Open Grants deadline is January 10


Open Grants deadline January 10

VANS is accepting applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) groups, galleries, organizations, and/or collectives to create new arts programming or enhance existing arts programming in their community through the Open Grants program.

Any BIPOC group, gallery, organization, or collective in Nova Scotia can apply for up to $500 to assist with costs related to creative endeavors and art engagement activities. Each group/ gallery/ collective is eligible for one grant per year and there will be at least six grants available.

You don’t have to be an arts organization in order to apply – you just have to apply for an art activity. This could be bringing an artist in to teach a workshop, a placemaking art activity, artist residency, or any creative project – VANS doesn’t prescribe how the funds will be spent. The application is fairly short (we need a description of the project or activity, requested amount and budget, and how these funds will assist them) and all applications will be reviewed by a jury.

Deadline: Apply by January 10, 2021 at 5pm. Please read the full call for applications and apply on the VANS website:


Special thanks to Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique and Letterpress Studio for their fundraising efforts and support of the Open Grants program this year! Core program support is provided by the Canada Council for the Arts

We are happy to answer any questions about your application! There is also a FAQ section of the website so for more information about the program, application and guidelines, visit the Open Grants page on the VANS website or contact:


Carri MacKay
Programming Coordinator
Visual Arts Nova Scotia




We are seeking submissions from RURAL artists, makers and creatives across Mi’kma’ki

Let’s challenge and disrupt stereotypical notions of what rural “Maritime” art can be and look like.

Participating artists will each receive $450.00 in exhibition fees and $325.00 in speaker fees.

To read the call and for further details on how to apply visit:

Submit your application by midnight on Friday, February 5th, 2021.

Artists will be notified by Friday, February 19th, 2021.

Exhibition duration: May 1st-30th, 2021 with artist panel to-be-scheduled during this timeframe.

A really exciting, new, paid opportunity for BIPOC Canadian artists

Connecting Perspectives: A Cross-Border Art Initiative
Selected artists will receive USD $1000 USD for participation in the project


Canada’s diplomatic missions in the United States are proud to partner with the Toronto-based Social Distancing Festival to present a new collaborative, interdisciplinary series called Connecting Perspectives: A Cross-Border Art Initiative, which will bring together artists who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Colour (BIPOC) in Canada and the United States to create collaborative projects that draw inspiration from the theme “Art Today”.

Connecting Perspectives aims to reflect this time of change, loss, and hope— and will spotlight BIPOC visual artists, choreographers, composers/musicians, poets, and spoken word artists who are enthusiastic about collaborating on new art and who can embrace the digital exhibition of their work.




Applications will be reviewed by a jury of professional BIPOC artists. A total of 26 artists (13 artists in Canada and 13 artists in the United States) will be chosen to participate, and each artist will be paired with another artist (1 artist in Canada with 1 artist in the United States).

All chosen artists who complete a collaborative art piece for the project will receive USD $1000, as well as USD $200 for expenses.

Applicants must be residents of Canada or the United States, have a minimum of 2 years professional experience, and be available to work on this project between February and the end of April 2021.

For more information about the process and eligibility requirements, please visit

The deadline for submissions is January 22nd at 11:59pm ET. Given that the project seeks to include participants from across the United States and Canada, we may need to stop accepting applications from certain regions if we have received a large amount of submissions. We encourage artists to apply quickly!


STUDIO RATH ART CLASSES: Adults and Children

STUDIO RATH ART CLASSES: Adults and Children

I am available to teach semi-private or private classes to adults and children at Studio Rath during the day. I currently have 2 after-school slots for children open on Monday or Tuesdays 6:00-7:30.

Winter sessions start the week of January 11. Registration will be ongoing. Max 2 students at a time.

These classes will be offered:

Ages 6-9 Art Explorer Various art methods and media are used while art history is inserted into fun child friendly projects.

Ages 9-13 Let’s Draw! class which teaches drawing fundamentals and will be tailored to the children’s specific interests.

Ages 9-13 Art Explorer Various art methods and media are used while art history is inserted into fun child friendly projects.

Ages 9-15 Intro to Printmaking Non-press printmaking methods (monotypes, screen and block printing) will be explored.

Upon Request! I offer adult, homeschooler daytime classes, as well as teen, or parent/child classes when requested. Semi-private (2) or private.

I want to share my love of art and help students expand their capabilities and enjoy creating!

For more info (including COVID protocols) see under Teaching/Current Classes and Camps.

Hope to see you or your children soon!

Laurel Rath BFA, MSc
Visual Artist and Educator

Studio Rath

902 223 3032


‘Call to Artists’ Port Bickerton Lighthouse 2021 Artist in Residence program

Call to Artists’ Port Bickerton Lighthouse 2021 Artist in Residence program:

Our lighthouse association is accepting applications for our 2021 season. This is our eighth year offering a two week residency to established Atlantic Canadian visual artists and writers. Artists working in any medium are invited to apply to the Port Bickerton Lighthouse Artist in Residence Program. The program is designed to provide work space and accommodation in a retreat environment where participants can work independently on their own project for a two week time period. At this time, we are only accepting applications from Atlantic Canadian artists/writers who are currently living in Atlantic Canada.

