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VANS Newsletter #434
October 31, 2018


VANS Matters
Awards and Scholarships
Nova Scotia Exhibition Listings

VANS Matters

The first meeting of FRESH EYES art critique evening was great! Thanks so much to the talented members who offered up their work and feedback to fellow artists. We saw some plein air painting, prints, ceramic sculptures, and performance art! The second installment of FRESH EYES will take place on Thursday, November 29 at 7pm at VANS. If you want some feedback on your work in progress, then join us and chat with your fellow artists for this evening of friendly, constructive art critique. Working alone in the studio can be isolating, so if you want to get out of your own head and get a new perspective, come join us and get some Fresh Eyes 👀 on your artwork! VANS members can bring work in any medium or images of the work on a USB to show the group. RSVP to FRESH EYES today!

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Visual Arts Nova Scotia has announced our Fall 2018 Professional Development Workshop SeriesTaking 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 Grant Writing with Becka Barker (Sydney and Halifax), Websites, Social Media, and Technology: Creating Your Brand with Stacey Cornelius (Parrsboro and Halifax) and and the Dos and Don’ts of Exhibition Proposals with Laurie Dalton (Halifax and Wolfville). These instructors really know their stuff and they are happy to pass along their knowledge to you. You can register today online here, over the phone at 866-225-8267, or even by sending us a cheque. Remember, VANS members only pay $40 per workshop or you can bundle two or three and save. We’ve also started a new free program of a monthly evening art critique called FRESH EYES, which helps artists get feedback on their work in progress – you just have to rsvp. Read the full workshop descriptions and see what works for you!

Check out Peer Gallery’s member profile on the VANS website this month. Peer Gallery is an artists’ co-operative gallery, formed January, 2001. This spring Peer Gallery is celebrating 17 years of operation. Located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg, the gallery exhibits the work of 14 Nova Scotia artists who have established reputations. The gallery emphasizes a complete diversity in art viewing: painting, drawing, mixed media, coloured fused glass, wood turning, printmaking and other forms of artistic expression.

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 their discipline. The $25,000 prize is given to an established artist who selects a protégé, who is an emerging artist or cultural organization. The protégé receives $7,000 the total prize. The Visual Arts Nova’s Mentorship Program was honoured with the Protégé Award by Susan, which will be used to continue supporting emerging artists in our program for years to come. We are thrilled and so grateful! For over forty years, Susan Gibson Garvey has been active in the visual arts community as an artist, curator, educator, critic, and public gallery director. This includes 17 years at Dalhousie Art Gallery where she organized over 100 exhibitions and published numerous essays and articles focusing on contemporary artists from the Atlantic region. To read more about Susan Gibson Garvey click here.

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The Halifax Regional Municipality is seeking contemporary public art proposals for Cole Harbour Place. They want design proposals from qualified artists and collaborative artist teams for the provision of an integrated public artwork or artworks for Cole Harbour Place to compliment the existing facility and its varied users. The themes for the public art component of Cole Harbour Place are intended to complement the themes of the facility itself, and the intention to create a more uplifted public space experience. The artist or team would design, plan, create, fabricate and install public art in specified locations within Cole Harbour Place, including the atrium and entryway. The project budget is $50,000 CDN inclusive. See the full call for submissions here. Deadline: November 30 at 4pm.

Presented by Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala is a yearly event that celebrates excellence in artistic achievement. This year, the theme is FLOW and the gala will take place Saturday, November 10 from 7 – 9:30pm at Olympic Hall Community Centre, in Halifax. You can get your free tickets now on Eventbrite. See the Arts NS website for more info.

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Culture Link CIC and the Link Performing Arts Society (LPAS), the organizations leading efforts to transform the former World Trade & Convention Centre into a Creative Hub, are issuing a Request for Expressions Of Interest (REOI).  The Link Arts Centre will be an 84,000 sq ft complex featuring a 1700-person capacity flexible performance hall, 160-seat cinema, two dance spaces, a media / VR production studio, and a creative industries incubator called the Creative Innovation Centre. The Link is an once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide a physical presence for the creative sector in Halifax’s emerging Innovation District. Situated across from Halifax City Hall, The Link is described as “a cost-effective means to address critically needed cultural infrastructure in the downtown core”. Non-profit Cultural Organizations and Associations, For-profit Organizations in the Creative Industries, Performing Arts Organizations, Music Promoters, Event Planners, and Creative Entrepreneurs interested in using the facilities or being long-term tenants are encouraged to submit a written proposal. For more info see their website. Deadline: December 3.

Artists in Canada has a fixed pension plan for visual artists. Started in 2016. This Pension Plan is for all Canadian Artists (Visual Artists, Musicians, Writers, Performance, Graphic, Web development and Film Artists). Commercial, Public Art Galleries and Art Resource businesses and their staff are also eligible. Also, a draw for a $150 art materials gift certificate if signed up and confirmed before October 25th.

