Five opportunities for visual artists in Halifax

Uplevel your skills and portfolio while wait out the art world's return.
Sure, the difficulty of making money as an artist is nothing new—Oscar Wilde's painter protagonist complains about it in his 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Grey—but just as the novel coronavirus has underscored many things we all knew with a renewed urgency, it isn't easy to be a creative right now.

Because we still need art to live, the Sobey Art Award's long list just dropped

Each of the 25 nominees gets a $25,000 purse.
While every April the Sobey Art Award (the biggest prize in Canadian art) crowns new royalty with the release of its long list, 2020 feels a little different: This year, the jury behind the prize is forgoing its usual five-artist shortlist and corresponding exhibition. Instead, for the first time ever, everyone on the jury-selected long list of 25 Canadian artists will receive a $25,000 purse (and equal bragging rights).

Emily Lawrence's likeable feast

The foodie-brained artist is back with another project for you to chew on.
The world of Dartmouth-based artist Emily Lawrence feels like a pastel-filled, Betty Crocker spin on Willy Wonka’s factory: Her work is a visual feast (pun fully intended) as she makes portraits of people’s favourite desserts and lines gallery walls with tiny, climbing shrimp tails and petit-fours.

Three decades of wear-withal

The anniversary of the student-run Wearable Art Show proves there’s more to fashion than getting dressed.
The Wearable Art Show Feb 28, 6-8pm & 9-11pm The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street $10/$20

New Art 2020

Eight rising artists creating the fresh works you need to know about this year.
Lindsay Dobbin: Where sound meets space Lindsay Dobbin has always expressed themself through art, so picking a start date of their practice causes them to pause.

Review: Catching Gut Feelings

A showcase of emerging artists shows what magic awaits when you lean into your instincts.
Gut Feeling to Mar 15 , Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat-Sun noon-5pm Dalhousie Art Gallery, 6101 University Avenue, Lower Level free

First look: Eyelevel Artist Run Centre & Bookstore

Witness the artist centre’s triumphant return to Gottingen Street.
Eyelevel Artist Run Centre & Bookstore Tue-Fri noon-5pm 2177 Gottingen Street

Halifax sees the Venezuela diaspora remember what it has lost with new Khyber show

Memorial: Work by Venezuelan Diaspora Artists sees artists like Camila Salcedo reflect on their complicated relationships to where they're from.
Seven emerging Venezuelan diaspora artists are bringing their art to Halifax this week. Their pieces touch on themes of loss and memory as a result of being disp

Reid K. White and the art of the everyday

Meet the man behind the north end’s most life-affirming street art.
We're all familiar with tourist tchotchkes—those mass printed trinkets you suspect have the city names swapped out all over the eastern seaboard, lobster beer cozies, "Grandma went to [insert town here] and all I got was this t-shirt" t-shirts.

Francesca Omolara Ekwuyasi moves from Penance to reconciliation

The artist cuts her own path to healing during her Khyber residency.
Screening and reception: Penance and Reconcile Nov 28 The Khyber, 1880 Hollis Street 6:30-9:30pm free

Nat Chantel’s Silence and Sound After

The artist wants to encourage BIPOC to release the sound of erasure and inter-generational trauma at her Nocturne performance.
Exhibit 104, Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Lane

Nicole Tufts shares Bubblegum & Bruises

The artist and entrepreneur wants to bring out the kid in you—on Nocturne and always.
Exhibit 117, Skosha Experience Store, 5553 Clyde Street

Jonathan Monaghan releases the Disco Beast

The artist takes aim at our digital dependency and consumer culture with a sickly-sweet digital video loop.
Exhibit 100, Old Memorial Library, 5381 Spring Garden Road

The view from the peak of Tough Guy Mountain

The artist collective’s Nocturne debut—The Brandscape—is a searing satire of late capitalism.
Exhibit 400, Parking garage beneath Staples, 2003 Gottingen Street

Anne Macmillan explores the anxiety of change with Rattle Array

The artist’s Nocturne projection re-imagines a patch of Argyle Street before your eyes.
Exhibit 203, 1749 Argyle Street (best viewed from across the street)

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