March 31, 2023, 5 - 7 pm
March 31 - June 30, 2023

Landscape Architecture Gallery
20 Rock Garden Road, Bible Hill NS

In 2018, 81.4 % of the total population in Canada lived in cities . However, Nova Scotia’s rural population remains relatively high at 42.6% of the total population. This relationship is not expected to remain.  

Nova Scotia recently reported its biggest population increase in more than 30 years and had an estimated population of 977,457 in early 2020, up from 921,700 in 2011. This made Nova Scotia the 2nd most densely populated province in the country with a population density of 45 m2 / 17 km2 as Nova Scotia is the second-smallest province in Canada in terms of area, behind Prince Edward Island. The changes to Nova Scotia due to population increase and the influences upon the landscape will be more observable than in the larger provinces. One area where these impacts will be most pronounced is at the periphery of rural areas.


In order to best prepare for these changes, we must first understand this unique space and it’s place within the larger and evolving Canadian hybridizing landscape. This exhibit examines the multiple interrelated characteristics of Nova Scotia’s peri-rural landscapes. These varied explorative and reflective artistic pieces analyse and reveal components required to address their complexity and unfolding transition dynamics.

This exhibit serves as a catalyst for the technical, creative, and organizational innovation and collaboration necessary for a sustainable pathway towards adaptation and resiliency in Nova Scotia and Canada’s peri-rural areas.  The focus will be on how urbanization processes engender rural-urban transformations and can create new intermediary spaces between the village and the rapidly encroaching city. This gallery exhibition will offer perspectives on the impacts to rural spaces and the many economic, social, and ecological flows between rural and urban areas.


Curators are accepting submissions until March 14 which reflect the Exhibition’s Statement and Themes. These can include any artwork and media including sculpture, digital, prints, textile, small installations, painting, poetry, fine art, music, video, photography, and others.

We also wish to engage students and faculty within the design disciplines of landscape architecture, urban planning, and architecture; your submissions can be digital and can span the range of formats including exploration, research, design plans, and 3-D models.

Submissions require a short Artist Biography and a separate Artist Statement of the piece which explains not only the background and process of your piece, but how it reflects the Exhibition Statement and Themes clearly. This should be no longer than 500 words. This is not a Proposal but a written component which reflects the concepts and inspiration behind the artwork to be displayed next to the piece. 

All submissions will be accepted and viewable at the Exhibition; however, the Curators will select exemplary submissions which will be displayed within the Gallery space of the Landscape Architecture Program Studio. The 'other 'submissions not selected will be situated throughout the building, hallways, and design studios for viewing. There will be no stipend or grant for the showpiece. Your will have your name, picture and website link located on this website.

Submissions can be digital or physical. Please contact us through the
email at the bottom of the page for any questions and to coordinate your delivery of submissions by March 15 for Curator review. Digital submissions can be directly sent to



Nova Scotia is facing global and local challenges that force us to rethink the landscapes where we live, work, socialize, relax, and recreate.  We have a great diversity of landscapes, both urban and rural, but need new ways of approaching them and their new ecologies, demanding a change of perspective and a reworking of their stories.  How can we reinvent our Rural Places to continue to represent our values?

Key Themes and Inspiration which reflect the Exhibition’s Statement include:

  • Rural Landscape

  • Change


  • Loss

  • Decline

  • Edge


  • Transition

  • Agriculture

  • FUTURE rural places

  • People and Culture

  • Rural Life

Your artwork may include those which represent and illustrate the existing state of or reflections upon any of the following:

        Mi’kmaq culture

        Rural lifestyle and family


        Urban development

        Equity and justice




        Sustainable Development




        Food Security

We believe art can contextualize and express these rapidly evolving dynamics. Art can encourage dialogue between different actors, simulate self-esteem for the place, or reactivate community action in favour of the rural landscape. How can your artistic creation contribute to re-establish emotional and affective links with Nova Scotia's rural territories? How can these creative or artistic practices help to transmit values and narrative in the landscape, raise awareness, transformation and, ultimately, bring it closer to the our communities and population?


We strongly encourage submissions from landscape architecture, urban planning, architecture and other design students and faculty. This should be a visual inquiry providing a reflection on relevant themes found within this transitional landscape zone’s contested spaces. Submissions can focus on the analysis and documentation of contextual aesthetics, interstitial relationships, agricultural historicity, shifting ecologies, dialogical reflections, critical reviews, ephemeral qualities, or positional perspectives. Future conception of space and place and the role of the peri-rural landscape are also suitable. 

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Through this exhibit, we hope to sensitize visitors

to the dimensions of rural-urban connections.



We are are fortunate to have the following curators to oversee the exhibition:

Dr. Kathleen Kevany, Director, Rural Research Center,
Dalhousie University

Zannah Mae Matson, Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph

Peter Cullen, Director, Ross Farm Museum
Melanie Munro, Director, Marketing and Communications, Ross Farm Museum
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Landscape Designer
Brackish Design Studio Inc
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Chengfan Liang
MLA Student
University of Toronto
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Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University
Director, Green Infrastruture Performance Lab
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