Applying to the Residency Program: applications will be accepted for the 2021 season, from September 1, of 2020 – January 26, 2021 (received by midnight)

Submission Guidelines:

To apply for a residency, your package must include name, address, phone number and website if applicable. You must submit a proposal that includes the following:

* resumé

* 10 photos (sent electronically to of your current work (visual artists ) or

a 5 to 10 page current sample of your writing (writers)

* include preferred dates of the two week residency (between May 1 and November 1, 2021)

* planned program of work while in residence (250 words)

* spatial requirements for work production (if any)

* written plan to provide community with 2-3 hr open studio/artist talk or workshop.

* a brief statement (100 words) explaining why you feel you need a residency retreat.

Residency Details:

You will have private access to the residence for the time period allotted.

Family, friends and pets are not permitted to stay during residency.

You are responsible for your own meals.

You are responsible for all your own equipment and materials.

The director will work with you to co-ordinate your stay and to ensure that the terms of the Residency are maintained.

All applicants will be notified within two weeks of application deadline.

Some element of public access must be provided at the end of the residency, such as an artist’s talk, “open studio”, or workshop to be determined in consultation with the Director of the Artist in Residence Program. One artist will be selected yearly for the residency. Artists must advise of their preferred length of stay with two preferences of time frames between May 1st and November 1st, 2021.

NOTE: A vehicle is highly desirable.

For more details and to see photographs of this stunning seaside retreat please visit our website at We look forward to hearing from you.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Must be received by midnight, January 26, 2021.

Mail your application with a $20.00 non-refundable application fee to:

Port Bickerton and Area Planning Association, c/o Wilda Kaiser

P.O. Box 142

Bickerton West, Nova Scotia B0J1A0

Saturday Social: Hand-building for Beginners

Saturday Social: Hand-building for Beginners

Spend your winter weekends working & creating with clay!

‘Saturday Social: Hand-building for Beginners’ with Gillian Maradyn-Jowsey
Jan. 16 – Mar. 27 / 10 sessions / 9:30am – 12pm / $350 ($225 for ages 18 & under).

Join our School for a fun introduction to working with clay! This workshop dives deep into the exciting world of ceramic hand building. Students will be introduced to basic techniques such as pinching, coiling and slab building to build their skills in clay. From functional vessel forms to sculptural objects, we have a myriad of projects to learn the basics of hand-building and have fun while we’re doing it! An emphasis on using the versatile LSA glaze collection will teach students how to glaze their ceramic pieces.

This ten-week workshop welcomes all ages, all levels and we encourage participants to register alongside family, friends, or to come on your own ready to meet new people. No experience necessary. Bring your creativity and an apron!

Please Note: No class will be held on Saturday, March 20 (March Break). Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult also registered for the workshop.

To learn more or to register please visit:

To see our full Winter 2021 Schedule, please visit:

Our mailing address is:

Lunenburg School of the Arts

6 Prince St. , PO Box 610

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0

Spanish & Beginning Abstract Painting CLASSES

The gallery does not keep regular hours for most of the winter, so please give us a call at 902-VIEWING (843-9464) to view artwork, or visit our current show online:

Covid measures are still in effect.

** Most classes have moved online **
All that is required to have fun and learn something new from the convenience of your home is: a computer, tablet OR cell with a camera and microphone.
No need to be computer savvy!

“Painting abstractly is an adventure in part because you aren’t trying to reproduce something you see. You don’t have concrete subject matter to guide you. Abstraction is a very personal way to paint, challenging but fun.”

Visual Voice Fine Art is proud to offer a 5 session class with abstract painter Barbara McLean. Beginning Abstraction will introduce you to acrylic abstract painting while covering basic principles of design and how to apply them.

Jan 26-Feb 23 Tuesdays 10-noon, $175 +tax per person
5 sessions ONLINE. Small class sizes = Limited space
Pre-registration required by calling: 902-843-9464

For more details visit:

Cultural experiences in our own fun and relaxed way are very popular. A great way to exercise your mind, have fun, and learn a beautiful language to help you in your travels (Spanish is spoken in 21 countries).
We have small class sizes which means space is limited – don’t delay reserve your spot!
Taught by a
native speaker.

$190 +tax per person for 10 classes, all materials included
Pre-Registration Required, no drop-ins. Call: 902-843-9464

Spanish 101 – Tuesdays 7:40-9:10 pm, from Jan 19 to Mar 23
OR in the AM: Wednesdays 10-11:30am, from Jan 20 – Mar 22

Spanish 3 – Wednesdays 5:50-7:20pm, from Jan 20 – Mar 22

Spanish 4 – Thursdays 7:40-9:10 pm, from Jan 21 to Mar 25

Spanish 5 – Wednesdays 7:40-9:10 pm, from Jan 20 – Mar 22

Spanish 6 – Tuesdays 5:50-7:20 pm, from Jan 19 to Mar 23

Spanish 8 – Thursdays 5:50-7:20 pm, from Jan 21 to Mar 25

Spanish Conversation* -Mondays 7:00-8:30pm, Jan 18-Mar 22
*Advanced class, previous classes required or a degree of fluency.

Visual Voice is located at 128 King St, Truro, NS