The deadline for submissions is

this Saturday, February 15th, 2020.

For application details, please review the PIPAF ARTIST’S PROSPECTUS – Click here

Jocelyn Li

Executive Director

p. +1 902 728 2007

Reminders from VANS…Studio Sessions webinars, Third Thursdays, Heritage Day closure, and more

Just a little reminder to…

Register for Studio Sessions Webinar Series!

Studio Sessions webinar series for artists starts next Wednesday, February 19 at 6pm and focuses on the essentials for writing professional proposals. Each of the 3 one-hour sessions will be instructed by artist and gallery director Melanie Colosimo and covers the tips and tricks for writing professional proposals (including how to get organized, writing CVs, artist statements, and more). Webinars are only $18 each for VANS Members ($28 for Non-members) or you can bundle all three for just $45 ($75 for Non-Members). The registration deadline is this week so sign up online today:!

Come to our first Third Thursday event!

We’re introducing Third Thursdays: Monthly Member Meetups hosted by Pavia! Join Halifax based writers Julian Covey and Amanda Shore to talk about how architecture and municipal policy affects artists and communities. Bring along your copy of Visual Arts News, sit down for a coffee and join the conversation.Third Thursdays will happen at Pavia every (you guessed it) third Thursday of each month with a different theme and discussion topic. The first Third Thursday meetup is happening February 20 from 6 – 8pm at Pavia Gallery Espresso Bar and Café, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia location, 1723 Hollis St. Halifax.

Send us your news!

We will soon send out the Spring Edition of Members’ News so let us know what you have going on this spring. Have you taught or taken a great class, or participated in an exhibition or residency? Let your peers know! We can tell you that they actually want to know your news, as Members’ News is the most read email we send out. Any VANS member can send along their brief updates (less than 100 words, written in 3rd person) to with the subject line “Members’ News”. Deadline: March 9.

The VANS office will close for Heritage Day.

The VANS office will be closed this Monday, February 17 for Nova Scotia Heritage Day. This year’s Heritage Day honouree is the community of Africville. Read Julian Covey’s article Remembering Africville as he discusses the MSVU Gallery exhibition Africville: A Spirit that Lives On – A Reflection Project in the spring issue of Visual Arts News.

Pick up your slides.

The VANS slide library is ending In the age of print photography, the slide library used to be a way members could safely store duplicate documentation of their work safe from fire and flood, but now with the Artist Pages accessible to every member (and with so many members having their own website or social media as a way to store and share images of their work), the slide library has become obsolete. We will be deaccessioning all the slides by June 2020 but if you have slides at VANS and want them back please get in touch and we will make arrangements with you.

Renew your VANS membership today!

VANS membership gives you access to various VANS programs, information, opportunities, a subscription to Visual Arts News magazine, an Artist Page on our website, a large provincial community of colleagues and peer networks, and more. There are membership changes this year, including the option to have your membership auto-renew and an Artist Page included with every membership. You can  renew your membership online, in person, by cheque, or by calling the VANS office at 902-423-4694.


Our mailing address is:
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Rd
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7


OPEN STUDIO FOR FAMILIES ~ Drop by the Chester Art Center and get creative! Every Saturday morning starting January 25th to February 29th 9:30am-noon. Offering a new hands-on project every week.
Cost:$5 per family per week

902 – 275 – 5789

CALL for Applications Deadline FEB.15th

See the Artist Prospectus for full details here:

Fill in and Submit the Application Form here:

Jocelyn Li

Executive Director

p. +1 902 728 2007


Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival ~ CALL to ARTISTS

CALL to ARTISTS closes February 15th 2020!!

See the Artist Prospectus for full details here:

Fill in and Submit the Application Form here:

Jocelyn Li

Executive Director

p. +1 902 728 2007





Come and learn watercolour painting in a friendly, small class environment.
The class will be held at the North Woodside Community Center, 230 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth,

Sunday March 22 from 10am to 4pm.
FEE: $110.00 (not including minimal basic supplies).

This is a beginner course and here you will learn everything from the basic supplies and their uses to a ton of tips, textures, techniques and a WHOLE lot more~!…….By the end of the class you will have the knowledge and confidence to see your subject matter more clearly and be able to work on your own with ease. Come and enjoy a full hands-on experience.
I have been painting in watercolour since 1995. I am represented by The Teichert Gallery and 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery, both in Halifax.
**Please contact me directly for more information and or registration


phone number 902-469-3956

“I loved class last night! you are an amazing teacher and the class is so well organized, it is a real treat. Thank you.” – Kellie