This 14 week program is designed to help recent graduates navigate the transition from a full time student to a professional artist. During the 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. Participants will have 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.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, the program will take place but may look different if groups of more than 5 are still not permitted. This may include smaller meetings, online rather than in-person workshops, limited studio access, or accepting fewer than 10 in the program to better maintain physical distance. We are committed to running the New Grad Program in a way that will continue to benefit emerging artists – but as times are continuously changing we can not yet confirm exactly what the 2020 program will include.
After the three and a half month program, the students will have:
- A working portfolio with a CV and an Artist Statement
- A proposal that could serve as the basis for a grant, festival, gallery or residency application
- The skills to navigate through the next step in their career
- A built-in peer network
Dates: Program participants will meet weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 9pm between September 9 and December 9, 2020. Participants must be available for all meetings in order to participate in this program.
Cost: There will be studio fees of $15/week for each of the program participants. There is also a one-time $50 key deposit payable at the start of the program, which will be returned upon receipt of the keys at the end of the program.
Eligibility: Any recent art school grad (within 3 years of graduation) can apply but a maximum of 10 will be accepted, in a non-juried process. If you have not graduated from an art school but you are an artist in the very early stages of developing a professional career, please consider applying and get in touch. You do not have to be a VANS member at the time of application. Must be 19+ and living in Nova Scotia.
Deadline: Monday, June 22. As there are limited spaces available, early applications are preferred and will be considered in the order in which they are received. Please see the VANS website for application details. Artists with questions should get in touch with the Programming Coordinator in advance of applying.
Info session: Contact Carri at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Zoom info session.
Location: All meetings will take place in Halifax, primarily at the VANS office and at the Wonder’neath studio space located in North End Halifax. See the VANS website for details.
Previous NGP participants have said:
“The New Grad Program has been so incredibly helpful and I am immensely grateful to have had the chance to experience it. Everyone involved was great; it has been so valuable to my development as a professional artist and connected me with the community in a way I wouldn’t have been without it.”
“I had a great experience. After graduating from an intense and communal program at NSCAD, I found it difficult to transition into society. The New Grad Program helped through that odd stage.”
Visual Arts Nova Scotia gratefully acknowledges core funding for the New Grad Program from the Canada Council for the Arts
For more information on this program please visit the VANS website or contact:
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
t: 902.423.4694 1.866.225.8267