ARTIST STUDIOS FOR RENT! Five available units in a shared space at 2586 Sherwood St, off Chebucto Road, near the Halifax Shopping Centre. Located in a security building, there are eight studio spaces, five of which are available. The building’s main doors lock, and there are locking doors when you come into the front steps, and the spaces are accessed by locking doors at unit 1 and unit 5. The spaces themselves, once inside, are all open to each other. These are basement level, however the windows are very large and there is lots of natural light. The empty spaces are available immediately.  It would be a month-to-month contract. There are no specific restrictions on materials used by artists as long as there is nothing toxic that bothers other studio mates.
Unit 1 – $200/month (11’6″ x 16′)
Unit 2 – $150/month (9′ x 11′)
Unit 3 – $150/month (8′ x 11′)
Unit 4 – $150/month (8’8″ x 12’4″)
Unit 5 – $200/month (11’6″ x 16′)
Please contact Amir Nevo by email at or by phone at (902-452-0889) if interested. Note: rent prices have changed since the emailed version of the newsletter.

4 Ateliers: Graveurs Ambulants/Printmakers on the Move is a collaborative traveling exhibition featuring over 100 original prints by artists from Elephant Grass Print Collective, La Manivelle, Mahone Bay Printmakers and TH’Yarc Printshop. The exhibit is being presented in 4 different venues between August 2018 to June 2019. Stop 1: August 4 – September 15, 2018 is at the Yarmouth County Museum. Stop 2: October 21 – November 25, 2018  is at Chapel Gallery at ARTsPLACE, 396 St George Street, Annapolis Royal. Stop 3: March 16 – April 14, 2019, is at Peer Gallery, 167 Lincoln Street, Lunenburg. Stop 4: May 1 – June 15, 2019 is at Le Trécarré at Université Sainte Anne, 1695 Hyw 1, Church Point.

ART= WORK T-Shirts Available! VANL-CARFAC is excited to be re-launching the ART=WORK campaign in partnership with the Mary MacDonald Foundation. This joint fundraiser will support visual artists, curators, and art workers living in Newfoundland and Labrador through programs and awards distributed by their organizations. The T-shirts are $20 each and come in sizes include, XS (ladies S), S, M, L, XL, 2XL.

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Awards and Funding

Arts Nova Scotia’s Grants to Individuals deadline is so soon!!! This program supports the creation of new works by professional artists in all disciplines including fine crafts, literary, visual, media and performing arts. It also promotes a broad understanding and appreciation of art and artists through professional development, creation and presentation of work. They can fund projects up to $12000. If you’re an artist in NS looking for funding, you should read their guidelines carefully and consider applying. The next deadline is November 15. 

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The Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes are awarded to two persons – one in the arts and the other in the social sciences and humanities, who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding achievements. The prizes are intended to encourage ongoing contributions to Canada’s cultural and intellectual heritage. There are two prizes valued at up to $50,000 each. Nominations must be submitted to the Council by a third party (individual or organization) and a peer assessment committee will select the recipients from among all the nominations received. For eligibility criteria, the nomination form and further information on these prizes, see the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes Guidelines. Deadline: November 1.

The Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) Student Design Competition, now in its 24th year, is open for entries for 2018. The annual international competition is only open to college-level students involved in retail planning, design, visual merchandising, and branding programs. The 2018 PAVE Design Challenge invites you to rethink and reinvent how The Home Depot stores can give customers the know-how they need to tackle all their home improvement projects with confidence. As a company, we challenge ourselves to bring fresh thinking and customer-centric innovation every day. For this challenge they encourage you to think beyond current trends, combine design fields, and expand the way they engage their customers. They highly encourage you to push the envelope of your thinking and improve home improvement. Prizes include grants to students and schools and winning students may even see their designs come to life. The competition is open to undergraduate students only. The first place prize is $8000. Winners will also receive a travel stipend to be honored at the 2018 PAVE Gala on December 5, 2018, in New York City. Deadline for Submissions: November 1.

Responding to the expressed needs of the community, the 4Cs Foundation, Halifax’s only source of grants for community arts, announces a new grant for community arts activities. They are calling these new grants SEED grants as they provide funding to explore, to test ideas, to try new methods and to respond to emerging issues and opportunities within a community. Groups, organizations and community artist leaders are eligible and invited to apply for a SEED grant. Two categories of funding make grants are available for up to $3000.00.  There are no deadlines for applying. The process is agile and responsive, with a short turn around between applying and hearing back on your application. See the 4Cs Foundation website for detailed criteria and eligibility information. The SEED grants continue the 4Cs Foundation community arts capacity building work by funding the development of new ideas and approaches for community arts with artists, groups and organizations. If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please call Terri Whetstone, 4Cs Foundation Executive Director 902-422-4805. Deadline: Ongoing.

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Our neighbours at the Choral Federation are hiring a permanent part-time Program Coordinator. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for administrative tasks required for the smooth operation of the Federation’s programs. The Federation currently present two weekend programs for children and youth, 3 weeklong summer choir camps, an auditioned provincial youth choir, and other projects. They will assist with the program management, presentation and promotion, including tracking registrations; receipting and database maintenance; updating, creation, and distribution of information packages for program participants and program staff, as well as promotion and evaluation of programs. Deadline: November 5.

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National Public Relations Inc. in Halifax is hiring a Graphic Designer. The Graphic Designer will be responsible for creating and delivering consistent, high-quality work by balancing the design aesthetic with business needs and uses, using their creative background to build engaging marketing material and collateral to meet brand standards of clients. Based in National’s Halifax or St. John’s office, you’ll have the opportunity to work in a tightly integrated environment with passionate problem solvers and curious, creative minds. The job was posted on October 16.

