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Workshops on the Rock Coordinator: Jane MacKenzie

Jane MacKenzie has co-ordianted ‘Workshops on the Rock’ for the past five years, and first began her involvement with the SSAC as an ‘Artist in the Classroom’ instructor.

Jane is passionate about connecting young people to the world of art, inspiring them to be fearless creators and interpreters of art on their own terms. She is committed to creating and offering opportunities for youth that nurture their own artist within. Jane created Art Happens!, summer art camps for youth which she offered for 4 years on Salt Spring Island. Through her camps, students participated in the Inside Out Project, a large scale photography-graffiti project, and The Sketchbook Project where students filled sketchbooks that travelled around the continent. She also introduced her students to silk-screeing, found object sculpture, explorations in wood & sculpture, drawing, painting & collage.

Jane is a graduate of Emily Carr University in Printmaking & Photography and has studied weaving  in England and India. She exhibits her own textile/installation based art work.

2017-06-14T10:25:51+00:00 Categories: Art Camp 2017, SSAC Staff|0 Comments

Camp Assistant: Charlie Beaver

SSAC is very pleased to welcome Charlie Beaver as our Summer Student in 2017. As our Program & Outreach Assistant, when he’s not assisting with Summer Art Camps, Charlie is on the floor of Artcraft and helping the Arts Council with community outreach.

Charlie has spent most of his life in the southern Gulf Islands, and is a GISPA graduate with a passion for theatre. In January, he will be studying Theatre Production at Studio 58. Charlie has experience in retail, working at a children’s camp, and is an avid designer. Apart from working at Mahon Hall this summer, he will be performing in ExitStageLeft’s production of ‘As You Like It’.

2017-06-13T14:12:37+00:00 Categories: Art Camp 2017|0 Comments

Summer Camp Instructor: Cam Novak

Camp Instructor: Cameron Novak

Workshops on the Rock is pleased to introduce our Summer Art Camp Instructor – Cameron Novak – for Amazing Abstraction and Modern Art Mania happening July 24-28 and July 31-Aug 4th in our new ArtSpark Tent adjacent to Mahon Hall.

Cameron is an experienced art instructor for kids and youth, having taught at 4Cats, lead mural painting projects. He speaks both French and English and is planning a future in Art Therapy. Cameron has spent several summers on Salt Spring Island and will come to us in July fresh from the Bass Coast Music Festival in Merritt where he will be live painting a 8×20 ft. mural.

“My creative process and art making has always been a powerful tool for me to connect with my emotions… My art helps me understand and feel into the magic that I believe, see and feel everyday. It’s a way for me to purge and in turn transform uncomfortable or inexplicable sensation into something fun and/or beautiful.”

For Cameron, art “is a safe space for me to feel strong, free and accepted for who I am. I believe that creating art is one of the healthiest ways to manage and understand emotions and I’m passionate about sharing the tools I’ve used to self heal to encourage more self-empowerment and in turn a healthier community.”

Camps have limited spaces, to register and pay online go to http://ssartscouncil.com/summer-art-camps/

Or contact Jane @ 250-538-8447  or at   wor@ssartscouncil.com


Call for Curatorial Proposals: Easter Art Show 2018

Deadline for 2018 Submissions: Friday, September 15, 2017

Call for Curators EAS18 – PDF


Since 2007, the Salt Spring Arts Council has presented the Easter Art Show (formerly Tour). Each year Mahon Hall has a curated anchor exhibit of fine arts (photography, painting, sculpture) by artists from the Southern Gulf Islands (School District 64 boundaries). Past exhibits have included single artist surveys, duos, group and themed shows.

During the 10-day event Mahon Hall also hosts a variety of public events showcasing the fine and performing arts. Events include performances, artist talks, films, works by youth, and workshops. All the events are complimentary to the theme or parameters of each year’s exhibition. The Easter Art Show Committee oversees the planning and production of each year’s event, with specific components of the 10-day event directed by members of our artistic community.

The Easter Art Show seeks to:

  • Promote artists and the arts in our community;
  • Create opportunities for the public to explore the work of, and engage with, local artists;
  • Support the development of curatorial expertise in our community;
  • Ignite integration and collaboration amongst artistic disciplines.



The Salt Spring Arts Council is inviting members of the community to submit proposals for the 2018 Easter Art Show. The invited curator will work with the EAS Committee to direct all aspects of the 2018 fine arts exhibit.

