CATAPULT Virtual Pitch Day: Fall 2022

Come meet the artists of the Fall 2022 CATAPULT Arts Accelerator cohort!

Meet the Artists. CATAPULT Arts Accelerator

Join us on Facebook Live at 10am on Saturday, November 27th to hear pitches from the artists about their work and their artistic practice.

CJ Norris
Monika Ouellet (Lazermortis)
Lindsay Hazen (Stellaleona)
Olivia Thomson
Crystal Drew
Mihail Milchenko
Kate Halliday

Presentations on Facebook Live will begin at 10am followed by an opportunity for a short Q&A.

About the CATAPULT Arts Accelerator

The CATAPULT Arts Accelerator is an interdisciplinary training and mentorship program for artists. Over an 8-week period, CATAPULT participants receive training in fundamental entrepreneurial skills like business modelling, marketing, branding, financial planning, and exporting. Guest speakers and facilitators for the CATAPULT workshops are drawn both from the business and professional art community. Participants also receive one-on-one coaching from the program coordinator and formal mentorships from individuals operating at the top of their field.

At the end of each session the artists are invited to present their work at a Pitch Day. Pitches from previous cohorts are available on the CATAPULT website.

Atlantic Arts Symposium Book Fair 📚

Attention Atlantic artists! Do you have an arts publication you’d like to feature at the Arts Atlantic Symposium book sale? We would love for you to send us your zines, art books, exhibit catalogues, and other goodies for us to sell or distribute on your behalf at the inaugural Arts Atlantic Symposium.

Collage of books. Text reads: Be part of the Arts Atlantic Symposium Book fair! Logos of the Arts Atlantic Symposium and Arts Link NB.

There is no commission; rather, the cost to sell or distribute is the donation of a copy of your publication to our Lending Library:

If you have any questions or would like a submission form, please feel free to reach out to hailey@artslinknb.com


Where are we?
Where are we going?
And how will we get there?

Wayfinding brings together a group of ten artists, of varied disciplines and diverse practices, all based in so-called New Brunswick.

Catherine Arseneault
Maryse Arseneault
Angela Beek
Jean-Michel Cliche
Tara Francis
Thandiwe McCarthy
Jesse Mea
Christiana Myers
Brittany Schuler
Starlit Simon

A result of the third installment of the Cross Cultural Creation Residency, Wayfinding is a partnership between ArtsLink NB, l’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du N-B, and Mawi’Art.

Opening Friday, September 9 at 5pm, at the Saint John Arts Centre.

Exhibition curated by Amy Ash.

FB Event is here: https://fb.me/e/2KJ1kpXz3

Resonance New Music at the Saint John Arts Centre 🎻

Two of our summer interns, Jean Schnell and Lessa Thornton, were able to attend The Saint John Arts Centre Summer Classics Series, which has been ongoing throughout July and August.

Robin Streb, Nadia Francavilla, and Andrew Reed-Miller of Resonance New Music playing violin, viola, and bass at the Saint John Arts Centre.
Robin Streb, Nadia Francavilla, and Andrew Reed-Miller of Resonance New Music

This event has two more days of lunchtime performances on August 10th and 17th. Todays performance showcased Resonance New Music with Andrew Reed-Miller, Robin Streb, and Nadia Francavilla.

The group was well synchronized and each instrument complimented the other. They applied their talents thoughtfully and used their instruments in a very unique way. It was an enriching experience.

ArtsLink recommends you visit the remaining shows by Tim Blackmore on August 10th and the Carleton Chamber Players on the 17th!

Both are at 12:15pm at the Saint John Arts Centre. For more information, see the schedule here.

Welcoming New Summer Interns ☀️

Today we welcome three new summer interns to ArtsLink NB!

Welcome to our team! ArtsLink NB. The arts are vital to all New Brunswickers. Jean Schnell, Communications. Lessa Thornton, Outreach. Gabrielle Carruthers, Outreach.

