Call for Applications: Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant

Cox & Palmer has partnered with VANL-CARFAC to create a new funding opportunity for visual artists in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant is valued at $5000 and will be awarded annually.

Aim of the Grant

The grant will provide financial support for a project and/or activities that will significantly advance an artist’s career, help evolve his or her practice and/or develop their reputation and visibility within the art world. Examples include, but are not limited to: development of new audience/market through exhibitions; publications and presentations; skill set development for use of new media or materials crucial to the creation of a specific body of work; participation in a residency that provides time and facilities to generate new work; or support for creation of a body or work or for exhibition costs at a significant venue.

Deadline for Application

September 2, 2014

Notification of Result

October 31, 2014


Applicants must be a current member of VANL-CARFAC.  Applicants can become a member at the time of application.

This grant is open to professional visual artists who are residents of Newfoundland and Labrador:

  • Must be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status
  • Must be a current resident of Newfoundland and Labrador for a minimum of twelve consecutive months immediately prior to the time of application
  • Must be at least eighteen years of age

Definition of professional artist

A creator of visual art has the status of professional visual artist if: earning a living through art making or possessing a diploma in an area considered to be within the domain of the fine arts, or teaching art in a school of art or applied art, or whose work is often seen by the public or is frequently or regularly exhibited, or recognized as an artist by consensus of opinion among professional artists.

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses include all reasonable expenses that will be incurred during the course of the proposed activity such as: travel, materials and supplies, technical support, residency costs, fabrication costs, shipping, studio rental, development and publication of promotional or materials.  The proposed project can be for individual or collaborative projects (include documentation for each collaborator).  Other types of expenses will be considered as long as clearly justified by the nature of the proposed plan.

  • Travel
  • Materials and Supplies
  • Residency fees
  • Studio rental
  • Small equipment (up to $2000)
  • Training costs
  • Wages for assistants
  • Consultant fees
  • Technical services
  • Professional development costs
  • Exhibition expenses
  • Publication costs
  • Contribution towards living expenses

Ineligible expenses:

  • Retroactive costs
  • Purchase of building
  • Renovations or construction
  • Tuition


Required application support materials

Completed application form and detailed budget

  • Detailed project description that clearly outlines the program or nature of activities, how this will be carried out within the stated timeline and how this will be beneficial to the advancement of your career and/or artistic practice
  • Up to date curriculum vitae
  • Artist statement that provides context for previous work
  • Optional Support Materials:
    • Letters of support
    • Confirmation of residency or exhibition
    • Recent reviews, catalogues, etc.
    • Digital documentation of previously created artwork– maximum of 20 images, DVDs, audio/video documentation (Original artwork will not be accepted)

Assessment Criteria will be based on the following three components:

  • artistic merit of work produced
  • strength and feasibility of proposed activity
  • ability to enhance the artist’s career/artistic practice.

Adjudication Process

All applications will be reviewed by the VANL-CARFAC staff for eligibility and completeness. All applications that meet these criteria will then be assessed by a committee of artists and arts professionals chosen by VANL-CARFAC’s board of directors.

Final Report

A comprehensive final report is required that includes an outline of the project/activities, a budget and the benefit to the artist.   This report is due within one month of completion of the project.


Projects to be completed by September 30, 2015


CLICK HERE to download the application form. This form must be filled out and returned with your application submission.

Applications may be submitted via dropbox or (preferred) or by email to, or by mail to:

Pivotal Point Grant
Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC)
Devon House
59 Duckworth Street, 3rd Floor
St. John’s, NL, A1C 1E6

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Congratulations to this year’s Winners!

Meet the Critical Eye Award EVA Nominees!

Here are the nominees for the Critical Eye Award category of our 9th Annual EVA Awards! The Emerging Artist Award is sponsored by Emma Butler Gallery.

