Call for Artists is now open 4-week residency

Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) and Uncommon Common Art (UCA) are thrilled to be facilitating an artist residency in Kings County Nova Scotia.

This partnership is a terrific opportunity for NS artists and the host community. This month-long residency, with an additional week for planning, will involve the artists in both their own work, in community with workshops, talks, open studios, and participation in the annual UCA environmental art exhibit.

The call for artists is now open. In this 4-week residency (plus 1 planning week), the selected artist will enter into collaboration with UCA and the community. The residency will provide a chance for the artist to have a period of work with a focus on their own practice and engagement with the community.

The artist will dedicate 40 hours per week to the residency. 30% – 40% of the time will be dedicated to community-based work, including hands-on workshops, studio visits, talks and presentations. 60% -70% (24 hours) of the time towards the artist’s own work, be that creation, research or both. A stipend of $2500 will be paid to the artist; living and work accommodations on location in Kings County, NS will be provided.


The UCA/VANS residency program will take place in Kings County, Nova Scotia.  Living accommodations’ and studio space will be provided at 441 Canard St

Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0, Canada.  This historic home is located adjacent to an organic farm in rural Nova Scotia.  The artist will be provided with a large bedroom, separate inside studio space, shared bathroom and fully furnished kitchen facility.  Accommodations can be made for a more industrial studio space. Please note, this is a rural location not within walking distance to any stores.


The planning week may take place anytime between February 1 and April 10, 2018. The 4-week residency will take place within the month of May, 2018.

To apply

Applications must be received via email at on or before

Thursday November 30, 2017

Questions? Contact PAINTS Coordinator Andrea Ritchie at 902 423-4694

For more information