Looking for an Illustrator within Hants, Halifax or Kings Co. region

I am looking for an illustrator within the Hants, Halifax or Kings County region to help me work on a small project.  I have started a simple children’s book and would like my drawings improved upon.  I can provide more information once contacted.

Thank you

Dennis Kean  denniskean@ns.sympatico.ca


Calling for Creative Consultants!

Want to share your expertise as a Creative Consultant?
Apply today!

With the Creative Consults directory available and ready to use, we are thrilled to announce our second round of consultant applications. Application submissions are open now till November 15th.

Creative Consults functions as a service directory for VANS members searching for support in their professional art practice.

Each consultant profile will contain information about the expertise they’re offering and their past work experience that reflects their skill level. Consultants also have a list of rates to accompany the service provided. VANS members will be able to request a booking directly on the consultant’s profile. The consultant is responsible for responding to booking requests, organizing a date/time to meet, and handling payments/invoices. We recommend that the meetings take place over Zoom and that payments are requested/invoiced before the meeting.

If you are a VANS member and would like to become a consultant in our program, please submit your application no later than November 15th. Each application goes through a jury process and will be notified of the results by the end of November.

To apply, please use either the Google form OR fill out the PDF form and send it to freya@visualarts.ns.ca

Please contact the Creative Consults Program Coordinator Freya Poirier for more information or questions afreya@visualarts.ns.ca

Apply Now – Google Form

Apply Now – PDF Form

About The Creative Consult Program 

Creative Consults is an online directory for VANS members to access consultants that offer artist related expertise. Members will have access to a directory of consultant profiles and book directly with a creative expert that suits their needs. Each member consultant will have a profile on our website, making their services available to members.
Recommended rates are between $40 and $100 per hour.

Program Structure

Once the expert has applied, a jury will choose the consultants based on the expertise they offer to artists and meet the eligibility criteria. This program is a VANS member-to-member benefit.  The VANS membership is required to activate the consultants’ profile in the Creative Consults directory. There is no fee to participate beyond the VANS membership. Not a VANS member? You can become one

Consultant profile
Once the application is approved and the VANS membership status is confirmed, The consultant’s profile will appear on the Creative Consults page through the VANS website. Each profile will include a photo, short bio, list of consulting areas, and the hourly rate for each type of consult they offer. We ask consultants to have clear service rates provided for members’ inquiries.

Booking requests
A member will search through the profiles to find a consultant that suits their needs. The consultant will receive a booking request from a VANS member via email and ensure they have the skills the member is seeking and are available. The consultant will follow up with the booking request within a week of receiving it. They will then independently coordinate a date and time with the member for the consultation within 3 months of the request. At this time, we recommend that all meeting are held online (ex. Zoom)

Before the meeting
The consultant will email an invoice to the member stating the member’s consult needs, the consultation type, amount of hours booked, the total amount owed, payment instructions, date, and meeting place confirmed (virtual meetings are encouraged at this time).

Once the meeting is confirmed, the member will send the payment directly to the consultant. It is advised that the consultant asks for the payment 2-3 days before their meeting. It is the consultant’s responsibility to collect their remuneration from the member.

After the meeting
The consultant will send VANS and the member a receipt to confirm the consultation’s completion. The member will receive a survey to provide feedback on their experience.

Areas of Expertise 

(Could include but not limited to)


Grant Writing

Exhibition Proposals

Residency Applications

Public Art RFPs

Financial Management





Graphic Design

Website Development









Brand Identity



Project Management

JOB: Visual Arts News magazine is seeking a Publisher

Visual Arts News magazine is seeking a Publisher

$9000 1 year contract – renewable

Rate of Pay: $28 per hour billed at $3000 per issue

Hours: 312 hours annually or 6 hours/week, flexible schedule

Reporting to: Becky Welter-Nolan, Executive Director, Visual Arts Nova Scotia

Deadline: September 17, 2020

Interviews: September 23 and 24, 2020

Start Date: September 28, 2020

Job Description:

In consultation with the Editor and the Editorial Committee, the Publisher is responsible for the distribution of the magazine, subscriptions, and promotions. The Publisher coordinates the production of the magazine with the Editor, Copy Editor, Ad Sales Manager, Print Manager, and Art Director. The Publisher works closely with the Editor and the Executive Director, and is responsible for increasing the magazine’s profile and audience, and cultivating partnerships both regionally and nationally.

Core funding for this position has recently been secured through the Canada Council for the Arts. This position has the potential to expand as increased funding is secured. The Publisher will be required to work at our Halifax office 3-10 days throughout year during the physical distribution of each new issue, and strategic planning meetings.

