Upcoming Residency Deadlines

Nova Scotia Centre For Craft and Design

Three Craft-focused residency programs to support emerging artists:

Craft LAIR

Community focused local artist in residence

Deadline: April 17th at 4pm AST.

Complementing our pre-professional summer residency and our airCRAFT career development residency program, the Craft LAIR supports artists with three years of independent professional practice who emphasize community engagement in their process. These eight to ten week, project-based residencies offer craft-artists a free, semi-private work/display space adjacent to our Mary E. Black Gallery. In exchange, artists are asked to make themselves available for a minimum of 4 hours per week for open studio/public interaction, and offer a craft-based public programming event at the centre (eg: presentation, workshop, demonstration etc.).

More details and the call available here:


Summer Residency

Pre-Professional Residency

Deadline: April 26, 2017 at 4pm, 2018.

The Residency is designed to suit emerging, pre-professional and self-directed artists who need time and space to develop a body of work while exploring individual style and technique. The Residency is open to advanced students and recent graduates looking for their next opportunity and guidance into the art world.

Residents will have access to the studios 24 hours a day from June 22 – August 31. In addition to a mandatory orientation, there are 3 mandatory meetings as a group throughout the summer. First an artist talk, a mid way check in, and an exhibition meeting.

As a group the residents will have an exhibition of their works created at the Centre during the Residency to be held in the Mary E. Black Gallery, September 1 – 17, 2017 with an opening on August 31 at 6:00.

More details and the call available here:



Professsional Development Program

Deadline: August 17th at 4pm AST.

The airCRAFT Emerging Artists Residency is the newest addition to our Centre. The one-of-a-kind craft dedicated residency strives to support emerging artists taking the next steps in their careers. Through a 9-month residency the Centre will work with each resident one-on-one to individualize and tailor the program to suit their particular objectives for their art careers. Whether the resident would like to pursue a career in production or to create a new body of work to exhibit in galleries, this residency is for them to explore and develop their practice towards the next step in their career. With studios in Ceramics, Wood, Jewellery, and Weaving/Textile the program supports up to 3 participants.

More details and the call available here:


chef residency

Nonesuch Chefs’ Residencies
The Nonesuch Café is a small coffeehouse and eatery located in the picturesque seaside town of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada. The café is on the ground floor of Main & Station along with myriad used books, kickshaws, and art. The upper levels of the building offer accommodation space for Nonesuch artist’s in residence as well as workshop, exhibition, and performance space.
We specialize in mushrooms, sea vegetables, and an international vegetarian cuisine.
The Nonesuch Chefs vegetarian residency program offers chefs of all styles and experience the opportunity to try something different. This is for someone who seeks inspiration, a challenge, an opportunity, or maybe just a change of scene.
The inspiration is here.The challenge is to run a successful café eatery in a very small seaside town.The opportunity is what you make it into.
Applicants who are selected will be provided with personal accommodation, a furnished, heated, and powered kitchen and dining area.
Some Constraints:

The Nonesuch Café is ovolacto vegetarian and your project must conform to that.
We do not currently have a liquor license.

You decide:

The hours you want to be open… if you want to serve only breakfast or stay open from 11am until 2am it is fine but whatever you decide, you must consider the population and strive to find a niche that works.
The menu… you can serve a mix of vegetarian cuisine or specialize in a specific cuisine such as East Asian, Jamaican or Chilean. If you’ve always wanted to try making a Burrito Palace or a Tatie Shop, All Day Breakfasts or Strictly Soups… go for it. Comfort foods, haute cuisine, or in between, it is up to you

The more you prepare before arriving, the better. We recommend structuring your residency as follows:
a : Do your market research. Eat in local restaurants, visit the grocery story, see the sights. Create or modify your preliminary budget and plans.
b : Get to know your kitchen and set up. Make it yours!
c : Finalize your preliminary plans and budget. Create and test your menus.
d : The grand opening & the beginning of operations.
e : Normal operations.
Budget contributions and residency costs will be discussed and decided on a case by case basis. Successful residents may be offered an Esther Hageman Award for the Culinary Arts. All Nonesuch Awards and Fellowships are awarded post-residency. In the case of awards for the Chefs’ Residencies, if you decide you like Parrsboro, these may be applied toward start-up costs for your own establishment or toward extending your residency.
To apply for a Nonesuch Chef’s Residency, write us a letter about who you are and what you would like to achieve and email it to fun@hmsnonesuch.com or mail it to Main & Station, PO Box 507, Nova Scotia, Canada, B0M 1S0.


UCA/VANS in Residence Artist Announced

VANS in Residence with Uncommon Common Art

Visual Arts Nova Scotia and Uncommon Common Art are thrilled to be facilitating an artist residency in Kings County, Nova Scotia. It’s a terrific opportunity for NS artists and the host community. Alex Mann has been chosen for this initial artist-in-residence collaboration. She is an emerging artist, working in textile embroidery and screen printing. Her focus is on creating unique and hand-made pieces that blur the line between the humorous and the morbid. She currently lives and works in Halifax.

From Alex Mann:
In this residency, I’ll further explore botanical illustration through a collaborative embroidery project representing plants in the old-growth forests of Nova Scotia. The finished product will be something of a forest scene, but each species will be distinct and separate, each embroidered on their own piece of fabric that will then be stitched together onto a larger base. Once it is assembled I’ll stretch it onto a frame to be displayed in the Wolfville Watershed Nature Reserve. Having this piece exhibited in the environment it depicts will contrast how we deconstruct nature for our uses, both literally (using wood and cotton to construct the work) and visually vs. its natural existence.

