Closure and Cancellations

Cancellations and Closures – COVID 19

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is taking appropriate precautions during the Coronavirus outbreak. We are cancelling in-person events such as our Hear Tell Community Conversations, VANS in Residence closing reception, and our Third Thursday Monthly Members Meetup. Staff will be working remotely, and the office will be closed to the public until further notice. We have many programs and services that are still accessible online and we will be active on our social media sharing opportunities as usual. Please don’t hesitate to contact us by email with any questions or concerns:

Becky Welter-Nolan, Executive Director:
Carri MacKay, Programming Coordinator:
Andrea Ritchie, PAINTS Coordinator:
Eryn Foster, Hear Tell Project Coordinator:



We have a lot of programs and services that are available online. If having a project helps you, why not update your artist page! Get started on your next grant application, or fill out our Workshop Survey. Our Taxes for Artists webinar series is still available for purchase online if you want to catch up on filing your taxes as an artist. Or read the latest issue of Visual Arts News. We’ll be posting a new article at this week

Document Your Losses:

The Canada Council is asking artists to document their losses during the outbreak. We will be advocating for financial relief for artists who’ve been impacted by these circumstances through our funders and other government aid programs. In the meantime we remind members of our small Artist Emergency Fund for those in acute need due to illness.

VANS established the Artist Emergency Fund (AEF) to assist artists in financial need arising from severe illness, an accident resulting in inability to work or help with studio replacement in case of a disaster, such as fire, where there is no insurance. Artists will be able to apply for short-term assistance, up to $500/month for three months maximum. At this time, the fund is relatively small and specific, so it will not serve all artists’ needs. Please see guidelines below for more information and eligibility requirements. You can donate to the Artist Emergency Fund here.