Latest News from ARTsPLACE

Exhibitions on through May 12

EKPHRASIS ARCAC Member Group exhibition
Moving Through Land, Sea & Outerspace: WE4 (Giselle Beauchamp, Carol Littleton-Hanson, Pauline M.Lowen, Carol J. Tonkin
Figure it Out: Ted Lind

Summer  Student Employment Opportunity

The Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC), Annapolis Royal, is hiring a Summer Student for the role of Assistant to the Gallery director. Applicants must have completed at least one year of post-secondary or university education and be registered for full-time courses the following academic year. Applicants must show a keen interest in the arts, community, volunteerism and be organised, reliable, able to work weekends and for a 12-week period between June 1 and August 29, 2017. 35 hrs/week, $11/ hr. The job requires a basic level of physical fitness (to assist with exhibition, program and event set-up, as well as art running at Paint the Town.)

Send an updated resume, indicating relevant experience, including two references and cover letter to with the subject line STUDENT for the attention of HR Committee – competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.


A new trend in the art world has emerged that gives interested folks a chance to see experimental ‘fresh’ art in person. Known as pop-ups, these spaces enable artists to share experiments, test new ideas, and present in a non-traditional setting.

ARTsPLACE is making a space available on the main floor (formerly the library) for artists to create their own pop-ups – these can be one-day ‘events’ or longer. Contact Sophie Paskins, Gallery Director, if you have a proposal for the program committee to consider with POPUP as the subject.

This is not a call for static exhibitions and is open to all art forms from (and not limited to) visual, spoken word, music, writing, textiles, design, performance… ongoing call. There is no fee for this program, but the use of space / gallery/promotion is provided free of charge.

Room dimensions 14′ (no window) x 9.5 (window) x 9′ (window) x 10′ ceilings.

Note: the downstairs space and galleries (kitchen/washroom) are wheelchair accessible.

Call to Artists

“Paint the Town” Workshops
Have you been an artist during “Paint the Town”? If so, you probably have helpful ideas and hints that you could present to artists who have signed up to participate. Some workshops may be presented weeks before this year’s “Paint the Town” (Aug. 18 &19) and others may be presented in the days just prior to the weekend. Contact Sophie Paskins, Gallery Director at with PTT in the subject, by June 1st, if you have a proposal for the program committee to consider.

ARTsPLACE Scholarship Recipient 2017
Megan Hyslop Natural Clowning

Megan Hyslop, artist/scholar, Natural Clowning. My participatory program (one afternoon only) is part of my arts-based doctoral studies out of Concordia University. I have been investigating my experiences in theatrical clowning and land connection as a non-Indigenous woman living in Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia, how these have contributed to my own wholistic well being, and eventually, how this could be a well-being practice for others in the current Canadian context of decolonization and reconciliation. You are invited to attend the program for activities and participant dialogue via art mediums. We will be outdoors for part of the afternoon unless it is raining, so please dress for the weather. Please note that for ethics purposes, this is an adults-only event; you will be invited to fill out a consent form so that the contents of the program could be included in my dissertation. I wish to thank ARCAC for their support and for choosing me for one of their 2017 scholarships.

Saturday, June 16th, 2-4 at ARCAC. Contact Megan, for more information.

WORKSHOPS Places still available!

Modeling on Clay and Mannequin Plaster Mould: Basic Sculpting with Vasilis Vasili

2-day workshop May 12 & 13, 10-3pm.
$125 ARCAC Member
$140 Non-member
Materials Included
Maximum 12 people (age 16+)
​About Vasilis
​Materials: Clay or Plasticine and plaster. Learn the first and basic steps of making sculpture. See examples of Vasilis’ work where he incorporated the use of mould-making HERE.
The participants will choose between two themes. The first will be representative and the second will be developing an Idea.
Type of sculpting: Relief
Dimensions: 20×35 cm



Feminist Drawing Workshop – with Ambivalently Yours

Cost: Free will offering
July 6, 4-6 pm (Annapolis Royal First Friday)
Inspired by the idea that talking and making collectively in a safe setting can facilitate and inspire feminist action, artist Ambivalently Yours invites members of the public to join her for a collaborative drawing workshop on July 6th, 2018. This activity will mirror aspects of the artist’s online practice which uses drawing, personal experience and anonymity as a means to expand the limits of empathy and feminist discussions. Aspects of the workshop will be added to artist’s ongoing site specific installation entitled “As Seen on Tumblr” which will open at ARTsPLACE on July 8th.

This workshop is open to participants of all ages, gender identities,and artistic levels. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Register HERE



Art in Canada
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7-9pm

A live interaction with educators at the National Gallery of Canada, using video conferencing technology.

What have artists here been doing for the last five thousand years? Discover the long and fascinating history of Canadian and Indigenous art from thousands of years ago until today, and explore how it is interrelated and how it tells our stories.

This program, presented by the National Gallery, features the content of the new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries, opened to critical acclaim in 2017.

Limited seating, doors open 6:40 pm
Recommended donation: $5.00

Arts Nova Scotia

Artist Recognition Awards come with a $5,000 cash prize. Artists can be nominated in one of three categories: Emerging, Established or Indigenous.

Nominate someone you would like to see recognized
by June 15th!

Find guidelines & nomination forms at


Book Launch at Sissiboo Cafe Annapolis Royal

A Wholesome Horror: Poor Houses in Nova Scotia is a book recently published by SSP Publications of Halifax. Written by sociologist and former single mom on social assistance, Brenda Thompson, A Wholesome Horror tells the history of the 32+ poor houses that existed in Nova Scotia. Some did not close until the 1970s. Come and get a copy of this fascinating book. Wine and nibbles will be serve

Sunday, May 20 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Attend a Memoir writing workshop with Brenda at ARTsPLACE in the fall, info & registration HERE