Culture Plus in Moncton, NB is looking for an Executive Director. Are you passionate about arts and culture? Culture Plus (Cultural Human Resources Council of New Brunswick) is a not-for-profit, bilingual organization committed to ensuring the vitality of New Brunswick’s cultural sector workforce through life-long career development and training. It is first and foremost a service organization designed to support stakeholders in all cultural domains, including heritage and libraries, live performance, visual and applied arts, written and published works, audio-visual and interactive media, and sound recording. Culture Plus partners with public, private, and not-for-profit organizations as well as training institutions in an effort to facilitate professional development and skills acquisition for workers in the cultural. Deadline: November 1.

Michaels Canada is looking to hire a Custom Art Framer at various locations across NS including, Sydney, Halifax, New Minas and New Glasgow. The Certified Framer is enthusiastic and passionate about Creativity, People and Arts and Crafts. Certified Framers are responsible for sales of custom framing and ready made frames, following and administering the work flow production system under the supervision of the Framing Manager. This position has responsibility for assisting the Framing Manager in planning the production of orders, placing material orders and maintenance of the frame shop as well as taking orders, providing exceptional customer service and the production of orders. The Certified Frames must be Bronze Level Certified within 30 days of employment.

Paint Nite Halifax is looking for a part time lead artist/event host. At Paint Nite they walk inexperienced painters through a simple painting step by step in a restaurant/bar setting. They are not an art class, but more of an art party and they’re looking for someone with experience in acrylic painting that is able to speak (on a microphone) to a group of people to make painting fun! Your position would consist of bringing the supplies from the storage unit to the venue, setting up the venue and then instructing a group of people through a painting. At the end of the event you would then clean up the venue and bring the supplies back to their storage unit located in downtown Halifax. Priority will be given to someone that has their own vehicle – if you do not have a vehicle, they are interested in hiring an assistant as well. This position requires you to meet the artist at the venue to help with set up and take down, and during the event you would be taking photos, giving helpful tips and keeping everyone stocked up with supplies. There would be 2 to 3 events per week as a part-time employee in the Halifax area (Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, Lower Sackville). Paint Nite shifts typically go from 5 – 10pm on weekdays and 11am – 4pm or 1 – 6pm on weekends. Check out the paintings on their website and if interested, please contact

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Shop local this holiday season at Craft Nova Scotia’s Designer Craft Show at the Cunard Centre, Halifax. From November 16 – 18 you’ll find original, interesting and contemporary fine craft by Nova Scotian and Atlantic Canadian artisans. Enjoy demonstrations from many talented exhibitors, local guilds and members of the Craft Nova Scotia. They have extended hours too – Friday 10am – 9pm, Saturday 9am – 5pm, and Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Elephant Grass Print Collective in Granville Ferry, is opening their doors and press to all for 2 days of printmaking. Try your hand at printing a black and white Dia de Muertos mask that you can take home and hand colour or create a set of EGPC bookmarks on a letterpress to mark your place in your favourite book. Or just come hang out with local printmakers. As a bonus, Wayne Boucher will also open his studio at the same time. View Wayne’s Wonker Works – large scale painting revisted. November 3 and 4 starting at 11am.

Please join the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) Thursday November 29th at 7pm at Halifax Central Library’s Paul O’Regan Hall for the world premiere of the five Languages of Nova Scotia short films. Languages of Nova Scotia is a one-time AFCOOP initiative that celebrates language diversity in our province. After running introductory filmmaking workshops in five different language communities last year a call for submissions was put out. Community-juried competitions were held in each of the five language communities and five filmmakers were chosen to receive training and production funding to create short films. The filmmakers and their films are: “The Party” by Jinos Akhtarkhavari (Farsi), “L’Acteur” by Jana Doiron (French), “Slighe Agnais/A Journey for Agnes” by Jenny MacKenzie (Gaelic), “Return Flight” by Suzan Oram (Maritime/American Sign Language), “Apija’simk” by Trevor Gould (Mi’kmaw). The films were all made this summer across Nova Scotia and will be screened together with the filmmakers in attendance. After the screening a Q&A will be held with the filmmakers. This is a free admission event. For more information please email:

The Khyber Night Flea is a fundraiser event for the Khyber Centre for the Arts, held at the centre at 1880 Hollis Street, Halifax on Saturday, November 3, 6 – 10pm. Artwork, craft, vintage, services, fashion, handmade, books, music, food, and more! Vendors include asv jewellery / anne-sophie vallée, bijou contemporain, Sam Gillett Illustrations, LOCAL by Local Girl, Soft & Spiky, Pink Sheep Designs, Natasha Verbek, Impressment Gang Journal, Emma Allain, Alyssa Robichaud, Loosers Weepers Shop, Rhonda Barrett, and more!

The next Family Sunday at the AGNS is Sunday, November 18 from 1 – 2pm. Drawing your inspiration from the works on view in the Autism Arts exhibition, explore mark making and portraiture. Create your own portrait of yourself or a friend using acetate and paint. Play around with plasticine to create a three dimensional portrait too!

Evangeline Artist Cooperative invites you to attend their Art Show and Auction on Friday November 2 from 4 – 7pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm. It’s at the Wolfville Lions Club, 36 Elm Ave, Wolfville. The show will feature paintings by more than 10 artists including work by Ivi Daborn who works with silver and natural stone. Other artist at the show include Betty Cussons, Gail Davis, Cathy Poole, Jean Leung, Pat MacLean, Susan Surette-Draper, Ellen Terfrey, Barb Robertson, Jane Lutes and others. Bring along a friend, enjoy a hot drink and nibbles. It is a great opportunity to pick up that special gift and see some amazing local art.