Gabrielle Carruthers grew up in Bathurst, New Brunswick, and began studying tuba in high school at age thirteen. She played tuba with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra from 2013 until finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Université de Moncton in 2017. Currently, Gabrielle studies tuba at the master’s level at McGill University. Before moving to Montreal, she played with local orchestras such as Tutta Musica, Symphony New Brunswick, and the East Coast Brass quintette. With her background in music, Gabrielle looks forward to working with other artists at ArtsLink NB this summer!

Jean Schnell is very fond of both the physical and musical arts. They write, “Music and art have been a common practice in my family for many years. I play guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass. I also enjoy singing and writing music. I love animals of all kinds but cats are definitely my favourite. Currently I am a high school student but I hope to pursue secondary school in the future.”

Lessa Thornton is a high school student wishing to pursue animation as a career. She writes, “I am an active member of New Brunswick arts programs as I am in my local Saint John Youth Orchestra, as well as the provincial New Brunswick Youth Orchestra where I play French Horn. I have participated in local and provincial music festivals and will be a proud member of SHAD McGill this year. In my free time I am always doodling designs down or consuming different types of media to inspire my art (if I have no homework to do). I am always looking for new ways to explore the arts and interact with interesting people within the community.”

Welcome to the team Gabrielle, Jean, and Lessa!

Creative Spaces Project Launch 📸🎤🎨🖼

ArtsLink NB, The Industrial Parks Collective, and USTATION are pleased to announce the official launch of the Creative Spaces Project. Join us Wednesday, June 22nd, 6pm at USTATION, 87 Prince William Street in Saint John.

Creative Spaces. Finding affordable studio spaces for artists musicians and creative professionals. Project Launch Wednesday, June 22, 6:00pm, USTATION, 87 Prince William St. Project presentation featuring local art, live painting, and DJ No No.

This event will include a presentation of the project, its partners, and a showcase of local arts and culture featuring paintings by member artists, live drawing with Brandon Hicks, and DJ No No spinning tunes.

Funded through the Saint John Community Arts Board, Creative Spaces is a summer-long project to identify key areas of need for space among artists, creative professionals, and arts organizations, with outreach activities aimed at local businesses, arts organizations, and property owners to identify spaces in the city that are appropriate for use as art studios, offices, and performing arts events.

Are you an artist or creative professional in need of studio space, workspace, or performance space? You are encouraged to complete our Creative Spaces Survey online.

The Facebook Event is here.

Arts Atlantic Symposium

Arts Atlantic Symposium 2022: Call for Projects 📣

Call for Projects! Arts Atlantic Symposium | 21-23 October, Saint John, NB.

Arts Atlantic Symposium

We invite artists, arts collectives, curators, scholars, or arts professionals to submit proposals for presentations, performances, temporary installations, interventions, or workshops on the theme of FUTURE POSSIBLE for ArtsLink NB‘s inaugural Arts Atlantic Symposium.


APPLICATION & INFO: https://www.artsatlantic.org/

INFO SESSIONS: May 13 and May 18 (online, registration required).

The End of CreatedHere Leaves Gap in NB Arts Sector

We are greatly saddened to hear of the closing of CreatedHere Magazine. CreatedHere was established in 2014 to discover and document the stories of New Brunswick artists and improve their ability to present themselves regionally, nationally, and internationally through thought-provoking critical writing. 

CreatedHere supported NB’s arts sector by providing opportunities for arts writers and artists to reach a national audience and provided paying work for critical arts writers. Now with the closure of this publication, on top of the closure of Canadian Art Magazine earlier in the pandemic, New Brunswick’s artists and arts writers have very few avenues for promotion and public critique of their work. 

Cover of CreatedHere Magazine Issue #13 working art

ArtsLink strongly believes that critical arts writing is vital to the health of an arts community. To that end, we hosted two intensive workshops on critical arts writing in 2018 and 2019, and many of the participants in those workshops went on to write for CreatedHere. The loss of this publication leaves a void in New Brunswick’s arts landscape.

