PAINTS project call: Art Recess!


PAINTS project call:
Art Recess!

With students across Nova Scotia now learning from home, PAINTS is responding with a new initiative: Art Recess. Artists will put together art activities that can be completed in about 15 minutes. They’ll make videos to lead students through the art activities using materials that would be readily available in most homes of school-age children.

There are two streams of artists who can apply.

Stream 1: Current PAINTS artists who have an approved online workshop.
Stream 2: Artists who have current experience leading art workshops online, and who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Queer, Acadian, Newcomer and/or Deaf or living with a disability.

We want to roll this program out quickly. Applications will be assessed as they are received with a final deadline of May 20, 2021.

The selected artists will be paid a flat fee of $200 to create the instructional video and any needed “handouts” to be emailed to teachers. These videos will be available to educators and parents through VANS’ YouTube channel. They will be publicly accessible until July 2, 2022. Any further use would be negotiated separately with the artist.

Please complete this form to apply:

This quick-response program is being supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Education.
Questions? Contact PAINTS Coordinator, Andrea Ritchie at

Deadline: May 20 at 5pm.

Nova Scotia Art and Craft Sale November 5th and 6th 2021

The 10 year anniversary of the Nova Scotia Art and Craft Sale, featuring the curated work of Nova Scotia artisans, will be held on November 5th and 6th 2021 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 90, 2234 Rocky Lake Dr, Waverley, Nova Scotia.(Covid restrictions permitting).

Deposits are not required with application for the 2021 show. Handmade only accepted.

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN: To learn more and to apply visit


APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN for the 2021 Dartmouth Handcrafters Guild – Handmade for the Holidays Craft Show.

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN for the 2021 Dartmouth Handcrafters Guild – Handmade for the Holidays Craft Show. October 22-24 at the Zatzman Sportsplex.

This year there will be no deposit required at time of application, but space may be limited so do not delay!

For full details and to APPLY NOW visit




$41,000 IN AWARDS



The Salt Spring National Art Prize OFFERING 10 prizes totaling $41,000

First prize $20,000

$20,000 ($15,000 and a $5,000 Salt Spring Island artist residency)

four awards of $3,000 selected by jurors

four awards determined by a vote of exhibition viewers
1st prize – $3,000
2nd prize – $2,000
3rd prize – $1,000
Youth Vote – $1,000

for outstanding work by a Salt Spring artist – $2,000


Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are eighteen years of age and older as of January 1, 2020, are invited to submit their two-dimensional and three-dimensional work for consideration.

SSNAP recognizes, showcases, and publicizes the accomplishments of Canadian visual artists and advances public appreciation of visual arts. We encourage Canadian artists whose work demonstrates originality, quality, integrity, and creativity to submit significant pieces with a real visual impact and depth of meaning.

Finalists will enjoy the prestige of becoming a finalist in one of Canada’s largest national art prizes. Finalists’ artwork will be exhibited online and at a month-long live exhibition to be held September 24 – October 25, 2021. Respecting Covid protocols in place at this time, finalists will be encouraged to participate in artist talks and associated events such as the opening and closing galas.

Artists will be featured in our catalogue, in national and regional press, and by highlighting subsequent accomplishments through our growing social media channels.
We are also pleased to announce that artists from the Southern Gulf Islands who have submitted to SSNAP are automatically eligible to be selected by a three-person jury for the Parallel Art Show (PAS) running concurrently with the SSNAP Exhibition at the ArtSpring Gallery from September 22 to October 17, 2021.

With the support of the Salt Spring Arts Council, the popular Parallel Art Show was developed and created by Salt Spring artists and our arts community to showcase the amazing talent of the Southern Gulf Islands’ artists during the SSNAP Finalist event.

Exhibition finalists will receive up to $200 towards shipping expenses.


SSNAP will showcase approximately 50 finalists chosen by a national jury. The identity of the artists will be anonymous to the jury during the finalist selection process.

This year’s national jurors are:

  • Judy Anderson; University of Calgary Canadian Indigenous studio art, associate professor
  • David Diviney; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in K’jipuktuk/Halifax, senior curator
  • Ydessa Hendeles; Director of Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, artist/curator
  • Michelle Jacques; Remai Modern Chief Curator, former Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

As one of Canada’s largest and most diverse national art prizes, we encourage artists across Canada to take part in this wonderful opportunity for Canadian Art!

$41,000 in awards I Artist Call closes May 31, 2021!

Submit to the prize here

Call to Canadian Artists: Great Run Canada 154 Virtual ArtWalk

Call to Canadian Artists:

As part of a series of virtual fitness missions, Great Run Canada is introducing the Canada 154 Virtual ArtWalk! Our virtual missions have, in the past, included hand-made virtual postcards that people receive at designated distances via email as they walk, run, bike or swim their way across a virtual distance.  I am creating missions in 154km increments (to celebrate Canada’s 154th birthday), and instead of just tourist-style virtual postcards, I would like to include artcards as well to help promote other artists like myself and the provinces they are from. I am about to launch Nova Scotia and am now looking for artists in all other provinces.

There will never be a cost to the artist (participants in the virtual walks are charged a small $15 fee to help pay for my use of the platform and administrative costs). This is my way of trying to keep people physically active while getting some Canadian arts and culture experience that we are all missing by not being able to travel. What I need from you, the artist: a jpeg of the piece you want featured on your art card. This can be a single piece or you can make a jpeg collage of multiple pieces. I also need a short bio about you and the piece(s) featured, a way to contact you, where your work can be viewed, and if you would like to offer participants a discount on purchases made. (They could mention Great Run Canada, for example, and you know they participated in the mission for the discount. I will not have anything to do with the actual sales. That’s all you! A discount might just be a good way to send people in your direction). I will be creating a release form to protect us both, just saying that you’ve agreed to let me use the image and that I agree to ONLY use it in the designated project. No theme for the first project, although I am willing to consider it for future segments. The only rule is family-friendly because I have no control over the ages or people who sign up to do the walks.

If you have any questions, you can email me at And you can view the current missions (none are artwalk ones yet) on my website at

I can’t wait to include you in this project!

Thanks again!

Trista Bassett



Paint Peggy’s Cove Registration Opens May 1

The Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts Society is pleased to announce that online registration for its outdoor plein air event, Paint Peggy’s Cove, will begin as of May 1, 2021. Spaces are available for 40 artists. In addition to displaying and selling plein air works, 32 of the 40 registered artists will be able to display and sell studio works in the Festival Yurt; these spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

At this point we are hopeful that summertime Nova Scotia Covid 19 protocols will enable us to hold this event. We will be abiding by all local pandemic requirements, as well as ensuring our event has its own specific protocols to keep both artists and the public safe. Should we need to cancel the event, we will refund registration fees in full.

Online registration is available at the following link

Paint Peggy’s Cove On-line Registration

If you gave any questions, please contact Patricia Lindley at