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VANS Newsletter #439
January 16, 2019


VANS Matters
Awards and Funding
Nova Scotia Exhibition Listings

VANS Matters

Check out the Spring 2019 issue of Visual Arts News! The Expanse issue features cover art by Kym Greeley and articles on Ned Pratt, Fogo Island Arts, Stephanie Rybczyn and Sarah Lloyd, Michelle Sylliboy and more! It will be mailed to subscribers VANS members later this week and should be on newsstands soon. Or you can buy it online on the Visual Arts News website today.

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Happy New Year! We are back in the office and over the break so many members renewed their membership for 2019 (thanks so much)!  However, there are still some who have not yet renewed, which means that their membership expired on December 31, 2018. If you haven’t yet renewed for 2019 (since October) you can do so online, by calling the VANS office, or sending a cheque – whatever works for you.

In the current exhibition at the Corridor Gallery, emerging artist Curtis Botham‘s large scale charcoal drawings depict scenes of Nova Scotia’s industrial history. See Effluence in the Corridor until January 30.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia has begun a fundraising campaign to support the newly created Susan Wood Award, to be distributed by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Susan was on our Board for years until her passing earlier this year. In consultation with her family, we created this annual award to support an emerging Nova Scotian artist who shows a commitment to their practice and real potential. Our goal is to raise $20,000 so that this $1000 award can be given every year. If you would like to support the Susan Wood Award, you can donate by cheque (to Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS, B3H 4P7), by e-transfer (to or online using PayPal or a credit card (

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 in the spring 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.

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.

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Every year the Art Bank adds to its collection through the Art Bank Purchase Program. Artists are invited to submit their works for consideration. Pieces that are acquired become part of a working collection. They are maintained, loaned out and displayed in government offices and agencies. The program raises awareness of artists and their works and stimulates interest in visual arts and craft. Please contact Lauren Williams for questions about applying to the Art Bank Purchase Program. Deadline: February 15.

Merle Harley is the newest Craft LAIR (Local Artist In Residence) at the Centre for Craft. Merle is an interdisciplinary queer artist who creates knitting, weaving, book projects, videos pieces and built structures. Merle recently finished a residency at CFAT electronics lab exploring the links between the history of computers and the textile industry, where they disrupted the usual use of the lab by filling it with yarn and playing around with coding, soft circuits and e-textiles. Merle is a 2014 graduate of NSCAD University and a 2016 graduate of the Gonzago Institute certificate program. They are currently living in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia as part of the NSCAD Lunenburg Community Residency and creating a body of work based around interviews with local members of the LGBTQ+ community about their experiences. Using information from these interviews, Merle will craft a series of booklets and textile works. Merle has exhibited work across Canada and beyond with an ongoing dedication to their artistic practice and is an active member of the community art scene in Lunenburg, Halifax and Toronto. Merle also has extensive experience facilitating workshops and coordinating community art programs such as Art Bikers, Wonder’neath, Jumblies and Shadowland Theatre. Stop by the Centre January 18 – March 3 and see!

The Association of Atlantic Area Artists invites new members. AAAA has been providing art instruction in Halifax since 1956 and they continue to offer several options for enhancing painting skills for artists with some experience, including: two weekly morning classes, for three terms of 10 weeks each; four workshops per year; two shows where paintings may be sold and an occasional other event open to all members. All members are invited to participate in organizing and attending all activities, including the springtime Annual General Meeting. A small annual membership fee is payable during the month of January. To join, contact Eleanor Surette-MacDonald at: or, go to their website for more information.

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The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is now accepting applications for their Artist-in-Residence program. The goal of this six-month residency is to enable an artist to create new work that contributes to the Museum’s mandate while advancing their art practice. All artists will be expected to spend 16 hours per week onsite interacting with the visiting public. This year they are looking for a photographer who wants to be inspired by the themes of the exhibition Family Bonds and Belonging from the Royal BC Museum. Based on examples from the collection of the Royal BC Museum and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the exhibition investigates what the term “family” means and how families have shaped Canada. The compensation for this six-month program is $15,000.00 including materials. Application deadline: March 16.