Alex will be in residence in Kings County for four weeks in May. There will be public workshops, artist talks, as well as her own time in studio. More details to follow.

For more information on Uncommon Common Art, contact them through uncommoncommonart.com.

For more information on Visual Arts Nova Scotia or the Residency please visit the VANS in Residence page or contact:
Andrea Ritchie
PAINTS Coordinator

Visit Craft LAIR textile artist Kristina Vermeulen: studio hours & events

Kristina Vermeulen
Craft LAIR: Local Artist-in-Residence

Join us for upcoming events or visit the studio to try your hand at tapestry.

Meet Kristina:
Kristina Vermeulen is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Eastern Passage, N.S. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from NSCAD University in 2007. Having grown up on a hog farm in the Annapolis Valley, much of her work has been heavily influenced on exploring the rural experience and the routine nature of raising livestock.

Though her earlier work was based in mixed media drawing and printmaking, much of her current work is focused on fibre and textile arts. Common to her practice is a central theme of working in multiples and creating work using highly repetitive processes.

During her residency at the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia, she is looking to expand her work in tapestry weaving and explore imagery that encapsulates the feeling of equanimity.

Tuesdays for Tapestry

Kristina will be keeping regular studio hours Tuesdays from 1pm-5pm until March 13. Drop in any time to see what she’s working on and try your hand at the tapestry loom affectionately named “Frankie the Hob-Gobelin.”

Spinning March 3rd

Always wanted to learn how yarn is spun? Join us Saturday, March 3rd from 11am-2pm
for a drop-in drop-spindle demo. Try your hand at spinning and take home your own hand-spun for a $10 material fee.

Crafternoon March 17th

Join us for a FREE crafternoon March 17th from 11am-2pm. Bring in your latest textile project to work on and get feedback from Kristina and your fellow fibre fiends. Get inspired with tips and tricks for your next knitting/crochet/weaving/spinning adventure!

About our Craft LAIR:

Complementing our pre-professional summer residency and our airCRAFT career development residency program, the Craft LAIR supports craft artists with at least three years of independent professional practice and have an interest in community engagement. These eight to ten week, project-based residencies offer craft-artists a free, semi-private, work/display space adjacent to our Mary E. Black Gallery.

For more information or press images, contact:
Becky Welter-Nolan
Administrative Coordinator, Centre for Craft Nova Scotia

1061 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7

Call: Sherbrooke Village Artist in Residence Program

Sherbrooke Village is pleased to announce a new artist in residence program for 2018. Three established, professional Canadian artists, crafters or writers will be juried by a selection committee to live and work in the historic village for a three-week period. A gallery/studio will be provided with separate living accommodation available for the artist. An honorarium will be provided to assist with travel and living expenses. There is an expectation that the artist will have their studio/gallery open for the public while in residence.
Sherbrooke is situated on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia and is brimming with local colour and maritime history. Sherbrooke Village, a living provincial museum, lets you step back in time to a 1860s lumbering and shipbuilding community. Rugged coastline, lakes and rivers make it a world – class destination for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers and family vacationers. Sherbrooke Village is a mecca for artists, photographers and musicians, and has offered arts courses, and exhibitions for many years.

The 2018 residency season will begin June 4th , 2018 and end October 1st, 2018. Interested artists can apply by sending the following:

• a cover letter with their name, address, phone number and website (if applicable);
• resume;
• 10 JPEGS of their work (visual artists),
• 10 pages of recent examples of writing
• samples of recorded music
• preferred dates of three week residency.
• a statement of interest and proposed plan of work while on site.

We will be accepting applications between February 15, 2018- April 15th , 2018. Artists will be notified of the selected artists within two weeks of the juried selection.

Please send your application package to:

Artist in Residence Program
c/o Sherbrooke Village
42 Main St, Sherbrooke, NS
B0J 3C0

Brucebo Scholarship for Canadian Artists deadline 31 Jan 2018

The Brucebo and W.B. Bruce Fine Arts Scholarships

Since 1972, the Brucebo Fine Art Scholarship Foundation of Gotland, Sweden has offered a fine art residency/scholarship to a talented emerging professional Canadian artist providing an inspiring study/work stay in northern Europe on the island of Gotland, located in the Baltic Sea. The Brucebo fine art scholarships hark back to the post-impressionist era in Europe, where two young artists, Caroline Benedicks of Sweden and William Blair Bruce of Hamilton, Canada, met in Paris, married and after many years on the European continent, settled on Gotland Island. With the untimely death of William in 1906 and that of Caroline in 1935, the estate, in the early 70’s, created the Brucebo Fine Art (Scholarship) Foundation, an organization promoting island-based cultural history and fine art. To commemorate the unique Swedish-Canadian link of Caroline’s and William’s marriage and impressive artistry, two annual fine art scholarships for younger, professional Canadian artists were established : The Brucebo Fine Art Summer Residency Scholarship and The William Blair Bruce European Fine Art Travel Scholarship.

The Brucebo funds a three months’ working residency – starting June 1 – at the Brucebo studio cottage in the Själsö fishing village, 7 km north of the Hanseatic and Medieval City of Visby. The scholarship includes the use of the studio cottage, and a stipend of 50 000 SEK (approx. $7,500 CAD) that covers travel expenses from Canada – Gotland (return). The scholar now also has the opportunity to extend their stay until October 1. Upon leaving the island, the artist is requested to donate an artwork made during their summer residency with the Canadian Collection at the Brucebo museum.

Further info : http://www.bruceboscholarships.ca