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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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Renew your VANS Membership today!

In our 40th year, VANS celebrated by bringing more programming around the province. As 2017 winds down and you are thinking about renewing your VANS membership, here’s a look back at the last year. Perhaps you enjoyed Lewis Hyde’s lecture … Continue reading

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VANS in Residence in Kings County

NEW DEADLINE! Visual Arts Nova Scotia and Uncommon Common Art (UCA) are thrilled to be facilitating an artist residency in Kings County, Nova Scotia. This partnership is a terrific opportunity for NS artists and the host community. This month-long residency, … Continue reading

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Moving Forward, Looking B(l)ack: Visual Art in Nova Scotia

A panel discussion featuring women who curate, create, and activate. With Pamela Edmonds, Lucie Chan, Bria Miller, and Jade Peek. Facilitated by Sylvia Hamilton. Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:00pm Halifax North Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen Street, Halifax Doors open … Continue reading

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Register for our Fall Workshop Series today!

Registration for the Fall 2017 Workshop Series is now open! This season, you can register for workshops in Halifax, Bridgewater, and Sydney. These include Documenting Your Work with Steve Farmer, Talking About Your Work: Networking in the Arts with Sarah … Continue reading

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Announcing the 2017-18 Mentorship Program Artists

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the participants of this year’s Mentorship Program. After receiving many truly excellent applications, the program will be supporting four dedicated emerging Nova Scotian artists. NAT chantel, Lux Habrich, Bree Hyland, and Karen … Continue reading

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PAINTS Deadlines for 2017

PAINTS brings together professional visual and fine crafts artists, educators and students all over the province. We’re always looking for more artists who interested in spending some time working with children and youth. All members of VANS or NSDCC are … Continue reading

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Sign up for a Peer Application Review Group!

Want some feedback on your next application? Get a fresh perspective with Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s Peer Application Review Groups. Visual Arts Nova Scotia is facilitating an eight week peer-review process to help members strengthen their upcoming proposals. Artists will … Continue reading

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Fall 2017 Workshop Survey

We are definitely still enjoying the summer, but we are starting to plan our Fall Workshop Series and for that we are asking for feedback from members and artists. Let us know what you would like to see VANS offer … Continue reading

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Visual Arts News Website Exclusives

Did you know that new articles from Visual Arts News, as well as exclusive web content like podcasts and blogs, are regularly posted to the Visual Arts News website? Even if you’re a subscriber (or a VANS member with a … Continue reading

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En Route Artist Talk – JJ Lee

JJ Lee artist talk in Halifax Art Bar + Projects Friday, July 14, 2017 at 6pm Visual Arts Nova Scotia is excited to present an artist talk by visiting artist JJ Lee, in collaboration with Anna Leonowens Art Gallery Art … Continue reading

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The Initial Show: VANS’ 2016 – 17 Mentorship Program Exhibition

Highlighting the talents of mentees Alexis Vessey, Ben Mosher, Ryan Josey, and Kate Grey, the Visual Arts Nova Scotia 2016-17 Mentorship Program Exhibition The Initial Show also includes work from mentors Sarah Maloney, Craig Leonard, Bryan Maycock and Andrea Dorfman. … Continue reading

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Call for Applications: 2017-18 Mentorship Program

Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s 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 … Continue reading

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Annual General Meeting and Call for Board Members

Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting is Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Fraser Cultural Centre in Tatamagouche. We have fun activities planned and 40th Anniversary events to discuss so we would love your company. We will have coffee … Continue reading

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