A Go Fund Me campaign has been started by friends of Storme Arden, a former Executive Director of VANS. Storme is an artist and has been an active arts advocate for years. She has recently become seriously ill and has had to stop working so she could use your help, if you’re in a position to do so. You can read more about Storme and contribute to the campaign here:

Aestival Festival tickets are now available! It’s never too early to be thinking about warmer weather. Each year, to celebrate the beginning of summer, members of Craft Nova Scotia donate their work in support of the organization, between 105 and 120 pieces of fine craft are collected for the event. One hundred tickets to the event will be sold for $80 each. Throughout the evening numbers from 1 to 100 will be drawn, corresponding to the ticket numbers. When a ticket holder hears his or her number called, they have 20 seconds to select one object from all the craft displayed. Not just a gift of amazing craft, Aestival is a fantastic evening out with friends, family and other craft enthusiasts. Join them Friday, June 14, 2019 at 7pm for a evening of fine craft and great company. For more information or to buy tickets call 902-423-3837 or stop by and visit Craft NS at 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax.

The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens Society is inviting artists to submit expressions of interest in displaying works of sculpture at the Historic Gardens. The Gardens initially started displaying sculpture in 2007 in conjunction with the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC) as a celebration of ARCAC’s 25th anniversary. The Society is continuing its commitment to arts in the community and promoting the relationship between arts and gardens by acting as an outdoor gallery for the display of sculpture.  The Gardens is seeking new pieces to display on a temporary basis for the 2019 season, with the opportunity for the artist to sell their piece(s) through agreement with the Historic Gardens. See the full call for submissions on their website. Deadline: March 1.

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.

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

Applications are open for the Brucebo Fine Art Summer Residency Scholarship and The William Blair Bruce European Fine Art Travel Scholarship. The Brucebo funds a three months’ working residency, starting June 1, at the Brucebo studio cottage in the Själsö fishing village in Gotland, Sweden. The scholarship includes the use of the studio cottage, and a stipend of 50 000 SEK (approx. $7,500 CAD) that covers travel expenses from Canada – Gotland (return). The William Blair Bruce Travel Scholarship provides 30.000 SEK (approx. $4,500 CAD) for a European research trip to be undertaken within the next year. The tour is based on an approved Fine Art-related investigative project. The Brucebo Foundation would like to support emerging and early-mid career artists. Eligible applicants must be Canadian Citizens who have studied fine arts within the last ten years. Self-taught artists with less than ten years of exhibition experience may also apply. Deadline: January 31.

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Artwork Archive has compiled a list of art opportunities, artist grants, and calls-for-entry for you in 2019. Check out their list of the top international open calls, residencies, fellowships, and awards for artists during the upcoming year! The complete list is broken down into four categories: grants, residencies, calls-for-entry, and opportunity sites. Their website is based in the states so there are a few opportunities for US artists only, but you may find something new that is right for you.

Apply for the 2019/2020 Salt Spring National Art Prize. Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada are invited to submit their two and three-dimensional work for consideration. They have increased the prize money to $40,000 in total, making SSNAP one of the largest visual art prizes in Canada. In order to help finalists with the shipping of the work to the exhibition, they have committed $10,000 towards artists’ shipping expenses. This money will go directly to artists based on need. SSNAP will assist particularly east coast and remote community artists selected in order to guarantee the best work across the country continues to be submitted. The award winners are then named by the jury on Salt Spring Island and announced at the Gala Awards Night. For dates and information please go to their website. Submissions for the 2019/2020 SSNAP awards begin on January 10, 2019. Deadline: May 31, 2019.

The 2019 Craft Awards at Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design are the principle form of recognition for leadership and excellence within the craft sector on Cape Breton Island. The awards are given annually during the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design’s Annual General Meeting. The Centre presents three awards including the Excellence in Craft Award, the Craft Sector Contributor Award and the Visual Art Award. Deadline: March 15, 2019.

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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The Department of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Lens-Based Practices.  Primary responsibilities will be to teach all levels of analog and digital photography courses for the Department, to supervise fourth-year Advanced Studio students, and to teach Foundation, Seminar, or Open Media courses taught in rotation amongst the Fine Arts Faculty.  The appointment will begin on July 1, 2019, subject to budgetary approval. The preferred candidate will hold a Master of Fine Arts degree, with experience teaching post-secondary analog and digital photography at all undergraduate levels, a strong commitment to studio practice, and an active exhibition record. Informed awareness of contemporary critical discourse in visual arts, and the ability to incorporate critical theory into studio courses at all levels is expected. Deadline: February 1.

