Call for Applications ~ Artist in Residence Program (AIR)

Victoria County

Baddeck, Nova Scotia

Artist in Residence Program (AIR)

The AIR program supports artists who are making a transition from academia to professional lives. This residency is ideal for contemplation, research, experimentation and product development. The program provides artists with a place and the time to develop an idea or project in their medium, with the potential for realizing a new body of work. Applicants for this program must be within 5 years post grad.


The AIR have 24 hour access to the facilities which include gallery, studio and residence. Retail space in the gallery is provided for selling your work. Gallery space will be open to the public for regular hours during the tourism season July through October.


Parking – Free parking is available and pick up or drop offs can be arranged for the bus station or Sydney airport.

Lodging – A bedroom with shared kitchen and bathroom is provided. Duration is between 8 – 16 weeks depending on arrangements. Food, household and art supplies are not included. A grocery, drug and hardware store are all within walking distance.

Professional Development

Opportunities – The AIR will have an opportunity to learn from other artists and gain the experience of retail sales.



Please read entire application carefully before submission.

The AIR program is open to recent craft and design graduates to explore, pursue and accelerate their creative and professional potential in a studio & galley environment. Recent is defined as within 5 years of graduating.

Criteria include:

  • Talent, skill and innovation.
  • Post-secondary Degree or diploma from a Craft/Design/Art College or University.
  • Demonstrate the potential for artistic and technical development.
  • Ability to demonstrate progress in your practice and career and a commitment to exhibit, promote and seek support for your work.
  • Commitment to participate in gallery scheduling at least two days per week.
  • Self-motivation.
  • Ability to work co-operatively, respectfully and responsibly.
  • Ability to work in view of the public.

International applicants please familiarize yourself with Citizenship and Immigration Canada: International Participants and Work Studies.

You may only apply three times for a full-time Artist-in-Residence position.

AIR program for recent graduates is flexible. Usually begins July 1st ending in October 31st. Duration can be 8 to 16 weeks depending on arrangement.



We are now accepting applications for the 2016 AIR program. The deadline is Monday, June 20th.

Please direct any questions about the AIR program to Wendy Smith at

Applicant’s Responsibilities:

  • Applications and letters of recommendation must be received no later than June 20, 2016.
  • Please ensure that your application is complete in every way. A complete application means both letters of recommendation are received on or before the deadline.
  • It is your responsibility to contact your recommenders to ensure they have sent their letters.
  • An appropriate recommender includes a professor, instructor, supervisor or employer. Recommendations should be requested from individuals who are prepared to comment on your technical and conceptual ability, qualifications and character.

Application form for the Victoria County AIR program is available by request via email

For your application, please be mindful of the following:

  • We only accept applications, digital images and letters of recommendation via e-mail. We will send confirmation when received.

Please test your images prior to submitting to ensure that they are formatted correctly. The Selection Committee will have two opportunities to view your images: first with your application submission and again when you are interviewed.

  • For your application please submit 6 to 12 single images with description, title and date the piece was completed.
  • jpeg files only
  • Files of 500 KB (0.05 MB) maximum

*We still have studio and accommodations available for July & August.  Artists can also just stay one month if they choose.  The Old “Blue Heron Gift Shop” is the location.  Prime for sales and studio space.




Saturday June 18, 6-8 pm Opening Reception ~ Monika Wright at ART LAB


Exhibitions in the Gallery

Art Lab is proud to host a membership sponsored Community Gallery, a space where artists, both professional and amateur, have an opportunity to share their talent with the community.

Each exhibition will be mounted for two and a half weeks and openings of exhibits will usually be held on a Friday between 6 and 8 pm. These openings are an important time for the artists and for Art Lab.  So we encourage you to drop in, meet the artists involved and show your support for the role that art plays in making our community such a great place to live.

If you can’t make an opening, drop by during our regular hours.

Please note that this exhibition opens on a Saturday.

This Week – Saturday June 18,  6-8 pm

Monika Wright


Exhibition open  from June 18 – July 6

Monika’s work comes in many sizes but regardless of the size they are powerful expressions of artistic creativity.
All art work is for sale.

