VANS in Residence Deadline to Apply: January 9th

VANS in Residence

Artist Call

Happy New Year! Visual Arts Nova Scotia is thrilled to be facilitating artist residencies in three Nova Scotian communities as we enter our 40th year. We’re partnering with community organizations and businesses in Herring Cove, Musquodoboit Harbour and North End Halifax to create residencies. A terrific opportunity for NS artists and for the host communities. These five-week residencies will involve the artists in both their own work, and in workshops, talks and open studios with community members.

The call for artists is now open, details on eligibility and how to apply can be found here. The selected artist will enter into collaboration with the community, focusing on youth. Each residency will provide a chance for the artist to have a period of work with a focus on their own practice and engagement with youth and others in each of the three communities.

The program sees each artist dedicating 40 hours per week to the residency. 40% (16 hours) of the time will be dedicated to community based work, including hands-on workshops, studio visits, talks and presentations and 60% (24 hours) to the artist’s own work, be that creation, research or both. A stipend of $2500 will be paid to the artist and work space will be provided well, both for work with community and on their own.

Applications must be received via email at on or before Monday, January 9, 2017.

The residencies in North End Halifax and in Musquodoboit Harbour are supported by The Halifax Regional Municipality. The residency in Herring Cove is supported by Pavia Gallery, Arts Nova Scotia, Artsvest and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Please contact PAINTS Coordinator Andrea Ritchie for more information at 902-423-4694 or by email at

“I am so happy to be here, exposed to a different pace of life, the beauty of the hilly landscape, and the generosity of the local community. The last weeks of the residency were jam-packed with photo taking, interviewing, recording audio as I walk up and down the street and, most exciting of all, installing artwork made by workshop participants in shop windows along Main Street.

In all I facilitated fourteen talks and workshops, took portraits of twenty-one shop keepers, and met well over a hundred new people. My brain is exploding with stories, sounds, images and faces! The experience of living and working in Antigonish for this artist residency has been marvelous, both professionally and personally. Thank you.”
– Hannah Minzloff, artist, VANS In Residence in Antigonish, Fall 2015

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Visual Arts Nova Scotia

1113 Marginal Rd

Halifax, NS B3H 4P7