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Information for new artists

Thank you for your interest in the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival, held every year on the first Sunday in August, at the Lunenburg Arena - Sunday, August 4, 2024.

Every year we consider the work of potential new artists to be included in the Festival. We ask you to submit photographs of the work you have done. When the NS Folk Art Festival Committee meets they will look at the submissions received. If the Committee decides to accept your work you will be invited to show and sell work at the next Festival. At that time a panel of evaluators will look at the work and decide if you should be invited to return. All artists attend by invitation each year.


Applications for new artists will be accepted from October to April.

Late applications will not be considered.

All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by mid-May.

The Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival is a volunteer run organization; committee members are not able to give feedback on individual applications.

Folk art can be described as objects that illustrate everyday life made by people who have no formal training, traditionally learning skills and techniques through apprenticeships in informal community settings.  Folk Art is spontaneous, the product of free time, readily available materials and a sense of humour.  It tends to be whimsical & engaging, wry at times, but more often refreshing.  Its shapes are simple, its colours primary and its subjects familiar.  Folk art is a personal statement, a reflection of what the artist actually feels through his/her life experiences.

Adapted from:

Lamb, Susan:  A Guide to American Indian Folk Art of the Southwest

Application Process

Submitting your info via email is preferred, however, a letter mail submission is acceptable. In your application, please, include the following:

  • 5 images of your art with descriptions including process, materials, size and price range

  • Outline your experience or background as a folk artist 

  • A statement of your residency in Nova Scotia including address, telephone, email and Nova Scotia Health Card

CLOSED for 2024
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