Salt Spring Arts Council Endowment Fund

The SSAC Board is thrilled to announce the establishment of the Salt Spring Arts Council Endowment Fund managed by the Salt Spring Foundation.

The Fund has been initiated with the generous donation of $10,000 from Janet Halliwell, a former board member, Arts Council alumna, and long-term supporter.  In launching this Fund, Janet commented “I am continually impressed by the dynamism and impact of the SSAC programs.  From Art Jam, through youth oriented programming like Artists in the Class to SSNAP, the SSAC programs provide rich cultural benefit to all parts of our community. At the same time, I am enormously sensitive to the challenge of ensuring the sustainability of these programs through external grants. I encourage others to contribute to this Fund and through it the cultural health of Salt Spring.” Dividends from the Fund will support the programs and operations of the SSAC.

Managed locally by the Salt Spring Foundation, the SSAC Endowment Fund is suitable for donors that would like to make a larger donation, or who would like to leave a legacy.

For more information contact:

Salt Spring Arts Council: 250.537.0899,

Salt Spring Island Foundation: 250.537.8305,

2017-12-06T11:04:47+00:00 Categories: Endowment Fund, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Family Day 2017: Ta Daa Lady

Join us on BC Family Day – Monday February 13, 2017 – at Mahon Hall for the Ta Daa Lady Show!

An interactive musical show like no other! The Ta Daa Lady is a gentle, fun-loving soul who will delight families as she clowns, dances and mimes her way through all sorts of crazy antics with her lovable puppets Stumpy and silly Riddle Snake.

Time: TBC

Suggested Donation: $5/person

Music, crafts, facepainting, hot chocolate!

Family Day is brought to you by the Salt Spring Arts Council, with support from wonderful community sponsors.

2017-11-23T08:50:12+00:00 Categories: Community Initiatives, Family Day|0 Comments

The Great Salt Spring Gingerbread Hall Challenge

Have you got what it takes?

On December 10th, SSAC celebrates the holidays with cheer and a small challenge for the creative and brave among us. As part of our annual Member Holiday Party, we are hosting the Great Salt Spring Gingerbread Hall Challenge.

What is it?  6 teams – with one or two members each – will construct a Gingerbread-style building, inspired by Mahon Hall out of graham crackers and icing. The teams will build and decorate their Halls in front of our live audience in Mahon Hall. The audience will then select its favourite Halls and one team will go home with glory and bragging rights.

Who? You!

Intersted? Contact the office at 250.537.0899 or email to reserve your spot.




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Special Members Meeting

Please join us on December 10th, 4pm for a very brief meeting.

Members will be asked to vote on the appointment of a new financial reviewer for the 2017 year.

Background: The financial reviewer is responsible for completing our year-end Review Engagement Report which is presented at the Annual General Meeting in March. The accountant that was approved by the membership during the 2016 AGM has retired and as a result we need to appoint a new firm to prepare the Society’s Financial Statements for the 2017 year.

2017-11-16T12:14:09+00:00 Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Alla Prima Portrait Painting

Alla Prima Portrait Painting with Kristy Gordon

SSNAP 2017 Finalist, Kristy Gordon is offering a workshop on SSI on Sunday, October 22, 2017, 10am -4pm. Limited to 12 participants. Location TBA on SSI. $100 plus model fees + GST.


This portrait painting workshop is designed for artists who want to learn the alla prima painting technique through observation of the live model. Alla prima means “at once” in Italian and is an approach to painting that is done in a quickly executed wet-into-wet fashion.

Artists of all skill levels will have an opportunity to develop one painting, utilizing a full palette. The course will center on the experience of painting from a live model and there will be a single, sustained pose throughout the workshop. Students will learn how to achieve a better likeness as well as how to paint convincing flesh tones.

The course will include painting demonstrations, discussions and individual instruction at the easel. Discussions and handouts will cover the stages to developing a painting, anatomical proportion, structure of the face and features, as well as value, edges and modeling with color temperature. The beginner will learn fundamental principles such as how to mix colors and render form modeling. The more advanced student will discover how to take their work to the next level and achieve the finish that they desire.

To register for the workshop, or for further information, please contact Kristy Gordon by email at

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Professional Development Awards 2017

Submitted by Wendy Judith Cutler
SSAC Professional Development Grants + Awards Recipient, 2017A Professional Development Grant from the Salt Spring Island Arts Council helped to support my participation in the 2017 Lambda Literary Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices in Los Angeles, California. It is among North America’s most competitive writers’ residencies and the only one specifically for LGBTQ writers. The retreat was a week-long intensive that took place in August on the campus of the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California. There were about sixty-some participants who came mostly from the U.S. but also a handful from Canada, participating in one of five workshops (with a few working independently)—mine was non-fiction.

