VANS Announces Open Grants Recipients

Open Grant Recipients

(Halifax) – On the occasion of our 40th Anniversary, Visual Arts Nova Scotia asked for proposals from groups, galleries and/or collectives to create new programming or enhance existing programming in their community. We were delighted with the response (we received 30 applications) and it was difficult for the committee to choose the successful applicants among all the great projects. For this special anniversary, we expanded the Open Grants program and the recipients will receive $750.

Congratulations to all the selected organizations!

Art Happening Bridgewater‘s Rain Art Project celebrates the completion of Pijunuiskaq Park. Two stencil making workshops for the community, led by Indigenous artists, are designed around the theme of the “River of Branches” (the translation of Pijunuiskaq). Creating Rainworks (which only show up when water is applied) the designs will be stenciled on the new sidewalks and other concrete surfaces around the park. On opening day of the park, May 27th, community members will be invited to find the hidden designs. Besides transforming the space into a place, the main objective of the project is to educate community members about the meaning of Pijunuiskaq Park. Workshops will take place May 16 & 18 in Bridgewater.

Centre for Art Tapes‘ project RetroTape: The CFAT Media Art Scholarship 10-year Retrospective Screening on the South Shore will expand the reach the Media Art Scholarship program to a part of the province that usually doesn’t have access to CFAT’s programming. They will use this screening to lay the groundwork for a larger cross-province tour. The RetroTape screening will be July 2017 on the South Shore (date and venue to be announced).

L’Arche Antigonish: Hearts and Hands‘ project Obelisk of Faces is a three day mask making workshop with ceramic artist Fenn Martin for adults with intellectual disabilities. Working in the tradition of unfired clay, L’Arche and Fenn Martin will create a 5-foot-tall obelisk of faces, a sculpture created with participation from L’Arche and the broader community. Workshops will take place June 29, 30, 31 and July 3 in Antigonish.

Lumière Arts Festival presents Artist Talks at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts. Lumière, the free annual arts festival held in Sydney, will expand to include a Lumière project in Inverness. This grant will help the festival develop public programming to further engage audiences beyond the signature art-at-night event by supporting two Lumière Artist Talks and half-day workshops. Workshops and artist talks will be held in Inverness on September 21 and 22.

ViewPoint Gallery‘s project is about helping immigrants to make exhibition-quality photographic prints and connect with the community. Recognizing that immigrants and refugees may not have access to professional printing equipment or contacts within Nova Scotia’s photographic communities to share ideas, tips, and techniques, this project will provide printing bursaries to three Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) clients with a background and interest in photography. This project will take place from May – December 2017 in Halifax.

Wonder’neath Art Society‘s inaugural Artist Residency with Bria Miller. The goals of the residency include further exploring Miller’s mixed media visual art practice, exploring and creating intentional artistic work spaces that welcome racialized and/or LGBTQ2SIA+ artists, facilitating hands-on exploratory workshops for youth, and mentorship for youth artists in response to requests from black parents. The residency will take place from September 15 – December 15 in Halifax.

For further information on Open Grants or VANS 40th Anniversary contact:

Carri MacKay
Programming Coordinator
902.423.4694 | 1.866.225.8267 | f: 902.422.0881 |