Monika Wright is a Nova Scotian artist living and working in Upper Tantallon.

Artist’s Statement
I believe that art has the power to be transformative, to rearrange our vision of the world and create bridges to connect us, to lead us to a greater understanding of the world we share, and those we share it with.

With organic shapes, fluid light, lines and circles, I am employing universal symbols of unity, wholeness and infinity connected by lines, representing the boundaries which separate us, but which also highlights our shared path. What we choose to see and believe will determine how we live, not just where we live. Let’s build the puzzle of our life on this planet with care and empathy.

My art is intended to be collaborative. I hope that you will experience the painting as your own creation as you look at them from every angle; that you will respond with feeling.

Visit Monika’s website –

NEW FROM CONNIE and other updates from Out of Our Minds Gallery



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Sixteenth Annual Art Showcase this Friday 6pm-8pm

Sixteenth Annual Art Showcase

Featuring: Peggy Beaton, Sue Burke, Annabelle Caissie,  Ann Connors, Karen Gallant, Barbara Kelly, Ilze Lucis, JoAnne Muise

Friday June 17
    6-8 PM
2651 Route 329 Northwest Cove 

From Highway 103 take exit 6 to Hubbards.
Turn left onto Route 3.
At the Pharmasave  turn right onto Route 329.
Travel 16 km.
Just past the bright yellow fish shacks, look for balloons halfway up the hill on the left.

For further information call…

Mark Brennan “Touching the Wild Within” July 1-20 Fraser Cultural Center

Touching The Wild Within, Invite Small

In Mark Brennan’s new exhibit, “Touching The Wild Within” he attempts to explore the lost ‘wild’ part of the human condition through deepening his own experiences in the wild landscapes of Canada. From connecting with these landscapes comes his art.

Mark believes that we have become an almost self-domesticated species, disconnected from Nature to the point where we have forgotten what it feels like to live with a profound awareness, wonder and connection to the planet that sustains us. The proof of this he says is in the way we undermine the natural processes of nature in our consumption and com-modification of the natural world, including the lessening of the richness of our own communities, towards an almost mono-culture existence.

These new landscapes depict separate interactions in wilderness areas, with Mark seeking to connect with each wild place as deeply as possible in order to reach that same place within himself. Work from Marks own collection and on-loan work from a private collection is also included in this exhibit.

Exhibition. Laurell Hamilton. Acrylic in Size Small

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EXHIBITION: Laurell Hamilton’sAcrylic in Size Small”,  June 18 to July 2.  Opening Reception Saturday, June 18 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Watercolour classes Mondays 1-3:30; Acrylics Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:30; Pottery Thursdays June 16 & 23 July 7 & 14, 1-3:30;  Doodles & Wine at Winegarden Estates, July 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. Ikebana Japanese Flower Arranging, July 30 from 10 to 4 p.m.


Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  3654 Highway 366, Tidnish Bridge. Phone 902-667-8555 or email:  Check Facebook & our website for schedules:


Gallery 18 – Henk Ykelenstam Exhibit


Gallery 18 Announces a Special Exhibit of Original Works by Henk Ykelenstam
Gallery 18 is pleased to announce an exhibit of original works by the late Prince Edward Island artist, Henk Ykelenstam. The exhibit includes oils, multi-media pieces, and graphite sketches. Many of the works are on display at Gallery 18 by way of a special agreement with the Ykelenstam estate. Henk Ykelenstam (1929-1992) was an accomplished artist in the super realism style. During his lifetime he exhibited at galleries in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and at the Toronto International Art Fair. In addition, he was featured in two separate exhibitions at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown. Ykelenstam was also a talented musician and performed with several orchestras across Canada. Gallery 18 is open daily during the season. For more information about the exhibit or gallery hours, contact Aubrey Bell or Patricia Bennett. Phone 902 886 3201, or email <>. 
Source: Aubrey Bell
President, Gallery 18
Gallery 18 Ltd.
10686 Rte 6, RR6
Kensington, PE
Canada, C0B 1M0
(902) 886-3201