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Call: Youth Art Exhibition

Calling southern Gulf Island youth, ages 13 – 18 to create and submit art works for a youth exhibition to take place concurrent with the Salt Spring National Art Prize 2019.

The Exhibition will be hosted by the Salt Spring Gallery, October 4 – 23, 2019.

2-d (Max: 2x3ft) or 3-d (Max. 3x4x2ft) works must be created after January 1, 2018 by youth residents of the Southern Gulf Islands. More details to follow. Submissions will open later this year.

Deadline for submissions is September 14, 2019.



2019-01-17T17:16:46+00:00Categories: Calls for Artists|0 Comments

Michael Robb

The island arts community has lost one of its oldest and most prominent members with the death of Michael Robb. His leonine presence will be missed.

American by birth and Canadian by choice, Michael remained a keen critic and observer of politics and retained a lifelong interest in military history, after his own National Guard service in Kansas. But it was the artist in him that grew furthest, and he became a teacher and practitioner of the fine arts.  A move to Ontario also made him a homesteader and builder, avocations he followed again when first Gabriola and then Salt Spring called him to the west coast.

But it was as an artist that most of us knew Michael. By the time he arrived on Salt Spring, he well primed to become the essential island artist. His restless energy made him a glass blower, painter and sculptor in metal. His partnership of nearly forty years with Donna Johnstone, made him a family man, engaging host, and father to Aja, now well launched on her own creative career, and a lovely friend to Michael in the last years of his life.

Michael’s sense of irony and his independence made his artist’s voice distinct. He was both unpretentious about his art and fiercely declarative. There was no point criticizing or praising his work. He knew what he wanted. And that, for most of us, a little younger than Michael, included a slight time shift. His work was rooted in a kind of 1950’s art-deco style. His metal sculpture contained humour, made all the more stark for its reality — we did say irony, didn’t we. Nor did Michael hide is flame; he was quick to praise and encourage work […]

2019-01-09T17:19:38+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

EAS19: Production Assistant

Under the direction of the EAS Committee, the Production Assistant supports the planning and delivery of community events during the Easter Art Show (EAS), April 19 – 28, 2019.

During EAS Mahon Hall host 2 exhibits – the Main Gallery features the group show Homage, curated by Patrick McCallum; and the Annex Gallery features a youth exhibit. The anchor exhibit Homage provides inspiration for many public events over the 10 days: free workshops, Noon Hour Art Talks, evening events, the opening reception, and visits by schools.

Remuneration for this position is based on a $1000 honorarium.

Deadline for Applications: Thursday January 24, 5pm.

Submit a cover interest with a list of qualifications or resume to info@ssartscouncil.com.


Duties include:

Prior to EAS:

  • Confirm speakers and dates for Noon Hour Art Talks: collect promotional details
  • Distribution of promotional materials: posters and programs across SSI
  • Attend EAS planning meetings as needed; Be knowledgeable on EAS events and exhibits
  • Manage online volunteer registration and ensure Gallery shifts are filled
  • Assist with other aspects of event and exhibit planning as needed

During EAS:

  • Assist with venue set Up / tear down for daytime & evening events, before / after exhibition
  • Ensure smooth gallery transitions between events: moving exhibition displays, assist with event bar, set up of chairs, tables, hospitality, etc
  • Welcome visitors at the door during events, collecting donations, etc; Liaising with the public
  • Oversee volunteer scheduling and shift changes
  • Liaise with Artists, speakers and workshop leaders to ensure their production needs are met
  • Other duties as may be required

Candidate Assets:

  • Physical ability required for moving exhibit infrastructure, chairs, etc.
  • Familiarity organizing cultural events
  • Availability on weekends and some evenings between April 19 – 28;
  • Regular access to a personal computer and email
  • Valid driver’s License […]
2019-01-09T13:41:13+00:00Categories: Calls for Artists|0 Comments

EAS19 Artistic Directors

Easter Art Show 2019: Homage

The 2019 Easter Art Show takes place April 19 – 28. We are very excited to welcome Patrick McCallum as this year’s Guest Curator. Patrick has invited 40 diverse artists from the Southern Gulf Islands to be part of the EAS19 exhibition: Homage. Artists create 2 and 3 -dimensional tributes to artists that have informed their work, their greatest artistic influences in any creative media, be they painters, sculptors, musicians, composers, choreographers, writers or poets.

