VANS In Residence

A call for Artists

a month-long residency in Bridgewater

Visual Arts Nova Scotia, in partnership with the DesBrisay Museum will host a 4-week Artist Residency in Bridgewater, NS. This program provides a stipend to support the artist to work full time for 4 weeks. 70% of the time will be dedicated to the artist’s own work (creation, research or both) and 30% of the time will be dedicated to community based work, including hands-on workshops, studio visits, talks and presentations. The residency also includes one-week of planning that must take place at least one month in advance of the start of the residency. The residency must happen between February 17 – March 30, 2020.

The residency will provide a chance for the artist to have a period of work with a focus on their own practice, as well as engagement with youth and others in the community. The work Residencies are available for research, development and production of ongoing or new bodies of work. Projects that do not require access to specialized equipment are most suitable to the residency program. Artists are responsible for securing any additional specialized equipment.

A stipend of $2500 will be paid to the artist and a studio space within the DesBrisay will be provided, as well as accommodations if the artist is from outside the Bridgewater area.

The call for artists is now open; details on eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

Applications must be received on or before December 20th, 2019.
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For more information, please contact:

PAINTS Coordinator Andrea Ritchie 902-423-4694


About the DesBrisay Museum

DesBrisay Museum in Bridgewater actively explores and embraces partnerships, this includes creating programs with and exhibiting the work of artists. The museum seeks to find ways to connect itself with the public, fully promoting its arts, heritage and culture. It embraces its role as a vital part of Bridgewater’s emerging socio-cultural fabric. The museum has programs year-round, including our Saturday Engage & Explore program, which hosts talks, workshops and presentations on a variety of topics for a wide range of citizens, including children, families and seniors.  The museum is open year-round with free admission to all.

About VANS

Visual Arts Nova Scotia advances the visual arts through leadership, education, and communication. By encouraging artists to pursue their creative and professional practices creating connections to a community of peers and serving as a primary source for information, Visual Arts Nova Scotia fosters excellence, skills development, and learning in the arts.

Our Objectives

  • to offer programs, services and resources to individual artists and the visual arts sector
  • to support the activity of professional visual art practices
  • to advocate for individual artists, the visual arts sector and the arts in general