Main & Station Nonesuch Kickshaws

Name of Residency: Nonesuch Residency Program

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.

Residency Programme since: 2013
Description of Organisation:

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.

Organisation founded in: 2012
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 3
  • Months: 6
Number of studios: 5
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Apartment
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): 40 CAD
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: We provide living space and work space. We provide administrative / promotional support for residents who choose to exhibit work, offer a workshop, artist talk, performance, or other activity related to their practice… this includes promoting events via print, on our website, on social media, and sometimes on radio and elsewhere. For artists who exhibit work, we provide the gallery space and someone to ‘sit’ the exhibition for its duration. We also typically provide an opening reception with refreshments. Depending on the guest, their practice and requirements we also are sometimes able to provide some materials. During and/or toward the end of the residency AIRs are requested (but not obliged) to present a part of the work they have been doing during their time in Parrsboro. Residents who wish to do so are also encouraged to engage in some form of Community Arts Programming, such as workshops, exhibitions, seminars, classes for youth, presentations, et cetera.
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Public talk
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    Selection process: By curator
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Halifax or Moncton
    Nearest Train Station: Amherst, Nova Scotia
    How to reach by plane: Halifax International Airport 95 minutes to Parrsboro – transport can be arranged. Moncton Airport 75 minutes to Parrsboro – transport can be arranged
    How to reach by train: Via Rail (or by bus) to Amherst Nova Scotia – 45 minutes to Parrsboro – transport can be arranged
    How to reach by car: From Halifax – Transcanada west to Highway #2 Parrsboro – Masstown exit 50 minutes to Parrsboro From points west or USA Transcanada to Amherst Nova Scotia – Exit #4 follow signs to Parrsboro 45 minutes
    Street & Number: PO Box 507, 168 Main Street
    Postal Code: B0M 1S0
    City: Parrsboro
    Country long: Canada
    PO Box 507, 168 Main Street
    Parrsboro B0M 1S0 NS CAN
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