We are seeking proposals from individuals with an interest in programming an event as part of Easter Art Show 2019.

  • Events must relate to, or be inspired by the EAS19 exhibit theme of ‘Homage’.
  • Events may feature one or multiple genres of performance or literary arts. For example, an event could showcase just dance, or could include poetry, theatre and music.
  • Events will take place at Mahon Hall between April 19 – 28.

Submit your proposals to admin@ssartscouncil.com before January 18, 2019. Describe your proposed event, what artists/performers would be included, and list technical/venue requirements. Proposals will be reviewed by the EAS Committee for suitability and feasibility. We are able to offer small honorariums for Artistic Directors and performers however, we can only program a limited number of events, so early submissions are strongly encouraged.

We strongly encourage you to discuss your proposal with us! Contact Yael at admin@ssartscouncil.com or 250.537.0899

2018-11-22T16:47:24+00:00Categories: Calls for Artists|0 Comments

Grants + Awards: Fall 2018 Submissions

Individual or Group Projects

Next Deadline: October 31, 2018

Objectives: To assist individuals and groups to undertake projects of cultural benefit to the community. Average Grant Levels: $300 – $800

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 Details are Here.


Professional Development Grants

Next Deadline: October 31, 2018

Objectives: Funding contributes towards the cost of short-term courses or workshops offered by off island or on island by instructors from off-island.

Description: Professional Development education must provide an opportunity for artistic enrichment and growth. Applicants must practise and/or teach in their arts discipline, have been Salt Spring Island residents for three or more years and be members of the Arts Council.

Application Details are Here.

2018-11-22T13:40:22+00:00Categories: Artist Calls: Expired|0 Comments

Leslie Corry

Leslie has been an artist for 40 years, has shown widely in Canada, also in France and New York, and her work is in several private collections internationally. She is a lover of the arts and has worked in theatre and television as a set painter, builder and designer.  On Saltspring Island for over 20 years, she has participated in art shows, theatre productions, music and dance.  She sings with Bach on the Rock, dances Argentine Tango, writes songs and plays the guitar and ukulele. She is happy to be on the board of the Saltspring Arts Council and the Artist in Residence Committee as a means to contribute to and support local cultural activities.

2018-11-26T11:14:56+00:00Categories: Board of Directors|0 Comments

Home Words 2

There is something so very beautiful about being in a room with others, listening to pens scratch the pages, hearing words so often held inside, spoken out loud. Home Words creates a space of intimate gathering where one feels less alone.

 – (Claire, HW1 trainee)

From 2017-2018, the Home Words Project(1) (phase 1) trained an intergenerational group of Salt Spring writers in the healing art of personal storytelling, using the four practices of Writing Alone together (2). Trainees then facilitated new writing groups with diverse populations on Salt Spring and in Victoria. Writing and sharing their words in a safe space nurtured writers’ individual growth, fostered supportive connections and cultivated a sense of belonging and resilience.

During 2018-2019, Home Words 2 expands the reach of this transformative arts- based process by training practitioners in the social services on Salt Spring Island to facilitate this model with their existing client groups.

We are currently inviting practitioners who work with youth and mental health, youth violence prevention, adults dealing with mental health, island families, First Nations, and victims of violence to participate in this new training. Training takes place Saturday, and Sunday, November 17 – 18, 2018, 10am-5pm in Ganges, Salt Spring Island.

For further information and to apply, please contact Yael Wand, project administrator at 250-537-0899 or email admin@ssartscouncil.com.


This project is supported by:




1 supported by the Salt Spring Arts Council, B.C. Arts Council, School District 64 and the Salt Spring Foundation.

2 based on the book Writing Alone Together; Journalling in A Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection (2014, Butterfly Press.) Wendy Judith Cutler, Lynda Monk and Ahava Shira


2018-09-21T15:43:09+00:00Categories: Community Initiatives|0 Comments

Job Positing: SSNAP Administrator

Reports to: Under the auspices of the SSAC, the Administrator will report to the SSNAP Director and Chair of Committee

Job purpose: To perform a range of administrative tasks in support of the Salt Spring National Art Prize.

