VANS Matters

The spring issue of Visual Arts News is out! This Sustenance issue of Visual Arts News features Barbara Pratt, Julia Hutt, Jessy Watson, Carrie Allison as well as articles on My Cousin’s Cousin at Eastern Edge, Owens’ and Struts and Faucet’s Fruit Salad, Confederation Centre’s Give Me Shelter and more! You can buy it on news stands now but subscribers and VANS members should have received it in their mailbox. Don’t have your copy? Check and make sure your VANS membership is up to date!

Read more VANS Matters, including: New Grad Program online exhibition, announcing Artists in Mind, VANS’ artist Facebook group, HEAR TELL Podcast Resource Guide, and hire a Creative Consultant.


The Creative NS Leadership Council & the Board of Arts NS have been engaging members of the arts and culture sector in conversation about challenges, priorities, and opportunities as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The sessions have been lead by a series of questions, with answers gathered to provide the councils with information about how the pandemic has affected the arts and culture sector how they can shape recovery and build back better. Everyone’s input is valued. A short survey has been developed to collect any other thoughts regarding the future of the sector. Please find the survey here: Nova Scotia Arts & Culture Sector: Challenges and Opportunities as a result of Covid-19. If you have questions or would like more information, please email Chelsea Prime, at

Read more announcements, including: NSCAD announces TD Financial Literacy Program for Creative Entrepreneurs, Black Entrepreneurship Startup Program, and Eyelevel’s video series.

Awards & Funding

Applications are open for the Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s Gritty to Pretty Mural Grant. This grant offers support towards the costs involved in creating and delivering new inspiring installations in prominent Downtown Halifax locations. Since part of the intent of this program is to add colour to the Downtown and enhance the pedestrian experience, priority will be given to proposals that are playful, fun, and take into consideration the element of surprise and unexpectedness in an urban environment. Successful applications can receive up to 100% of the grant request. Grants awarded are usually between a few hundred dollars and up to $10,000. This opportunity is open to art professionals, including but not limited to art collectives, art galleries, artist-led community groups, artist teams, curators, designers, mural artists, and visual artists. Deadline: May 19.

Read more awards & funding opportunities, including: The Helen Hill Award, the York Wilson Endowment Award, The Salt Spring National Art Prize, and Building Communities through Arts and Heritage.


Parrsboro Creative and the Art Lab are offering courses including: Janet Doble’s course on Exploring Clay in the Natural World July 3 – 4; The Colours, Rhythm and Spirit of the Bay of Fundy by Marc Grandbois August, 13-16; Carving Large – The Water Column Project with Jennifer Marlow August 20- 24; Lynn Rotin’s course The Mystery of Encaustic Painting August 28 – 29; Figure Painting with Bill Rogers September 10-12; Plein Air Painting with Bill Rogers September 17-19; Pat Reid’s course The Art of English Willow Basketry September 24 – 26; Painting from the Inside Out with Wayne Boucher October 1 – 4 and more. For course details and to register go to the Art Lab Studios and Gallery website.

Read more education opportunities, including: Landscapes in all Mediums workshop, Going Public: How to approach, getting and producing Public Art Commissions workshop, Collagraph Printing, and workshops at Chester Art Centre.


The goal of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s Artist-in-Residence program is to enable an artist to create new work that contributes to the Museum’s mandate while advancing their art practice. As they prepare to launch an immersive film experience about the contributions of generations of immigrants to Canada, this year’s residency is a national call to artists to create a collaborative digital project that allows Canadians to share pictures/video/words etc. about immigrant contributions to Canada. The proposed project must be suitable to be shared digitally on one of the museum’s platforms.

This will be a virtual residency and it is very flexible on medium and timing. This year they welcome proposals for projects that take from 2 to 8 months. Ownership of the work will remain with the artist with the understanding that Pier 21 will host the completed project on one or more of the museum’s digital platforms. Final projects that include written or spoken words must be bilingual and all projects must meet standard accessibility guidelines which will be determined for the selected project. Compensation is $15,000 (including all supplies). New deadline: May 21.

Read more residency opportunities, including: Centre for Craft’s Summer Professional Development Residency, and Est-Nord-Est..

Open call for submissions! Deadline to apply is May 10, 2021

Open call for submissions! AGO x RBC Emerging Artists Exchange invites early career artists in all mediums to submit proposals for digital research projects, exploring ideas related to museum practices, audience engagement or the AGO’s permanent collection. 

 These proposals could examine any area at the museum, including but not limited to: Conservation, Collections, Curatorial, Education & Programming, Library & Archives, Food & Beverage and Visitor Experience. 

Working with advisors across the gallery, each selected artist will present their research findings at the end of the six-week residency.

Deadline to apply is May 10, 2021, at 5 p.m. (EST).

To apply and for more information, visit

Lunenburg School of the Arts Artist-in-Residence Program: deadline Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Artist-in-Residence Program:
Applications for Fall 2021 will be accepted until
Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

It is the intent of the our Artist-in-Residence program to provide a space for emerging artists, including recent graduates, to enable them to develop and enhance their practice in their chosen medium. Applications will be reviewed and selections awarded by a committee comprised of directors of our School. The program will host two artists each year, one in each of our two terms:

Fall Term: September 13, 2021 to December 17, 2021.
Application Deadline: March 31, 2021
All fall term applicants will receive notice on their application status by April 30, 2021.