Duties include:

  • Managing subscriptions and increasing readership
  • Developing and maintaining a budget in consultation with the Executive Director
  • Invoicing advertisers and coordinating payments to contributors and magazine staff
  • Developing and maintaining a production schedule and ensuring magazine staff are meeting deadlines
  • Website and social media management
  • Coordinating promotions and launches regionally and nationally
  • Print and digital distribution
  • Interfacing with our distributor, Magazines Canada
  • Coordinating Editorial Committee meetings
  • Developing partnerships with regional and national organisations
  • Supporting the Executive Director in the development of special projects and funding applications related to the magazine
  • Working with the Executive Director, Editor, and Editorial Committee to update, develop, and implement magazine policies and procedures

About Visual Arts News magazine:

Visual Arts News is dedicated to contemporary visual art in Atlantic Canada and is one of the oldest nationally distributed art magazines. Published three times a year in Fall, Winter, and Spring, every issue includes engaging essays, profiles, reviews, artist pages, and in-depth features on issues facing arts professionals. Written in a clear and sophisticated style by some of the most talented arts writers in the region, Visual Arts News reflects the diversity of geographic and cultural communities across the Atlantic region. Publishing Visual Arts News magazine is a core program of Visual Arts Nova Scotia. www.visualartsnews.ca.


The Visual Arts Nova Scotia office has a fully accessible entrance and washroom, with a workspace that can be made available at ground level. Successful candidates may work at Visual Arts Nova Scotia but are welcome to work in large part remotely, with the exception of the distribution of each issue which is conducted from our office.


The successful applicant will have an undergraduate degree in the arts, or equivalent experience, excellent coordination, promotion and administrative skills. Experience and interest in the visual arts in Atlantic Canada and beyond is a requirement.

As the lead individual in the production of the magazine, the Publisher should have strong supervisory, leadership, communication, and organizational skills and be able to work independently to deadlines. Experience in arts administration, coordinating publications, developing partnerships and/or audience building is considered an asset. Priority will be given to candidates who have experience participating in or creating anti-oppressive and/or equity-based frameworks.


Visual Arts Nova Scotia and Visual Arts News magazine are committed to employment equity, and we encourage applications from those who identify as Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, and/or Persons with Disabilities. If you have specific needs that you would like us to address, or any concerns please reach out or mention them in your application.

If an alternative method of submitting you application is preferred, such as audio or video, please contact us so that we can assist you.

Interested applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter outlining your skills and interest in this position
  • CV or resume detailing relevant work experience
  • Names and contact details of two references
  • Applicants selected for an interview will be asked to share their vision for the magazine’s growth.

Please direct applications to:

Search Committee, Visual Arts News

Becky Welter-Nolan, Executive Director


Call for PAINTS Remote Workshop Proposals

A call for PAINTS Artists for Expressions of Interest: Remote PAINTS Workshops

To help keep students and teachers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2020-21 school year, no one other than staff and students may be physically in schools. Therefore, PAINTS programming will be offered remotely. We’re still planning to offer students the best, most engaging art experiences that we can by distance education.

We’re seeking brief initial outlines for remote art workshops for school children in grades Primary through 12. From these outlines, ten will be selected to be developed into workshops to be delivered remotely. The selected artists will be paid a stipend of $160 to build the initial outline into a full workshop plan to take place by distance education. These ten workshops will then be made available to schools to book. When selected by the school, PAINTS artists will be paid our new rate of $80/hr. Artists will be booked for a minimum of 3 hours at a time.

All workshops will be offered either via Google classrooms, or facilitated by the teacher with printable outlines and prompts provided by the artist. We’re approaching all workshops as one-off live events, where artists will be paid for the number of hours the workshop is built for.

If you aren’t already a PAINTS artist, you can apply here and be considered at the same time as you submit your workshop outline. We welcome applicants from all artists and encourage BIPOC artists to apply.

Before you apply please read all the info on how to apply and what to include in your outline on the PAINTS website: http://www.paintsns.ca/call-paints-workshops. Please contact PAINTS Coordinator Andrea Ritchie for more information at paints@visualarts.ns.ca.

Deadline: September 8.

Job: Online Mentorship Project Coordinator

Online Mentorship Project Coordinator

16 week contract August 31 – December 18, 2020

$7680 contract: $16/hr, 30 hours/ week

Funded through Young Canada Works, eligibility restrictions apply

Reporting to: Becky Welter-Nolan, Executive Director

Deadline for Applications: August 19, 2020

We are seeking an Online Mentorship Project Coordinator to facilitate the design and implementation of our new online mentorship and consulting program.

Reporting to the Executive Director and working in tandem with the Programming Coordinator, the Project Coordinator will help us outreach to established artists across the province and enrol them as online mentors in our Meet a Mentor program to be launched in the November of 2020. The program will build off our existing Mentorship and New Grad programs, giving emerging and mid-career artists direct access to a variety of mentors locally and regionally on a project by project basis similar to a consulting program. The Coordinator will be tasked with developing promotional material for the program, contacting potential mentors directly to discuss participation, distribute and collect mentor contracts, and create mentor profiles on our website.


