Author Archives: VANS

VANS Office Closure

The VANS office, along with the rest of the Cultural Federations, will be closed for the holidays December 17 – January 1. Our last day in the office will be Friday, December 14 (so get your membership renewals in before … Continue reading

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Come to the New Grad Program Open Studio!

Visual Arts Nova Scotia invites you to the New Grad Program’s Open Studio! The emerging artists in the program have been hard at work over the past three months making work in their studio, meeting with their mentor, taking weekly … Continue reading

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FRESH EYES art critique evening

FRESH EYES: an evening art critique! 👀 👀 👀 Do you ever want some feedback on your work in progress? Head down to VANS to chat with your fellow artists for this evening of friendly, constructive art critique. Working alone … Continue reading

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The Susan Wood Award

Visual Arts Nova Scotia announces our fundraising campaign to support the Susan Wood Award, to be distributed by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Artist Susan Wood was a long-standing member of VANS and had served on our Board of Directors … Continue reading

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You’re invited to our Open House!

The staff of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, along with Craft NS, The Writers’ Federation, Dance NS, Theatre NS, Strategic Arts Management, The Association of NS Museums, and the NS Choral Federation, invite you to the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia … Continue reading

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“Searching for a Place to Land” by Jenny Yujia Shi

Compelled by her ongoing effort in pursuing permanent resident status in Canada, Jenny Yujia Shi‘s Searching For A Place To Land explores themes of border-crossing, transience, and displacement. Her site specific installation consists of anonymous walking figures made with paper that … Continue reading

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Art Talks Gallery Tour

Join Visual Arts News for ART TALKS free bus tour of K’jipuktuk/ Halifax galleries featuring talks with indigenous artists and curators: Carrie Allison, Aiden Gillis, Tarah Hogue, Maria Hupfeld & Wanda Nanibush! This event is in partnership with the Aboriginal … Continue reading

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“Emotive Landscapes” by Kate Ward

In the current exhibition at the Corridor Gallery, Kate Ward shows her watercolour studies inspired by a month long residency at SIM in Iceland. Her immersive experience in the raw landscapes inspired Ward to recreate the sublime grandeur of nature … Continue reading

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Register for Fall Workshops!

Visual Arts Nova Scotia has announced our Fall 2018 Professional Development Workshop Series! Taking place in Sydney, Parrsboro, Wolfville and Halifax, this series covers some of the most requested topics you identified in the VANS Workshop Survey. Join us for … Continue reading

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Peer Gallery – Member Profile

Peer Gallery, is an artists’ co-operative gallery, formed January, 2001. This spring Peer Gallery is celebrating 17 years of operation. Located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg, the gallery exhibits the work of 14 Nova Scotia artists … Continue reading

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Sign up for a Peer Application Review Group

It’s starting to feel like autumn so that means it’s time for another round of the Peer Application Review Groups. Visual Arts Nova Scotia is facilitating an eight week peer-review process to help current members strengthen their upcoming proposals. Artists … Continue reading

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Visual Arts News has a new Editor: Shannon Webb-Campbell

After a lengthy search, the Visual Arts News hiring committee selected Shannon Webb-Campbell who will begin her work as Editor with the Spring 2019 issue. Shannon Webb-Campbell is a mixed Indigenous (Mi’kmaq) settler poet, writer, and critic. Her forthcoming book, … Continue reading

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Announcing the 2018-19 Mentorship Program Artists

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is pleased to officially announce the participants of this year’s Mentorship Program. After receiving some great applications, the program will be supporting four dedicated emerging Nova Scotian artists. Carrie Allison, Emily Lawrence, Jenny Yujia Shi, and … Continue reading

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VANS Code of Conduct Policy

CODE OF CONDUCT POLICY PURPOSE This Code of Conduct is a broad-reaching policy aimed at addressing the expectation of behavior placed upon all representatives of Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) as well as users and stakeholders participating in any and … Continue reading

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2018-19 Mentorship Program

Mentees: Carrie Allison Carrie Allison is an Indigenous mixed-race visual artist born and raised in unceded and unsurrendered Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC). Situated in K’jipuktuk since 2010, Allison’s practice responds to her maternal Cree and Metis ancestry, thinking through … Continue reading

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“Observations from the Aries Factory” by Gary Castle

In the current exhibition at the Corridor Gallery, established artist Gary Castle presents 17 recent, topical collages from a project he undertook to make a collage a day for a year. Come down to the Corridor before September 28 and … Continue reading

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Hallie Watson – Artist Profile

Hallie Watson spends ten months of the year in Halifax and two months on a farm in Ontario. She makes landscapes and still life with oil pastel on paper and oil on canvas. Her practice also includes regular life drawing. … Continue reading

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“No Photography!” by Jesse Webber

In the current exhibition at the Corridor Gallery, artist Jesse Webber shows his unsettling photographs of mannequins and storefront displays. While they provided good practice with his new camera, taking these photographs in stores gave the artist new insight on … Continue reading

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Introducing the New Grad Program!

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is thrilled to announce the New Grad Program! This 14 week program is designed to help recent graduates navigate the transition from a full time student to a professional artist. During the program, all participants will … Continue reading

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Visual Arts News Editor

Visual Arts News magazine is seeking an Editor. Visual Arts News is the only magazine dedicated to contemporary visual art in Atlantic Canada. Published three times a year in May, September and January, every issue includes engaging essays, profiles, reviews, … Continue reading

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“The Pantry” by Ada Denil

In the current exhibition at the Corridor Gallery, artist Ada Denil shows her series, entitled The Pantry. This collection of painted works, drawings, and some small three-dimensional pieces depicts twisted and contorted figures that appear to be bound by the … Continue reading

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VANS in Residence in partnership with Lumière!

Visual Arts Nova Scotia, in partnership with Lumière Arts Festival Association, will host a 5-week Artist in Residence program in Sydney, NS. This residency provides for the artist to work a 40 hour week. Approximately 30% of the time will … Continue reading

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VANS Announces New Executive Director

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is pleased to announce their new Executive Director: Becky Welter-Nolan.  After a lengthy search, the VANS Board of Directors has hired Becky, who will start as the ED in July. Becky Welter-Nolan is a professional artist … Continue reading

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2017-18 Mentorship Exhibition at The Craig

The Craig Gallery, July 12 – 29. Opening: Wednesday, July 11, 6 – 8pm. Mentee Artist Talk: Saturday, July 14, 2pm. Highlighting the talents of emerging artists NAT chantel, Lux Habrich, Bree Hyland, and Karen Langlois, the Visual Arts Nova … Continue reading

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