Try these suggested walks to explore artistic Halifax. Feel free to start in the middle or begin at the end. Take a day or an hour, there is a lot to discover.
Gallery Walk - North End Hike
Starting at Cogswell, walking north along Gottingen, you will find EyeLevel, an artist run gallery. Megan Leslie’s MP office features community artists. Across the street is (((Parenthesis))) Gallery exhibiting new contemporary art. Interested in glass? Head up Cunard to Creighton and give Philip Doucette a call. Nearby on Cornwallis is Suzanne Gauthier’s Studio. While strolling up Agricola, consider Taiya Barss’ Studio on John Street. Continue north to FRED. for a bite to eat and check out the art exhibited at this trendy cafe. (Art off The Map May 1 - June 23) One block north is Turnstile Pottery Co-op. A short side trip down Almon and across Robie brings you to Frame Plus Art. A few blocks up Agricola is the Art Gallery of Humani-T Café. Follow Young Street to Hydrostone Market and Bogside Gallery, showing crafts from the Atlantic region. Optional side trips include: Laurie Mireau’s or Emma Fitzgerald’s studios and Veith Street Gallery. The walk back down Gottingen is 2K.
Gallery Walk - Historic Halifax Ramble
Granville Mall is the starting point for this walk. The NSCAD buildings are home to the Anna Leonowens Gallery, exhibiting the work of NSCAD students and alumni, and Gallery Page and Strange, showing new and contemporary art. Inspired to create art? Need supplies? Visit the NSCAD Art Supply Store. Crossing over to Upper Water Street into Historic Properties, you will find Carrefour Atlantic and Puffin Gallery carrying a selection of books and art from Atlantic Canada. And for home décor check out London Loft. On the corner of George and Hollis is the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia – an afternoon adventure in art viewing and buying. Further along Lower Water Street at Summit Place is Maps and More, a destination for map lovers and collectors.
Gallery Walk - Seaport Stroll
Bishop's Landing is home to Frida Custom Jewellery Design. From there take the boardwalk to the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market, to visit the Art Map artists who show there on Saturday and Sunday. Then stroll south, past the NSCAD University building which houses the Loggia Gallery, on from there is the NS Centre for Craft and Design, home to the Mary E. Black Gallery and the Designer Craft Shop. Across the road, you will find Seeds Gallery, highlighting NSCAD student work for sale. In the same building are the offices of Visual Arts Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council. Back along Marginal Road past the Market is Studio 21, one of Halifax's longest established galleries. Wandering away from the harbour, up Terminal Road you find Art 1274 on Hollis and then up Morris to Barrington and View Point Gallery. Looking for home accessories, stop in at Carbonstok.
Gallery Walk - Off Spring Garden Path
Art Gallery of Humani-T's South Park Street location is the starting point for this walk. Head down Spring Garden Road through Halifax's shopping district, a left turn on to Birmingham brings you to James Bradshaw's Jewellery Design Studio. Just around the corner on Doyle is Zwicker's Gallery, the oldest art gallery in Eastern Canada. For fine handmade paper find Inkwell on Market Street. Swing back along Grafton if beads are your thing to Halifax Bead and Metal Clay. Down Blowers and left on Barrington you will find The Khyber: Centre for the Arts.