The arts scene in October: a rundown
October 6, 2017

It’s a busy time for folks at NSCAD and others who love art, craft and design. Here’s a look at what lies ahead:

October 1-31

Photopolis: The Halifax Festival of Photography has begun! Throughout the month of October there will be 40 exhibitions and more than 35 events celebrating photography in Halifax and Dartmouth. Photopolis is pleased to acknowledge NSCAD University as a sponsor of the festival and proud to present exhibitions by NSCAD alumni Devon Berquist (735 Kilometres North, Timber Lounge, Oct. 2-31), Alexa Cude (The Coast Presents Food, Lion & Bright, Oct. 2-30), Becky Gartner (Woven Fire, Chives Window Space, Oct. 4 to Nov. 17), Claire Hodge (Negotiations, Oct. 13-Dec. 17, Dalhousie Art Gallery), Harold Klee (Delphian Constructs, Bishop’s Cellar, Oct. 1-31), Frankie Macaulay (Tree Versus, Sir Sandford Fleming Park, Oct. 1-31), and Meriem Oumessad (Ancestors, MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning, Oct. 16-Nov. 3; as well as past and present NSCAD Faculty Alvin Comiter (Point Pleasant Park, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Oct. 24-Nov. 4), Thierry Delva (Thierry Delva + Steven Holmes, Hermes Gallery, Oct. 7-29), Kim Morgan (Big Pictures, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Oct. 24 to Nov. 4), Wilma Needham, (BRINK, Dr. Mark Sutherland Dentistry, Oct. 1-31) and Gary Wilson (Faces from the Great War, Naval Museum of Halifax, Oct. 16-Nov 17).

For more listings and information about the festival, visit

October 12 & 14

Nocturne: Art at Night is a fall festival showcasing the visual arts scene in Halifax. anna sprague and Emily Lawrence (BFA 2017) are the curators for this year’s festival, which has the theme “Vanish.”

The 2017 guide will be published in the October 12 edition of The Coast.

ICFAD – International Council of Fine Art Deans
October 18-20

“Crossing Boundaries” is the name of the conference of the International Council of Fine Art Deans (ICFAD). The 54th annual conference takes place from October 18 to 20 at Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, 1919 Upper Water Street, Halifax.

NSCAD is the sponsor for the welcome reception for ICFAD on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6 to 7:30 pm, at the Port Campus.

Over the three days, a number of sessions will be held, mostly at the Halifax Ballroom of the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Panels, sessions and keynotes include: “The Landmarks Project Panel,”  “Envisioning Fine Arts Space for the Future,” and “The Many Faces of Diversity.” On Friday, Oct. 20, 1:15-2:15 pm, NSCAD President Dianne Taylor-Gearing will give a keynote address.

For more information about the conference or to register, please see: 

CAFAD – Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans
October 18-20

Going on simultaneously with ICFAD will be CAFAD (Canadian Alliance of Fine Arts Deans), Alliance for the Arts at Research Universities, and Chief Academic Officer Meeting (on Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 am to 3 pm) of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

Creative City Summit
October 18-20

The theme for this conference is “Views from the Edge: Periphery, Perspective and the Contemporary City.” The conference takes place at various venues including Pier 21, Westin Nova Scotia, and Via Rail Station. Sessions will also take place in Lunenburg.
Special guest speaker for the conference is the Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, who will present “Creative Canada—A Vision for Canada’s Creative Industries” on Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 pm at Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library.

NSCAD President Dianne Taylor-Gearing will take part on a panel, “Cultural Leadership in the Contemporary Context,” on Friday, Oct. 20. Also on the panel are Peter Dykhuis, Robin Metcalfe and Rebecca Thomas.

For full details on the conference and how to register, please see:

//Responsive: International Light Art Project Halifax
October 18- 21

//Responsive: International Light Art Project Halifax is an exhibition of light projects taking place in and out of doors over four evenings. Artists from Germany, Russia, Tunisia, the United States and Canada are creating 11 projects throughout the city—creating work in response to various sites, including the old Halifax Memorial Library, the Public Gardens and the Dalhousie School of Architecture. Exhibitions will be free to the public from 7 pm to midnight. There will be docents at each location, and guided tours will start from NSCAD’s Art Bar +Projects.

For more details on //Responsive, please see: Lighting up the night

Halifax Pop Explosion
October 18-21

It's the 25th annual edition of this festival! 2017 Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta is part of the line-up as well as Bambii, Bat Sabbath, Ria Mae, Yukon Blonde and many more. There are dozens of venues for the festival, including NSCAD's Art Bar +Projects,

For details, see:

NASAD – National Association of Schools of Art and Design
October 23, 24

NSCAD is preparing for NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) substantial equivalency accreditation, a comprehensive external review process.

NASAD consultant Dawn Barrett will be visiting NSCAD to assist with the NASAD application. Over her two days at NSCAD, she will be sitting in on classes, meeting with faculty, staff and students, and attending a meeting of Senate.

For more information, please get in touch with Anne Masterson, 902-494-8125.