Mireille Eagan
Mireille Eagan is a curator, art historian, and art critic whose work focuses on the Atlantic Provinces. As Curator at The Rooms in St. John’s, NL, Eagan developed the Elbow Room Residency Program, which promotes and mentors emerging artists in NL. She is also co-curator of the nationally touring retrospective Mary Pratt, and wrote an essay for the accompanying catalogue. From 2008-2010, Eagan was curator at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, PEI, where she was a founding member of Prince Edward Island’s artist-run collective This Town Is Small, Inc. Eagan has worked with a variety of Atlantic arts organizations over the past decade, including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Gallery Connexion and Struts Artist-Run Centre. She was the arts columnist for The Daily Gleaner in Fredericton, NB, and has published extensively in catalogues for private and public galleries, as well as numerous reviews for national magazines and periodicals such as C Magazine, Visual Arts News, Riddle Fence, and the Telegraph Journal. Recent projects include co-curation of the Terra Nova Art Foundation’s collateral project at the 55th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, titled About Turn: Newfoundland in Venice, Will Gill and Peter Wilkins. The accompanying curatorial essay was published in the official Biennale publication. Eagan has a Masters in Art History from Concordia University.

Darren Hynes


Darren Hynes was born in St. John’s and grew up in Labrador. He earned his BA and MA at Memorial and his PhD at Western University. As well as teaching with both the History and Philosophy departments at Memorial, he helped found the union for contractual workers at the university, volunteered with the food bank on campus and at the Bascilica, where he presented the children’s liturgy, and also worked at Georgetown Bakery, a particular pleasure for him as it allowed him to practice his French.



Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore has written two collections of short stories, Degrees of Nakedness and Open, and three novels, Alligator, February and Caught. She has edited The Penguin Anthology of Canadian Short Fiction by Women, and co-edited (along with Dede Crane) Great Expectations: 24 True Stories about Birth by Canadian Authors. She has recently adapted February for the stage.

Lisa has written for Chatelaine, Elle Magazine, The Walrus and the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Guardian, Azure Magazine, the National Post and Canadian Art.

She has taught at the University of British Columbia’s online Master Program in Creative Writing, and at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Lisa lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Meet the Kippy Goins Award EVA Nominees!

Here are the nominees for the Kippy Goins Award category of our 9th Annual EVA Awards! The Emerging Artist Award is sponsored by Perfect Day


Eastern Edge Gallery

Eastern Edge Gallery is a non-profit artist-run centre overlooking the harbour in the heart of St. John’s. The centre was created in 1984 by a movement of Canadian artists who decided to take charge of the way their art was presented. From installation to performance-based works, this gallery is the place to see something new, experimental and different. Eastern Edge does not sell art rather present art experiences that challenge, re-imagine, and celebrate contemporary art today. Eastern Edge is also a place where artists meet, support one another, and develop new skills. strengthening our artistic community on a social level. Each year the centre presents 7 main gallery exhibitions from local, national, and international artists, over 40 educational and social events, local artists in the Rogue Gallery, and the city’s only art festival, the annual Art Marathon (this year number fifteen!). Eastern Edge also host Destination Library, the only free public library to find art magazines in the city and a brand new hangout space called The Lookout. In 2014 Eastern Edge is celebrating its 30th Anniversary.


Christina Parker

Christina Parker began working with visual artists as a private dealer in 1981. In 1984 she established her first gallery in a small space on Queen’s Road called Contemporary Graphics that specialized in work on paper but later grew to include work in all media. The gallery soon outgrew its modest location and in June of 1989 the Christina Parker Gallery opened its doors in an industrial 1930’s warehouse space at 7 Plank Road.  The expansive gallery space at Plank Road provided the opportunity for the gallery to expand the exhibition programming and its interest to reflect the growing contemporary art practice by gallery artists.

In July of 2011 the gallery moved to a new and most exciting space in the heart of the downtown. The new location at 50 Water Street has been an active and engaging space to exhibit contemporary art and to mount larger exhibitions that celebrate the accomplishments of the gallery artists.

The gallery philosophy has been to look outward in representing the gallery artists and to this effort has participated in the Toronto International Art Fair, the most significant annual event for contemporary art in Canada, since 2001.

