More than a shop
March 16, 2012

Seeds Gallery is more than a shop, it’s an incubator of NSCAD talent.

“A big part of what we do is teaching students how to market themselves,” says Natalie Boterman (BFA 2011), manager of Seeds Gallery. “It’s about building up CVs and taking a look at those artist statements and generally helping out on the professional practice side of an artistic life.”

Seeds Gallery is more than a shop, it’s a glimpse of everything NSCAD provides.

“We’ve got work by students, alumni and faculty. There’s video and media work, jewelry, ceramics, painting, prints, fashion, textiles—pretty much every department is represented. Residents and visitors to Nova Scotia get a chance to see what happens at NSCAD through Seeds.”

Seeds Gallery is more than a shop, it’s a training ground.

NSCAD student Desiree Rondeau, in her fourth year, is doing an internship at Seeds, learning how to work with artists, installing work, pricing, packing and shipping artworks worldwide. There are also four part-time student positions at Seeds.

Seeds Gallery is more than a shop, it’s a commercial art gallery.

“We’ve got a roster of young and emerging artists who are represented exclusively by Seeds,” says Natalie. “This is kind of a middle space for them, between being students and mid-career artists.” Each of the artists represented gets a solo show and sales of their work are directed through Seeds. Currently represented by Seeds are: Nathan Patterson, Caitlyn Purcell, Kate Walchuk, Ambera Wellmann, Lisa Folkerson, Norma Jean MacLean and Nadia Gemeinhardt.

Seeds was recently successful in overseeing a major purchase of art by its artists to the Nova Scotia Art Bank, the collection of art owned by the province.

Seeds Gallery is more than a shop, it’s a showcase for various NSCAD departments.

Major Change, a Textiles/Fashion show, is on to March 25. The March of Prints, the annual printmaking department show, runs March 28 to April 15. Painting, Drawing and Ceramics are collaborating on a big show set for April 18 to May 6. The Jewellery and Metalsmithing department typically has a show just before Christmas.

Seeds Gallery  is a shop.

Seeds Gallery carries everything from postcards and buttons that will set you back a loonie to limited edition T-shirts and big-ticket paintings—also available on a rent-to-own basis.

Come visit Seeds Gallery at 1099 Marginal Road, Halifax, opposite NSCAD’s Port Campus.

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Desiree Rondeau and Natalie Boterman welcome visitors to Seeds Gallery, located opposite NSCAD's Port Campus.