Virtual Artist Support Groups

Have you ever felt like this? 

You’re missing feedback and validation on the art you’re making

You’re lacking accountability and dragging your heels to your studio 

You’re overwhelmed by possibilities and not sure the next direction to take your art practice 

You’re looking for a supportive community of peers who are excited about making work

Us too. But we know we’re not alone, and you don't have to be either.

Studio Mates are virtual communities with a focus of kind feedback and support. 

Art Critique Group

In this program you'll receive feedback on your artwork, including applicable insights on colour, scale, concept, materials, etc., to offer new perspectives and breakthroughs in the studio. 

Professional Practice Group

In this program you'll receive feedback on your work beyond the studio, such as your artist statement, website, IG profile, or project proposal, to align your career goals with your practice. 

Which program is right for you?

Art Critique Group

-    You have at least two works in progress or               complete and are ready for feedback

-    You have questions about your art and/or                process

-    You are ready to flex your critique muscles              and give insight and thoughtful feedback to            your peers

Professional Practice Group

-    You are working towards a goal that would             benefit from a new perspective 

-    You are struggling with matching your artist           statement to your art

-    You are looking for feedback on how to present       yourself as an artist online

Either Group

-    You have limited time and require something you can complete independently and on the go

-    You are looking to connect with other artists experiencing the same thing as you 

-    You need accountability and support to boost your commitment to your art career

-    You are serious about your practice and ready to invest in yourself 

-    You believe in community over competition and are excited to help other artists rise 

Studio Mates might not be for you if: 

- You are looking for a quick fix to become an overnight success 

- You are not ready to consider thoughtful feedback and implement real changes to your practice

- You don't have a clear practice or body of work to build upon

How It Works

Our eight-week Studio Mates programs create an environment for thoughtful, accessible feedback on your creative practice that will help launch you into your next phase as an artist. Each group is kept small with limited spots available, allowing each artist to have significant time, support, and dedicated feedback on a rotating weekly schedule. 

Written Feedback

The feedback process is completed independently on a Virtual Crit Wall, which all members are given access to through a sharable Google Doc.


Each artist will share, ask questions to the group, and receive honest, thoughtful and caring feedback from their fellow members and facilitator (Emily or Natalie). At the end of the session you will get to keep this doc  for future reflection and growth. 

Online Group Exhibition

To conclude each Studio Mates session, members will be included in an online group exhibition hosted at


This will provide an opportunity to share your art and celebrate your hard work.

Group Check Ins

Studio Mates will host three group video calls, through Zoom. There will be an introductory call, a mid-point check in, and a call concluding the session.


These group meetings will be a friendly opportunity to ask questions to other group members and your facilitator, receive further feedback, and to workshop ideas and opportunities.


Above all, they will be a chance to build connections with other creatives and create feedback that is personal and meaningful.

Bonus Resources

Studio Mates members will also be given access to all past and present Trade Secret workshop recordings as a bonus resource (value of $120+), which include topics such as grant writing, community building, and artist residencies.

A Note on Critique

Emily & Natalie have been providing kind, insightful, and positive feedback to artists since 2016 through arts writing, interviews, and studio visits. All feedback will be constructive and considerate, rooted in empowerment, encouragement, and honesty, and conversations will be moderated and visible to members and facilitators. No harsh or closed-minded words will be tolerated in this program, to allow each member to feel safe and free to share their work without hesitation. 

Together We Can 

Create accountability 

Develop a strong artistic voice 

Provide support and insightful feedback 

Find next steps and opportunities 

Build community and connection 


Want to meet us and see if it's a good fit?

Book a free virtual studio visit!