Each morning we met in our workshop, writing together, discussing writing and publishing and engaged in some of the most incisive and relevant critique sessions I have ever experienced. Each evening there were readings (videotaped and open to the public) from each participant—mine was scheduled on the last evening. I read an excerpt from “Radical Lesbian Feminism in Practice” about the magic and impact of feminist bookstores in the seventies and brought my entire workshop on stage with me during the reading. I also developed a chapter “I Want a Women’s Revolution” which is part of my memoir-in-progress about the lesbian feminist nineteen seventies, weaving my own personal narrative within an herstorical tapestry.

An anthology comprised of submissions from the 2017 Lambda Fellows will be published. An excerpt of my essay includes the following: “We queer writers, critical thinkers, dreamers, cultural boundary interrupters, in our particular diversities and textures, we are the voices that need to be heard to contribute to the dialogue, the discussion, the insights that are so desperately needed. We may be the very […]

2017-10-18T16:55:49+00:00 Categories: Grants & Awards|0 Comments

Art on the Hall 2018 Call for Entry


Art on the Hall


Call for Juried Outdoor Exhibit 2018


Artcraft is turning 50!

Be Bold, Be Bright, Be Big!


Let’s dress Mahon Hall for the party. Create large, bright, expressive, original works in 2 or 3 D.

2018 is Artcraft’s 50th birthday. Mahon Hall has been the home of Artcraft since 1968. We are celebrating Artcraft’s birthday and Mahon Hall by inviting submissions for Art on the Hall, an exhibit on the exterior walls

Work may be in any medium but will hang on the exterior walls of the building in five designated areas facing the harbor and the parking lot. Anchoring points will be provided.

Art on the Hall Installations run during the ArtCraft 2018 season- June to September.

Entry is open only to artists living in School District #64 Gulf islands.  Artists are welcome to submit work individually or as part of a group and may apply for more than one wall area. A small honorarium is available.

Please read the application form for more information and contact Richard Steel Artcraft Manager  for any questions.


November 30  2017             Deadline for proposals

December 18th, 2017           Artists notified of selection by this date

May 25,  2018                       Outdoor Installations start

June 8, 2018                         Opening

September 17, 2018            Removal of outdoor work

Application form and Infiormation:

artonthehallapplication 2017

2017-09-14T12:00:04+00:00 Categories: Calls for Artists, Visual Arts|0 Comments

Grants & Awards Fall 2017: Professional Development

Professional Development

Next Deadline: October 31, 2017


  • Practicing artists and or art teachers (visual, performing and creative arts)
  • Residents of Salt Spring for 3 years or more
  • Members of SSAC
  • must submit an application form, available online or from the SSAC office
  • Activity eligibility: Professional development activities must provide an opportunity for artistic enrichment and growth.

Average Grant Levels: $100 – $500

Objectives: To assist artists and craftspeople to further their professional development – either through short term courses or workshops offered off island or on-island by instructors from off-island.

Description: This program assists local artists, artisans and art teachers to further their artistic development either through short term courses or workshops offered off island or on island by instructors from off-island.

Application Procedures: Applications are to be submitted to the SSAC by April 30 and/or October 31. A submission must contain a completed application form, including a budget for the project or activity and a CV or bio. Note – the form provides the opportunity for the applicant to address the various criteria outlined below.


Application Form:

2017-09-07T16:42:52+00:00 Categories: Calls for Artists, Grants & Awards|0 Comments

Grants & Awards Fall 2017: Individual or Group Projects

Individual or Group Projects

Next Deadline: October 31, 2017


  • Based on Salt Spring Island and of cultural benefit to the island
  • An artistic or cultural endeavour within the mandate of the SSAC – e.g. the visual, performing and literary arts.
  • Applicant(s) members of the SSAC
  • must submit an application form, available online or from the SSAC office

Average Grant Levels: $300 – $800

Objectives: To assist individuals and groups to undertake projects of cultural benefit to the community

Description:  This program fosters innovation, creativity and experimentation in the arts and sharing those experiences with members of the larger Salt Spring Island community. With limited funding, the funding program is not able to support annually recurring events. Rather it seeks to catalyze new artistic approaches and collaborations and facilitate the public performance and exhibits of those initiatives. While not a condition of eligibility, applicants are encouraged to use Mahon Hall as the venue for public exhibits and performances.

Application Process: You may use the form below to submit your application. Please ensure you have collected all the relevant project information, attachments, and completed budget form before you begin the application.

Please note this form is currently being updated:


2017-09-08T16:32:36+00:00 Categories: Calls for Artists, Grants & Awards|0 Comments