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National Conference for Visual Artists Halifax, Nova Scotia

June 10th – 12th , 2011

lighthouse-for-web2CARFAC is pleased to invite visual artists from across Canada to attend our annual conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia at The Khyber Institute of Contemporary Arts. Below is an outline of conference events – it looks like it’s going to be an exciting weekend!

Conference Program


7:00 pm: Opening: “Le mot traduit le bruit des contingences passées” [“The Word Reflects the Noise of Past Contingencies”], by Eric Desmarais, The Khyber Centre for the Arts


1:00 pm: Registration, The Khyber Centre for the Arts

1:30 pm: Information Session on U.S. Visas, The Khyber

This session, which will include a Q&A portion, will provide information on the types of visas needed to enter the United States and the requirements for obtaining those visas.

3:30 pm: Visit to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Craft Council and the Mary E. Black Gallery

7:00 pm: Evening reception at Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia
Mingle with artists and local arts organizations, in partnership with Emerging Arts Professionals Network (EAP) and Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS).


9:30 am: Registration, The Khyber

10:00 am: Panel on the Artist’s Resale Right, The Khyber
CARFAC is actively lobbying for an Artist Resale Right which would give visual artists five percent from the resale of their work. This would allow Canadian artists to share in the profits being made from their work and they do in 59 other countries world-wide. Learn why this right is important, and how it would benefit you. Speakers will include CARFAC National Director, April Britski, Wayne Boucher (Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia), and Alan Syliboy (Truro, Nova Scotia).

12:00 pm: Catered Lunch

1:30 pm: CARFAC National AGM, The Khyber
All current members of CARFAC are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you’re not a member yet, take this opportunity to join and find out more about what we have been up to in the last year.

4:00 pm: Artist Fee Panel, The Khyber
Since 1968, CARFAC has made recommendations on minimum fee payments that artists receive when their work is shown in a public gallery. These fees serve as the industry standard, and an agreement with the museum community on exhibition payments was negotiated in 2007. This panel will reflect on the further development of the fee schedule. Speakers will include artist and CARFAC National President, Gerald Beaulieu (Montague, PEI); Art Gallery of Nova Scotia director, Ray Cronin (Halifax); St. Mary’s University Art Gallery director, Robin Metcalfe (Halifax); Eyelevel Gallery director, Michael McCormack (Halifax); and VANS President and visual artist, Katie Belcher (Halifax).

7:30 pm: The Visual Arts Advocacy Award Presentation, Dalhousie Art Gallery
The Visual Arts Advocacy Award honours a professional artist from Nova Scotia, who has made a significant contribution as an advocate for the Canadian visual arts community. Past winners include Kim Ondaatje, Tony Urquhart, Marlene Creates, and Todd Janes.


9:30 am: Registration, The Khyber

10:00 am: Nova Scotia Lawyers for the Arts Information Session, The Khyber
This panel will touch on common legal issues that artists face and the options they have for assistance and representation. Panelists will speak about the advantages of representation through a copyright collective, what to do when your copyright is infringed, and information on the new Artists Legal Information Services clinic opening in Nova Scotia. Speakers include CARCC Executive Director Janice Seline, ALIS co-founder Daniel Pink and copyright lawyer Daniela Bassan.

12:00 pm: Break

1:30 pm: CARFAC Maritimes AGM, The Khyber
Learn more about the program of activities available through CARFAC Maritimes and vote on issues that matter to you.

* Details subject to change

Please Note: Since we have had very few reservation requests from francophone artists, we do not currently have a budget for simultaneous translation of conference events. All conference materials will be available in French and bilingual staff and board members will be on hand to field questions and provide assistance in your language of choice.


Advanced registration is now closed for the National Conference for Visual Artists. A limited number of spaces will be available at the door on a first come first served basis.

Those who are unable to register for the conference are still welcome to attend the Evening reception at Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia on Friday June 10th at 7:00 pm, The Visual Arts Advocacy Award Presentation reception on Saturday June 11th at 7:30 and the CARFAC National AGM on Saturday at 1:30 pm.

Please note: Participants will be responsible for arranging their own travel, accommodations and food (with the exception of lunch on June 11th). Information is included below on some of the options available.


The following hotels have offered special rates for conference participants:

Saint Mary’s University
Saint Mary’s University has single and twin rooms ranging in price from $27 to $68, travel suites are $58 a night and apartments are $121 per night. Only a 20 minute walk to The Khyber or five minute cab ride. Telephone: 902-420-5486.

Citadel Halifax Hotel
Participants are offered $112.00 a night for a standard room with free parking. Only a five minute walk to The Khyber. Telephone: 1-902-422-1391, or online. Ask for the CARFAC Block.

Super 8 Dartmouth
Across the harbour from Halifax, Super 8 Dartmouth is a two minute walk from the Alderney Ferry. Stay for $79 a night. Telephone: 1-877-518-7666 and ask for the CARFAC Conference.

Radisson Suite Hotel
Radisson Suite Hotel is just a three minute walk to The Khyber. Participants are offered 144/night. Telephone: 1-866-864-6080 and ask for the CARFAC Conference.

Halifax Heritage Hostel
The Halifax heritage Hostel is located minutes from the waterfront and the heart of downtown Halifax. Has a great friendly atmosphere with newly renovated spaces! Single rooms $57 for members and $62 for non-members, and dorms of 4+ at $27 for members and $32 for non-members. Halifax Heritage House is only a 5 minute walk from The Khyber. Telephone: 1-902-422-3863


VIA Rail
VIA Rail has offered a 10% discount for conference participants using confirmation number 12128. This offer is valid from June 8-13th from all stations throughout the VIA system to Halifax, NS. Fare Applies to max of two passengers per booking. One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge. For travel on all fare plans in Business class, (no charge of add stopover in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa only). Discount is off the best available Economy, Business, Sleeper or Sleeper touring classes. (Subject to conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied). Fare does not apply in Economy – special fare or Business supersaver fare. Visit for more information and booking.

Halifax Airport Shuttle
Conference participants travelling to Halifax by plane will need to take a shuttle from the Halifax Airport.

Contact us for details.