Workshops are a cornerstone of our educational function and are a great way to improve the skill base of our members. Short demonstrations or workshops are held at the monthly meetings and are meant to introduce members to new techniques. Please contact the Vice-President for suggestions of topics to be covered. One-day workshops are usually held each month and are taught by members for members. The workshops are creative, technical, and versatile.
Guest workshops are taught by visiting experts. They are a great way to improve your skill base. A list of past topics and some pictures of the activities may be found here.
As a part of our educational mandate, the Guild holds an annual challenge competition. All members are invited to design work to an agreed-upon theme and the pieces are judged in several categories by a non-Guild panel. Information on a selection of past shows may be found here.
Various members may have their work in galleries or may attend craft shows. However, we also offer those wishing to try out retail sales an opportunity to participate in cooperative booths under the Guild umbrella. These have been primarily NS Designer Craft Council markets in July and November, NS Gem and Mineral Show in August, and Geequinox in April. A few pictures of our booths are posted here. Lately, we have entered shows with a more specialized clientele and currently are applying to enter HalCon 2017.
The Metal Arts Guild of Nova Scotia gets involved in demonstrating metal working at a number of public venues. We see this as a way of educating and interesting the public in our discipline and in the process of making work by hand.
The annual NS Gem and Mineral Show held in Parrsboro, NS in August provides an ideal opportunity to demonstrate our craft to the public. Through the NS Designer Craft Council, we also demonstrate our craft at their Summer and Christmas Craft Markets. We have also demonstrated and conducted introductory workshops at Halifax’s art festival, NOCTURNE: Art at Night, and through Halifax Public Libraries. A few pictures of Guild members demonstrating mat be found here.