Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2017 Call for Entries

Castlegar Sculpturewalk is now accepting applications for 2017, which will open on May 13th, 2017. The application deadline is October 28, 2016.

For more information and an application click here.

Culture Days Arts and Poverty Forum

Date and Time: Sunday, October 2nd 1-2pm

Location: Civic Theatre

Nelson BC is known as one of the best small arts towns in North America, but also holds a rental vacancy rate of 1.6% (2015) and an average rental rate of $722/month (2013) for a one bedroom apartment . How are artists living under these conditions? How are we, as a community, able to help support our artists who make this area the creative hub that it is? This roundtable discussion will include Jenny Robinson (Nelson CARES), Anna Purcell (City Councillor), Will Johnson (Writer), Brian Kalbfleisch (Artist/Blue Night) and Doug Leitch (Artist) as they discuss these questions as well as taking questions from the audience.

If you have a question that you would like asked at the forum, please email it to

For more information on culture days click here.

ArtWalk 2016 Closing Street Party!

The Nelson and District Arts Council invites you to come have a blast at the ArtWalk 2016 closing street party where artists, venues and arts lovers collide! This FREE family-friendly dance features local 80’s new wave cover band Val Kilmer and the New Coke and sound by Enormous Productions. On August 26th from 7-9pm come on down to the Hall St. Plaza (between Gericks and Sidewinders), show your arts community some love and shake your tail feather!



Get Involved in Nelson’s Culture Days!!

Culture Days is an opportunity to get ‘behind the scenes’ of Arts and Culture in the Kootenays!

Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. With the support of volunteer groups at the national, provincial and local levels, hundreds of thousands of artists, cultural workers, organizations and groups, volunteers and supporters self-mobilize to host free participatory public activities that take place in hundreds of cities and towns throughout the country over the last weekend of September each year.

Culture Days is a collaborative initiative that welcomes your participation. Everyone can play a role in Culture Days: Whether you are already passionate about arts and culture or curious to discover new cultural experiences, an artist, arts or cultural organization, community group, municipality, library, school, citizen, or business person, you can participate in and contribute to Culture Days!

For more information click here: Culture Days


Call to artists from Nelson District Arts Council and Hidden Creek

NDAC and Hidden creek have created an exciting new residency program and are looking for local artists to apply.

NDAC and Hidden Creek Art and Ecology Retreat have joined forces to create the first ever Hidden Creek Artist’s Residency, located at Grohman creek, a short boat ride from the City of Nelson. Our collective goal is to provide artists with a “retreat style” setting in order to work on or develop their Art in the areas of visual art, creative writing including music composition. We are now accepting applications from local artists who are interested in this program.

The residency consists of one week shared residency with food allowance from August 21st to August 27th at Hidden Creek Retreat. Boat travel will be provided to and from the retreat centre with one additional round trip for supplies and food if necessary.

Artists who are interested in applying for the retreat are encouraged to e-mail a brief bio (2 pages maximum) along with images of recent work if a visual artist, samples of written work, or a link to a YouTube video for musical work to In lieu of digital bodies of work, Artists also may also mail a CD to NDAC (Box 422 Nelson BC, V1L 5R2).  Also, please provide an Artist Statement outlining how the Residency would contribute to your professional and personal development (5 pages maximum). Submission deadline: Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 4pm.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Sydney Black, Executive Director at 250-354-8177 or email at

Hidden Creek Residency Application

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting for the Nelson and District Arts Council will be held on Tuesday, June 28th at 5:00pm at Sage Tapas and Wine Bar (705 Vernon St). Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome to bring a guest.

AGM Agenda 2016

AGM Minutes 2015


Call for Artists and Venues – Nelson ArtWalk 2016

Call for Artists and Venues – Nelson ArtWalk 2016Nelson and District Arts Council presents the 28th Annual ArtWalk event! ArtWalk has drawn locals and visitors downtown to experience the wonderful work of our visual artists for 28 years!  A truly Nelson family summer activity.  Opening night activities will be held at businesses and venues throughout Nelson on Friday, July 1st from 6pm to 9:30 pm.  ArtWalk runs until August 26th.APPLICATIONS FOR ARTWALK 2016 : If you are an artist or a venue interested in participating in this year’s ArtWalk, please email, or visit to download an application form.

Mail or email completed forms to:
Nelson and District Arts Council
PO Box 422 Nelson, BC V1L 5R2

ArtWalkApplication 2016 pdf



Sydney Leigh Black Appointed as NDAC’s New Executive Director


The Nelson and District Arts Council is thrilled to report the appointment of Sydney Black as the new Executive Director of the Arts Council. Beginning her position on March 29th Sydney brings experience and personality to the position. Founder and Artistic Director of Black Productions; and Vice President of the Amy Ferguson Institute, Ms. Black is welcomed by the Board and Membership of NDAC. With a heavy slate of activities planned for the organization including Artwalk 2016, the Lakeside Amphitheatre Project and her position on the Cultural Development Committee, the arts council is confident that continued growth is imminent with Sydney in her new position.

Media Contact:
Neil Harrower
Nelson and District Arts Council
PO Box 422
Nelson, BC V1L 5R2
(250) 352-5094

Call for Nominations: Carver Award for Emerging Writers

The Nelson and District Arts Council and Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

request assistance in nominating emerging writers in Kootenay communities for

the 4rd Annual Carver Award, which comes with a $500 cash prize and presentation

at the Festival’s 100-Mile Gala in Nelson on July 7, 2016.


  • New writer – someone just starting in their career
  • Creative/literary (not instructional, self-help)
  • Minimum one book published, maximum two books published or equivalent professional publishing, such as in anthologies or literary journals
  • Books that are self-published or professionally published are eligible
  • Kootenay/Boundary resident

Deadline for nominations: April 30, 2016

To: Please have “Carver Award” in the subject line.

Nominations to include:

  1. Name of nominator
  2. Name of nominee
  3. Writing discipline (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, teen, children’s, other)
  4. Title(s)
  5. Publisher (name of publisher)/self-published
  6. Reason for nominating


Richard Carver was a lover of the arts and the Kootenays, and he was invested in the community. He was a mover and shaker on the board of the Nelson and District Arts Council, the primary sponsor of this award named in his honour. Richard believed in creative endeavour for its own sake—with the process more important than the outcome. He was also generous with his encouragement. After Richard passed away in 2009, the Arts Council founded this award, which has been awarded twice.

Past Award Recipients:

2013 winner: Darcee O’Hearne (children’s literature)

2014 winner: Jane Byers, poetry

2015 co-winners: Susan Dancer and Avi Silberstein