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Take our NEW Workshop Survey

Visual Arts Nova Scotia offers professional development workshops to artists across the province based on feedback from members and artists. These workshops focus on professional development in support of the artist’s creative practice across commercial and public sectors. For our … Continue reading

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VANS in Residence

VANS is excited to announce the artists who have been chosen for the three VANS In Residence initiatives this spring. We have both rural and urban residencies in HRM this year, involving fantastic partners. Each artist will spend their time … Continue reading

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The Public Life of the Imagination: A lecture by Lewis Hyde

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) will present a lecture by the poet, essayist, translator and cultural critic Lewis Hyde. This event will explore questions related to the value and meaning of art in contemporary life … Continue reading

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In Memory of Felicity Redgrave

On behalf of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, I want to express our heartfelt condolences to the family of Felicity Redgrave. Felicity was a founding member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, who will be remembered as a passionate maker and educator … Continue reading

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WORK IT! WORK IT! A Boot Camp for Artists

Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, we have to cancel WORK IT! WORK IT! Boot Camp for Artists. We hope to reschedule in the spring but we don’t have new dates at this time. Visual Arts Nova Scotia, in partnership … Continue reading

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Studio Sessions Webinars Return!

Visual Arts Nova Scotia announces the return of Studio Sessions, the webinar series for artists, which debuted last winter. Starting on Wednesday, February 15, at 6pm AT, this three-part online workshop series will focus on professional development for artists in … Continue reading

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VANS in Residence Deadline Extended

We’ve extended the deadline for artists to apply for each of the three residencies taking place this winter and spring. These residencies balance the artists’ own work with community engagement in three communities. Check it out! Visual Arts Nova Scotia … Continue reading

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Join our 40 for 40 Campaign!

VANS is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year and we will focus on creating more accessible and engaging programming across the province! If you want to support VANS programs such as the Professional Artists in the Schools (PAINTS) program, the … Continue reading

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Space left in Halifax Workshops

There are still a couple of slots available for upcoming workshops in Halifax! Documenting your Work with Steve Farmer on November 16th has room for 2 more and Taxes for Artists with Nora Macnee on November 19th can take three … Continue reading

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PAINTS Info Sessions for Artists

PAINTS Coordinator Andrea Ritchie is hosting a free info session at VANS after the Taxes for Artists workshop. You can come just for the info session, or sign up for the workshop too! Questions? Contact Andrea at 902 423-4694 or … Continue reading

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Fall Workshops in Lunenburg, Sydney and Halifax

VANS Professional Development Workshop Series takes place in Sydney, Lunenburg and Halifax this year. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our workshop in Wolfville due to low registration but we really want to run all the rest of these workshops (especially … Continue reading

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Send us your Studio Selfies!

To launch the 40th anniversary of Visual Arts Nova Scotia in 2017, we want to recognize the hard work and dedication of the artists living and working in this province. To any visual artist living in NS, a VANS member … Continue reading

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Vote ARTS on October 15: A NS Municipal Elections Primer

Show your support for the Arts. Use this #ArtsVote avatar on your social media accounts (Right Click -> Save As -> Upload to Facebook etc). Meet your local candidates. Attend forums and debates. Send an email or letter. Answer the … Continue reading

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Sign up for Fall 2016 Workshops!

This season’s professional development workshops feature topics such as Taxes, Marketing, Grant Proposals, Art Festival Proposals, Documenting Your Work and Writing for artists. Running October to November in Halifax, Wolfville, Lunenburg and Sydney, the series features the expertise of instructors … Continue reading

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PODCAST – The Lunenburg Symposium: Mentorship in the Arts

In May 2016 Visual Arts Nova Scotia presented The Lunenburg Symposium: Mentorship in the Arts, in partnership with the Lunenburg School of the Arts. This two day symposium explored more in-depth ideas and issues around mentorship, including the rise of … Continue reading

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Announcing the 2016-17 Mentorship Program

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is pleased to officially announce the participants of this year’s VANS Mentorship Program. After receiving a many excellent applications, the program will be supporting four dedicated emerging Nova Scotian artists. Alexis Vessey, Ben Mosher, Kate Grey … Continue reading

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Take the Fall Workshop Survey!

Visual Arts Nova Scotia offers professional development workshops to artists across the province based on feedback from members and artists. These workshops focus on professional development in support of the artist’s creative practice across commercial and public sectors. Let us … Continue reading

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Call for Proposals – Professional Development Workshops

Call for Proposals Professional Development Workshop Proposals Application Deadline: August 29, 2016 As part of our mandate, Visual Arts Nova Scotia offers professional development workshops to its members and artists around the province. These workshops discuss topics related to the … Continue reading

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NSCAD University and VANS Research Internship Opportunity

VANS is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017 and as part of the year of celebration we will be publishing a special edition of Visual Arts News magazine.  In partnership with NSCAD there are two NSCAD student research internship positions … Continue reading

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“How We Are Talking” 2015-16 Mentorship Program Exhibition

How We Are Talking is at The Craig Gallery, June 30 – August 7. Opening: Wednesday, June 29, 7 – 9 pm Artist Panel: Saturday, August 6, 1 pm Highlighting the talents of mentees Anna Taylor, Sophie Paskins, Alice MacLean … Continue reading

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Call for Applications: 2016/17 Mentorship Program

The VANS Mentorship Program pairs emerging artists with established artists to take part in a ten-month mentorship from September to June. Focusing on supporting the goals and ambitions of emerging artists throughout the province, mentors may be asked to provide support … Continue reading

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VANS Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will be held at the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia Main Space (Atrium) on Wednesday, June 15th at 5pm. Please read over the AGM Agenda. Join the board, staff and artists and earn all about VANS’ activities over … Continue reading

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Sign up for Spring Workshops!

VANS Spring 2016 professional development workshop series for artists will feature topics including Grant Writing, Pricing Your Work, Making Time to Make Art, Documenting Your Work, and Estate Planning for Artists. Running May to June in Halifax, Annapolis Royal and … Continue reading

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The Lunenburg Symposium: Mentorship in the Arts

May 27th – 29th, 2016 Lunenburg, Nova Scotia To mark the 10th anniversary of our Mentorship Program VANS is excited to announce The Lunenburg Symposium: Mentorship in the Arts, in partnership with the Lunenburg School of the Arts.  Symposium sessions … Continue reading

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