1723 Hollis Street
Nova Scotia
B3J 1V9
Phone: 902-424-7542
Fax: 902-424-7359
Website: www.agns.gov.ns.ca

Art Gallery Of Nova Scotia

With a history dating to 1908, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia acts as a gateway for the visual arts in Atlantic Canada by bringing the art of the world to Nova Scotia and the art of Nova Scotia to the world. It is committed to this mission as an agency of the Province of Nova Scotia and one of the premier arts institutions in Canada. The Gallery is responsible for acquiring, preserving and exhibiting works of art, and for providing education in the visual arts.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (5)

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Permanent Collection

The Gallery has over 13,000 peices in its permanent collection.




Painters in Paradise: The Bermuda Masterworks Collection
Till September 9, 2007
Lyman Sponsored by Butterfield Fund Services

The exhibition is a revelation of the way that Bermuda’s subtropical climate, her pastel coloured architecture, coral sands and brilliant blue seas have inspired, and still inspire, local and visiting artists alike. The general art lover will find a world of warmth and colour in these pictures. Other visitors will discover with surprise the well known and significant artists who have painted in Bermuda, from Winslow Homer at the beginning of the 20th century to the American modernists Charles Demuth and Marsden Hartley, from Georgia O’Keefe to Jack Bush, from British painter Vivien John in 1939 to abstract painter Jennifer Bartlett (American but trained in England), and right at the millennium the very first winner of the Turner Prize, Malcolm Morley.

Garry Neill Kennedy: Superstar Shadow
The Colours of Citizen Arar
Till September 2, 2007

Tracing the history of Garry Neill Kennedy's floor to ceiling text works, this exhibition coincides with the launch of Garry Neill Kennedy: Superstar Shadow 1984-2005, a major monograph focusing on Kennedy's work co-published by Museum London, together with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

These installations are intellectually inspired works that respond to the conditions of site, and employ colour, form and line to examine how power is expressed in culture (in the shape of Superstar Shadow, a font developed by Esselte-Letraset foundry).

To accompany the book Kennedy has created a new painting insta...+ [ Read all ]

Forthcoming exhibitions


Sobey Art Award 2007
September 15, 2007 – December 2, 2007
The 2007 Sobey Art Award features the work of five artists under 40, selected for the Sobey Art Award shortlist. Each artist represents one of five Canadian regions: Québec – Michel de Broin; Atlantic Provinces – Jean-Denis Boudreau; West Coast – Ron Terada; Ontario – Shary Boyle; and Prairies and the North – Rachelle Viader Knowles. The winner will be announced on October 15, 2007.

Future Retro: Drawings from the Great Age of American Automobiles
September 29, 2007 – December 2, 2007
Over 100 dynamic drawings, from the decades following WWII, introduce cars that are both, futuristic and retro, sometimes decidedly wacky and always very, very cool. Future Retro acknowledges this unexplored niche in the art world and offers an ideal lesson in car creation and history to anyone who has ever felt the allure of the great American automobile.

On The Table: 100 Years of Functional Ceramics in Canada
October 6, 2007 – December 9, 2007
On The Table looks at Canadian industry, design, craft and consumption of functional tableware ceramics over the past century. By drawing from over 40 artisans and 200 objects, On The Table introduces the varied cultural issues surrounding functional wares, and considers the prevailing artistic issues since the rise of Canadian ceramics in the early 20th century.

Gray’s Anatomy: The Human Body in Art
October 13, 2007 – December 2, 2007
Artists, poets, philosophers, doctors and scientists have been f...+ [ Read all ]


Family Rate
(2 adults and 3 youths) - $25.00
Adults - $12.00
Senior (60+) - $10.00
Students with ID - $5.00
( 6 to 17 years) - $3.00
Children 5 & under - Free
Members - Free

* Special Exhibitions have special admission pricing.

Opening hours

Daily 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 9pm

Christmas Eve, December 24
Christmas Day, December 25
Boxing Day, December 26
New Year's Day, January 1
Good Friday


Gallery Shop

Be sure to visit our Gallery Shop! (located off our main lobby). The AGNS Gallery Shop carries many treasures relating to our Exhibitions and Permanent Collection. You will also find an unparalleled selection of greeting cards, books and many gift items from a fine selection of Nova Scotian and Canadian art and craft... hand-crafted Jewellery, Pottery, Textiles, and much more. Proceeds from the Gallery Shop support the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and a thriving artistic community.

Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursdays 10:00am to 9:00pm
(902) 424-4303

Cheapside Cafe

Fine art feeds the soul, fine food feeds your appetite.
The bright, art-filled interior of this funky urban café provides the inspiration for the edible art adorning your plate. The Café offers a laid-back setting for morning pastries and a cappuccino, a nouveau sandwich or a light entrée.

Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursdays 10:00am to 8:00pm
Sundays 11:00am to 5:00pm
Lunch 11:30am to 2:30pm
(902) 425-4494

Art Sales and Rentals

Run by the Arts Sales and Rentals Society, this gallery has a collection of 1200 contemporary works of art available to rent (for AGNS members) or purchase. Regular visits are recommended due to the continuously changing collection with a wide range of styles and subjects.

Sundays and Mondays 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursdays 10:00pm to 9:00pm
Fridays and Saturdays 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Museum internal and external photos (3)

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News and events

September/October 2007

Saturday 15
Sobey Art Award exhibition opens to the public

Sunday 16
Famous Family Sunday: Paint and Print
Screening: Jack Bush
ARTour of Exhibition: “An enviable reputation”, Forshaw Day in Nova Scotia with Associate Curator Dianne O’Neill and Conservator Laurie Hamilton

Tuesday 18
Pick of the Month with Laura Carmichael, Public Programming Assistant

Sunday 23
Painted Tale Tour
Studio Daze
ARTour of Exhibition: Painters in Paradise: The Masterworks Bermuda Collection with Tom Butterfield, Director of the Masterworks Foundation
Exhibition Closes to the public

Thursday 27
Members Exhibition Opening: Future Retro

Friday 28
Future Retro opens to
the public

Sunday 30
Studio Daze


Thursday 4
Members Exhibition Opening: On the Table and Forshaw Day in Nova Scotia

Friday 5
On the Table opens to
the public


The Gallery’s educational programs are devoted to supporting lifelong learning. The Gallery provides in-school programs, artist contact, hands-on workshops and other opportunities for families, children, teens and teachers. Tours, symposia, films and lectures are offered for adults.

Dale Sheppard
Curator of Education and Public Programs


Join us for innovative and engaging guided visits for elementary, junior, and high school students. These interactive tours and studio programs invite students to explore the world of art in a visually enriched learning environment. Also available is a studio and tour program for preschool children enrolled in Early Childhood Education programs.

To book a school tour or special program, please call 424-8935 weekdays or email melvinsa@gov.ns.ca. Gallery visit bookings must be made a minimum of three (3) weeks in advance.


Baby Infant Art Workshops
A chance to let your little ones explore the art world using all their senses. Infants and parents or caregivers frolic on the floor of the studio with paints, playdough and more all made of completely edible ingredients. This is a great chance to get messy without having to worry about the clean-up!! Plus you get a copy of all the paint and playdough recipes to take home and continue the fun. Call to book these workshops.

$10 per child, per workshop, minimun 6 children per workshop

To Book programs call or email:
Susan Melvin


Red, Yellow, Blue and You!
Daycare and Preschool Program
This is a Gallery tour program designed for daycare and pre-schools groups three to five years of age.

Let our early childhood education staff help your children discover the magic of art by both visiting the collection and creating art in our new Early Childhood Education Art Studio.The program is proud to now offer nine tours which each consist of a gallery tour and studio art component.
Maximum 20 children per group.

Bookings and Information
Susan Melvin


The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and English Program Services, Nova Scotia Department of Education introduce ArtReach, a special educational partnership that seeks to develop some exciting links between art gallery programs/exhibitions and Nova Scotia schools. This initiative will add to the gallery's already existing outreach projects with traveling Canada Council Art Bank collections and workshops for teachers and students across the province who find it difficult to visit AGNS.

Another feature of the ArtReach program is the development of online curriculum links between gallery works and school programs to support teachers as they create dynamic learning experiences for their students. The following lessons, developed by educators across the province, complement the current Treasures of Ancient Egypt exhibition and are intended for students from elementary to senior high school. Enjoy!


Beginning fall 2007, the Gallery is offering studio art classes for adults. Drawing, painting, ceramics, mixed media and more. Sign up for a two hour art class, over six weeks, from the week of October 9 to November 19, 2007 (no classes the weekend of November 3 & 4). To find out more information and to register, please call 424-5280 or drop by the Gallery information desk. No experience is necessary. Come join the fun!


For information and prices, please go to: www.agns.gov.ns.ca/halifax/index.html


The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has numerous opportunities to lend a hand in making the Gallery a great experience for our visitors. You don't have to donate money to make a difference. The Art Gallery counts on many volunteers - close to 200 in total - who donate their time, energy and expertise in a variety of impactful ways. Yet we are always looking for more!

If you have time to donate, please call our volunteer coordinator Greg Frampton at 424-2194 No experience necessary!

Venue hire

Within walking distance from the historic Halifax waterfront, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia offers a unique and cost effective environment for a meeting, seminar, presentation, cocktail reception or dinner party. Located in the centre of the local business district and near all major hotels, your friends, family, organization or company can convene in the surrounding of diverse exhibitions and permanent collection.

If you have any questions or would like to view the space before booking contact Sue Melvin, Events Coordinator, at melvinsa@gov.ns.ca