Category Archives: News

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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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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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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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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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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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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Apply for the Mentorship Program

The call for applications is out for the 2018-19 Mentorship Program! The VANS Mentorship Program is designed to support the individual artistic methods and professional ambitions of emerging artists in Nova Scotia by providing access to the skills and experience … Continue reading

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VANS’ AGM is June 21

Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting is Thursday, June 21 at Wonder’neath, 2891 Isleville Street in Halifax. The short meeting will begin at 6pm and will be followed by pizza and a facilitated art making activity! We will be … Continue reading

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Apply for a Subsidized Studio

Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s Subsidized Studio program in Sydney and Halifax is accepting applications from VANS members. There is no expectation of work to be completed during the studio rental. It is an opportunity for an artist who may be … Continue reading

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Register for our Spring Workshops!

This spring we are offering great workshops on topics including Grant Writing, Exhibition Prep & Installation, Photoshop Essentials, Writing Your Artist Statement & Bio, and Writing Professional Applications. These workshops, taught by professional artists, experts in their field, and educators … Continue reading

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Job Opportunity: Executive Director, VANS

Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) is currently accepting applications for the Executive Director of Visual Arts Nova Scotia and Publisher of Visual Arts News. Deadline: Applications must be received by May 18 at 5pm. Start date: June 4, 2018. Salary: … Continue reading

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Thanks and farewell to Briony Carros

Visual Arts Nova Scotia announces the departure of Executive Director Briony Carros on April 20, 2018. After over 16 years with the organization, it is difficult to do justice to her many contributions to VANS and the arts community. The … Continue reading

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New Deadline for PAINTS Projects

Do you know a school that could use a PAINTS project but missed the January 30th deadline? Don’t worry, we have added a spring deadline this year so schools and teachers can apply for a PAINTS project. Tell your local … Continue reading

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Remembering Susan Wood

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of artist, member and friend, Susan Wood. Susan was a long-standing member of VANS and had served on our Board of Directors since 2014. Her thoughtful … Continue reading

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Subsidized Studio Program in Sydney!

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that our Subsidized Studio program will now offer our members subsidized studio space in downtown Sydney! Member artists can apply to rent space for 2 – 3 months from April 1, 2018 … Continue reading

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New Webinar Series on Grant Writing Essentials

UPDATE: Studio Sessions webinar series is sold out! Studio Sessions Webinars return this winter! Starting on Wednesday, February 21, at 6pm AT, this three-part online workshop series will focus on grant writing essentials for artists. Each one hour session will be … Continue reading

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Visual Arts News magazine’s new look!

As you may have noticed, there have been some big changes at Visual Arts News magazine! First, there was the move to a perfect bind, which meant 12 additional pages filled with great artists each issue. Then, the Visual Arts … Continue reading

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VANS Mentorship Program Receives Protégé Award

At the 2017 Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala, Susan Gibson Garvey was awarded the Portia White Prize, which recognizes cultural and artistic excellence on the part of a Nova Scotian artist who has attained professional status, mastery and recognition in … Continue reading

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