This year the gallery celebrates 30 years of activity in presenting and promoting significant work by many important artists of the province and beyond and remains one of the longest established contemporary art galleries in Eastern Canada


Community Youth Arts Program

Administered by The Murphy Centre and funded by Service Canada, The Community Youth Arts Program is a visual art based, career development project for youth between the ages of 16 and 30. It is dedicated to life-long learning and employment training in the visual arts through community service as well as group and individual skills training. Participants in this program are creative individuals who need to develop or improve upon professional practices and employability skills while simultaneously exploring new career and life goals.  CYAP helps participants apply for career and educational opportunities and assists in connecting them with professionals in the community that match their life goals or personal challenges.  Providing a forum for community networking and support is an integral part of CYAP.  We carry out various projects and work placements that benefit community organizations and events. As a result, CYAP participants become acquainted with local professionals and develop a stronger understanding of their cultural community and associated cultural careers.

CYAP adheres to a team-based workplace model and each participant in the program is paid minimum wage for 30 hours of work per week for the duration of the program.  Administered by The Murphy Centre, CYAP has been operating since 1999 and is presently located at the HarbourSide Studio, 72 Harbour Drive St. John’s, NL.

Meet the Long Haul Award EVA Nominees!

Here are the nominees for the Long Haul Award category of our 9th Annual EVA Awards! The Emerging Artist Award is sponsored by The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art.

Don Beaubier

Donald Beaubier was born and raised in rural Alberta and is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art & Design, the University of Calgary and St. Francis Xavier University.  He first came to Newfoundland in 1968 to teach a nine-month jewellery program at what is now the College of the North Atlantic in Corner Brook and as a result has spent most of his working life here. Like the prairie in which he grew up, Newfoundland geography is uncompromising and difficult to deal with in totality.  The reduction of the Atlantic marine landscape into discrete elements has been the foundation of the design vocabulary that has informed the majority of his work over the past thirty plus years, and much of his jewellery has been an examination of very small aspects of this very particular landscape… small tidal pools, little sections of gravel beach, drifts of sea grass, and even particular pebbles or specific plant forms… the constituents that make up the margin between earth and water.

He has exhibited nationally for many years, beginning while still a student with Perspective ’67, a juried exhibition sponsored by the Canadian Government Centennial Commission at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Since that time he has shown in many solo and group exhibitions across Canada, and his work has been included in Canadian pavilions at two world fairs and in Canadian Embassy exhibitions in Germany, Japan and Washington DC.  Currently, he is finishing work for a solo show at Gust Gallery in Waterton Lakes National Park, which opens on August 1st.

He has won numerous awards, has been twice nominated for the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in crafts in Canada, and received the 2012 Award for Outstanding Achievement by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Scott Goudie

Ever since I can remember I have wanted to be an artist.  I have been involved in visual art since I was five years old when I studied privately with Paul Parsons until 1968.  I then went on to study with Don Wright and Gerald Squires for the next five years until I moved to Vancouver to attend the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr School of Art) from 1972-1974.

I have made a living on my art for over 37 years so you can say that my life has been an artistic journey. Through this journey my focus has changed from figurative, portraiture and social realism to cityscapes and mostly landscapes. In my landscapes I concentrate on the light whether it is atmospheric or reflected on water. You will find water in most of my works as I am fascinated with the different ways that light plays off bodies of water such as a still pool or a rushing falls. In the landscape studies like those I have done of Labrador, I try to convey the vastness of the land and the insignificance of humans in this vast landscape.  I try to achieve a sense of place and architecture while still using the light and composition to define the image again without the presence of humans.

My artistic influences would be Whistler, Rembrandt, Gerry Squires and Christopher Pratt. Interestingly, Whistler and Rembrandt used the same printmaking techniques in lithography and dry point engraving that I currently use today.


