Who We Are


The Centre for Craft Nova Scotia is comprised of several parts: the Mary E Black Gallery, Courses, Studios, and Residencies.

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, and the Courses and Residencies we offer in our Studios offer a chance to learn real skills to make.

The Centre for Craft Nova Scotia

The Centre for Craft Nova Scotia 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 Nova Scotia is managed by the not for profit organization Craft Nova Scotia.

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.


With six well-equipped studios in pottery, glass, jewellery and metal, woodworking, textiles, and multi-purpose, we offer courses to the public in fall, winter and spring semesters.


Our studios house several unique craft-focused residencies for emerging artists and craftspeople to develop their skills in a professional setting beyond traditional training centres. 



Summer Employment Opportunity
Public Programming Coordinator

Start Date: May 21, 2018  End Date: August 24, 2018
Salary: $13.00/hr. + 4% vacation pay  - 35 hours per week

To increase public engagement and attendance, the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design will be
offering a series of new public programs during the summer of 2018. Interactive activities developed to
enhance our visitor experience will provide an authentic first-hand experience of Nova Scotian craft to
three specific audiences: international cruise ship passengers, local residents and families.

Reporting to the Director, the Public Programming Coordinator will be responsible for:

• Designing activities suited to the target audiences that promote an understanding of Nova Scotia’s
contemporary and traditional craft and an increased appreciation of local craftsmanship.

• Developing hands-on activities for families and elementary school classes to experience in conjunction
with our spring/summer exhibitions.

• Presenting programming that engages visitors and offers opportunities to interact with local artisans
and emerging artists-in-residence.

• Sourcing supplies and training volunteers to deliver programs.

• Creating opportunities and promotional materials that familiarize visitors with our Centre, its current
exhibitions, educational resources and new programs.

• Offering tourists helpful information related to Halifax sites and amenities during their visit to N.S.

• Collecting feedback and attendance statistics to evaluate programming outcomes as they relate to:
• Extended length of visit to our facility
• Deepened understanding of craft techniques
• Increased visitor attendance
• Increased personal interaction with local artisans

• Duties as otherwise assigned to assist core staff

Experience with public or educational programming and familiarity with hands-on craft activities are
required. BFA students and candidates with excellent customer service and marketing skills are preferred.
Assets include organizational skills, initiative and outgoing personality. Proven ability to work as part of an energetic, arts-focused small team is essential. Students must be enrolled in the Fall 2018 term to be eligible.

Please submit a covering letter outlining your experience relevant to this position along with your c.v.

Contact:   Susan Charles, Director Email: director@craft-design.ns.ca
Application Deadline:  April 25, 2018

Thank you for your interest. Only those applicants we are interested in interviewing will be contacted.