Without the representation of our artists in periodicals across Canada, our artists are at a serious disadvantage. Whether it is a lack of understanding of the unique qualities of Atlantic art-making or unfamiliarity from jurors, promoters, festivals, or managers outside of NB, this contributes to the export difficulties our arts sector faces. New Brunswick ranks 7th among the 10 provinces for its relative trade deficit, exporting only 29 cents for every dollar of cultural imports.

The critical discourse developed through the lens of arts writing helps cultivate art excellence. It helps our artists frame themselves in an international context, contributing their voices and perspectives to a global arts community. Our sector needs to participate in this larger conversation. Understanding how to talk to artists about their work, how to contextualize work (in contemporary arts discourse, via one’s local influences, the meanings embedded in form etc.), and understanding your audience or market are all integral to taking up the task of writing for the arts.

We are grateful for the contribution that CreatedHere made to the New Brunswick arts sector over the near decade of its existence, and it is our fervent hope that arts writers and artists will once again have many opportunities to publish like those that CreatedHere worked so hard to provide.

Creative Consults


NEW program: Creative Consults! Apply today.

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  • October 5, 2020

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is excited to announce a new program starting in November called Creative Consults!

Want to share your expertise with artists as a consultant? Apply today!

This new program will function as a service directory for VANS members to book consultations with member specialists in various fields. The consultation services will be catered to the professional development of the Artists’ needs. The directory on the VANS website provides members with exclusive access to consultant services tailored to meet their needs.

If you are a VANS member and would like to become a consultant in our program, please fill out the application form no later than October 18th.

To apply, please use either the Google form OR fill out the PDF form and send it to freya@visualarts.ns.ca

Please contact the Creative Consults Program Coordinator Freya Poirier for more information or questions at freya@visualarts.ns.ca

Apply Now – Google Form
Apply Now – PDF Form


Creative Consults is an online program for VANS members to access artist-informed expertise. Members will have access to a directory of consultant profiles and book directly with a creative expert that suits their needs. Each member consultant will have a profile on our website, making their services available to members, and set their hourly rates for each service.

Recommended rates are between $40 and $100 per hour.


Once the expert has applied, a jury will choose the consultants based on the expertise they offer to artists and meet the eligibility criteria. This program is a VANS member-to-member benefit. The VANS membership is required to activate the consultants’ profile in the Creative Consults directory. There is no fee to participate beyond the VANS membership. Not a VANS member? You can become one here.

Consultant profile
Once the application is approved and the VANS membership status is confirmed, The consultant’s profile will appear on the Creative Consults page through the VANS website. Each profile will include a photo, short bio, list of consulting areas and the hourly rate for each type of consult they offer. We ask consultants to have clear service rates provided for members’ inquiries.

Booking requests
A member will search through the profiles to find a consultant that suits their needs. The consultant will receive a booking request from a VANS member via email and ensure they have the skills the member is seeking and are available. The consultant will follow up with the booking request within a week of receiving it. They will then independently coordinate a date and time with the member for the consultation within 3 months of the request.

Before the meeting
The consultant will email an invoice to the member stating the member’s consult needs, the consultation type, amount of hours booked, the total amount owed, payment instructions, date and meeting place confirmed (virtual meetings are encouraged at this time).

Once the meeting is confirmed, the member will send the payment directly to the consultant. It is advised that the consultant asks for the payment 2-3 days before their meeting. It is the consultant’s responsibility to collect their remuneration from the member.

After the meeting
The consultant will send VANS and the member a receipt to confirm the consultation’s completion. The member will receive a survey to provide feedback on their experience.


(Could include but not limited to)


Grant Writing

Exhibition Proposals

Residency Applications

Public Art RFPs

Financial Management





Graphic Design

Website Development









Brand Identity



Project Management

October news from Atlantic Presenters Association


Congratulations to APA award winner Jenelle Duval

A HUGE congratulations to Jenelle Duval, Arts & Culture Coordinator at First Light St. John’s Friendship Centre, for winning this year’s APA Award of Achievement! Thank you Jenelle for your tireless commitment to the Atlantic arts presenting community and the urban St. John’s indigenous community.