Pam Hall

Pam Hall is a visual artist, film-maker and writer, whose work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally, and is represented in many corporate, private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada. Her practice is interdisciplinary—including installation, drawing, object-making, photography, film, writing , social practice and performance. Her work has explored the fisheries, the body, female labour, place-making, the nature of knowledge and notions of the “local”. She was the inaugural Artist-in-Residence in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University and spent more than two years there pursuing her research into how doctors learn to see the body. Her work is often collaborative and for more than a decade she has undertaken socially-engaged projects with communities in locations distant from the pristine space of the gallery, the studio, and the museum. In rural Newfoundland and Alberta, on wharves here and in Japan, in local fish plants and distant farmer’s fields, Hall has made work that involves many others as participants and collaborators. She has worked with doctors and medical students, fishers on both coasts of Canada, workers in the food service and fish processing industries, knowledge-holders in Western Newfoundland and was the only artist on an interdisciplinary team of scholars studying the crisis in the marine fisheries in Canada.  She has also written and illustrated children’s books, is an award-winning production designer in the Newfoundland film industry, winning the first Director’s Guild of Canada Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production Design for her work on Rare Birds.  She was inducted into the Royal Academy of the Arts (RCA) in 1992 and has been teaching graduate students in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program at Goddard College in Vermont since 1998. She has lived and worked in St. John’s for more than forty years, where she recently completed her PhD at Memorial University undertaking research and creation that proposed visual art as a form of knowledge production.  HouseWork(s)—a ten-year survey exhibition of her work is currently on display at The Rooms until September.

Meet the Large Year Award EVA Nominees!

Here are the nominees for the Large Year Award category of our 9th Annual EVA Awards! The Emerging Artist Award is sponsored by LAT49 Architects Inc.


Will Gill

Will Gill earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University in 1991, with a focus on sculpture.

Gill has maintained a studio practice since graduation, evolving from solely sculptural exploration, to a practice that encompasses painting, sculpture, photography and video work. He was named to the long-list of the Sobey Art Award in the 2004 and 2006 competitions. The Sobey Art Award is Canada’s premiere award dedicated to contemporary artists under 40 years of age.

Recent career highlights include a commission for a large-scale water installation at Toronto’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (2012), participation in a two-person collateral exhibition at The 55th Venice Biennale (2013), a solo exhibition of paintings at The Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, British Columbia (Oct 2013), work on a $100,000 sculpture commission for a corporate building in downtown St John’s, Newfoundland (2013) and a design commission for a hand tufted carpet for The Canadian Consulate in London, England (2014).

He lives and works in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.


Philippa Jones

Philippa Jones has been a St. John’s based artist since 2009. Prior to moving here Jones completed a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Interactive Art & Design at University College Falmouth. Jones’ diverse art practice has included and sometimes combines printmaking, painting, pen and ink, animation, art games and interactive installations. Central to Jones’ work is the exploration of constructed realities, active myth making and a celebration of wonder and the inquisitive mind. In 2013 Jones was favourably reviewed by Gloria Hickey in C Magazine for her solo show ‘MIRIAD’ at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery.  The drawing ‘Miriad Island’ that featured in the exhibition was subsequently purchased by the National Gallery of Canada. Jones is represented by the Christina Parker Gallery.



Peter Wilkins

Peter Wilkins (British, b. 1968) is a multimedia artist based in Clarke’s Beach, Newfoundland. Wilkins’ various bodies of work have been exhibited in public and private galleries across Canada and abroad, including The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery (St. Johns’, NL), Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown, PEI), the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, B.C), and Canada House (London, England). His portrait and landscape artworks are held in public and private collections in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France and Greece. In 2009, Peter Wilkins was the inaugural artist-in-residence at Memorial University (St John’s, NL). In 2011, his works based on the architecture of Toronto were exhibited as a featured exhibition of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival (Toronto, ON). In 2013, Wilkins exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale in the Collateral Event, About Turn: Newfoundland in Venice, Will Gill & Peter Wilkins.

Meet the Emerging Artist Award EVA Nominees!

Here are the nominees for the Emerging Artist Award category of our 9th Annual EVA Awards! The Emerging Artist Award is sponsored by Grenfell Campus – Memorial University.

Kailey Bryan

Kailey Bryan is a multi-media artist currently living and working in St. John’s, NL. She received her BFA with Honours from York University and was the recipient of the E. J. Lightman Sculpture Award and the Louis Odette Award for Sculpture. Kailey is a founding member of Toronto based collective Tongue & Groove, who create participatory installations with recycled materials, increasingly exhibited in public spaces. Kailey’s individual practice centers on commercially manufactured materials and the body, exploring ways in which bodies and environments – physical, social, and psychological – mutually construct one another. Moving toward installation, video and performance, she hums and haws about power, agency, and accountability. She loves critical discussion, large bodies of water, and puns.
Forthcoming are a solo exhibition as part of Eastern Edge Gallery’s performance series One Night Stand, a panel discussion at the Rooms, and new work for the Fibre Arts Conference 2015.


