NSCAD’s Fountain Campus, a historic city block in the heart of the downtown, has become Halifax’s own art district. Three wonderful additions are being made to the mix of galleries, shops and studios already there, anchored by the university.
Firstly, The Khyber Centre for the Arts has moved to the former Christmas By the Sea location at 1880 Hollis Street. It celebrated its new location with the opening of the exhibition EQUIPMENT by NSCAD alumnus Kyle Alden Martens (BFA 2015) in November.
Secondly, there’s a full slate of programming planned for the Art Bar + Projects and Cabaret Voltaire, which are setting up at the former Brussels Restaurant on Granville Street.
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The Art Bar + Projects and Cabaret Voltaire - Atlantique was the venue for the NSCAD Holiday Party.
Photo by Melanie Colosimo
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The Art Bar + Projects is a venue that will create an atmosphere promoting the discussion of art and ideas outside of the classroom. Cabaret Voltaire – Atlantique (CV-A) is a place for “performative art curiosities” in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Dada, the movement at the heart of the modern conceptions of art. NSCAD alumna Sherry Lynn Jollymore will be CV-A’s first artist in residence. These two art spaces will transform the former restaurant into a venue for contemporary art apart from a gallery setting.
The Art Bar & CV-A were launched with the NSCAD Holiday Party on Dec. 18, but will officially open in January on January 11, 2016, 7 pm following the Anna Leonowens Gallery`s weekly openings. An after party for The Last Art College exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will be held January 15.
Thirdly, the Atlantic Film Festival will be moving as of February 1, 2016 to 1892 Hollis Street and 1870 Hollis Street, taking over spaces formerly occupied by the School of Extended Studies and Boutique Joliette. The locations will give the film fest street visibility, a downtown location, and a storefront box office.
The Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) has a staff of seven throughout the year, which swells to 35 in the summer in the lead-up to the festival, to be held Sept. 15-22, 2016. The festival also organizes Viewfinders, a festival for youth in the spring, and Strategic Partners, coinciding with the main festival from Sept. 15 to 18. It also shows films outdoors in the summer, in venues including the Halifax Waterfront. Executive director Wayne Carter speculated that Granville Mall, which is closed to vehicular traffic, might be another good location to screen films.
“We have been looking for a home that has a level of synergy for us,” he said. “NSCAD offers that to us—we’re looking forward to an interesting exchange of ideas. Youthful creativity is a very good thing.”
With the additions, NSCAD’s Fountain Campus is fully occupied. Other tenants include: RCHMND, a men’s clothing store at 1876 Hollis Street; NSCAD’s Art Supply Shop, 1874 Hollis Street; Split Crow Pub, 1855 Granville Street; Kew, a contemporary furniture store, at 1861 Granville Street; Gallery Page and Strange at 1869 Granville Street; Sawadee Tea House, 1871 Granville Street; Iron Salon, 1883 Granville Street; The Flower Shop, 1887 Granville Street; and NSCAD’s own Anna Leonowens Gallery, 1891 Granville Street, and Design Print Services.