Reminders from VANS…upcoming workshops, panel discussion, New Grad Program Open Studio and more

Just a little reminder to….

Come to our panel discussion!

Visual Arts News, in partnership with Nocturne Art at Night and MSVU Art Gallery, presents the panel discussion How We Build: On Craft and Blackness. Based on curator Pamela Edmond’s quote “I am no longer interested in a seat at the table. I now want to build my own table” this panel will focus on the concept of Black artists creating work for a Black audience. With the purpose of illuminating ideas on intergenerational knowledge and craft sharing as a means of fostering solidarity and resistance within and between the various Black communities in Nova Scotia, this panel will engage in ideas on locating pleasure, joy, and celebration as a survival tool while navigating structural oppression.

Join panelists Juanita Peters, Letitia Fraser, NAT chantel, and Sobaz Benjamin in a discussion facilitated by Francesca Ekwuyasi on Friday, October 18, 7 – 9pm at the Art Bar + Projects, 1893 Granville Street in Halifax.


Sign up for workshops!

VANS Fall Workshop Series is underway! This season we have workshops in Truro, Port Williams, Lunenburg, Sydney and Halifax on some of your most requested topics. New this year is Artist Residencies (covering different kinds of residencies, the pros and cons of getting paid for vs paying for a residency, and how to find the ones that are appropriate to your practice) happening in Halifax on October 30 and Lunenburg November 28.

We are also offering some always useful favourites like Taxes for Artists (November 9 in Truro), Grant Writing (October 26 in Port Williams), Marketing for Artists (October 30 in Sydney), and Pricing Your Work (October 30 in Sydney and November 16 in Truro). Registration deadlines start Monday so register online today, over the phone by calling 866-225- 8267, by cheque, or by debit, cash or credit in the office.


RSVP to Fresh Eyes art critique!

Do you ever want some feedback on your work in progress? Head down to VANS on Thursday, November 7 at 7pm for Fresh Eyes and chat with your fellow artists for this evening of friendly, constructive art critique. Working alone in the studio can be isolating, so if you want to get out of your own head and get a new perspective, come join us and get some Fresh Eyes on your artwork!

VANS members can bring work in any medium or images of the work on a USB to show the group. VANS will provide a screen, projector, laptop, and snacks. Just let us know that you’re coming in advance so we know we have enough artists to run the session. RSVP to this critique session by emailing VANS. Deadline to RSVP: November 4.


Come to our Open Studio!

The New Grad Program participants will be having an Open Studio night on Wednesday, November 6 from 6 – 9pm! Join us for some hot cider and sweets as you see the fantastic work they have been making during the program, watch demos, chat with the artists, and maybe even buy some art. The studio is on the 2nd floor of Fort Massey United Church, 5303 Tobin Street in Halifax. All are welcome and we would love to see you support these great emerging artists!


Look into becoming a PAINTS artist!

PAINTS (Professional Artists in the Schools) is a program that helps schools throughout Nova Scotia to bring professional artists into their classrooms. PAINTS artists are paid $50 per project hour and we are always looking for new artists!

If you’re in HRM join us as Andrea Ritchie, PAINTS Coordinator, answers your questions about the program Wednesday, October 30 at 5:30pm at Wonder’neath, 2891 Isleville Street, Halifax. If you are interested in becoming a PAINTS artist and teaching art workshops in schools then drop by for this short, free info session. No need to RSVP. Can’t make it but want more info on the program? Contact Andrea at paints@visualarts.ns.ca. Deadline to apply to be a PAINTS artist: December 1.


Apply for the Corridor Gallery!

The Corridor Gallery gives members of Visual Arts Nova Scotia an opportunity to create an exhibition of their work. We are accepting applications for 2020 and have open slots in January, February and March as well as some in the summer of 2020. It’s a great space to show a new body of work (in almost any medium) and the application is simple. Check out the Corridor space and see Natan Nevo’s exhibition Passages (seen above), on display until the end of the month. Deadline for 2020 exhibitions: December 1.