Reminders from VANS…New Grad Program, Mentorship Show, AGM and more!

Just a little reminder to…

Sign up for the New Grad Program

During the New Grad Program,, all participants will be given the opportunity to take weekly professional development workshops on topics such as budgeting, applying for grants, writing about your work, and networking. They’ll have 24 hour access to a shared studio space in Halifax; studio visits from an artist/curator; and be coached by mentor Eryn Foster: a professional interdisciplinary artist and curator.

The 14 week program starts early in August and any recent art school grad (within 3 years of graduation) can apply. If you haven’t attended art school but are in the early stages of your career as an emerging artist, this program could be for you too, just tell us why. See all the details here.The application is so short and we will consider them in the order in which they are received so send yours into today! If you know someone who should apply, please pass it along. Deadline: June 10.


Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting is Saturday, June 22 at the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation, 37 Nepean Street, Sydney, NS. There will be a free workshop on Entrepreneurship for Artists from 10am – 12pm (likely in Suite 205 at the New Dawn Centre) given by our Board President Kelly Markovich, who has taught Entrepreneurship at NSCAD University. There will be a light lunch at noon followed by the short meeting at 1pm (likely in the Board Room at the New Dawn Centre). Come see what VANS has been up to and meet our new Board Members! As a bonus, after the AGM we will take a short, private tour of the newly renovated art studios and spaces at  The Convent! RSVP to before June 3.

Take our NEW survey!

Visual Arts Nova Scotia wants to hear from you! Take our artist survey to help shape the future of VANS’ programming and membership, and help us understand the needs of artists. The survey can be found here:

This survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete. Responses will only be used by VANS, to inform our work and help us to advocate for artists. Fill out your contact information at the end to be entered into a draw for a free membership, a gift subscription to Visual Arts News magazine, and take our 2020 webinar series free!

Thank you for telling us how we can better work for artists like you. Please complete the survey by July 1.

Submit your updates for Members’ News!

Members’ News is our quarterly e-newsletter relaying brief updates on our members’ current practices and professional successes. Fun fact: Members’ News is consistently the most read email that we send out – so send us your news because your peers are genuinely interested in what you’re up to. Have you recently had an exhibition, residency, or won an award? Let us know!

To participate artists must be current VANS members. News items must be no more than 100 words and written in third person. Send your updates in an email to with the subject line “Members’ News”. Deadline: extended to June 12.

Come to the Mentorship Program Exhibition

The 2018-19 Mentorship Program exhibition, entitled group effort, opens at The Craig Gallery in Dartmouth on Wednesday, June 26, 5 – 7pm. Highlighting the talents of emerging artists Carrie Allison, Emily Lawrence, Jenny Yujia Shi, and Katharine (Kyle) Vingoe-Cram, group effort also includes work from their excellent mentors Ursula Johnson, Peter Dykhuis, Charley Young and Karin Cope. Come out to the mentee artist talk on Saturday, July 13 at 2pm and learn more about these exceptional emerging artists. The exhibition runs from June 26 – July 21.

Apply for a subsidized studio in Sydney!

Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s Subsidized Studio Program is accepting applications from our members for subsidized studio space in downtown Sydney! Member artists can apply to rent space at the New Dawn Centre for 2 – 3 months from September 1, 2019 – November 31, 2019. The studio is 7′ x 10′, with partial dividers, and artists have 24/7 access with a key fob. There is no expectation of work to be produced, the rent is only $50/month, and the application just takes a minute to complete. Deadline: July 3.

Renew your VANS Membership

You can renew your VANS membership for 2019! Remember that all VANS memberships run annually from January 1 – December 31, so your 2018 membership has expired (some time ago). If you haven’t yet renewed, it is easier than ever as you can renew online, by mail, using e-transfer, or over the phone. If you have renewed since October (thanks to all who have), your membership won’t expire until the end of 2019.