Visual Arts Nova Scotia administers a number of programs and services for its membership, including:

Visual Arts News: A subscription to the oldest continuous visual art publication in Atlantic Canada. The magazine, distributed nationally, is published 3 times/year with features, profiles, interviews, news and reviews primarily focusing on artists and the visual arts in Nova Scotia. Membership in VANS includes a subscription to the magazine. For further information visit

Mentorship Program: The VANS Mentorship Program is designed to support the individual artistic methods and professional ambitions of emerging artists in Nova Scotia by providing access to the skills and experience of selected mentors.

PAINTS (Professional Artists in the Schools): This program enables schools throughout NS to bring professional artists working both in visual arts and fine crafts into their classrooms. For detailed information visit

Professional Development Workshops: Professional development workshops related to your career as an artist. Topics include: Portfolios, proposals, marketing, writing for the arts, documenting your work, web design and community art projects.


  • VANS Newsletter is a biweekly e-newsletter with information on current opportunities relevant to your art practice.
  • Artist Profiles highlight our programs by featuring an active member artist participating in our programs.
  • Social Media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Members’ News is a quarterly electronic newsletter featuring members’ activities.

E-Studio Artist Directory: A major collection of Nova Scotia’s working visual artists online.

Networking: Opportunities for artists to network through peer to peer discussions, talks, presentations and information sessions.

Resource Library: Online and in house reference materials on relevant topics such as contracts, grants, residencies, tax law, copyright, commissions, and competitions.

Artist Emergency Fund: Assists artists in financial need arising from severe illness, an accident resulting in inability to work of help with studio replacement in case of a disaster, such as fire, where there is no insurance.

Open Grant to Galleries and Groups: Any gallery or group who is a member of VANS can apply for up to $250 to assist with costs to mount an exhibition. The intention of this small grant program is to enhance exhibition activities across the province.

Peer Connections: Opportunities for artists to network through discussions, information sessions, and our Peer Application Review Groups.

Corridor Gallery: giving members of Visual Arts Nova Scotia an opportunity to create an exhibition of their work.

Internships: Administrative work terms for art college students.

Advocacy: Promotion of arts awareness in government, business, schools, media, and the general public.