Announcing VANS artist in residence UCA 2018 Alex Mann

Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) and Uncommon Common Art (UCA) are thrilled to be facilitating an artist residency in Kings County Nova Scotia. It’s a terrific opportunity for NS artists and the host community. This residency will involve the artist in both their own work and in community.

Alex Mann has been chosen for this initial artist-in-residence collaboration. She is an emerging artist, working in textile embroidery and screen printing. Her focus is on creating unique and hand-made pieces that blur the line between the humorous and the morbid. She currently lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

From the artist: In this residency, I’ll further explore botanical illustration through a collaborative embroidery project representing plants in the old-growth forests of Nova Scotia. The finished product will be something of a forest scene, but each species will be distinct and separate, each embroidered on their own piece of fabric that will then be stitched together onto a larger base. Once it is assembled I’ll stretch it onto a frame to be displayed in the Wolfville Watershed Nature Reserve. Having this piece exhibited in the environment which it depicts will contrast how we deconstruct nature for our uses, both literally (using wood and cotton to construct the work) and visually vs. its natural existence.

Alex will be in residence for 4 weeks in May. There will be public workshops, artist talks, as well as her own time in studio. Details to follow.

For more information on Visual Arts Nova Scotia or the Residency, contact VANS.  Andrea Ritchie 902-423-4694

For more information on Uncommon Common Art, contact them through