The 7th Annual Juried Art & Craft Sale with has over 30 vendors at the Waverley Legion, 2234 Rocky Lake Dr on November 2 (11am – 8pm)and November 3 (10am – 6pm). Vendors will have handmade items such as art, jewellery, woodwork, sewing, knitting, cards, pottery, leather, fabrics, stained glass and many more. Free admission, cookies and cider. Contact for more information: 861-4970 or see their website for photos and crafters:

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Sandrine de Borman is traveling about Canada creating Herbarium Maps. Her project focuses on themes of walking, plant collecting, and the technique of tataki-zomé. Sandrine will visit Main & Station Nonesuch in Parrsboro this October for a Nonesuch Residency during which she will create herbarium maps of local flora, and teach a workshop. Her exhibition Ars Herbarium: Nurseries of Humanity opens on October 20, 6 – 9pm, with an artist talk at 7pm. For more info  email or call 514-979-3978.

Annapolis Valley Decorative Artists will hold their Art and Gift Sale November 2 from 6 – 8 pm, November 3 from 9am – 4 pm at the Greenwich Fire Hall at 9798 Hwy # 1 (just west of exit 11). Admission is $3 and includes tea and dessert.

REVOLUTION! At the Mary E. Black gallery now until November 4 Craft Nova Scotia members exhibit extraordinary objects exploring the theme of Revolution. Come see for yourself the thoughtful work put into the fine details of this fine craft work. Also in the craftLAIR studio, Meg Taylor Dunsmuir continues her community weaving workshops inviting anyone to try their hand at weaving on the loom- public studio access taking place on Tuesdays 11am-5pm for the next three weeks.

The Inverness County Centre for the Arts is pleased to announce the creation of a weekly Craft Together Group. The group will meet weekly for a 2 hour drop-in session of crafting in a friendly, group atmosphere. The studio will be open to those wanting to work on existing projects, start something new, or pick up a new craft. Please bring a project with you. Limited amounts of materials and equipment will be available for those not sure where to begin! Craft Together Group will be hosted by Emily MacDonald and Olivia Ball. Between them they have experience in knitting, crochet, felting, hand and machine sewing, wool spinning, making stuffed dolls and toy animals, embroidery, painting and drawing. They are happy to help with projects, or to guide participants who wish to pick up a new skill. We hope that participants will forge friendships at the group, and will help to support and encourage each other in their craft process. Tea, coffee, cold drinks and cookies will be served at the group. Admission is by donation, with a suggested donation of $2 per week. The group is open to everyone, although young children will need adult supervision. Anyone who would like to attend, but would have difficulty due to lack of transportation or mobility difficulties, is encouraged to contact Olivia Ball at or 902-258-2533.

Main & Station is hosting a Saturday morning life drawing session. Main & Station’s Life Drawing sessions are Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm with a half hour break. This is an uninstructed session. They provide the facility, the seating, and the model. They will also have some drawing boards available on a first come, first served basis. You bring your own supplies. Some paper will be provided.

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Ayatana’s Biophony program is a research residency for artists interested in the acoustics of ecology and the sounds of wildlife. It will take place over a week in Gatineau, Québec in the spring of 2019. The residency will involve twice daily excursions to focus on bioacoustics for collection of samples introduction to equipment and research being conducted by a range of experts. Expeditions into forests, wildlife sanctuaries, farms and research labs will be lead by scientists, naturalists, artists and healers to enrich our understanding of ecology by listening to and discusing the sounds made by and affecting wildlife. Ayatana residencies are designed to support research by conceptual artists. Writers, musicians, film makers and dancers are always invited to apply. This residency will host five or six selected artists and preference will be given, but is not limited to, those working with sound art and performance. Deadline: December 10.

Each year St. Michael’s Printshop in Newfoundland invites applications from international, national and provincial artists who wish to come and work at the Printshop for a one-month period. A total of six residencies are offered during the year (April 2019-March 2020).The Printshop juries are instructed to look for emerging as well as experienced artists. While basic technical help is available from staff, artists must show competency in their chosen medium to be considered. Workshop proposals are very important, but should not be too elaborate or take more than two evenings or one day from the residency.Benefits include a $1,500 Residency Fee for artists who reside outside St. John’s, NL and surrounding area and 24-hour access to all facilities at the Printshop. Extended Deadline: November 1.

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The Banff Centre’s Ghost Days: Making Art for Spirit residency is an experiment in conjuring and medium-ship, combined with art and collaboration with the living and with spirit. Participants will create works based on their personal relationship with the concept of spirit. Artists in this residency will partake in conversations with local Elders, as well as workshops involving photo/film development, sound art, performance, and storytelling to invoke spirit as both collaborator and audience. Participants will create multidisciplinary experimental audio/sound works, photographic works, and silk-screened works. The art created will showcase connections to spirit, ghosts, and hauntings. Participants will also be introduced to stories, essays, music, and poetry for research purposes and later discussions. Artists who are interested in exploring a new, multidisciplinary avenue into art and spirit are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will have a strong interest in ways of knowing, storytelling, and art making in an analogue manner. Application deadline: November 28.

