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Current Issue: Spring 2017

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Looking back, Looking forward

Looking back, Looking forward

Meet Visual Arts News' new research intern, who's going to be trawling through our archives revisiting all the stories we've told about the visual arts scene in Atlantic Canada over the past 40 years.
Mocean Dance animates its past in lightening speed

Mocean Dance animates its past in lightening speed

At fifteen years, the 2016 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award winner Mocean Dance is one of the longest surviving contemporary dance companies in Atlantic Canada and well-known for its highly physical, collaborative work.
Exploring the landscape with Samuel Thulin's "situated composition"

Exploring the landscape with Samuel Thulin’s “situated composition”

For me, sound and landscape go hand in hand. We travel through life being highly influenced by the sounds in our environment. Although hearing is not at the highest point of the sensual hierarchy, the sensuous space of sound is a powerful knowledge position to work from. Sound is used in medicine to determine the...
Christopher Boyne blurs lines between ‘artist’ and ‘non artist’ actors

Christopher Boyne blurs lines between ‘artist’ and ‘non artist’ actors

Christopher Boyne’s practice often revolves around maritime life and the sea. Born and raised on the east coast of Nova Scotia, his relationship with the ocean is intimate.
Tracing the gestures: Marie-Line Leblanc and Sara Dignard find everyday wonder on the Magdalen Islands

Tracing the gestures: Marie-Line Leblanc and Sara Dignard find everyday wonder on the Magdalen Islands

Marie-Line Leblanc and Sara Dignard were to deny the Google Maps or other formal ways of mapping the area and seek the unwritten in the unexpected.

Arts Scene Round Up

There's plenty worth getting excited about right now in the Atlantic Canadian arts scene, from new pop-up events to big gallery expansion plans. And if you're faced with a rainy Spring day, you can always pour over some of the reviews, interviews and online projects worth bookmarking this season.

Winter survival guide

Winter is often described as a period of contemplation, but I admit that my thoughts mostly gravitate to murdering snow with my hairdryer. Thank goodness there are some exciting things to read and see in the art world that distract my frustration (and electrical bill). You see, I have a term for some people in...
Art News Roundup

Art News Roundup

From new pop-up galleries to gallery acquisitions, Visual Arts News brings you the latest Atlantic Canadian and National art news headlines. NOVA SCOTIA: HALIFAX: NSCAD University’s Anna Leonowen’s opens the new exhibition Alternative Means: An Aesthetic Field Guide to Kejimkujik National Park at the Gallery from November 11 to 15. HALIFAX: The Outlier Film Festival lineup has...
A walk through Charlottetown's Art in the Open 2014

A walk through Charlottetown’s Art in the Open 2014

The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche spectacle in Toronto with its more than 110 contemporary art projects gets most of the press, of course, but Charlottetown’s fourth annual Art in the Open—with more than 36 projects in six locations throughout PEI’s capital city—was an evening’s entertainment worth the travel. In 2013 I made the error of having...
The marks left behind

The marks left behind

For more than 20 years, Denise Hawrysio has continuously pushed the boundaries of printmaking, shifting traditional printmaking techniques into the realm of contemporary art while reflecting modern realities. Hawrysio removes the walls between her studio and the outside world by taking her etching plates into everyday public spaces, where she finds unique and unexpected ways...
Sarah Burwash: On getting lost, tuning out the internet and growing up with all boys

Sarah Burwash: On getting lost, tuning out the internet and growing up with all boys

Sarah Burwash's drawings feel like strange, hauntingly beautiful lucid dreams—A flock of birds tug at the flowing dark hair of a naked young woman, moths flutter around a cluster of lanterns, floating gracefully to their death, and a woman dozes off lazily in a snake-filled garden.
Online exclusive: Venice Biennale

Online exclusive: Venice Biennale

I was introduced to a world I hardly knew, when I travelled to Italy for the 55th Venice Biennale.