About us

Visual Arts News is a magazine that explores contemporary art practices in Atlantic Canada, on the unceded and unsurrendered lands of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, Inuit, Innu, and the Southern Inuit of NunatuKavut. Published in Mi’kma’ki, Visual Arts News is a community-driven publication that seeks to enliven culture and keep record while supporting and celebrating the many overlapping communities in the Atlantic region, particularly those that have been historically ignored. We prioritize work that pushes back against white supremacy and colonialism because we are committed to supporting anti-oppression, anti-racism, Indigenous sovereignty, Black liberation, and sexual and gender diversity. We strive to be accessible, accountable, and responsive. Visual Arts News is an ongoing conversation inspired by the artistic vision of emerging and established artists and writers who are pushing the boundaries of art and culture in Atlantic Canada.

Contact us

Visual Arts News
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4P7
p: 902-423-4694
f: 902-422-0881
publisher@visualarts.ns.ca

Advertising Sales Manager: Kate Ward
ads@visualarts.ns.ca

Editorial Committee
AnnMarie MacKinnon, Publisher: publisher@visualarts.ns.ca
Shannon Webb-Campbell, Editor:  editor@visualarts.ns.ca
Bob Williams, Art Director
Tanya Davis, Copy Editor

Committee members: Carrie Allison, Amy Ash, Kathleen Buckley, Julian Covey, Mark Cruz, Tanya Davis, Jane Walker, Jessica Wiebe.

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Writers’ Guidelines

Issue Dates

  • Spring 2022  (TBD)
  • Summer 2021 (July 7)
  • Fall 2021 (November 17)

Upcoming Pitch Deadlines:

  • Summer 2021:  January 15.
    • First drafts due February 25.
  • Fall 2021: July 15, 2021.
    • First Drafts due August 25.
  • Spring 2022: October 17.
    • First drafts due November 29.

Features (1,000-3,000 words), exhibition reviews (500-750 words) and artist profiles (500-1,500 words) are the most popular stories we accept. When pitching a story, please include a brief bio and a writing sample along with your proposal.

How to pitch:

Subject line: PITCH Visual Arts News

Email body: (200-300 words) What you want to cover and why it would be of interest to Visual Arts News, your angle and the format (review, profile, interview, feature). Include links to the artist’s website, the gallery website, and pertinent exhibition info (dates, location, curator, images etc.).

New writers, please also describe who you are and why you’re a good fit for our publication. Please also attach your CV along with 1-2 writing samples of reviews, articles, or essays.

Send all materials by email to: editor@visualarts.ns.ca.

All editorial decisions are made at the discretion of the Editorial Committee.  If you are also submitting photos, please ensure they are 300dpi and a minimum of four inches wide. To be considered, proposals must be received by the issue’s stipulated deadline noted above.

Writer’s fees are $250 per article, payable upon acceptance from the editor. All texts are submitted on a conditional basis. While the editor will work with authors to clarify their writing, texts are not considered accepted until the editor accepts the final draft.  There is no “kill fee” for a declined text.

Editorial Policy:

The magazine is committed to providing balanced, engaging information about visual arts and artists. Although our focus is Atlantic Canadian art and artists, we also publish stories about national and international art and events that we believe are of interest to our readership. Our Editorial Committee is responsible for content selection, and the Editor assigns writers to each story. Although we are a non-profit organization supported in part by advertising, we recognize the importance of maintaining a clear separation between our independent editorial content and any advertising materials found in the magazine. Visual Arts News cannot guarantee editorial content or placement to advertisers.