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“Revolution” - Craft Nova Scotia Member Exhibition 2018

Deadline for receiving works and online forms, Friday, July 27th, 2018

“Revolution”, from the Latin revolutio meaning “a turn around”, has a variety of meanings.  It can mean that an object is revolving, in orbit or in a circular course, around an axis or centre.  It can be the time taken for the single completion of an orbit of rotation.  It can refer to a cyclic recurrence.  It can also mean a complete change or great reversal of conditions, a turning upside down, a fundamental reconstruction.  Finally, it can also mean the forcible action by a nation to substitute a new ruler or system of government.

Revolution is not new to craft.  Revolution is a fundamental part of many craft practices -- think of the potter’s wheel, the woodturner’s lathe, a spinning wheel -- so many tools and techniques involve revolution.  Also consider the Industrial Revolution, when machines took over the manufacture of much of what previously had been hand produced.  The new steam-powered machines resulted in faster and cheaper production, but often with greatly inferior results.  The critical eye of the maker was sacrificed for speed.  The worker now served the machine, allowing it to determine the final product instead of the reverse.  Out of the Industrial Revolution was spawned the Arts & Crafts Movement which reacted to mass production, the low quality of design, and the demeaning conditions under which workers labored.

In 2018, Craft Nova Scotia is challenging our members to create works exploring the concept and meaning of “revolution”. The exhibition will be open to Craft Nova Scotia members only; new members may join the organization for the purpose of entering the exhibition.

The exhibition will be juried.  Jurors have not yet been confirmed for this exhibition.

Due to space and financial considerations, the exhibition will be limited to works by a maximum of 25 artists.  The exhibition will be on display at the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia from September 21st to November 4th, 2018.

All works must have been created after June 2017.

For the full call for entry details, and to submit your online forms visit,

Announcing Craft Nova Scotia's New Executive Director

Craft Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that Kelly Jerrott has been selected as the new Executive Director of the organization by its Board of Directors.  Ms. Jerrott will join the organization on June 28, 2021. 

Job Opportunity: Executive Director Craft Nova Scotia

Craft Nova Scotia is an exciting and vibrant membership based charitable organization working with professional craftspeople to encourage and promote both the craft movement in Nova Scotia and the public awareness and appreciation of handcrafted works and community activities.

COVID-19 Facilities Closure

18 March 2020: Due to the spread of Covid-19 in Nova Scotia, the Craft Nova Scotia office, the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia facilities (Mary E. Black Gallery and studios), and the Designer Craft Shop will be temporarily closed effective immediately to ensure the safety of our members, staff, and public. All Craft Nova Scotia employees will be working from home while the office, Centre and Shop facilities are closed.

Specifically, the following programs/services have been cancelled:

Call for Entry: Craft Year 2020

"Craft Year 2020" Member Exhibition Call for Entry
Please read the call for entry carefully and fill out the online application form in full:

Deadline for receiving works and online forms, Friday, July 24th, 2020.

Director Position -Centre for Craft Nova Scotia

Centre for Craft Nova Scotia
Full-time position (35 hours/week)
Starting Salary:  $35,000

Call for Entry: Age of Aquarius - Craft Nova Scotia Member Exhibition 2019

Craft Nova Scotia Member Exhibition 2019

Please read the call for entry carefully and fill out the online application form in full. Deadline for receiving works and online forms, Friday, July 26th, 2019.

Theme and Intent

The Woodstock Music & Art Fair took place over four days in August 1969.  Over 500,000 people came to a dairy farm in Bethel, NY to see and hear performances from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, the Who, Janis Joplin, and Jefferson Airplane.

Canadian Crafts Federation Conference in NS

National Craft Conference Comes to Nova Scotia
The Canadian Crafts Federation and Craft Nova Scotia will host Placemaking 2018: The Unique
Connection Between Craft, Community + Tourism in Cape Breton, Halifax and Lunenburg from
October 10th - 15th, 2018

2017 Saidye Bronfman Award

The Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council (NSDCC) is proud to announce the 2017 Saidye Bronfman Award winner Pamela Ritchie! The NSDCC was deeply honoured to have nominated Pamela Ritchie for the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and would like to pass along our sincere congratulations on this amazing achievement.

Call for Submissions: Oh! Canada

CALL FOR ENTRY - "Oh! Canada" NSDCC Member Exhibition 2017 Please read the call for entry carefully and fill in the online application form in full. Deadline for receiving works and online form, Friday, July 28th, 2017

NSDCC 40 Days of Craft

Learn more about the NSDCC 40 Days of Craft Raffle prizes, rules and restrictions.