Announcing the 2020-21 Mentorship Program Artists

Announcing the 2020-21 Mentorship Program Artists

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the participants of this year’s Mentorship Program. After receiving some fantastic applications, the program will be supporting four dedicated emerging Nova Scotian artists. Celine Gabrielle, Sarah Mosher, Trevor Novak, and Liam Ross have been individually paired with established artists/ arts professionals and mentors Susan Tooke, Melissa Marr, Robin Metcalfe, and David Diviney. For more information on the participants click HERE

The 10-month mentorship program supports the artistic and professional ambitions of emerging artists in Nova Scotia by providing access to the skills and experience of established artist mentors. Emerging artists are selected by a peer assessment committee based on individual proposals, program criteria, their dedication to their art practice, their independent studio practice outside of formal training environments, and their ability and willingness to engage in critical discussion about their work. Based upon the needs of the selected artists, the committee solicits interest from qualified mentors who possess the skills to help advance the emerging artists’ practice.

By investing intensely in a few emerging artists each year for the last 14 years, the VANS Mentorship Program contributes to the overall strength, sustainability and vibrancy of the visual arts community in Nova Scotia.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia gratefully acknowledges core funding for the Mentorship Program and exhibition from the Craig Foundation. The program is also supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, the Halifax Regional Municipality, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Image details clockwise from top left: Celine Gabrielle, We Don’t Get to Choose Our Heroes, oil and acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36″; Sarah Mosher, Map from Changing Observations: A survey of Canaan, Kings County, Nova Scotia, inkjet print and pen, 76 x 114 cm; Trevor Novak, Busty Boy III, Ceramic and pencil crayon, 8 1/4 x 12 3/8 x 4 5/16″; Liam Ross, Obedience, Plaster (100 pieces), 5 x 3.5 x 1.5”.

For additional information about the VANS Mentorship Program, please visit or contact:

Carri MacKay
Programming Coordinator
Visual Arts Nova Scotia