Are you an artist, collective and/or culture group interested in working with young families and multi-generational audiences? If so, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has an exciting opportunity to share. As a destination of choice for families of all shapes and sizes during March Break, the AGO invites artists and collectives to apply for an interactive two-month long residency (February 4 – March 31, 2019) to present their work as part of the AGO’s program of activities throughout March Break (March 9 – 17, 2019). They are looking for artists who can conceptually combine contemporary art practices with maker experiences and live performance, and create a platform for experimentation and engagement for families during our winter season. Their work will inspire curiosity, fun, conversation, engagement, collaboration, and social relevance. Application deadline: November 15 @ 11:59 pm EST.

Located at 342 Main Street in Yarmouth, Waves of Confetti Creative Space offers an opportunity for professionals to create in a charming town, across from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and by the sea. They’re interested in the renewed creativity artists-in-residence may get from being in this part of the world. With the studio less than a minute from the ocean and the house 100 feet from a lake, the landscape of the area is sure to inspire. At the end of the residency, the community will be invited for a showcase of the visual or performance work, followed by a Q&A. The goal is to get the younger artists to these special events – to inspire and entice them to use Waves of Confetti to create their own art.  Artists will be living with a local family and will be provided with breakfast and supper. The full cost of a 3-week residency is $2025 CDN (does not include travel) but does include airport pickup. There is no deadline to apply.

Apply for the Est-Nord-Est (ENE) writers residency. ENE is an artist-run centre the mandate of which is to provide an international community of artists and authors in contemporary art with support by offering space and time for research and experimentation, as well as privileged access to local resources and knowhow. The centre is situated in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, a village on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, Quebec. Because it is convinced of the important bond between artworks and words, the centre encourages writing about contemporary art by offering a residency to Canadian authors. More specifically, these residencies are reserved for authors whose research and writing focuses on notions, practices or issues related to contemporary and current visual and media arts. The residency can be 4 or 8 weeks in summer or fall and include an honorarium of $750 for four weeks and $1,500 for eight weeks, access to an individual studio-workshop to be used for work and lodging, and more. Deadline: December 1.

The Caetani Cultural Centre in BC is partnering with the Allan Brooks Nature Centre (ANBC) for the Artist-in-Residence program entitled Fresh!AiR, a themed program which centres on nature, culture, science, environment, conservation and social issues. The ABNC collaboration is intended to serve as a catalyst in broadening and enriching community awareness and the understanding of art and sustainable biodiversity. This residency includes an eight week stay at the Caetani Cultural Centre and studio space at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre. Artists are responsible for their own transportation, food and supplies. Open to emerging and established visual artists in any medium; installation, earthworks, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, digital media, etc. The are three 8-week residencies in 2019 May 1 – June 30, July 4 – August 31,and September 5 – October 31. Deadline: November 15.

Mauser EcoHouse Artist Residency in the Central Pacific Coastal area of Costa Rica provides artists with a tranquil and inspirational space where they can immerse themselves in their individual projects. There, artists are encouraged to be self-directed and pursue their personal, creative objectives. The program focuses on furnishing artists with luxury accommodations, ample work space and serene surroundings so that individual or group projects can be worked on, and creativity can flourish. At the Mauser EcoHouse artists can expect a lush jungle setting on our 1.5 acres of land. The property contains numerous indigenous fruit trees, edible plants, herbs and a working greenhouse. Two banana circle composts andfive swales are also on the site. Pricing: $16-$35 per night depending on length of stay and private or shared room. Deadline: Ongoing.

The Art-in-Education Artist’s Book Grant is an eight- to ten-week residency awarded to two emerging artists to create a new artist’s book and teach young people at Women’s Studio Workshop. Their Art-in-Education (AIE) program is a model for arts education and operates in conjunction with the Kingston City School District. AIE provides a high quality arts experience by bringing students to a professional artist’s workspace and giving them concentrated time to learn printmaking, papermaking, and book arts.Generally, the resident dedicates her first month to producing a limited edition artist’s book, which is hand-printed and bound in the studio. WSW can provide technical advice; training on new equipment, techniques, and materials; and production assistance. This grant includes a stipend of $350/week for up to ten weeks, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the Continental US, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access during non-AIE sessions. Deadline: All applications must be physically mailed and postmarked by November 15.

The Nonesuch Residency program offers residencies in Parrsboro, NS and Montreal, QC. The Nonesuch mission is to have fun and to encourage artistic activity, interdisciplinary collaboration, and community involvement. Residencies are available to established and emerging visual, literary, sound and performance artists as well as philosophers, historians and anyone else whose application is accepted. Nonesuch Residents in Parrsboro will be offered accommodation in one of the following: the third floor apartment of Main & Station, a room in a ground level 2 bedroom apartment in the centre of town, a cottage perched on a cliff overlooking the Minas Basin, or a billet in a private residence. Standard residencies can last from 2 to 4 weeks. For more information please visit their website. Deadline for applications: ongoing.

Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island offers self directed residencies. Focus on your work in a distraction-free environment! They offer a range of comfortable accommodations for your self-directed residency. All of the studios feature high ceilings and large windows that get lots of natural light; the bedrooms are modest yet cozy, appointed with a single bed, side table, lamp and blackout curtain. Linens are provided. Their Winter season runs from October 1 to April 30, and the Summer season runs from May 1 to September 30. Different rates apply. Availability can be limited during peak season (May to September) so they encourage prospective guests to book well in advance to secure preferred dates. Visual Arts Studios range in size from 250 to 750 square feet. The studios feature large wall surfaces, work tables with lamps, and a comfort area with chairs and a coffee table.

