Register today for VANS Spring Workshop Series

Registration deadlines are fast approaching for our workshops, especially Grant Writing in Annapolis Royal and Exhibition Prep and Installation in Halifax!
Workshops are $40 for VANS Members and $55 for Non-members, unless otherwise stated. Members can bundle two or three workshops and save!

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, 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

Saturday, May 5, 1 – 4pm
Annapolis Royal: ARTsPLACE, 396 St George Street
Registration Deadline: April 27

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Apprenez comment faire des demandes de financement de façon convaincantes pour les programmes de subventions de Arts Nouvelle-Écosse et du Conseil des Arts du Canada ainsi que d’autres programmes. L’instructeur discutera de la façon de vous positionner vous-même et votre pratique d’une manière qui appuie votre proposition et ce que les membres du jury recherchent lors de l’examen des soumissions. L’atelier ne couvrira pas des aspects tels que les CV ou les déclarations d’artistes, et ne garantit pas le succès, mais vise à améliorer les compétences en matière de subventions et de rédaction de propositions et demandes de financement.
Instructeur: Natalie Robichaud

Samedi le 5 mai, 1 – 4pm
Pointe-de-l’Église: Galerie Le Trécarré, Université Sainte-Anne, 1695 Hwy 1
S’inscrire par: April 27
*Ce cours est 40 $ pour tout le monde*

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This workshop focuses on the preparation that artists need to do before their exhibition, including handling, packing, and shipping, and covers some of the more practical aspects of installation. It will include discussions on appropriate hanging/installation hardware, framing options, lighting considerations, safety, trouble shooting and the artist’s responsibility. Artists anticipating exhibiting their work will learn hands-on technical skills and tricks of the trade in this behind-the-scenes view of gallery installation from a professional gallery technician (from Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery).
Instructor: David Dahms

Wednesday, May 9, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Rd
Registration Deadline: May 4

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Let’s face it, the first place most people will see your work tomorrow is on a screen. Whether it’s on the desktop monitor of the artist-run-centre you’ve just submitted to or the smartphone of a new collaborator whose found you on social media, the way your work looks in digital places matters! This workshop will offer an introduction to digital image editing using Adobe Photoshop, with an emphasis on how its tools and techniques can be applied to art documentation.

Together, we will walk through a series of step-by-step examples to learn how to address common issues and improve the appearance of art documentation on the screen. We will cover topics such as: white balance, exposure, colour correction, small object removal, lens correction, perspective correction and more– focusing on how to make digital images more accurate and professional reflections of your work. We will look at key examples of how professionals artists and galleries use these techniques, and will allot time at the end of the workshop to address specific issues and questions brought in by participants.
Instructor: Ryan Josey
Wednesday, May 16, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: Centre for Art Tapes, 2238 Maitland St
Registration Deadline: May 11
*Offered with the Centre for Art Tapes. CFAT Members also receive the Members’ rate of $40 for this workshop*

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This workshop will cover the dos and don’ts of writing an artist statement and bio that you can use for applications (for funding, residencies, exhibitions) and your website. You will learn best practices and have an opportunity to write a draft of your artist statement and bio and receive helpful feedback.
Instructor: Sarah Maloney

Wednesday, May 23, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Rd
Registration Deadline: May 18

Saturday, May 26, 1 – 4pm
Lunenburg: Lunenburg School of the Arts, 6 Prince Street
Registration Deadline: May 18

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Do you feel daunted when you sit down to write an application for a grant, residency, art festival, or exhibition? This workshop will break down applications into parts so that when you apply to your next opportunity you already have it half finished. Learn about crafting a project proposal, the difference between an artist’s CV and an artist’s resume and what to include in each. This workshop will also cover what people look for in artist statements, artist bios and the importance of great images.
Instructor: Melanie Colosimo

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Rd
Registration Deadline: May 25

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Sorting the Studio:
A panel discussion about dealing with a lifetime of work

with Ray Cronin and George Clarke

Date: Thursday, May 24 at 6pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Rd

As we get older, we often wonder: what will happen to all our artwork? In this panel attorney George Clarke and curator and author  Ray Cronin will discuss various ways aging artists can deal with what is in their studio. How can artists make decisions about what work to keep and what should be donated, gifted, bequeathed, or even tossed? What do artists need to know about estate planning to make decisions about their work that are right for them and their loved ones? This panel discussion will involve short presentations by both experts with lots of opportunity for discussion with the audience.

RSVP to this free panel discussion by emailing VANS.

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