Workshop Registration

Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s Professional Development Workshop Series is presented in an effort to keep members and visual artists informed of best professional practices in the visual arts. Individual workshops will be available to VANS members for $40 and $55 for non-members, unless otherwise indicated. Members can also bundle two or three workshops and save!

If you do not wish to register online, mail a cheque, call the office, or pay with cash or credit card by visiting the VANS office with your Workshop Registration Form.

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This workshop focuses on writing a convincing project description for Arts Nova Scotia and Canada Council creation grants as well as other applications. The instructor will discuss how to position yourself and your practice in a way that supports your proposal and what jury members look for when reviewing submissions, as well as navigating the new Canada Council portal. The workshop will not cover aspects such as CVs or artist statements, and does not guarantee success, but aims to improve grant and proposal writing skills.
Instructor: Becka Barker

Wednesday, October 17, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: VANS, 1113 Marginal Road
Registration Deadline: October 17 EXTENDED DEADLINE

Saturday, October 20, 1 – 4pm
Sydney: Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, 322 Charlotte Street

*This workshop is $40 for VANS members as well as the members of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design.


Technology gives artists powerful tools to build a professional presence. But knowing which tools are best, and how to use them effectively, can be a challenge. This workshop will provide an overview of the top website builders, email marketing and newsletter services, and social networks (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) that can help you build your brand. You’ll get a look at these tools in action, and learn how you can use them in your own professional practice to enhance your online presence and boost your business.

We’ll also take a look at search engines, social media advertising, and in-person sales technology like Square, as well as the most reputable sites to sell your work, whether you sell from your own website or not. At the end of this session you’ll see how the tools discussed fit together to help you work smarter, and how to reach your goals within a sensible schedule and well within the leanest budget.
Instructor: Stacey Cornelius

Saturday, October 20, 1 – 4pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Rd

Saturday, November 3, 1 – 4pm NEW DATE!
Parrsboro: Main & Station, 168 Main Street
Registration Deadline: November 2 EXTENDED DEADLINE


This workshop will begin by reading through sample calls for submissions from public galleries and artist run centres to identify and decipher application criteria. Participants will learn how to research galleries and ARCs to see where they might best apply. This workshop will address formatting and content for resumes, artist statements, cover letters, letters of intent, and tips for choosing support material, including image files, size, and quantity. Participants are encouraged to bring their proposals in progress for review and feedback. Questions are encouraged!
Instructor: Dr. Laurie Dalton

Date: Saturday, November 3, 1 – 4pm NEW LOCATION!
Wolfville: Acadia University Art Gallery, 10 Highland Avenue
Registration Deadline: November 2 EXTENDED DEADLINE

Date: Saturday, November 10, 1 – 4pm
Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
Registration Deadline: November 5

Dos and Don’ts of Exhibition Proposals – Halifax

VANS Members can bundle workshops and save! You can bundle 2 for $70 or 3 for $100. If you select the Workshop Bundle please email with the name, date and location of your chosen workshops to complete your registration.

FRESH EYES: an evening art critique! 👀 👀 👀

Date: Thursday, November 29 at 7pm.
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road

Do you ever want some feedback on your work in progress? Head down to VANS to 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. VANS will provide a screen, projector, laptop, and snacks. Just let us know that you’re coming in advance so we know we have enough artists to run the session. The first FRESH EYES was Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm, and it went well, so we will have another free drop in session at 7pm on Thursday, November 29th. If you’re interested, please RSVP by November 22. 

RSVP to this critique session by emailing VANS.


VANS Cancellation and Refund Policy

Refunds of 75% of workshop fee will be given if cancellation occurs 72 hours or more prior to the beginning of the workshop. No refund will be given if cancellation occurs on the day  of the workshop. If VANS has to cancel the workshop for any reason, registrants will be notified and refunded in full.

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