Who We Are


The Centre for Craft is comprised of several parts: the Mary E Black Gallery, Collectors' Gallery, Studios, and Guide.

We use these parts as tools to help promote Nova Scotian crafts people's careers. The Mary E Black Gallery allows the opportunity to exhibit new craft, the Collectors' Gallery creates a marketplace for fine collectible craft, our Studios (and the Courses and Residencies) we offer in them a chance to learn real skills to make. The Guide showcases Nova Scotian artists, crafts people, shops, galleries, organizations and events - this tool markets the work of Nova Scotia's most creative folks and invites you into their homes and studios to get a behind the scenes look at when - where - and why we love creating.

The Centre for Craft

The Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design was established in 1991 as a public institution dedicated to education, promotion and the provision of opportunity for Nova Scotia artisans and artists.The Centre for Craft is managed by the not for profit organization Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council.

The Mary E. Black Gallery

The Mary E. Black Gallery within the Centre is Nova Scotia’s only public gallery with a fine craft mandate and hosts local, regional, national and international fine craft exhibitions year round.The exhibitions, publications and educational programs of our Gallery reflect historical and contemporary expressions, both regionally and nationally, and promote fine craft that embodies the energy and innovative spirit of Mary E. Black (1896 – 1988), the province’s first craft administrator, a noted weaver and author.  The mandate of the Mary E. Black Gallery is to present exhibitions which educate the public about craft and design, and to promote the pursuance of excellence in the craft community.

The Collectors' Gallery

With the expansion of the NSDCC's Designer Craft Shop accross the street, the Centre for Craft now houses our new Collectors' Gallery. This gallery represents established and emerging craftspeople with a focus on collectible fine craft. Work can be found by several master artisans who've held major exhibitions in our Mary E. Black Gallery.