The Textilsetur Textiles Skill-Share Residency in Blönduós, Iceland calls for artists. The Icelandic Textile Centre residency seeks to promote an atmosphere of creativity, experimentation and reflection for artists and scholars working inside the textile field. They hope that the scenic setting, including the old town of Blönduós and the river Blanda, support and enhance the creativity of artists and scholars by providing them with uninterrupted time for work and exploration. Each artist in residence will be invited to present a skill-sharing workshop for their fellow residents. In return you receive numerous skill-sharing sessions from other fellow residents. Duration: November 2017: 3 weeks; December 2017: 3 – 4 weeks; January to April 2018: 1 – 4 months. Cost is €525 per three-week period in November and December; €700 /month January – April standard residency cost, all facilities included. Deadline: ongoing.

The Ou Gallery Residency in the Cowichan Valley, BC. The Ou, located on Vancouver Island, was an old boatbuilding workshop that is converted into a gallery and studio space. They aim to be ‘more than just wall space’ and their monthly exhibitions are curated to reflect a contemporary & emerging art space unique to the Cowichan Valley.  The goal with the residency program is to bring international creativity & perspectives to our Gallery & Workshop, and bring artists of all different cultures here to share their art & ideas with the community on their little Island. The Ou welcomes 2D & 3D artists, printers, writers, poets, performers – makers who need time away to focus on a series, or who would like to teach workshops & gain experience. They’re open to hosting events & interesting, challenging, ideas. Artists here for 2 weeks + are eligible to present an exhibition of their work. In addition to your suite with your private bedroom, you will have access to the Hall for studio space. The amount of space provided will depend on your project goals, but you can always feel free to setup an easel. Cost: 1 week: $350 | 2 weeks: $750| 3 weeks: $900 | 3 Months: $2,100. Deadline: ongoing.

The 360 Xochi Quetzal Artist and Writer’s Residency Program is located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico on the shores of the largest lake in the country where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. They now offer four live/work spaces. Residents will be inspired by the natural beauty, history and culture of this special part of central Mexico. They offer a personal residency that can be applied for throughout the year.

The North West River Artist-in-Residence Program is a pilot program which is an initiative of the Labrador Institute and Grenfell Campus Art Gallery/Fine Arts Division, Memorial University of Newfoundland. The program is situated in the Labrador Institute Research Station at North West River, Labrador. The residency is open to artists of all disciplines (including visual arts, film, audio, music, theatre, writing and curatorship). The residency welcomes artists who wish to research, develop and/or produce ongoing or new bodies of work. Artists will be expected to make a community presentation (workshop, public lecture, studio tour, reading, for example). Subject to availability, residencies are from up to 4 to 12 weeks in duration. Submissions are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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East Wind Gallery, located at The Bay Hive, is where artists and artisans work, play and display in ​Mahone Bay. Working as a non-profit society and representing the best of what is local and handmade, East Wind Gallery reflects the voice of both the artist and community in offering opportunity for creative growth, market development and collaboration.They are currently accepting artist submissions. Email for more info.

The Saint Mary’s University community is invited to submit work for the annual Faculty, Alumni, Student and Staff Art Exhibition (FASS) at SMU Art Gallery. FASS 2018 begins with an opening reception on November 29 at noon and will continue until December 16. Each artist may submit up to 3 works in any medium. Please drop off artworks at the Gallery between 12 – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday, beginning November 16. All works must be ready for hanging, framed and equipped with necessary hardware for installation. If you are interested in giving a poetry reading or a theatrical, musical, or dance performance, please phone 902-420-5445, email, or visit the gallery to discuss. Deadline: November 26 at noon.

OBEY is seeking artists. OBEY festival (May 30 – June 2 in Halifax) is a carefully curated affair functioning as a sonic poem; connecting artists, ideas and audiences, creating genuine spaces of listening, celebration and wilding. They are a small non-profit organization that champions music and sound as a spiritual, political and transcendent experience. Their main focus is music, but they’re also interested in sound art, performance art, facilitation, education and film/video work as it pertains to sonic exploration. Fill out an application here. Deadline: December 14.

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Open call to participate in Argyle Fine Art’s PRE-SHRUNK 2019. Their much loved annual group show asks artists to create small works on 4” x 5” surfaces. They encourage submissions from both established and emerging artists in their preferred mediums and all ages of artists, so take a look at the guidelines on their website and start making some art! Deadline: January 4 at midnight.

Gallery 97 in Lower Sackville, NS has put out a call to artists for a new show starting November 6 and running to January 8, called “Fall to Winter”. Artists interested please contact with photo, size, medium and price of work. Please note there are new gallery rules to follow.

Main & Station Nonesuch in Parrsboro is seeking artist and author submissions for the Festival of Erotic Arts and Literature, December 21 – January 2. Art, books, exhibitions, performances, readings, speakers, workshops. Contact Judith or Harvey at Deadline: November 15.

