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Artist residencies offer great opportunities for emerging artists

A residency program is an exciting option for artists who have an interest in community engagement, developing teaching skills, and sharing their work with a diverse group of art enthusiasts. Residents become active participants in their host communities, engaging town residents in the visual arts through exhibitions, receptions and guest lectures. Taking part in a residency program is a great way to launch an artistic career.

We have four, beautiful Maritime residencies in:

  • Lunenburg
  • Dartmouth
  • New Glasgow
  • Sydney

We are always available to discuss partnerships with Nova Scotia communities to provide more residency opportunities for our graduates. Contact Linda Hutchison if you are interested in becoming a partner or to learn more about the Community Studio Residency Program.

Apply by completing the Application Form.

Contact us:

Linda Hutchison
AVP University Relations
902-494-8244
lhutchison@nscad.ca

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do”.   Edgar Degas

Dartmouth

The Dartmouth residency offers easy access to local schools and NSCAD campuses. The residency is at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning, located at 50 Queen Street.

Facilities

  • Secure, 24-hour access
  • Storage space available
  • Public space on ground floor for displays of work
  • Naturally lit third floor loft

Partners

  • The MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning

Artists

2020: Nick Nylen (BFA 2020), and Natasha Verbeke (BFA 2020).

Lunenburg

The Town of Lunenburg, on Nova Scotia’s south shore, is a world-renowned heritage site and artist’s haven. The residency studio is housed at 40 Duke Street, in the site of the former fire hall.

Facilities

  • Shared accommodation
  • Onsite Bartlett kiln
  • Storage available
  • Garage door access to studio
  • Off-street parking

Partners

  • The Town of Lunenburg

Artists

2020: Jessie McLaughlin (BFA 2020), Sienna Maeba (BFA 2020), and Undine Foulds (BFA 2020).

New Glasgow

New Glasgow is a small community with a range of arts opportunities. The residency studio is located adjacent to the Regional Library at 142 Dalhousie Street.

Facilities

  • Bartlett kiln
  • Studio space, with natural lighting, for three artists
  • Ample storage
  • Access to library equipment
  • Downtown location

Partners

  • Town of New Glasgow

Artists

2020: Merryn Tresidder (MFA 2020)

Sydney

The largest community on Cape Breton Island, Sydney is home to many craftspeople and artisans specializing in historical art practice. The Sydney program partners with the Cape Breton Centre for Craft in concert with NSCAD’s Masters in Art Education and the Creative Entrepreneurship Lab led by Special Advisor Gregory Adolphe-Nazaire.

Facilities

  • Fully equipped studio space and access to the Centre’s facilities
  • Featured profile and media focus as artist-in-residence

Partners

  • The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design

Current and past artists

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JESSIE MCLAUGHLIN
LUNENBURG
BFA 2020

Jessie is a textile and fashion artist who explores how materials, text, colour and the textile processes of weaving, quilting and applique create knitted and woven clothing.

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Jessie McLaughlin (BFA 2020)

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Jessie McLaughlin (BFA 2020)

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SIENNA MAEBA
LUNENBURG
BFA 2020

Sienna has an interdisciplinary practice that also incorporates fashion and textiles, with a focus on colour palettes.

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Sienna Maeba (BFA 2020)

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Sienna Maeba (BFA 2020).

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LUX HABRICH, LUNENBURG
BFA (Interdisciplinary) 2015

Lux Habrich is originally from Montréal, QC, and graduated with an Interdisciplinary BFA from NSCAD University. Lux employs the immensely healing qualities in craft processes (ceramics and textiles) to record a personal history of inherited trauma. Committed to expressing social justice issues and participating in support work, Lux externalizes intense internal grievances, to open up collective issues and qualities of larger community struggle to receive moments of healing and empowerment.
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MARLEY JOHNSON, LUNENBURG

BFA (Painting) 2014

Marley Johnson completed his BFA at NSCAD University with a focus in painting.

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SARAH MACLEOD, SYDNEY

BFA (Interdisciplinary) 2015

Sarah MacLeod is a Halifax-based artist who has completed her BFA at NSCAD University. Sarah’s current practice is focused in using video projection and installation in conjunction with experimental textile work and soft sculpture. Thematically, Sarah’s work critically examines the aesthetics of girlish childhood nostalgia while deconstructing darker underlying themes of chronic/mental illness, familial relationships and how these concerns shape identity.
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CAITLIN MCGUIRE, DARTMOUTH

BFA (Interdisciplinary) 2015

Caitlin McGuire  is an emerging painter and illustrator from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She received her BSc from St. Francis Xavier University in 2009 and completed her BFA at NSCAD University in May 2015. Caitlin’s work is playful, conveying her vibrant point of view through her use of colour and perspective. She enjoys engaging with youth to help them develop problem-solving skills through the practice of making art. Caitlin’s most recent paintings examine urban landscapes and how people engage and interact with them.

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