The ideal candidate would be a recent graduate of an undergraduate or college program, and be eager to gain experience work in arts administration or peer-to-peer education. This position requires a highly motivated and organized individual with keen attention to detail; exceptional computer literacy; previous experience editing wordpress websites or working with Adobe suite is considered an asset. A knowledge of visual arts practices and involvement in Nova Scotia’s visual arts community is preferred. This position requires a high level of skill in both phone and email communication. This position is ideally suited to someone who manages multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment and who possesses the ability to work independently as well as work collaboratively with staff, artists and volunteers in a shared work environment.


Funding for this position is made possible through the Cultural Human Resources Council program, Career Focus (Young Canada Works). As a result, eligible candidates must be:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are willing and available to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
  • are an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;
  • are a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment;
  • are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and
  • have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.


The Visual Arts Nova Scotia office has a fully accessible entrance and washroom which is also gender neutral. A workspace can be made available at ground level. Successful candidates should be available to work at Visual Arts Nova Scotia as required, but are encouraged to work from home part time as we are still in the process of reopening our offices.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia advances the visual arts through leadership, education, and communication.

For more information about our organization, please visit: www.visualarts.ns.ca


Visual Arts Nova Scotia is committed to employment equity, and we strongly encourage applications from those who identify as Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, and/or Persons with Disabilities. If you have specific needs that you would like us to address, or any concerns please reach out or mention them in your application.

If an alternative method of submitting you application is preferred, such as audio or video, please contact us so that we can assist you.

Application Guidelines:

  • Cover letter outlining your skills and interest in this position
  • Resume detailing relevant work and volunteer experience
  • Names and contact details of two references

Please direct applications to:

Becky Welter-Nolan, Executive Director


With the subject line: Online Mentorship Project Coordinator

Deadline: August 19, 2020

Chester Art Centre ~Jumping into June, reserve a kit and see what’s new!

Art in the “Quarantimes” – May 29, 2020

 At Chester Art Centre, we want to continue to reassure you that we have been carefully following government rules and recommendations to manage the risks of COVID-19. We are working hard to ensure everyone at the centre is safe and healthy.

As the COVID-19 situation and restrictions may be changing rapidly, we will continue to be transparent with everyone about our next steps as information becomes available.

Watch our Channel: Fun news – we have launched the Chester Art Centre Youtube Channel! We’re posting how-to videos for some fun art-at-home lessons with Lisa Hrabowsky, and other instructions that can be used with our Grab & Go Art Kits to help you along! We also dipped into our archives and have released a wonderful short film called Grey Matter by Andrew McInnis that explores the work and experiences of several Chester and South Shore area artists. Subscribe to our channel and you’ll see videos as they are loaded.

Get your Kits: We’ve also launched our Series 2 Grab & Go Art Kits – get them while we have them! More are coming – but what we have right now are perfect for young people up to mature adults, to keep those synapsis snapping! Whip up a friendship bracelet to let a neighbour know you care; practice your stitching on a Handstitched Hound, make some fabric with the magic of water and wool with a Wet Felting kit or pull together a pin loom mat or pouch with our Mini-Loom kits! We have ready-to-paint primed Art Rocks and Story Rocks kits, or try your hand at Watercolour or Acrylic with squirts of paint, brushes and canvases – all in carry cases.

Reserve them here and we can deliver to your porch or plan pick-up from ours.  Also, If you or someone you know would really benefit from a kit  – and it’s a choice between that and necessities – let us know, as our wonderful donors are helping us support our community.

Busy Bees: Our Board members just can’t wait till our doors open again, too! Our rusted sculptures have been shined and re-rusted, and everyone’s been (safely) helping assemble kits. Our yard got a haircut, too…and we’re looking forward to helping our village of Chester feel as beautiful as it looks this Spring.

Plan to join us: We know that on June 5, some public health measures will be even more eased. We are in regular consultation with our local public health office and Dr. Strang’s team, and we are waiting for the full thumbs-up for our re-opening. We’ll send a note as soon as we know we can, and what that looks like. In the meantime, mark your calendars for a space-safe World Wide Knit (or any other Textile) in Public Day for June 13. Come by with a beverage and hang out on our Porch with our comfy red chairs, and listen to the birds, admire our plants and yard sculpture. Bring your guitar and play something for us!

Thanks to government supports, we are in a position to hire a summer student and plan to do so. If you or someone you know wants to join us for the summer, we are accepting applications until June 5, 2020. The best part is a ‘student’ doesn’t have to be returning to school, and can be a young person up to age 30! Apply with cover letter and resume by email, Attention: Kathleen Long to: info@chesterartcentre.ca.

Yours in imagination,

Kathleen Long,
Executive Director

Chester Art Centre Association

60 Queen St., PO Box 654

Chester, Nova Scotia B0J 1J0 Canada