Recipient of the 2016 Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant Announced

Visual Artist, Audrey Hurd, Awarded $5,000

For Immediate Release

St. John’s, NL – November 14th, 2016 – Cox & Palmer and Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC) are pleased to announce that Audrey Hurd is the recipient of the 2016 Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant.  Hurd, who is currently based in Bergen, Norway, will receive the $5,000 grant toward the creation of a new body of work.


“Cox & Palmer is delighted to congratulate Audrey Hurd for being selected as the 2016 Pivotal Point Grant Recipient,” said Paul McDonald, partner of Cox & Palmer and chair of the firm’s BRAVO! – Supporting the Arts sponsorship program.  “Her work is an inspired and thought-provoking contribution to the arts and culture in Newfoundland and Labrador. We are so pleased to help recognize her talent, and look forward to her future work.”

The Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant is a funding opportunity offered through VANL-CARFAC for visual artists in Newfoundland and Labrador. It was created to provide financial support for working visual artists who have reached a crucial point in their artistic career and to allow them to evolve their practice and develop their reputation and visibility within the art world.

This year’s jury was pleased to see the strong applications received for the Pivotal Point grant: “Following a detailed and careful discussion of each applicant, the jury chose Audrey Hurd as this year’s recipient,” said a jury representative. “Audrey is a dedicated artist who works with various media to explore interactive situations between tactile materials and an active participant. She has just begun a two-year MFA program at The Bergen Academy of Art and Design in Bergen, Norway, which offers an interdisciplinary structure in which she can bring together her work with performance, printmaking, ceramics, and documentation in new ways, and in an international context.”

For media enquiries, please contact VANL-CARFAC’s Program Co-ordinator, Tessa Graham, at or (709)-738-7303.


Film Screening Fundraiser at Eastern Edge Gallery: Honouring Artist Annie Pootoogook


For Immediate Release:

A pop-up screening of the film Annie Pootoogook (2006) and fundraiser (proceeds to the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre)

Co-sponsored by VANL-CARFAC and Eastern Edge Gallery


Friday, September 30, 2016

7:30 pm (screening at 8pm)

Eastern Edge Gallery

72 Harbour Drive

St. John’s, NL

Phone: (709) 739-1882

Admission by donation (suggested $5)
Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook passed away on September 19, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. She was a bright light and hugely important figure in Canadian contemporary art, making drawings and prints that portrayed contemporary Indigenous life in Canada’s Arctic. This film is “an intimate portrait of (the) Cape Dorset artist…as she prepares for her first solo exhibition at The Power Plant Centre for Contemporary Art in Toronto in 2006.) Annie went on to win one of Canada’s most prestigious art prizes, the Sobey Art Award, that same year and, among her other achievements, represented Canada at Documenta in Kassel, Germany in 2007. Her work is in the collections of numerous Canadian art galleries and museums including the National Gallery of Canada.

Please join us in mourning the loss and celebrating the life and work of this remarkable Canadian, Indigenous female artist.
Special thanks to Site Media Inc., the producers of the film Annie Pootoogook​ (2006) directed by Marcia Connolly, who have generously waived the screening fee for this fundraising event.


For more information, please contact:


Eastern Edge Gallery

Phone: 709-739-1882




Phone: 709-738-7303


Ingrid Mary Percy

Vice-Chair, VANL-CARFAC Board


Phone: (709) 639-2398





VANL-CARFAC presents: Draw More Income Panel


Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant, 2016

Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant, 2016


Guidelines and Application

Cox & Palmer and VANL-CARFAC are offering a valuable funding opportunity for visual artists in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant is valued at $5000 and is awarded annually.

Aim of the Grant

The Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant will provide financial support for a project and/or activities that will significantly advance an artist’s career, help evolve their practice and/or develop the artist’s 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 of work or for exhibition costs at a significant venue.

Deadline for Application
September 9th, 2016

Notification of Result
October 30th, 2016


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 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
    o Digital documentation of previously created artwork– maximum of 20 images, DVDs, audio/video documentation (Original artwork will not be accepted)
    • Optional Support Materials:
    o Letters of support
    o Confirmation of residency or exhibition
    o Recent reviews, catalogues, etc.

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 October 30th, 2017


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