Seeds Gallery, NSCAD University’s year-round shop for student and alumni work, relocated from its former Hollis Street location to the Halifax Seaport, effective March 15, 2011.
The new 1000 sq ft street-level gallery features a clean, contemporary design aesthetic, and is located in the Annex Building at 116-1099 Marginal Road, directly across the street from the Port Campus.
NSCAD is the only visual arts university in Canada to offer students and recent graduates a dedicated commercial gallery space.
“It can be a challenge for emerging artists to secure gallery representation,” explained Jennifer Simaitis, Seeds Gallery manager. “By providing them a professional space in which to show and sell their art to the public, Seeds helps them make the transition from the academic to the entrepreneurial world of the arts.”
“Our move to the Halifax Seaport offers Seeds an exciting opportunity to share our NSCAD-trained artists’ work with new audiences, from Farmers’ Market patrons to cruise ship passengers,” added Tonia Di Risio, Director of the Anna Leonowens Art Gallery. “We’re also looking forward to working
even more closely with the students and faculty located at NSCAD’s Port Campus.”
The new Seeds Gallery opened with March of Prints
, the annual printmaking department’s sale. Featuring works by students in their second through final year at NSCAD, the pieces incorporated a range of print media, including intaglio, lithography, relief, silkscreen and monotype. “The approach to subject matter and imagery was as varied as the individuality of the students enrolled in printmaking,” explained Bob Rogers, associate professor at NSCAD University.
“This annual exhibition at Seeds represents an opportunity to both showcase their talent to the community and realize some profit, through sales, for all the hours of hard work they’ve put into producing the prints,” added Rogers.
A grand re-opening celebration for the new Seeds location is planned for May to coincide with two major annual events: the Starfish Student Art Award gala and the 2011 Graduation Exhibition.Photo credit:: Jennifer Simaitis