VANS in Residence in Sydney, NS with Lumière!


VANS in Residence in partnership with Lumière!

A call for artists:

Visual Arts Nova Scotia, in partnership with Lumière Arts Festival Association, will host a 5-week Artist in Residence program in Sydney, NS. This residency provides for the artist to work a 40 hour week. Approximately 30% of the time will be dedicated to community based work, including hands-on workshops, studio visits, talks and presentations and 70% to the artist’s own work, be that creation, research or both. The residency is August 27 – September 30, 2018 and the artist will present the product of their residency work at Lumière’s Art-at-Night event on September 29, 2018.

The call for artists is now open; details on eligibility and how to apply can be found here. This residency will provide a chance for the artist to have a period of work with a focus on their own practice and engagement with youth and others in the community. A studio space at the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation and accommodations in Sydney will be provided, and a $2500 stipend will be paid to the artist.

To apply, artists must submit the following:

  • Artist Statement (1 paragraph)
  • Residency Outline (1 – 3 pages)
  • Artist CV
  • Documentation of work (max. 10 images)

Documentation of work requirements: Please do not send originals. Current work is requested. The nature of the work sample submitted should correspond to the nature of the work proposed during the residency. All must either be sent as digital files via email or Dropbox, or sent on DVD. For still images, include up to 10 images saved jpg files at 72 dpi. Label each image with a number and title. For video or audio, include up to 10 minutes of video, digital or sound material. Label each clip with a number and title.

Artist Selection Criteria:

The following are points of focus in the assessment of artists’ applications:

  • Strength of the applicant’s artistic practice and professionalism
  • Level of experience and interest in working in community collaborations, especially with youth
  • The articulation of the vision and goals for the residency, relating to both the artist’s own work and the community collaborations


Artists must be above 19 years of age and a member of VANS in good standing. Artists can join at the time of application here.

The theme for Lumière 2018 is Erosion so your project should relate to that theme. For more information please click here.

Applications must be received via email at on or before the deadline of Monday, July 16, 2018.

Please contact PAINTS Coordinator Andrea Ritchie for more information at 902-423-4694 or by email at or VANS Programming Coordinator Carri MacKay at