Fall artist pitches start next Thursday

On Thursday, October 15th APA will host the first of our Fall Pitch Sessions.

Pitches will be made by artists and/or their representatives who were chosen by our Contact East Showcase Jury earlier in the year. Each session will begin at 1pm Atlantic time every second Thursday. There will be five pitches each session and each pitch will be up to 5 minutes long. Following all five pitches there will be an opportunity for the APA members attending to ask the artists and/or their representatives questions.

Thank you for joining us at Contact(less) East!

The first (and hopefully only!) Contact(less) East is in the books!  We were thrilled with the turnout, the incredible sessions, and the overall vibe of the online conference. We welcomed participants from almost every province and territory, and we even had delegates join us from the UK. The digital format let those who might not normally be able to travel to the conference experience a taste of what Contact East is all about. Thank you to those who participated—there were many learning opportunities along with a lot of laughs and camaraderie.

Some testimonies from our wonderful participants:

“Thanks to everyone at Contact(less) East! This was my first time attending and I thought you did a truly terrific job. I was so impressed by everything, from the sessions to the people to the cheeky title this year. There was an amazing balance of meaningful and sometimes challenging conversations and also so many fun moments.

“Thank you for sharing so many invaluable resources with us and bringing such exceptional people together (virtually) to connect with over it all. I can’t wait to do it in person! PS: The closing party was the best ever. Disco lights! Costumes! Wigs! The greatest events group ever, Heist! A+++”

“Contact(less) East was full of insights and ideas. Challenging, stimulating, and moving. And fun! Brilliantly done APA staff. Thank you for transforming this cherished gathering into something new and rich.”

REMINDER: fill out the Contact(less) East feedback survey by TOMORROW NIGHT

Contact(less) East was a blast—but it was also our first foray into digital conferencing, and we know there are some things we could have done better. Your feedback will help us create more thoughtful, informative, and entertaining professional development opportunities in the future.

We please ask anyone who attended Contact(less) east to fill out our short feedback survey (seriously, it will only take a few minutes). Please submit your responses by midnight TOMORROW, October 9, 2020.

Good news: if you complete our feedback survey by the deadline, you will be entered in a draw to win a free registration to next year’s Contact East conference!

Call to action from FAME – Event Sector Support Campaign

A message from Martin Roy of FAME (Festivals and Major Events Canada)

The return to normal will not occur in 2021. It would be unrealistic to expect that we could restart our activities in full by next summer. We must convince public health authorities to approve innovative proposals which would allow us to maximize our capacity to generate profits and survive the crisis. The formulas employed by drive-in concerts and socially distanced concerts that we have already seen around the world can serve as a starting point for coming up with these types of ideas.

This is what we need the Federal government to recognize, and why we are today launching what we are calling the “Events Sector Support Campaign.”

Why now? Because the federal budget is currently being conceived, Minister Guilbeault will be making his Departmental asks to the Minister of Finance, and the party caucus will also be putting pressure on having the needs of their local communities addressed in the budget. Now is the time where decisions will be made for action in 2021, notably with regard to financial aid for festivals and events.

For this reason, we are asking for members to take the following action over the coming weeks:

If you have not already spoken with your local Member of Parliament since the beginning of the crisis, now is the time. We suggest that you communicate with your elected official to explain your situation in relation to some of FAME’s recommendations for Canada’s touristic and economic recovery. Specifically, we are hoping that you can ask your MP to speak with and write to both Ministers Guilbeault and Freeland (the Minister of Finance) in support of our recommendations.

To that end, we are providing a template that you can use and adapt as you see fit.

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Reach out—we’re here for you

We know this is a tough time for everyone, so do make sure to reach out to us if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat. We’ll do our best to answer any questions the best we can as the situation continues to evolve.