Round Hill Studio gallery in Annapolis Royal is still accepting artist’s proposals for exhibitions for the 2019 programming season. The gallery provides a venue for established and emerging contemporary artists. See the full artist proposal guidelines here. They accept electronic applications only via email/ zipped files/ dropbox or similar.

Jones Gallery in Saint John, New Brunswick, is currently soliciting exhibition or representation proposals. They are looking for early to mid-career visual artists who are based in or have a connection to Atlantic Canada. Artists should have strong conceptual component to their work, and they value a record of public exhibition and a challenging visual practice. Artists who fit their mandate are invited to submit a proposal to Submissions must include a CV, Artist statement, letter outlining career goals and plans for your practice, five to six artwork images and link to online portfolio. For more information, visit Deadline: ongoing.

Call to artists for NSCAD University’s Treaty Space Gallery, located at the Port Loggia (1107 Marginal Road), will continue NSCAD’s commitment towards Indigenous knowledge mobilization and ongoing support of Indigenous contemporary art. This new dedicated permanent space aims to foster treaty education and understanding of the treaties signed on this land. NSCAD’s Treaty Space Gallery is calling on professional artists and students to submit proposals that respond to the notion of treaty, in historical and contemporary as well as literal and conceptual forms. This space will explore concepts of Indigenous and non-Indigenous ‘co-existence’ stipulated in the recent Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (June 2015) as a key framework towards decolonizing together. Artists who work in a diverse range of mediums as well as contemporary and traditional disciplines are welcome to apply. They welcome the personal and unique perspectives of all Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to take part and engage in the notion of treaties and to become familiar and respond to the ‘Peace and Friendship’ Treaties specific to this territory. Deadline is ongoing.

Hardware Gallery is a new art gallery in Kentville, NS and they are currently taking artist submissions for all media. This is an ongoing call. Currently there are no deadlines for submissions. Artists should send 10 images of artwork, image list and a CV to info@hardwaregallery.caImage files should be no larger than 1mb each, filename’s being labeled with the artist’s name and the image list document should be clearly correlated with filenames and include year completed and dimensions. For video, please send web links. Video files are too large to receive over email. Hardware Gallery will collect 35% commission on sales, with funds being used to help keep the nonprofit gallery in operation.

Seven Bays Bouldering in Halifax will be showing work by a new artist every month. Individuals are allowed to sell their work from the space and keep 100% of the sale money, but they are also welcome to simply display their work if they prefer. The space is mostly limited to flat works that will be displayed on the walls with a track and wire hanging system, but some accommodations can be made for artists who also have three-dimensional works. While they have a great community at their gym, and have not had any serious incidents, please be advised that Seven Bays will not be liable for any damage to works while they are being shown. Anyone interested can email with images of their work, titled with their name, the medium, and the dimensions as well as which months would work for them. Seven Bays will be trying to install on the first Tuesday of every month and require that the artist be present to assist with the install and take down.

Gallery Nineteen Nineteen seeks artist submissions. The gallery is a 450 square foot art gallery/community-gathering space in north end Halifax. It is housed within Halifax’s oldest flowershop, Dean’s Flowers which was established in the year 1919. Local Atlantic Canadian artists’ work are featured in five-week cycles, the slots they are filling begin September 2018. If you are interested please send a 150-word bio, six or more images of your works and a link to your website to or call 902-454-0900.

The Teichert Gallery at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is currently accepting submissions. New works are juried biweekly by their volunteer accessions committee who meet every other Monday. The deadline for submission is every other Sunday before 3pm. Artists may submit up to five works at a time. Please have your works titled (title should be written on the back of the work along with your name) and attach or email your biography, CV, or both. You will need to determine the sale price for you work. The gallery’s commission rate is 35%. If you are unsure about pricing your work they encourage you to browse around the gallery and look at comparable works. Works may be dropped off anytime during gallery hours, no need to set up an appointment. For more information see their submission guidelines.

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Nova Scotia Exhibition Listings

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ACADIA UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, WOLFVILLE: This is What 40 Looks Like: Exhibiting 40 years of the permanent collection, October 12 – November 25.

THE ANNA, HALIFAX: Gallery 1: Thick, Sylvia Calver; Gallery 2A: Freyja Caskie; Gallery 2B: There’s No Place Like Home, Emily Baron; Gallery 3: floating rocks and young rope, Rachel Anzalone & Alicia Hunt, October 30 – November 3.

ARGYLE FINE ART, HALIFAX: Broken Beautiful, Michelle St-Onge, opened October 27.

ART 1274 HOLLIS, HALIFAX: And the beat goes on, Eric Brydges, opened October 3.

ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA, HALIFAX: Blue Rocks, Gerald Ferguson, Marsden Hartley, and John Hartman, May 19 – November 4. Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō, April 13, 2018 – March 17, 2019. Close to the edge… The Work of Gerald Ferguson, Curated by David Diviney, September 15 – January 13. Alphabetical Order: things artists have drawn, curated by Mora Dianne O’Neill, September 29 – March 31. Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, Kent Monkman, October 14 – December 16.

ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA, YARMOUTH: Terroir: Then and Now; Maud Lewis, June 23, 2018 – June 9, 2019.

ART LAB STUDIOS AND GALLERY, PARRSBORO: Art Lab Associate Artists’ Exhibition, October 20 – November 9.