Malin Enström

Malin Enström was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and has lived in Southern Europe, North Africa and North America. The main focus of Malin’s practice is photography, for which she won an Arts & Letters Award in 2013. She recently had her first solo show, One of of Nine, which documented the lives and experiences of breast cancer survivors in Newfoundland. In her day job, Malin is a crime analyst at the RNC and a PhD student at Memorial University. Malin is represented  by the Leyton Gallery of Fine Art.


Mike Gough

Mike Gough was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, in 1985. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in 2007 and in 2009 graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Education. Gough went on to attend Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, England, and graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in 2010. Shortly after, he was invited to exhibit with Witham Gallery in London for an exhibition featuring ten emerging artists from the top graduate schools in the UK, showing the future direction of British art. His work has appeared in group and solo exhibitions in Canada, the UK and France, and is part of both private and public collections in England and Canada. Gough was shortlisted for the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Emerging Artist of the Year in 2013. In December, 2013 Gough opened his first public gallery solo exhibition, titled Retrace, at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery as part of the Elbow Room Residency Program. Gough is currently represented by Christina Parker Gallery.

VANL-CARFAC Pre-Budget Submission 2014: Recommendation #5

This year, VANL-CARFAC made five recommendations to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for the up-coming 2014-15 budget:



  • The Rooms art gallery is key to the success of this province’s artists and their work’s legacy, while improving the well-being of her citizens. Currently, the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery does not have enough curators to adequately develop exhibitions by the province’s contemporary artists, and new exhibitions are less likely to tour to other venues in Canada. Stretching also results in extended exhibition runs and a lower turnover of permanent collection exhibitions. This discourages the repeat visitor. According to Hill Strategies The Arts and Individual Well-Being in Canada report (2013), increased art gallery attendance correlates with increased physical and mental well-being and social engagement. For example Art gallery visitors have an 89% greater likelihood of having volunteered in the past year than non-visitors, even after accounting for other factors such as income, age and education.


  • As well, an increased budget for the Art Acquisitions program for The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery. Maintaining and growing a collection is a vital activity of any public art gallery. Galleries do this as part of their mandate to act as cultural stewards for past, current and future citizens. The collection mandate of public galleries is broader than that of a program such as the Art Bank of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Collection must cross historic periods as well as acquire contemporary works, and must represent the broader Canadian cultural context (and even international when deemed appropriate). This should make it clear that the current Provincial Art Gallery Acquisitions budget is too small to make the gallery an effective steward in this area. For this reason, we recommend that the Minister increase the budget of the program to match that of the Art Bank of Newfoundland and Labrador, a vital acquisition program with a vastly different collecting mandate. Both collections must be maintained and must grow in order to make the Provincial Art Gallery an effective public institution.




VANL-CARFAC Pre-Budget Submission 2014: Recommendation #4


This year, VANL-CARFAC made five recommendations to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for the up-coming 2014-15 budget:



As self-employed professionals, visual artists and other cultural workers are asked to provide their professional services and expertise by sitting on juries, committees and boards. These activities require a considerable amount of time.

Some of the bodies on which artists currently provide their expertise to the provincial government are:

  • The Arts and Letters Committee
  • The Board of The Rooms
  • The Board of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
  • The Federal-Provincial Committee on Cultural Initiatives
  • The Art Procurement Advisory Committee

Self-employed artists are providing their professional expertise to the province but they are not receiving any remuneration for the time spent on these activities. In addition, the time that self-employed artists spend on board and committee work is time that they are not able to produce the artworks by which they make their living. For this reason, and in acknowledgement of their professional expertise, we ask that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador implement a policy to pay standard fees for the work performed for the government by self-employed arts professionals. Status of the Artist Legislation, if passed, would outline rates of payment for these types of services provided to the government, and would encourage similar remuneration for work done by artists on other non-governmental committees, councils and advisory boards.