VANS Matters

The spring issue of Visual Arts News is out! This Sustenance issue of Visual Arts News features Barbara Pratt, Julia Hutt, Jessy Watson, Carrie Allison as well as articles on My Cousin’s Cousin at Eastern Edge, Owens’ and Struts and Faucet’s Fruit Salad, Confederation Centre’s Give Me Shelter and more! You can buy it on news stands now but subscribers and VANS members should have received it in their mailbox. Don’t have your copy? Check and make sure your VANS membership is up to date!

Read more VANS Matters, including: New Grad Program online exhibition, announcing Artists in Mind, VANS’ artist Facebook group, HEAR TELL Podcast Resource Guide, and hire a Creative Consultant.


The Creative NS Leadership Council & the Board of Arts NS have been engaging members of the arts and culture sector in conversation about challenges, priorities, and opportunities as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The sessions have been lead by a series of questions, with answers gathered to provide the councils with information about how the pandemic has affected the arts and culture sector how they can shape recovery and build back better. Everyone’s input is valued. A short survey has been developed to collect any other thoughts regarding the future of the sector. Please find the survey here: Nova Scotia Arts & Culture Sector: Challenges and Opportunities as a result of Covid-19. If you have questions or would like more information, please email Chelsea Prime, at

Read more announcements, including: NSCAD announces TD Financial Literacy Program for Creative Entrepreneurs, Black Entrepreneurship Startup Program, and Eyelevel’s video series.

Awards & Funding

Applications are open for the Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s Gritty to Pretty Mural Grant. This grant offers support towards the costs involved in creating and delivering new inspiring installations in prominent Downtown Halifax locations. Since part of the intent of this program is to add colour to the Downtown and enhance the pedestrian experience, priority will be given to proposals that are playful, fun, and take into consideration the element of surprise and unexpectedness in an urban environment. Successful applications can receive up to 100% of the grant request. Grants awarded are usually between a few hundred dollars and up to $10,000. This opportunity is open to art professionals, including but not limited to art collectives, art galleries, artist-led community groups, artist teams, curators, designers, mural artists, and visual artists. Deadline: May 19.

Read more awards & funding opportunities, including: The Helen Hill Award, the York Wilson Endowment Award, The Salt Spring National Art Prize, and Building Communities through Arts and Heritage.


Parrsboro Creative and the Art Lab are offering courses including: Janet Doble’s course on Exploring Clay in the Natural World July 3 – 4; The Colours, Rhythm and Spirit of the Bay of Fundy by Marc Grandbois August, 13-16; Carving Large – The Water Column Project with Jennifer Marlow August 20- 24; Lynn Rotin’s course The Mystery of Encaustic Painting August 28 – 29; Figure Painting with Bill Rogers September 10-12; Plein Air Painting with Bill Rogers September 17-19; Pat Reid’s course The Art of English Willow Basketry September 24 – 26; Painting from the Inside Out with Wayne Boucher October 1 – 4 and more. For course details and to register go to the Art Lab Studios and Gallery website.

Read more education opportunities, including: Landscapes in all Mediums workshop, Going Public: How to approach, getting and producing Public Art Commissions workshop, Collagraph Printing, and workshops at Chester Art Centre.


The goal of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s Artist-in-Residence program is to enable an artist to create new work that contributes to the Museum’s mandate while advancing their art practice. As they prepare to launch an immersive film experience about the contributions of generations of immigrants to Canada, this year’s residency is a national call to artists to create a collaborative digital project that allows Canadians to share pictures/video/words etc. about immigrant contributions to Canada. The proposed project must be suitable to be shared digitally on one of the museum’s platforms.

This will be a virtual residency and it is very flexible on medium and timing. This year they welcome proposals for projects that take from 2 to 8 months. Ownership of the work will remain with the artist with the understanding that Pier 21 will host the completed project on one or more of the museum’s digital platforms. Final projects that include written or spoken words must be bilingual and all projects must meet standard accessibility guidelines which will be determined for the selected project. Compensation is $15,000 (including all supplies). New deadline: May 21.

Read more residency opportunities, including: Centre for Craft’s Summer Professional Development Residency, and Est-Nord-Est..