(Please note the deadline for Easter Art Show, 2019 will be in March of 2018, but we are happy to review applications at any time from September 15 onwards.)

Modest Honorarium commensurate with experience and proposal: $1000-$2000.

The selected Curator is responsible for the artistic direction of a 10-day fine arts exhibit in Mahon Hall, March 30 – April 8, 2018. The exhibit must feature local visual […]

2017-06-12T13:50:34+00:00 Categories: Calls for Artists|0 Comments

“Mrs Williams: Homage to a Homemaker”

Melanie Thompson and Judith Barnett bring “Mrs Williams: Homage to a Homemaker” to the Stage at Artcraft

The exhibit runs from June 9th to July 5th at Mahon Hall, and is sponsored by Windsor Plywood.

Artists Talk: Sunday, June 18, 2pm


“Mrs Williams: Homage to a Homemaker” is the work of Melanie Thompson and Judith Barnett and has been in progress for the last two years. The idea came from an old wooden recipe box given to Barnett by her elderly neighbor, Mrs Williams. Inside the box was a collection of recipes, beautifully scripted in pen and ink, which, for Thompson and Barnett, symbolised the work of a lifetime homemaker. The box engendered memories of her own childhood for Thompson; her mother having a similar recipe box and being a homemaker, spending hours of each day in the kitchen, cooking, sewing, repairing, and being resourceful.

Thompson and Barnett have always appreciated and practiced these arts themselves, and believe that “women’s work” is to be celebrated and appreciated as the backbone of society.

To bring this to life they are creating a truly unique version of a kitchen from the 1950’s:  Dresses, aprons, mixing bowls and handmade books, vie for space with washing lines, an ironing board, shelving units and furniture, with repurposed materials being used throughout. Collage and painting line the walls referencing the world, skill, creativity, determination and resourcefulness of women at their work.
Acknowledging that the homemaker arts are now as important as ever, and that “ a woman’s work is never done” they have incorporated contemporary and unconventional materials in their creations, adding surprise and innovation to the feel of the installation.

An interactive aspect of the show will be a recipe box, like […]

2017-06-07T09:45:18+00:00 Categories: 2017|0 Comments

Calls for ‘Artists in the Class’

Deadline for Submissions: July 20, 2017.

Artist in the Class (AiC) is a longstanding program of SSAC. The purpose of the program is:

  • to give the arts a stronger presence in the everyday life of students by bringing the artists of Salt Spring Island to class to share their skills; and
  • to create an awareness of the arts in our community.

Each summer, Salt Spring Island artists from the literary, performing, and visual arts will submit their applications for participation in the Artist in the Class Program to the SSAC Artist in the Class Chair and Committee.  The Committee distributes a Calendar of available workshops / artists to schools and teachers throughout SSI. For new artists participating in AiC is highly recommended to reach out to teachers regarding your specific artistic offering.

Full program details, guidelines and application information are Here: http://ssartscouncil.com/artist-in-the-class/

Forms are available online and at the SSAC office.

2017-05-29T13:16:36+00:00 Categories: Calls for Artists|0 Comments

Parallel Show

The 2017 Parallel Art Show (PAS) runs during the SSNAP 2017 Exhibition. It is open to Salt Spring Island artists that submit work to the Salt Spring National Art Prize 2017 (Deadline: May 31, 2017). SSNAP Submission Details are Here.
September 29 to October 22, 2017
Artspring Gallery


The intent is to feature SSI artists and to promote our community of artists to the growing number of SSNAP visitors. It is hoped that PAS will become a regular feature of SSNAP.

All SSI artists who submit an entry to SSNAP will automatically have their names and images sent for consideration. Unlike SSNAP, the PAS is not a blind jury. It is an invitational show curated by Anthony Matthews and Matt Steffich, and not a rejection show. A SSI artist may be selected for both shows, either, or neither.

Once the curators have invited 30 to 50 artists to take part in PAS, they will work with each artist to select pieces for the Show; these do not necessarily have to be the work submitted to SSNAP. The work chosen can be any size or medium, as decided by the curators and artist to create an interesting exhibition.

2017-06-12T13:59:26+00:00 Categories: Artist Calls: Expired|0 Comments

Home Words Project

SSAC is proud to partner with Connecting Generations. This arts-based community development project is supported by the BC Arts Council.

