Register today for VANS Workshops in Inverness, Shelburne, Lunenburg, Antigonish and HRM. Deadlines are this week!

Are you excited to learn more and advance your professional practice this spring? VANS is offering a combo of the most popular workshops, as well as fresh subjects with new instructors who are experts in their field. We are offering more workshops in areas of the province that we haven’t been to in some time so we hope to see you at a workshop nearby.

As this is our 40th Anniversary, workshops are $40 for everyone.

Please register today by calling 902-423-4694 (or toll free 866-225-8267) or register online securely using a credit card or PayPal.



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. 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: Katie Belcher (Director of Eyelevel Gallery)

Saturday, May 6, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Inverness: Inverness County Centre for the Arts, 16080 Highway 19*
Registration Deadline: May 3

*The Dusky Diamond B&B is offering rooms for $100 (tax included) for folks registering for this workshop. Stay near the beach, learn to write a grant…Make a weekend of it!

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Work smarter, not harder. This workshop will provide a clear, practical explanation of the core elements of marketing that’s tailored specifically for artists, whether you sell to shops, galleries, or directly to customers. We’ll explore newsletters, websites, and online selling. We’ll talk about how to make the most of both digital and print technology to create a professional presence, even if you’re on a tight budget. We’ll discuss how to use social media effectively. You’ll learn simple ways to focus on your target market, and tips on how to take the pain out of promoting your work. By the end of the session, you’ll see how the core elements of marketing work together to help you reach your best customers, and take away a set of strategies to develop a marketing plan that works for you.
Instructor: Stacey Cornelius (Writer and Marketing Expert)

Saturday, May 6, 11am – 2pm
Shelburne: The Osprey Arts Centre, 107 Water St.
Registration Deadline: May 3

Saturday, May 27, 1 – 4pm
Antigonish: St. FX Art Gallery, Bloomfield Centre, 5555 Union Place
Registration Deadline: May 22

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Participants will gain practical experience in planning and preparing for different types of exhibitions. The workshop will cover key aspects of exhibition planning such as packing, transportation and will focus on installation dos and don’ts. The workshop will include discussions on appropriate hanging/installation hardware, framing options, lighting considerations, safety, trouble shooting and the artist’s responsibility vs the gallery. Also included will be discussions on the pros and cons of different exhibition styles and approaches (group show, salon, solo) and will conclude with open Q&A session where participants can discuss their specific questions about their own exhibitions.

The workshop is designed for emerging artists wishing to gain professional experience, and expand and develop their careers and capabilities. It will cover the basics of exhibition installation, problem solving and resources for artists and will also include discussions about more advanced techniques.
Instructor: John Mathews (Collections Technician at CBU Art Gallery)

Saturday, May 27, 11am – 2pm (NEW DATE AND TIME!)
Inverness: Inverness County Centre for the Arts, 16080 Highway 19
Registration Deadline: May 22

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How do you take a visual medium and translate that artistic piece or practice into language? As artists, we are asked to communicate our work in compelling and electrifying ways to the public. Whether it is writing proposals, press releases, artist’s statements, or presentations, feeling confident and creative with words will transform the ways that one’s art is effectively received by the public and by art professionals alike. This workshop is for visual artists who want to explore new and vibrant approaches to writing creatively and critically about their work.
Instructor: Carol Bruneau (Author and NSCAD Writing Professor)

Thursday, May 11, 6 – 9pm
Dartmouth: MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning, 50 Queen Street
Registration Deadline: May 8

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How much should you be paid for your work? What price is the “right price”? How do you put a price tag on your work without second guessing yourself? In this workshop, you will learn how to calculate prices from a business perspective, and how labour and materials are just one part of the picture. We will explore the factors that affect pricing: where you fit into the marketplace, your target customer, as well as where, and how, you sell your work. There will also be a brief discussion about other types of artist income, such as teaching, and how to deal with inevitable requests to work for little or nothing — and how some of those opportunities can work to your advantage.
Instructor: Stacey Cornelius (Writer and Marketing Expert)

Saturday, May 13, 10am – 1pm
Lunenburg: Lunenburg School of the Arts, 6 Prince Street
Registration Deadline: May 5

Wednesday, May 17, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
Registration Deadline: May 10

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This workshop will include examining calls for submissions from public galleries and artist run centres to identify and decipher application criteria. Participants will learn how to research galleries 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.
Instructor: Dr. Laurie Dalton (Director/Curator of Acadia University Art Gallery)

Saturday, May 13, 2 – 5pm
Lunenburg: Lunenburg School of the Arts, 6 Prince Street
Registration Deadline: May 5

Saturday, June 3, 1 – 4pm
Antigonish: St. FX Art Gallery, Bloomfield Centre, 5555 Union Place
Registration Deadline: May 29

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Copyright for Artists
with the Artist Legal Information Society (ALIS)

Saturday, May 13, 1pm – 3pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
*Donations for the Artist Legal Information Society will be collected at the door

Artists have had images of their work copied from the web and sold on handbags and mugs. Several social media websites help promote your work, but also claim ownership over what users post. Join the Artist’s Legal Information Society in a session about copyright, including copyright online and the risks of featuring your artwork on websites and social media.

Ask a Conservator
with Elizabeth Jablonski, M.A.C., & Ian Loughead, M.A.C.

Saturday, May 27, 1pm – 3pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
RSVP to VANS. Donations will be collected at the door.

Have you ever wondered what happens to your art after it enters a gallery, museum, archive or private collection? Have you questioned whether your art is going to last and which materials are more durable than others? Art conservators are uniquely qualified to provide you with information and resources with which to make decisions about the material aspects of your artistic practice.

Bring questions, images and materials to this session to direct the discussion according to the needs your practice. Receive answers to your questions on a variety of materials, including: paintings and painted objects, metals, wood, ceramics, glass, fiber/textiles, plastics and two-dimensional framed art. A list of resources will be provided.