Culture Days at NSCAD
September 27, 2017

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NSCAD is celebrating a big birthday in 2017—our 130th! Celebrations shift into high gear with this weekend’s Culture Days, a national event designed to raise the awareness, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

Culture Days kicks off across Canada—and at NSCAD—on Friday, Sept. 29. Acadian artist Mario Doucette will give a talk at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, 1891 Hollis Street, about his provocative work starting at 4:30 pm. A little later, the action moves to Art Bar +Projects, 1873 Granville Street, for The Totally Wicked Music Festival. The festival—in which people throw together a band, write a song and perform—is hosted by the NSCAD Alumni Association.

On Saturday, NSCAD hosts NSCAD INSIDE OUT, throwing open the doors of the university to the public at its three downtown campuses from 10 am to 3 pm.

“It’s been many years since NSCAD had an open house and what better way to show off we do,” says Linda Hutchison, Associate VP University Relations. “We’d love to have our studios full of people doing their work, while giving a warm, friendly reception to visitors to our campuses.”

NSCAD students and faculty are encouraged to work in the studios that day and being open to talking about what they do. Volunteers are also needed as greeters and tour guides. (If you’ve got a few hours to spare on Saturday and would like to help, contact Linda Hutchison at nscad.ca)

At the Port Campus, 1107 Marginal Road, the public can drop by to view NSCAD’s beautiful waterfront studios. On the second floor, the work of NSCAD design students and the research of faculty member Glen Hougan will be on display. On the third floor, the ceramics studios will be bustling and professors Neil Forrest and Rory MacDonald will be on hand.

At the Academy Campus, 1649 Brunswick Street, there will be tours of the filmmaking and animation studios, and screenings of NSCAD student films in the auditorium.

At the Fountain Campus, 5163 Duke Street, there will be jewellery demonstrations thanks to Kye-Yeon Son and Rebecca Hannon; a lecture on folk art by craft historian Sandra Alfoldy at 1 pm in the Bell Auditorium; and photo demonstrations to the photo studios and lab.

In the fashion studio, student assistants Michaela and Brianna will be on hand to talk about fashion design and construction and Professor Gary Markle will speak to his Well Worn research, creating fashion for people with mobility issues. In the printmaking studios, Professor Mark Bovey and students of the Print Club will demonstrate various methods of printmaking.

Design Professor Christopher Kaltenbach has organized a poster display and will be speaking about his research on insects from the Insectarium Theatre. Halifax INK is hosting a pop-up art publication shop in the Art Bar +Projects.

Finally, on Monday, Oct. 2, NSCAD will dedicate its new Treaty Space Gallery, as part of the Port Loggia Gallery at the Port Campus. In attendance will be Mi'kmaq elder Freeman Douglas Knockwood and historian Heidi Bohaker. All are invited to attend this special opening starting at 4 pm.

Briefly …
Friday, September 29

  • Artist talk by undergraduate exhibitor Xi Jin. Anna Leonowens Gallery, 12 noon.
  • Open house for the NSCAD New Glasgow Community Studio Residency, 1 to 4 pm. In the New Glasgow Community Studio, 182 Dalhousie Street. NSCAD alumni Curtis Botham and Genevieve Brideau have recently settled in their new studio.
  • Open House. NSCAD New Glasgow Studio Residency Program. 1-4 pm. 182 Dalhousie St., New Glasgow, NS.
  • Artist talk by Mario Doucette. Anna Leonowens Gallery, 4:30 pm.
  • Totally Wicked Music Festival. 6 pm to 11 pm, Art Bar +Projects.

Saturday, September 30

  • 2017-18 artists in residence Helah Cooper, Merle Harley and Gillian Maradyn-Jowsey will host an open house from 11 am to 4 pm at the NSCAD Lunenburg Community Studio, 40 Duke Street in Lunenburg. Throughout the week, (Oct. 2 to Oct. 6), the studio will be open for drop-in visitors.
  • NSCAD Inside Out, an open house event from 10 am to 3 pm at 3 NSCAD campuses: Fountain Campus, 5163 Duke St., Halifax; Academy Campus, 1649 Brunswick St.; Port Campus, 1107 Marginal Rd.
  • Pop up by Halifax INK at Art Bar +Projects, noon to 4 pm.

Monday, October 2

  • Opening of the Treaty Space Gallery, 4 pm at the Port Campus, 1107 Marginal Rd., Halifax.