The Nonesuch mission is to have fun and to encourage artistic activity, interdisciplinary collaboration, and community involvement.
Travel can be quite a stimulus to ideas and creativity. The residency program allows participants the opportunity to work creatively in one or more new environments. Support to the community is via arts programming, seminars, collaborations, small venue presentations, and partnerships.
Residencies are available to established and emerging visual, literary, sound and performance artists as well as philosophers, historians, geologists, geographers etc. and anyone else whose application is accepted. We also have a Chefs’ Residencies available in the Nonesuch Café.
The program is open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Criteria for acceptance include curiosity, creativity, and enthusiasm.
Facilities may be reserved in advance for groups and workshops.
AIRs are provided a place to stay, space to work, and the opportunity to exhibit, teach, and interact with the community as well as a certain amount of support for these activities for example, for an exhibition we usually provide some promotions and an opening (vernissage) plus someone to keep the exhibition open to the public. Residency fees help support the entire operation.
Although we encourage it strongly as it enhances the residency experience, AIRs are not obliged to exhibit, teach, perform, et cetera. The only thing we request is that each AIR at least present something about their work to the public, often in the form of an Artist Talk.
Located on the Minas Basin (a small arm of the Atlantic Ocean) Main & Station Nonesuch is housed in a re-purposed & renovated historic buildings. Our main facility is the former Post Office, Armoury and Customs House, a 4-level red brick building on Main Street in the centre of town. Two blocks away, in Parrsboro’s former Trinity United Church, we also have the Nonesuch Centre for the Performing Arts & Studios which offers a large performance hall with excellent acoustics as well as several studio spaces. Other buildings include an 1890s duplex once known as Morality Hall and a couple of cliffside cabins overlooking the Minas Channel. All now serve as spaces for art residencies and related activities. We offer workshops, lectures, exhibitions, performances & other events as well as a small cafe and secondhand book shop.
We provide space and support for creation in all endeavours which includes all of the arts as well as other disciplines including cuisine, geology, botany, mycology, et cetera.
The Minas Basin is world renowned for fossils, gems & minerals, as well as for having some of the highest tides on earth and an ever changing geography. The village of Parrsboro is famed as an important site for dinosaur fossils and minerals, is home to a Provincial Geological Museum and a well-established Gem & Mineral show, and our shore and surrounding area has recently been designated as the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark.
- Independent Association/Foundation
- Weeks: 1
- Weeks: 2
- Weeks: 3
- Months: 1
- Months: 3
- Months: 6
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Private accommodation
- Shared accommodation
- Private studio / workplace
- Shared studio / workplace
- Space for partners, families, pets
- Exhibition space
- Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
- Library/research resources
- Public talk