Who We Are


The Centre for Craft is comprised of several parts: the Mary E Black Gallery, Collectors' Gallery, Studios, and Guide.

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, the Collectors' Gallery creates a marketplace for fine collectible craft, our Studios (and the Courses and Residencies) we offer in them a chance to learn real skills to make. The Guide showcases Nova Scotian artists, crafts people, shops, galleries, organizations and events - this tool markets the work of Nova Scotia's most creative folks and invites you into their homes and studios to get a behind the scenes look at when - where - and why we love creating.

The Centre for Craft

The Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design 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 is managed by the not for profit organization Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council.

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.

The Collectors' Gallery

With the expansion of the NSDCC's Designer Craft Shop accross the street, the Centre for Craft now houses our new Collectors' Gallery. This gallery represents established and emerging craftspeople with a focus on collectible fine craft. Work can be found by several master artisans who've held major exhibitions in our Mary E. Black Gallery.


Job Posting:  1 - year maternity leave contract

Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design Studio Coordinator

BFA or equivalent background preferred. The Studio Coordinator will be self-motivated in developing appropriate programming for the studio facilities; well organized, adaptable, good-humoured and able to deal with interruptions and multiple demands on their attention; experienced with woodworking, jewellery making, ceramics and textiles; administrative experience in cultural organizations an asset; excellent communication skills; database and graphic computer programmes and publicity skills required. 
The Studio Coordinator works under the supervision of the Director of NSCCD and is responsible for:
1. the planning, coordination, supervision and development and delivery of the craft studios and residency programs at the Centre
2. ensuring sufficient enrolment in courses and workshops to meet budgeted targets utilizing advertising & promotion
3. answering enquiries about studio use and Centre programs
4. recruiting potential instructors and select & plan courses for 3 semesters
5. supervision of any part-time employees (technicians, instructors) hired on a casual or contract basis and volunteers, including scheduling hours and nature of work and ensuring employees submit time sheets on a regular basis
6. the monitoring and scheduling of studio usage, including open studio &rental ensuring adherence to safety rules and regulations by all studio users including studio technicians, instructors, students, studio residents, staff and visitors
7. nurturing, coaching, coordinating residency program activities suited to the needs of residents
8. developing, designing and producing a course/workshop brochure for each of 3 semesters
9. working with studio technicians in ensuring that the studios are kept clean and well maintained
10. monitoring studio equipment, ensuring that equipment is kept clean and maintained in good working order and, in consultation with the Director, making arrangements for repair/replacement of equipment as required 
11. monitoring studio supply levels and order new stock as required
12. maintaining databases relating to studio management and operation 
13. receiving and receipting income, and ensuring accounting information is transferred to NSCCD main office on a weekly basis and in a timely fashion
14. working collaboratively with Guilds and craft groups for special meetings & events
15. assisting in the recruiting of volunteers as needed
This is a one-year maternity leave contract starting September 15, 2017 
Salary: $16.15/hour for 28 hours per week 
Please email a covering letter outlining the qualifications and experience you would bring to the position along with your resume to: director@craft-design.ns.ca
All applicants will receive an email receipt but only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

Competition closes noon Friday, June 16, 2017