Luciana Fernandes

Luciana received the 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award in 2016. She completed her undergrad at Dalhousie University, then relocated to British Columbia to pursue her MFA in directing at UBC.


Luciana returned to Halifax in 2018 to participate in Neptune Theatre’s Chrysalis Project, which provides practical experience and mentorship to emerging theatre artists.

Devin Huang

Devin began playing piano in 2013 at the age of seven, and has won both awards and competitions since then.


He was the 2017 recipient of the first ever Gordon Murray rising Star Award, and one of the winners of the 2017/18 Chebucto Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, an honour which gave him the opportunity to perform with the Orchestra in the spring of 2018.

Ian Parsons

Ian received Talent Trust scholarships to pursue studies in dance. He trained at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax, then attended Canada’s National Ballet School.


Ian began teaching ballet after touring with CATS in 2013, and relocated from London, UK back to Canada three years later. 

Charley Young

Born in Alberta, Charley moved to Nova Scotia to pursue her BFA at NSCAD University. She received the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award and the Lieutenant Governor Award. 


Charley is a practing artist who teaches drawing and printmaking at NSCAD University and Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.

Lee Yuen-Rapati

Lee received the Talent Trust 2011 Canada Games Award in 2017, the year he began the MA Typeface Design program at the University of Reading in the UK, which is considered by many in the design industry as the best in the world. 


He completed his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Design at NSCAD University, where he taught as a guest lecturer for two years prior to beginning his MA.

Shanice Skinner

Shanice, a soprano born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2017.


Shanice was Nova Scotia’s alto selection for the 2014 National Youth Choir, and soprano for the 2016 National Youth Choir tour in Alberta. She won the Talent Trust Portia White award in 2016, and received a scholarship in 2018 to continue her voice studies.


To mark our 75th anniversary, Talent Trust scholarship recipients will be featured in a number of events throughout the year, in locations around the province.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • A showcase of short films (Q&A with filmmakers TBA)
  • Pop-up events featuring dance, music, and theatre, presented in public spaces
  • A visual art exhibition of works completed in the past 15 years


Celebrating 75 Years of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust

Jordan Broadworth
Sandra Brownlee
Lux Habrich
Sara Hartland-Rowe
Dan O’Neill
Lucy Pullen
Pamela Ritchie
Despo Sophocleous
Emily Vey Duke
Charley Young

MSVU Art Gallery
May 18 - July 28, 2019 
Opening May 25 at 2 p.m.

Cape Breton University Art Gallery
August 16 - October 4, 2019 
Opening August 16 at 6 p.m.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia-Western Branch
November 22, 2019 - May 17, 2020
Opening November 22, 2019  

Check back here or watch our blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed for more details.

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust and partner galleries recognize the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Contact Us

Nova Scotia Talent Trust
P.O. Box 575
Halifax, NS B3J 2R7
Phone: 902-492-6801 (Executive Director)  (Scholarship Program)

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