Call for Applications: VANS Mentorship Program 2014-15

Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) releases the 9th annual call for applications for the VANS Mentorship Program.

The VANS Mentorship Program pairs established artists with emerging artists to take part in a ten-month mentorship from September to June. Over the course of the program, mentors will meet with mentees one-on-one, at least once a month, and additionally three times as a group. The mentors may be asked to provide support in any one or more of the following areas: proposal development for exhibition in public galleries or artist-run centres, grant writing assistance, artist statement development, technical advice, critiques, thematic development, networking, budgeting etc.

Over the last 8 years, the VANS Mentorship program has been tailored to meet the individual artistic concerns, concepts and working methods for emerging artists such as: Anne MacMillan, Barbara Schmeisser, William Robinson, Bethany Riordan-Butterworth and more. These ambitious emerging artists have worked with experienced mentors, each guiding the program with their particular skills. Mentors participating in the program have included: Steve Higgins, Peter Dykhuis, Dawn MacNutt, Ilan Sandler, and Eleanor King among others. The benefits and impact of the program rely on participants’ enthusiasm, openness and initiative in the program and their commitment to the development of their artwork.

View the full call for applications, including program information, application requirements, and eligibility: For more information on the program including past participants, and FAQs when applying, please visit:

The deadline for applications is July 15, 2014 at 5pm.

Program Information Sessions:

Thursday July 3rd, 7pm at the Craig Gallery, Dartmouth and

Tuesday July 8th, 7pm at Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Halifax

By investing intensely in a few dedicated individuals each year, the VANS Mentorship Program contributes to the overall strength and sustainability of the visual arts community in Nova Scotia.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is located inside the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia office at 1113 Marginal Road across from the NSCAD Port Campus at the Halifax Seaport.

The Craig Gallery is located inside Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney St. Dartmouth.

For questions, please contact:

Becky Welter-Nolan
Programming Coordinator
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
t:902.423.4694    1.866.225.8267   f:902.422.0881


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