About us

Visual Arts News is the only magazine dedicated to contemporary visual art in Atlantic Canada.

Written in a clear and sophisticated style by some of the most talented arts writers in the region, Visual Arts News reflects the diversity of geographic and cultural communities in Atlantic Canada.

Contact us

Visual Arts News
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4P7
p: 902-423-4694
f: 902-422-0881

Advertising Sales Manager: Kate Ward

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

Committee members:  Julian Covey, Sally Raab-Wolchyn, Jessica Lynn Wiebe.

Writers’ Guidelines

Issue Dates

  • Spring  (TBD)
  • Summer (May 17)
  • Fall (October 17)

Upcoming Pitch Deadlines:

  • Summer 2020:  January 15, 2019.
    • First drafts due February 25.
  • Fall 2020: July 21, 2020.
    • First Drafts due August 21.
  • Spring 2021: TBD

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@visualartsnews.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.