ARTsPLACE is a Public Art Gallery that is operated by, and home to, the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council and ARTsPLACE Artist-Run Centre.
The Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC) is a registered not-for-profit charitable, community organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting the arts. Located in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia; a place that artists seem to be naturally drawn to, ARCAC was founded by a group of artists in 1982. They began meeting in Annapolis Royal to explore ways of sharing their work and ideas with one another and with the community at large. They felt that if art was to survive as living cultural force, artists should take the first step toward demystifying the practice of art.
ARCAC has developed a province-wide and national reputation for being able to generate interesting activities and opportunities within the community. Our membership currently comprises over 150 individuals and families who believe that involvement in the arts makes life both rewarding and fun. We run a year round schedule of workshops, classes, concerts,"coffee house" evenings, readings, slide shows, talks and special events. Through our Scholarship Fund, we assist students of all ages who wish to pursue art-related courses of study.
ARTsPLACE Artist-run Centre is run by an Exhibitions Committee of the ARCAC Board, comprised 100% of artists, to support and encourage serious artistic endeavours at all levels and of all sorts. Our exhibition schedule has been designed to reflect the role ARCAC plays as intermediary between the contemporary art world out there and the local community. ARTsPLACE is funded in-part by the Artist Run Centres (ARC) program of the Canada Council, the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and by volunteer fundraising endeavours.
Board and Staff
Niki Clark, Chair
Janel Warmington, Vice Chair
Connie Lowe, Secretary
Ted Lind, Treasurer
Heather McCormick Past Chair, non-voting
Sophie Paskins, Gallery Director
Artist-run Centre / Exhibitions Committee
Jenn Smith, Chair
ARC Advisory Committee - consulting
Wayne Boucher, RCA
Geoff Butler, RCA
Mail: Box 534, Annapolis Royal, NS
B0S 1A0, Canada
The Gallery is open 50 weeks of the year January - December. Closed on Statutory Holidays.
Regular Office & Gallery Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 10am - 4:30pm
(closed 12-1pm for lunch)
Weekend Gallery Hours:
Saturday 1-4pm (staffed by volunteer, call ahead)
Contact us by email
The Annapolis Region Community Arts Council gratefully acknowledges the support of the Province of Nova Scotia, through The Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, our membership and community.