Listed below are galleries and groups that are current VANS members. Please contact your association if you do not see them listed here. This list is updated as memberships are renewed so check back regularly for updates.
Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC) has developed a province-wide and national reputation for being able to generate interesting activities and opportunities within the community. Their membership currently comprises over 150 individuals and families who believe that involvement in the arts makes life both rewarding and fun. They run a year round schedule of workshops, classes, concerts, “coffee house” evenings, readings, slide shows, talks and special events. Through their Scholarship Fund, they assist students of all ages who wish to pursue art-related courses of study.
Antigonish Culture Alive Association is the community arts council of Antigonish. The arts council is a membership based, non-profit organization which strives to foster the creation and appreciation of the arts in the community of Antigonish.
Art 1274 Hollis is a friendly fine art and designer craft gallery in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their art gallery is operated as an artists’ cooperative. They represent 24 Nova Scotian artists at various stages of their art careers, from emerging to established.
The Art Room is an artist run non profit studio occupying the original art space in the old Holy Angels High School, now New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation in Sydney, NS. Their members gather regularly to paint, explore new ideas and materials, and have fun being creative. They also are very active in exploring ways to expand art opportunities and awareness in the Cape Breton community.
Art Zone Gallery encourages and supports the creative development of fine arts by providing an ongoing venue for visual artists to exhibit their artwork. Their state-of-the-art gallery and workshop space offers a welcoming environment where artists are provided with the opportunity to create, showcase and build their professional portfolios. Art Zone Gallery seeks to partner with emerging and experienced artists to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and practical skills.
Blue Shutters Art Gallery & Antiques has seven local artists and multiple antique dealers in one shop which means a great variety of Art, Antiques, Collectables and Vintage Decor. Located in East Chester, NS.
Chester Art Centre Association Their vision is to put art at the centre of life in Chester. The Chester Art Centre offers a varied and experiential range of classes and workshops for children and adults in a classic Chester cottage, which features a main floor exhibition space and classroom, and a full kitchen; the upstairs is the Art Centre office.
The Craig Gallery at Alderney Landing is a public art gallery programmed by a Volunteer Committee made up primarily of Dartmouth Professional Artists. The Gallery’s mission is to introduce the works of emerging and established local artists collectively providing a diversity of media.
Dalhousie University Art Gallery is a public art gallery, an academic support unit within the educational and research context of Dalhousie University, and a cultural resource for the whole community.
Dartmouth Visual Arts Society (DVAS) is a relatively young arts organization formed in 1987 by local artists to support and promote visual arts in the community.
Eyelevel is a not-for-profit charitable artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation, development and promotion of contemporary art. Through a range of programming initiatives such as exhibitions, performances, and special projects, Eyelevel has established itself as a supportive environment that fosters the research and development of innovative artistic practices. They have provided a forum for the discussion and presentation of contemporary visual art in Halifax for more than 40 years.
Heart to Hand Studio is a Fine Art, Craft and Design Studio, established by David Schut and life partner, Monica O’Halloran-Schut in LaHave, NS
Jack’s Gallery is a community space for local artists of all ages and experience levels to exhibit their work in Wolfville. Named for the late Jack Sheriff, a memorable community arts patron, the gallery in located in the same building as the Al Whittle Theatre, and Just Us! Coffee at 450 Main Street.
Lumière is an art-at-night festival that takes place in Sydney, NS. Each year, Lumière takes over the downtown core of Sydney to present fresh, exciting contemporary art projects to the public. Working with artists from Cape Breton and beyond, the festival presents innovative projects in a unique format that lights up Sydney’s civic spaces with contemporary art, culture and community spirit.
Lunenburg School of the Arts offers workshops led by professional art educators and working artists. Their small and intimate class sizes allow students to work closely with instructors and each other, fostering self-expression in a supportive atmosphere.
Main & Station is an art space in Parrsboro, NS. The top floor of this building is a large apartment for visiting friends, artists, travellers, and volunteers, and views over the Main St and the water. The second level is a multi-functional space used as a gallery and for performances, workshops, and studio space. The main floor is home to a secondhand bookshop and vegetarian cafe where they host poetry nights, lectures, and musical acts. They present the Nonesuch Art of Paper Awards each year.
Manual Training Collective (MTC) Ten artists work in a congenial environment in practices that include painting, drawing, video, sculpture, multi-media, jewellery, and installation. The Collective, which has been in operation for over twelve years, is located in Halifax.
Maritime Painted Saltbox Fine Art Gallery features the work of artists Tom Alway and Peter Blais. Fine Art, Folk Art and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces on two floors in a unique barn setting by the river.
The Northumberland Arts Council Fraser Cultural Centre promotes arts, crafts and cultural activities in the North Shore area and helps preserve and present this area’s heritage. The Centre is located in Tatamagouche in the Northumberland Shore region.
The Nova Scotia Printmakers is an informal body of professional printmakers and individuals with a more general interest in the printmaking media, sharing a common concern for printmaking and the desire to promote Nova Scotia prints and printmakers. Founded in 1988, the NS Printmakers Association, renamed NS Printmakers in 2014, provides a voice connecting printmakers in the region, educates the public on both traditional and experimental forms of print media, and organizes regular exhibits to show the work of memberships.
Peer Gallery is an artists co-operative gallery formed January, 2002. The Peer Gallery of Contemporary Art is truly worth a special trip to Lunenburg, and Nova Scotia’s South shore.
Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts Society Primarily a coastal festival, this is an early summer celebration of the wealth of artistic talent in an area just south of Halifax, NS.
Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery was the first purpose-built university art gallery in Halifax. The gallery focuses on contemporary art, featuring emerging and established artists active on the regional, national and international levels.
Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery is an artist-run cooperative located at 3654 Hwy 366 in Cumberland County, offering paintings (acrylic, oil, watercolour, pastel, ink, mixed media), etchings, pottery, photography, reproductions and books (non-fiction & poetry). Classes/workshops are offered in painting, pottery, intaglio and more. Visiting artists’ exhibitions and book launches are among special events hosted during the summer season. Visit their Facebook or their website for the calendar of activities: www.tidnishbridgeartgallery.com
ViewPoint Gallery is an artist-run co-operative dedicated to inspiring, engaging, educating and promoting the art of photography.
Winding River Art Gallery is a co-operative gallery located inside Mastodon Ridge, halfway between the equator and the North Pole. This gallery at Mastodon Ridge in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia is situated in the former ‘Ridge’ gift shop and is the focus of a team of dedicated artists who are joined by the co-operative spirit. Many hours of planning and painting show the culmination of a wonderful collection of art in several mediums. Other expressions include glass, leather, fiber art, pottery, jewelry, glass art, photography and wood which have generated much acclaim.
The Yarmouth Art Society was founded in the early 1950s with the stated mission to: 1) bring together visual artists (both amateur and professional) and persons interested in the visual arts to exchange information and ideas; 2) promote art in the community by regular exhibitions, workshops, programs, and special events open to the public; and 3) encourage children’s art by any appropriate means.
CFNS PENSION & HEALTH PLANS AVAILABLE TO FULL TIME STAFF OF VANS GROUP OR GALLERY MEMBERS VANS is pleased to offer the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia (CFNS) Pension & Health Plans are now available for current Gallery and Group VANS members who have paid staff (not individuals nor individual artists). There is a $250 affiliate member fee payable to CFNS that covers the costs of plan administration. Please click here for more information.