Reminders from VANS…Application Deadlines, Mentorship Program, Artist Survey, Mentee Artist Talk and more

Just a little reminder to…

Take our Artist Survey!

Visual Arts Nova Scotia really wants to hear from you! Please take our artist survey to help shape the future of VANS’ programming and membership, and help us understand the needs of artists. Thank you to those who have already completed the survey. If you haven’t yet, the survey can be found here: https://forms.gle/6Kd53dy1HknyhUwr8.

The Artist Survey is not terribly long – it will take 10-15 minutes to complete – and your responses will only be used by VANS, to inform our work and help us to advocate for artists. You can complete it anonymously or 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, or to take our 2020 webinar series free! Deadline extended to: July 15.


Come to the Mentee Artist Talk

The fantastic emerging artists in this year’s Mentorship Program, Carrie Allison, Emily Lawrence, Jenny Yujia Shi, and Katharine (Kyle) Vingoe-Cram, will be giving an artist talk on Saturday, July 13 at 2pm at The Craig Gallery. Join them as they discuss their work and their experience in the program. The 2018-19 Mentorship Program exhibition, entitled group effort, is on at The Craig Gallery at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth until July 21 and also includes work from their excellent mentors Ursula Johnson, Peter Dykhuis, Charley Young and Karin Cope.


Apply for the Mentorship Program

Are you an emerging artist who could use some help achieving your professional goals? Are you an established or mid-career artist who wants to give back and help an emerging artist? Consider applying for Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s Mentorship Program before the July 15 deadline!

The program pairs emerging artists with established artists to take part in a ten-month mentorship from September to June. It focuses on supporting the goals and ambitions of emerging artists throughout the province in areas such as writing proposals, grants and applications, artist statement development, technical advice, critiques, thematic development, networking, and more. See the full call for applications and get in touch if you have questions. Want to hear from the mentees in this year’s program? Come to their artist talk (see details above). Deadline: July 15 at 5pm.


Sign up for the New Grad Program

We have one spot up for grabs in 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 August 7 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. Deadline: ages ago…but we can still accept one more application before August.


Apply for a subsidized studio in Sydney!

Are you an artist near Sydney in need of a studio? Maybe you’re working on a project for Lumière or you just need to not work in your home for a while. Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s Subsidized Studio Program is accepting applications 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 – 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: August 12.


Find your summer reading

Artists: need suggestions for what to read this season? Check out the Visual Arts News exclusive online article Art Reads for Summer Moons: Books handpicked by our Editor.. In it, Visual Arts News Editor Shannon Webb-Campbell has some great ideas for your summer art reading, including The Moon: A Voyage Through Time, edited by Christiane Gruber (that accompanies the exhibition of the same name at the Aga Khan Museum) and Amy Fung’s Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being (2019). For the full list and descriptions click here, then get your fresh art reads!


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