Ewe-nique Boutique in Oxford, NS is hiring! It’s a full time position perfect for those who would love working in a peaceful, little shop, cradled among the bundles of wool and fibre eye candy, in a quaint, little, rural Nova Scotian town! Send your resume to: or drop it off at the shop at 9 Water Street in Oxford, NS.

Modest Tree, an award-winning modelling, training and simulation company located in Halifax, is hiring a Graphic and Video Artist. They develop virtual training systems for operation and maintenance training and are experts in game-based technologies, mixed, augmented and virtual reality. They are looking for an incredibly creative candidate who is agile at brainstorming and designing custom graphics that transmit ideas across digital platforms. You will create all graphical user interfaces, marketing images for brochures, motion graphics for multimedia campaigns and social media posts, promotional products including stills and videos, computer graphics and technical illustrations. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently with a collaborative approach to design workable designs working with the sales and marketing departments will be essential. The ideal candidate will have high-end digital skills and be an expert with interactive media software, including graphic design and video editing to three-dimensional animation. For more information about Modest Tree Media Inc. visit

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Ross Creek Centre for the Arts is hiring an Arts Programming Director. Work with an incredible team to make camp the most magical place in the world for students and artists! Their ideal Arts Programming Director has a Masters in Fine Arts (or equivalent experience) with experience working with youth, a passion for engaging the international arts community in all disciplines and for regional community outreach. A vital member of the team, they are looking for someone with wonderful organizational and interpersonal skills, along with great humour, full engagement with their mission and activities, and a love for rural living. National applications welcome! Start date is flexible. See application details here.

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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Art Battle is back in Halifax with an All-Star Painter Event at the Marquee Club in Halifax January 26 at 7:30pm. These artists have proven themselves to be crowd favourites. Three painters will move on from each round, Two winners will be chosen, and both will move on to the Art Battle Halifax Finals in June. These paintings will be auctioned off so be prepared! You can apply to paint, buy tickets and find info here.

Head to the AGNS for the inspiring presentation, Art & Dementia: The Paradox of Vulnerability, featuring guest speakers Dr. Mark Gilbert and Hannah Minzloff. Through their stories, research, and visual imagery, Mark and Hannah will illuminate the profound impact of the arts on those living with dementia and their care givers. The presentation will be followed by light refreshments and the viewing of the mosaic collaborative mural, Seaside Memories, created by participants of Artful Afternoon, a program at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for those living with dementia and their partner in care. Art & Dementia will be Thursday, January 31- 6:30 – 8:30pm.

The NSCAD Wearable Art show is an annual event that welcomes artists from all disciplines and experience, to showcase works, with incorporation of the body and performance. This years theme for the show is Prototyping: is a theme that celebrates jumping into new elements of art practice that might otherwise remain unexplored. We hope this show will give artists the opportunity to flourish in the enjoyment of experimentation and process. This years show will be held on February 16, at the Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS. The Early Show is 6:30 – 8:30pm and the Late Show is 9:30 – 11:30pm. Tickets are $20 general, $10 student (need a valid student ID) or $25 at the door.

Henry Tian, the latest member of the Art 1274 family, is an emerging Halifax-based figurative artist who will be having a free demonstration, painting in oils using the alla prima (wet-in-wet) method from a live model at Art 1274 Hollis gallery in Halifax, from 12-3pm on Saturday, January 19. Henry is more than happy to share his technique and knowledge of painting a portrait from life for anyone interested. No registration required, just drop in, enjoy the demo, and talk art!

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The Chester Art Centre’s Family Open Studio Program is back! Kids and adults are invited to come together and get creative with paint, clay, wool and more every Saturday morning January 26 – March 16 from 9:30am to 12pm. No experience necessary. $5 per family per week. For more details call 902-275-5789.

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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The Do Good Residency is an artist-in-residence program located at Upstreet Craft Brewing’s warehouse in Charlottetown, PEI. The program is supported by Upstreet Craft Brewing’s Do Good Fund for Arts Initiatives and coordinated by this town is small inc., PEI’s Artist-Run Centre. Local, regional, national, or international professional contemporary artists with a strong interest in community engagement and collaboration are invited to apply. There are three 3-week slots available this year: one in May reserved for an artist based in Atlantic Canada; one in June and one in September, both open to all artists. This is a self-directed residency that includes a collaboration with Upstreet: selected artists will work together with the Brewmaster and Head Chef at Upstreet to design a beer recipe and food menu. Selected artists receive studio space, lodging, administrative support, community engagement & networking support, and a stipend. Deadline: February 18 at midnight AT.

The Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) program for Spring 2019 is designed for visual artists to focus on their own practice in a supportive learning environment. Participants are encouraged to explore new ideas, create, self-direct their research and time, and cultivate new directions in their work — all while surrounded by a community of peers within Banff Centre’s spectacular mountain setting. The program encourages experimentation and risk-taking, via access to shared production facilities and knowledgeable staff who are available to provide technical support and assistance. This residency is for visual artists with an exhibition/publication record, who have completed formal training in visual arts at the post-secondary level, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers. Collaborative groups are welcome to apply. Deadline: February 6.

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The Centre for Art Tapes is now accepting submissions for their 2019/2020 Artist in Residence program. CFAT invites artists in all stages of their careers to apply. The Artist in Residence will receive six months of unlimited access to CFAT to create and research a project. The proposed project can be on any subject matter and take any form but it must use electronic media in some form. They will have 24-hour access to all aspects of the Centre and will receive a $1,700 honorarium and a $300 fee for conducting an artist presentation or workshop in March 2020. Deadline: February 25 at midnight.

Port Bickerton Lighthouse Residency is accepting applications for the 2019 season. This is the sixth year offering a two week residency to established Atlantic Canadian professional writers and visual artists. Artists working in any medium are invited to apply to the Port Bickerton Lighthouse Artist-in-Residence Program. The program is designed to provide work space and accommodation in a retreat environment where participants can work independently on their own project(s) for a two week time period. At this time, they are only accepting applications from Atlantic Canadian artists/writers who are currently living in Atlantic Canada. Deadline: January 23.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is now accepting applications for their Artist-in-Residence program. The goal of this six-month residency is to. This year they are looking for a photographer who wants to be inspired by the themes of the exhibition Family Bonds and Belonging from the Royal BC Museum. Based on examples from the collection of the Royal BC Museum and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the exhibition investigates what the term “family” means and how families have shaped Canada. The exhibition celebrates the diversity of Canadian families and makes connections between BC families, Canadian and global families. All artists will be expected to spend 16 hours per week onsite interacting with our visiting public. The compensation for this six-month program is $15,000.00 including materials. Application deadline: March 16.

Apply for the Westport Schoolhouse Residency. Situated on an island off the coast of Nova Scotia, the Village of Westport is offering live-in studios to artists for self-directed residencies. Open from May to the end of October, each live-in studios cost $400 per two weeks. A friend, companion or another artist may accompany the applicant at no extra cost. Amenities included in each 750 square foot studio are two single beds, a sofa, large tables to work on, a coffee table and an armchair. A common fully equipped kitchen as well as a shared bathroom with shower are on the premises. Artists must bring all their own art supplies. Interested artists should send 5 jpegs of their work, a brief resume, bio, and state their preferred time period to Jane Zdansky at

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.

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 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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The Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax is pleased to receive proposals from community groups, cultural groups, guilds, artists/craftspeople and curators for exhibitions in 2021. Annually, seven shows are selected by the Exhibition Review Committee to fulfill the gallery’s mandate, as Nova Scotia’s only public fine craft gallery, to exhibit traditional and contemporary fine craft created by aspiring and established local, regional, Canadian and international artists. Juried, curated and travelling exhibitions are eligible. Proposals and support material must be submitted via Dropbox link to Deadline: March 29 at 4pm AT.

Downtown Dartmouth is seeking interest from artists who would like to participate in carving Ice Sculptures during the Downtown Dartmouth Ice Festival on February 9 of this year. Artist fee: $100 honorarium. The ice block is 40 inches tall, 20 inches wide and 10 inches thickand it weighs 300 lbs. Carving will be taking between 9am and 7pm on February 9. There are limited spots available, some experience is an asset. Please submit a statement, artist cv and representational image of your plan to Tim Rissesco at Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

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The Truro Art Society invites artists to submit work for their second sculpture show. The show will be hosted by the McCarthy Gallery in the NSCC Campus in Truro and will be on display throughout March 2019. They are looking for any form/medium of sculpture, or object, which is not utilitarian. Work can be free standing or wall mounted. Individuals can submit as many pieces as they like, however there is no guaranty that all pieces will be shown. It will depend on submissions and how much space is available. Images with submission info (size, price and medium of each piece) must be emailed to Deadline: February 28.

