40th Anniversary Events and Activities

Join Visual Arts Nova Scotia in celebrating our 40th Anniversary! VANS was started in November 1976 with a road trip across Nova Scotia to connect with artists and communities. For our 40th year we will focus on offering more accessible and engaging programming across the province. This includes the expansion of our existing programs and the addition of special initiatives.

Check this page for a list of special 40th Anniversary events and activities happening around the province this year.

Lewis Hyde Public Lecture
Art, Creativity, and the Public Good
March 28 at 7pm
Paul O’ Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, Halifax

VANS is excited to present a FREE public lecture by author & cultural critic Lewis Hyde!  In addition to being a former MacArthur Fellow and Harvard University Professor, Lewis Hyde is perhaps best known for his book The Gift, an extended defense of the non-commercial portion of artistic practice.

To register for your free tickets to this event from Eventbrite click here.

VANS in Residence
Spring 2017

VANS is pleased to announce the artists who have been chosen for the three VANS In Residence initiatives this spring. We have both rural and urban residencies in HRM this year, involving fantastic partners. Each artist will spend their time split between their own practice (studio work, research and other endeavours), and time actively working with community members (workshops, artist talks & other activities).

Brian Riley will be in residence in Herring Cove at Pavia Gallery & Café March 27 – April 21.

Jessica Winton will be in residence in North End Halifax at Wonderneath, and the North Branch Memorial Library April 2 – May 7.

Andrew Maize is the artist in residence in Musquodoboit Harbour at The Old School House Community Gathering Place, and The Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library April 2 – May 7.

For more information, go to paintsns.ca

VANS Celebrating 40 Years!

VANS asked our members and artists to send us photos of themselves working in their studio. These photos were compiled to create this lovely video, which is a tribute to the strength of the artists in this province. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/_jVhJo4NWFs

Special thanks to Susie Shapones at Sooz Animations for creating this video!

Many thanks to the artists who sent us their selfies:

Phyllis Adams, Rose Adams, Bonnie Baker, Anne Bastedo, Carolyn Bedford, Marla Benton, Wayne Boucher, Joan Bruneau, Kim Cain, Anne Camozzi, Kate Church, Chuck Clark, Joanna Close, Kevin P Comeau, Mike Dobson, Flora Doehler, Maria Doering, Colleen Gerrits, Marc Graff, Nora Gross, Lux Habrich, Jane Harrington, Mindy Harris, Robin Haws, Pamela Hayward, Kristen Herrington, Kara Highfield, Erin Hollingshead, Jan Hull, Derrick Dale Johnson, Rosi Jory, Laura Kenney, Ron Kuwahara, Deb Kuzyk, Rita Lamontagne, Damian Lidgard, Mary Jane Lundy, Susan MacDonald, Ray Mackie, Patsy MacKinnon, Dawn MacNutt, James MacSwain, Sarah Maloney, Kelly Markovich,  Deborah Maurer, Michael McCormack, Alexandra McCurdy, Ian McKinnon, Ann McLauchlan, Paulette Melanson, Dorothy Mosher, Natan Nevo, Jayé Oulette, Steven Peters, Andrea Pottyondy, Lynette Richards, Su Rogers, Violet Rosengarten, Julie Rosvall, Lynn Rotin, Christene Sandeson, Barbara Schmeisser, Elizabeth Sircom, Rae Smith, Kay Stanfield, Jacqueline Steudler, Pamela Swainson, Doug Taylor, Susan Walsh, Sue Westby, Terri Whetstone, Robert E Williams, and Charlotte Wilson-Hammond.