Duties and responsibilities

The primary duties associated with this position are as follows:

  • Attending and collecting minutes at SSNAP meetings, in addition to supporting the work of SSNAP committees
  • Preparing reports for the SSAC (Salt Spring Arts Council)
  • Providing logistical support for events
  • Monitoring and responding to phone calls during the four month submission period Performing an active role generating, and distributing promotional copy through social media
  • Providing administrative and logistics assistance to the SSNAP jurors
  • Assisting the SSNAP Analyst and submission committee with the background research and vetting of SSNAP applicants to ensure adherence to eligibility guidelines


The successful applicant will have extensive experience with performing a range of administrative tasks including minute-taking and digital file management in addition to demonstrating a fluency in the associated applications i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel etc .
The applicant will also be adept at writing, organizing and releasing posts and information relevant to SSNAP through various social media channels.

Additional skills include experience with web-based research, and being an effective communicator.
As this position is performed off-site, the applicant must have their own computer and reliable internet access.

Working conditions

This one year (renewable) term position is performed remotely at the employee’s home/office with occasional attendance of meetings, all conducted on-island. The monthly time commitment will vary dependent upon the lifecycle of SSNAP and its associated events.

Associated competencies

The following competencies are associated with this position:

• Achieving business results through planning, organizing and coordinating
• Personal effectiveness demonstrated through flexibility and organizational commitment • […]

2018-10-12T10:00:37+00:00Categories: Hiring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Job Positing: Artcraft Manager 2019

The Salt Spring Arts Council seeks interested candidates for the position of Artcraft Manager 2019.

Scope of Position:

Artcraft, a long-standing program of the Salt Spring Arts Council, is comprised of a gallery and retail program showcasing the work of Gulf Island artists and craftspeople. The Artcraft Manager is primarily responsible for managing the programs and operations of Artcraft, including Artcraft, Wintercraft, and Showcases which take place between April – December (35 weeks). Salary Range is $25,000 – $30,000 dependent on qualifications.

The Artcraft Manager is responsible for:

  • Day to day management of a retail/gallery venue including sales, customer service, staff supervision;
  • Planning for and implementing the selection, curation and staging of Showcase Exhibitions;
  • Developing an implementation plan and schedule including: advertising, communications, staffing, budgeting, submissions and registration, gallery curation and retail display;
  • Ensuring good public relations policy and practice;
  • Attending Committee, Board and staff meetings as required;
  • Other duties in support of the SSAC and Artcraft Committee.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualities:

  • Demonstrated retail sales experience, with superior display and merchandising ability, and the knowledge of contemporary arts and crafts;
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills (both written and verbal), strong leadership and ability to communicate easily and tactfully;
  • Proficiency and experience with administrative procedures, inventory control, computer programs (word processing, spreadsheets, POS, etc.);
  • Possesses a high degree of professionalism and ability to work effectively as a member of a small team and volunteer committee;
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills: ability to prioritize and meet deadlines, manage a wide variety of tasks simultaneously and to thrive in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Successful candidate must be able to work flexibly, including some evenings or extended hours;
  • Additional skills and experience suitable for a multi-faceted non-profit organization […]
2018-10-12T09:59:39+00:00Categories: Hiring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In House Proposals 2019

Welcome to the online proposal submission for “In House” workshops. Deadline for submissions for 2019 workshops is September 30th, 2018.

Workshops on the Rock is accepting workshop proposals for our 2019 season in Fine Art, Fine Craft, Dance, Writing, Drama, Music and the Creative Process for youth and adults. Our mandate is to offer workshops of a high quality with content that is current, original and engaging for participants of all ages.

Workshop format
For 2019 we are looking to offer half or whole one day workshops on Saturdays.  We encourage your application to focus on short, content rich workshops that accommodate registrants busy schedules by taking place in one day. Please indicate what Saturdays during Jan/Feb/March you are available.

“In House” workshops take place at Mahon Hall in Jan/Feb/March and are focused on but not exclusive to Youth ages 5 and up. Anyone may submit a proposal for a one time or series of workshops. All administration and registration for “In House” workshops is done by WOR and the SSAC.

2018-10-03T12:53:53+00:00Categories: Artist Calls: Expired|0 Comments