Every year the Art Bank adds to its collection through the Art Bank Purchase Program. Artists are invited to submit their works for consideration. Pieces that are acquired become part of a working collection. They are maintained, loaned out and displayed in government offices and agencies. The program raises awareness of artists and their works and stimulates interest in visual arts and craft. Please contact Lauren Williams for questions about applying to the Art Bank Purchase Program. Deadline: February 15.

Founded in 2012, the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators is awarded annually to an emerging Canadian curator who is under 30 with the aim to foster social innovation and curatorial excellence in Canada. Hosted and administered by the Art Gallery of Guelph, the winner is selected by a jury of arts leaders and receives a $5,000 honorarium, an exhibition at Art Gallery of Guelph, and mentorship from the curatorial team at the AGG and jury members.  The winner will be announced in early March 2019 and the exhibition will be presented from September to December 2019 at the Art Gallery of Guelph. Proposals should emphasize contemporary Canadian art with attention to audience and public relevance.  Deadline: February 14, at 5 pm.

AFCOOP is now accepting applications for another instalment of the Telefilm Canada Talent to Watch Program (formerly known as the Micro-Budget Program). The Talent to Watch Program is a production opportunity for first-time feature filmmakers, with an emphasis on digital and online distribution models. The Telefilm Talent to Watch Program will provide financing for the development, production, digital distribution and promotion of a feature-length film or a narrative-based web series made specifically for online distribution. Telefilm will support projects through a non-repayable financial contribution of up to $125,000 for feature films and narrative-based web projects of 75 minutes and more in total length. AFCOOP invites current AFCOOP members, recent FILM 5 grads or others who have been closely affiliated with the co-op seeking recommendation from AFCOOP to forward a complete Recommendation Phase Application to AFCOOP for review by an AFCOOP assembled peer jury. Deadline: January 28, 11:59pm.

The Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival is accepting applications. The festival will take place in Parrsboro from June 20 – 23, 2019 with a meet, greet and canvas stamping on the evening of Wednesday, June 19. Artists will be accepted to participate in the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival through a juried process. It is open to all artists 18 years and older and thirty qualifying plein air artists will be selected from across North America and will compete for more than $8,000 in cash and product awards. Application deadline: February 15.

The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens Society is inviting artists to submit expressions of interest in displaying works of sculpture at the Historic Gardens. The Gardens initially started displaying sculpture in 2007 in conjunction with the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC) as a celebration of ARCAC’s 25th anniversary. The Society is continuing its commitment to arts in the community and promoting the relationship between arts and gardens by acting as an outdoor gallery for the display of sculpture.  The Gardens is seeking new pieces to display on a temporary basis for the 2019 season, with the opportunity for the artist to sell their piece(s) through agreement with the Historic Gardens. See the full call for submissions on their website. Deadline: March 1.

Art1274 Hollis artists cooperative in Halifax is accepting applications for new artists. Their artists participate in the daily operation, management, organization and promotion of the gallery and all live in Nova Scotia. They currently have a spot for a painter and a 3D artist. Read more here. Artists that are interested in becoming members of the cooperative should email Colleen Underwood for further information at

The Craig Gallery is currently seeking proposal submissions for exhibitions of sculptural work, unique installations and performative pieces. The Craig is particularly interested in exhibiting a wide cross-section of diverse, emerging artists throughout our region. Artists displaying diversity in practice and three dimensional works are currently of particular interest. Submission guidelines and gallery dimensions are available on their website. All submissions can be sent to Lee Cripps. Submissions may be sent at any time, the Craig Gallery Advisory Committee meets quarterly to review all proposals.

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.

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: Annual Acadia Art Exhibition, January 12 – February 15.

THE ANNA, HALIFAX: Gallery 1: a bang, a whimper, Theo J Parker Houghtaling; Gallery 2A: Bokeh of Colours, Natasha Grenke; Gallery 2B: Make Your Bed, Amanda Tickner; Gallery 3: What does it mean to be good, Heather Savard, January 15 – 19. Gallery 1: Maktaaq, Megan Kyak-Monteith; Gallery 2A: A hag, a healer, a disobedient wife, Morgan Possberg; Gallery 2B: limn, Gabriella Howes; Gallery 3: seven days in the pleasure world, nicholas chapman, January 22 – 26. Opening receptions: January 21, 5:30 – 7pm.