To apply, please email Sarah Hook-Nilsson at shooknilsson(at)sd64.bc.ca

Writer and facilitator Ahava Shira will train 12 people from the community—6 youth and 6 adults—to facilitate multi-generational writing groups in intergenerational teams beginning in September 2017.

Using the four practices of Writing Alone Together (as co-developed by Shira with co-authors Lynda Monk and Wendy Judith Cutler in their 2014 book of the same name), project participants will explore writing as an artistic practice and as a tool for fostering connection and belonging. Participants will also be engaged in a creative conversation about their diverse and particular experiences of “home” and about connection to the land and people of Salt Spring.

After the fall training, facilitator-trainees will participate in a 4-week practicum in January and February 2018, bringing their newly acquired skills to schools and organizations in the community. A final event in March will be a community celebration, which will include a public reading by participants of the project and a workshop for those who want to experience the process of Writing Alone Together.

Hiring: Art Camp Instructor

SSAC Workshops On the Rock is hiring!

Title: Summer Art Camp Instructor

Deadline for application: Monday, June 5 @ 5pm
We are looking for a  Art Camp Instructor for our new Summer Art Camps for the weeks of July 24-28 and July 31-August 4 in our new Art Tent adjacent to Mahon Hall in Ganges. You will gain experience working in a dynamic arts service organization by implementing the curriculum of two art camps, Amazing Abstraction for ages 9-12yrs. and Modern Art Mania for ages 6-9yrs.
    • Under the direction of the Workshops Coordinator you will lead the Summer Art Camps
      • You will be responsible for delivering the established written art curriculum with materials provided.
      • work effectively with an assistant to provide a safe, stimulating and engaging creative environment for youth
      • Liaison with parents of youth camp participants during drop off and pick up
      • Set up and clean up of activities for the day
Qualifications – The ideal candidate will have: 
  • Strong passion for the visual arts and a background in art history.
  • Experience or passion working with children ages 6 to 12yrs.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; you will have an assistant
  • Strong time management skills
  • Must be willing to undergo a Criminal Records Check
Term of Employment:
Contract position of 40 hours per week for two consecutive weeks.
Art Camp dates are July 24 – 28th and July 31 – Aug. 4 from 10-4pm. Hours of employment are 9:30-4:40pm.
Position will begin July 24th with one training afternoon during the previous week to […]

2017-06-12T13:59:38+00:00 Categories: Artist Calls: Expired, Hiring|0 Comments

SSAC Hiring Summer Student

Title: Outreach & Program Assistant

Salt Spring Arts Council, Salt Spring Island, BC

The following position is open only to a full-time student who is returning to full time studies in the fall. Position subject to funding.

Deadline for application: Monday, May 15, 4pm. 

Overview of the Position:
The Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC) celebrates 50 years of promoting and celebrating the arts in our vibrant community. SSAC serves our Salt Spring Island community by offering a wide array of arts programs. We operate historic Mahon Memorial Hall in the heart of Ganges village – the Hall is home to our gallery, programs and offices. The Outreach & Program Assistant will gain experience working in a dynamic arts service organization by supporting the operations of summer programs and community outreach. The Assistant will support operations of Artcraft (the SSAC-run local artisan gallery), and will also support the delivery of two kids Summer Art Camps. Community outreach duties throughout the summer will consist of assisting members with the SSAC Directory listings, managing the Saturday Market SSAC booth, and regular contributions to the e-newsletter.



  • Under the direction of the Artcraft Manager:
    • Assist with annual Gallery set-up and artwork delivery
    • Assist with Artcraft Showcase Exhibitions, hanging and launch
    • Provide customer service and retail support in the Gallery
    • Assist with various Gallery duties including maintaining stock, data entry, graphic design, customer service and communications with local artisans
  • Under the direction of the Workshops Coordinator, support the Summer Art Camps:
    • Respond to registrations and inquiries
    • Set up and tear down during Camps
    • Assist instructor in delivering workshop content
    • Provide supervision during drop-off, pick-up and lead activities during breaks
  • Under the direction of the Arts Council Administrator, undertake Community Outreach projects including:
    • Set up, […]
2017-06-12T13:59:48+00:00 Categories: Artist Calls: Expired, Hiring|0 Comments