Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council are pleased to announce Eryn Foster as the artistic director for the 2018 Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala. As artistic director Eryn is responsible for developing and executing an artistic vision for the gala and assembling a team of artists to achieve that vision.
Eryn Foster is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, filmmaker, educator, and community arts organizer based in Halifax. In addition to her two decades of creative practice, Foster has conceptualized, developed, and organized numerous arts-related exhibitions, events, conferences, symposiums, residencies and artistic projects across Atlantic Canada and beyond. She is actively engaged with several local arts organizations and artist-run centres including the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, Hermes Art Gallery and Visual Arts Nova Scotia and is currently working in partnership with the Toronto-based community arts organization, Mabelle Arts on a national project called Welcome to this Place. Previously she has held the positions of Coordinator/Producer for Moosehide Gathering (Dawson City), Program Director for the Yukon School of Visual Arts (Dawson City), Director of Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax), Curator for Nocturne Art at Night (Halifax) and for more than a decade has worked as regular part-time faculty at NSCAD University.
Foster’s educational background includes a BFA from Concordia University, an MFA from the University of Guelph and she has also studied documentary film at Capilano University. In support and recognition of her creative accomplishments, she has received numerous grants, awards and prizes from the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, the Linda Joy Media Arts Award and the NFB (FAP Program). She has also participated in numerous artist residencies across Canada and abroad including most recently ones at the Banff Centre, La Cite des Arts (Paris), and Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto). Currently Foster is working on a multi-faceted visual/media arts project that uses modes of art making as a means to simulate and comprehend the origins of the universe.