ARGYLE FINE ART, HALIFAX:  Pre-shrunk 2019, opening January 25, 7 – 9pm.

ART 1274 HOLLIS, HALIFAX: Flowers are Gems Too, Beverley Hubley and Bonnie Baillie, opened December 6.

ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA, HALIFAX: Ketu’elmita’jik, Jordan Bennett, until March 31. Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō, until March 17.  Alphabetical Order: things artists have drawn, curated by Mora Dianne O’Neill, until March 31. Artful Afternoon: Seaside Memories, December 15 – June 2. Autism Arts, until July 2.  Close to the edge… The Work of Gerald Ferguson, until January 20.

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

CHASE GALLERY (NS ARCHIVES), HALIFAX: Art Show and Sale, Nova Scotia Society of Polish Artists fundraiser in support of the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking, January.

CIVIC CENTRE ART GALLERY, PORT HAWKESBURY: Prime Suspects: Canada’s Prime Ministers In Caricature, Bruce Mackinnon, November 26 – February 17.

THE CRAIG GALLERY, DARTMOUTH: Main Gallery: Beyond Negative Space, Zalman Amit, January 10 – February 3. Cellular Expressions, Maria Doering, February 7 – March 3. Opening reception: February 7, 5 – 7pm. Artist talk: February 9, 2pm.

DALHOUSIE ART GALLERY, HALIFAX: The Memorialist, D’Arcy Wilson, January 18 – April 14.

THE DART GALLERY, DARTMOUTH: Knickknacks & Psychopomps, Frank Forrestall, January 11 – 31.

GALLERY NINETEEN NINETEEN, HALIFAX: Portraits, Kiara Palmer, January 2 – February 15.

GALLERY 97, LOWER SACKVILLE: Baby It’s Cold Outside, opens January 8.

HARDWARE GALLERY, KENTVILLE: Adventures in Advertising, Jack Bishop, January 8 – February 10.

HARVEST GALLERY, WOLFVILLE: You Make Me Happy, Doretta Groenendyk, opened December 8.

HERMES, HALIFAX: nine one one, Arianne Pollet-Brannen, January 5 – 27.

JACK’S GALLERY, WOLFVILLE: Paintings by Alex Pfaff, until March 3.

KHYBER WINDOW, HALIFAX: Vacant Faces, Arielle Twist and Brandon Hoax, January.

MARIGOLD CULTURAL CENTRE, TRURO: Odd Jobs, Brandt Eisner & Susan Malmstrom, January 12 – 31.

MARY E. BLACK GALLERY, HALIFAX: Among The Garbage and The Flowers, Susan Avishai; Fading Vestiges, K. Claire MacDonald, January 17 – March 3.

MOUNT ST VINCENT UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, HALIFAX: Prospect 18: Echoes, Christiane Poulin curated by Ingrid Jenkner, October 13 – January 27. Slipstream, Jenn E Norton, January 12  – March 3.

PAVIA GALLERY & CAFE, HERRING COVE AND HALIFAX: The Fall of the Holy Roman Empire, Christopher Webb featuring Rev. Lennett J. Anderson & Dr. David Howard.

ROSS CREEK CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, CANNING: How She Read: (re)Visiting My Mother’s Nova Scotia, Chantal Gibson, February 3 – March 25.

ROUND HILL STUDIOS, ANNAPOLIS ROYAL: Wee Art, December 7 – January 18. Harvest Moon Trail, Jaime Lee Lightle, January 19 – 31.

ST FX UNIVERSITY GALLERY, ANTIGONISH: McNeil Gallery: Halina Stopyard and Jay Bell Redbird, October 16 – May 31.  For Now, Barbara MacLean, January 10 – mid-February.

SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, HALIFAX: Grottesque, Bev Pike, January 12 – March 24.

STUDIO 21 FINE ART, HALIFAX: Holiday Gift Guide, November 27 – January 31.

THE SUNROOM (HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY), HALIFAX: Running With Rotary Cutter, Marilyn Smulders, January 19 – March 5.

VIEWPOINT GALLERY, HALIFAX: The Cheerful Eye, Curtis Steele, January 3 – February 3.

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