Winter Term: February 14, 2022 to May 20, 2022
Application Deadline: August 31, 2021
All winter term applicants will receive notice on their application status by September 30, 2020.

The Artist-in-Residence will have 24-hour access to an independent studio space at the Lunenburg School of the Arts located in the heart of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, a UNESCO World Heritage site and hub for arts, culture, and music.

The Artist-in-Residence will receive a stipend of $500.00 (CDN) per month and is responsible for her/his own material costs and sourcing. This program is a studio only residency; the Artist-in-Residence is responsible for her/his own living and travel arrangements and expenses.

A public exhibition of the work completed here by the Artist-in-Residence will be held at the end of the term at the School, together with a reception hosted by the School. At this event the Artist-in-Residence is expected to give an ‘Artist Talk’ in relation to the work she/he has completed during the term. The School also asks that the Artist-in-Residence provide our School with one piece of art created during the residency period, which artwork will become a part of our School’s archives and may be used for fundraising.

To apply, please submit the following in a single email to, subject line: “Artist-in-Residence Application”.

  • A current résumé/curriculum vitae

  • Artist Biography

  • Project Brief and Timeline (300 words maximum)

    • Describe materials and process that may be used for this project.

  • Five to ten Digital Images of your work (image format: JPEG)

  • Include respective titles, dates, dimensions, and material/medium

Application Deadlines: Fall Term: March 31, 2021,Winter Term: August 31, 2021.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic our School adheres to the safe health guidelines and directives of the Nova Scotia Public Health Authority.

Winter 2021 Artist-in-Residence: Inbal Newman

Introducing our Winter 2021
Artist-in-Residence: Inbal Newman


 Our School is delighted to welcome Artist and Designer, Inbal Newman to our School. Inbal will be in residency with us until May 15, 2021 — we can’t wait to see what she creates! 

It is the intent of the our School’s Artist-in-Residence program to provide a space for emerging artists, including recent graduates, to enable them to develop and enhance their practice in their chosen medium. To learn more please visit:

Inbal Newman is an artist and designer whose wanderings have currently landed her in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Growing from professional experience as both a printmaker and tall ship sailor, she takes a transient and interdisciplinary approach to creative research. Inbal particularly prefers to spend time in small communities situated upon or adjacent to water, since these constantly shifting environments have the most potential to reveal new discoveries and fuel curiosity. Her creative process involves maintaining artistic secrecy or “soft espionage,” and methods of repetition – from printmaking and performance rehearsal, to typewriting, interview, and crochet. The outcomes of this work reflect a fascination with semi-permanent records of impermanent places and situations, such as hand-poked tattoos, personally significant maps, and found material textile explorations including garments, doilies, and blankets. Inbal’s work also pursues her interests in observing, recording, and sharing narratives, which takes the forms of sound recording, reenactment, adventure logbooks, and workshops.

To quote Inbal’s proposal to our School: “Years ago, while sailing on a schooner in New York, I first learned about the tradition of a “Captain’s Personal Endsign.” Ship flags indicate information across long distances and the captain’s endsign signifies the captain’s origins (home state on most American sailing vessels – however the woman captaining the schooner remembered some skippers holding mini flag ceremonies during crew switchovers to hoist their personal flag, lovingly hand-sewn by their devoted wife). It made me think: Where are the personal endsigns for all the women captains and seafarers forgotten or often left out of history, and for women seafarers today? And who would lovingly sew personal endsigns for them? This sparked my idea for a limited series of Captain’s Personal Endsigns for women sailors and share their stories in a striking visual manner.”

Inbal Newman’s Steganography Suit, 2020, variable dimensions, silkscreen on paper, cotton, blue marker, red filter glasses

Inbal Newman and the Honourable Wilfred P. Moore, Q.C., LL.D., Volunteer Chair

Our mailing address is:

Lunenburg School of the Arts

6 Prince St.. PO Box 610

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0


Applications are now OPEN for the Digital Arts Residency in Twillingate, NL

Applications are now OPEN for the Digital Arts Residency in Twillingate (DART)! This program offers two digital artists the opportunity to live and work in Twillingate for two months each starting in June 2021.

Artist 1: Jun. 1 – Jul. 31, 2021
Artist 2: Aug. 1 – Sep. 30, 2021

Artists in residence are provided a place to live and work in the historic town of Twillingate, a weekly stipend, and the opportunity for community engagement.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Following 2020’s successful hybrid format festival, plans are in place to do the same this year. Save the dates for September 16 – 19, 2021!

If you are interested in presenting a workshop or if you have any suggestions to share with us, please reach out!

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Our mailing address is:
Orange Lodge, 118 Main Street
P.O. Box 550
Twillingate NL A0G 4M0 Canada


AGO X RBC Artist-in-Residence Program invites emerging artists to submit proposals

Call for proposals!

AGO X RBC Artist-in-Residence program invites emerging artists to submit proposals for a digital project or experience to be created over a two-month digital residency, responding to the theme of “Together, Apart”.

Three paid residencies available in 2021.

Deadline for submissions is March 10, 2021.

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AGO X RBC Artist-in-Residence program

Call for proposals!

AGO X RBC Artist-in-Residence program invites emerging artists to submit proposals for a digital project or experience to be created over a two-month digital residency, responding to the theme of “Together, Apart”.

Three paid residencies available in 2021.

Deadline for submissions is March 10, 2021.

Learn more at ttps://