performed across Canada and worked as artist-in-residence at What Lab and Left of Main in Vancouver, as well as LEÑA Artist Residency on Galiano Island, BC. Her recently produced short films have been screened at festivals globally, including Dancing on the Edge Festival (Canada), Festival of Recorded Movement (Canada), Dance Days Chania (Greece), and Moving Images Dance Festival (Cyprus). As a performer, she has interpreted the works of artists such as Anya Saugstad, Vanessa Goodman (Action at a Distance), Ziyian Kwan (Dumb Instrument Dance), and Wen Wei Dance. She holds a BFA in Dance and Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University, and is the 2021 recipient of the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award.

In the realm of website-building and design, Shion is self-taught and created her first artist portfolio website during her time as a student at SFU. Inspired by her father who is a web designer by trade, Shion focuses on using affordable, DIY methods to build websites that help establish a professional artist presence online. She has spent the last three years helping other emerging artists build their websites, with a particular interest in supporting students in post-secondary art programs who are preparing to move forward into their professional careers. | Instagram: @shionskye @olivetheoryprojects

Events in the Series

November 1, 3, 5 | Create a Portfolio Website: A Three Part Series with Shion Skye Carter (three parts, two time options)

November 4 | Your Work, Your Rights, Your Fees with Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte

November 5 | Grant Writing with Joanna Garfinkel (for Grad students)

November 12 | Grant Writing with Joanna Garfinkel (for Undergrad students)

November 18 | The Value of the Collective: Interdependence as Methodology with Nya Lewis

November 19 | Creative Money with Chris Ens

November 25 | Effective Presentations with Sarah Louise Turner

About Art Skills

Art Skills combines mutual support and training to create collaboration between contemporary arts students, community partners and SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts, providing real world experience and skills development. A Fall SCA Professional Practice series offers additional learning opportunities for students to gain skills they can practice hands-on in  internships, practicums and field placements. At the end of the project, students will share what they have learned by participating in a Community Skills Share. The goal of this project is to create a legacy that can support future students. 

Supported by SFU Work Integrated Learning and SFU School for the Contemporary Arts through the CEWIL iHub program, which is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Innovative Work-Integrated Learning Initiative (I-WIL).

November 05, 2021