ARTsPLACE, ANNAPOLIS ROYAL: ARC: My Story Photo Project; Chapel: 4 Ateliers: Printmakers on the Move, Elephant Grass Printmakers, Mahone Bay Printmakers, Th’YARC Printshop and La Manivelle;  Mym: Decomposing: a History of England in L’ketuk, Karen Langlois, October 21 – November 17.

CAPE BRETON UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, SYDNEY: Red Rising Hoods, Teresa Marshall, October 1 – January 11.

CHASE GALLERY (NS ARCHIVES), HALIFAX: Polar Stillness: Design For Health presents an interactive art exhibition, Maria Valverde and Flavia Nasrin Testa, opened October 10.

THE CRAIG GALLERY, DARTMOUTH: Main Gallery: Calgary Days, Hélène Blanchet, October 31 – December 2.

DALHOUSIE ART GALLERY, HALIFAX: Nanabozho’s Sisters, Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau, Dana Claxton, Thirza Cuthand, Rosalie Favell, Ursula Johnson, Shelley Niro, and Anna Tsouhlarakis, Curated by Wanda Nanibush, with Peter Dykhuis, October 12 –  November 25.

THE DART GALLERY, DARTMOUTH: Flower Streets, City Gardens, Angie Reid, opened October 4.

14 BELLS FINE ART GALLERY, HALIFAX: Phantasmagoria, Monika Wright, Opening reception: November 17, 1 – 4pm.

GALLERY NINETEEN NINETEEN, HALIFAX: Beyond First Impressions, Connie Publicover, October 22 – November 23.

HARDWARE GALLERY, KENTVILLE: [g]astronomy, September 28 – October 31. John Bladek and Bryson Chisholm, November 2 – 28.

HERMES, HALIFAX: Ex Libris, James MacSwain, November 3 – 25. Opening reception: November 2, 6pm.

ICE HOUSE GALLERY, TATAMAGOUCHE: Open House: A Collection of Artworks by North Shore Artists, October 19 – December 15.

JACK’S GALLERY, WOLFVILLE: Femfest: Freedom then and Now, Susan Jardine, Simone Labuschagne, Jill Langford, Judith Leidl, Steven Rhude and Sally Warren, until November 4.

LUNENBURG ART GALLERY, LUNENBURG: Spirited, Member Showcase, September 25 – October 28.

MMFI GALLERY (MARIGOLD CULTURAL CENTRE), TRURO: You, Me and Maud, CALA students & Laura Kenney, opened October 12.

MAIN & STATION NONESUCH, PARRSBORO: Pépinières d’humanité / Nurseries of Humanity, Sandrine de Borman, October 20 – 28.

MARY E. BLACK GALLERY, HALIFAX: Revolution, Craft Nova Scotia Members, September 21 – November 4. Mentor & Metalsmith: The Silver Art of Arthur Brecken & Wesley Harris, November 9 – December 21 (reopening in January 2019). Opening reception: November 8, 6pm.

MOUNT ST VINCENT UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, HALIFAX: Unpacking the Living Room, September 8 – November 10. Echoes, Christiane Poulin curated by Ingrid Jenkner, October 13 – January 27. Annual Mount Community Show, November 21- December 16.

NS MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, HALIFAX: Beaded Earth, Carrie Allison, October 6 – January 6.

OSPREY ARTS CENTRE, SHELBURNE: Paintings by Malcolm Bruce, opening October 19.

OXFORD RIVERSIDE GALLERY, OXFORD: Poetics, Diane Wile Brumm, Shannon Bell, and Norene Smiley, October 5 – November 16.

PEER GALLERY, LUNENBURG: New Works by Member Artists, October 25 – November 22.

ROSS CREEK CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, CANNING: Lewis Mask Collection, November 1 ­ – December 21.

ROUND HILL STUDIOS, ANNAPOLIS ROYAL: 100 Dresses Project, Sharon Cave, October 5 – 31. Field and Forest, Twila Robar-Decoste, November 2 – 30. Opening reception: November 2, 7 – 9pm.

SECORD GALLERY, HALIFAX: 17 Years – 17 Paintings, Lorena Ziraldo, November 2 – 23. Opening reception: November 2, 7pm.

ST FX UNIVERSITY GALLERY, ANTIGONISH: Bloomfield Gallery: St FX Art Department Faculty Exhibition, October 11 – November 10. In/Visible, Charlotte Wilson-Hammond, November 15 – December 20. McNeil Gallery: Halina Stopyard and Jay Bell Redbird, October 16 – May 31.

SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, HALIFAX: #callresponse, Christi Belcourt, Maria Hupfield, Ursula Johnson, Tania Willard, and Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory, September 8 – November 18.

STUDIO 21 FINE ART, HALIFAX: New Paintings, David Urban, October 12 – November 14.

THE SUNROOM (HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY), HALIFAX: Subliminal Landscapes, Kate Ward, November 10 – January 5.

TEICHERT GALLERY, HALIFAX: From Palette to Palate, artist Lynda Shalagan and chef Dale Nichols, November 1 – 13. Opening reception: November 4, 12 – 2pm.  Enduring Ephemera, Andrea Pottyondy, November 1 – 30. Opening reception: November 4, 2 – 4pm.

VIEWPOINT GALLERY, HALIFAX: Minas Basin: the landscapes, Carl Snyder, November 1 – 25. Opening Reception: November 1, 6 – 8pm. Artist’s talk: November 11, 2pm.

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