Shortlists announced for Excellence in Visual Arts Awards 2016

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Shortlists announced for Excellence in Visual Arts Awards


  1. JOHN’S NL:  The eleventh annual Excellence in Visual Arts Awards will take place on May 13that the Rooms, St. John’s, Newfoundland. The EVA Awards are the only awards program solely dedicated to celebrating the visual culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.


This year’s EVA Awards jury reviewed submissions from across the province, representing a wide spectrum of artistic mediums and styles.  Below are the short lists for four of the five awards – the winner of the Long Haul Award will be announced at the ceremony.


The Emerging Artist Award honors the promising start made by an emerging visual artist in the early stages of their career. Sponsored in 2016 by Grenfell Campus – Memorial University. Prize: $2000


The Emerging Artist Award Shortlist

Virginia Mitford

Amery Sandford

April White


The Large Year Award celebrates a visual artist who has enjoyed an exceptional year, with at least one exhibition and critical recognition.  Sponsored in 2016 by Lat49 Architects Inc.  Prize: $2000


The Large Year Award Shortlist

Kailey Bryan

Kay Burns

Philippa Jones


The Kippy Goins Award – so named for the small pieces of wood one throws on a fire to “keep it going” – thanks an individual or organization whose efforts have helped to sustain and build the visual arts sector.  Sponsored in 2016 by Perfect Day. Prize: original artwork by Michael Gough.


The Kippy Goins Award Shortlist

The Art Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

Sylvia Bendzsa

Group of 77


The Critical Eye Award recognizes a visual arts writer for an exceptional piece of writing on a NL artist in any print or online publication worldwide.  Sponsored in 2016 by Emma Butler Gallery.  Prize: $2000.


The Critical Eye Award Shortlist 

Heather Igloliorte

Mary MacDonald

Jennifer McVeigh


For more information or to arrange interviews, contact Program Coordinator, Tessa Graham at or 709-738-7303. A limited number of seats for the ceremony will be available to the public. To be put on the seating list, please contact the VANL office.


The EVA Awards are a Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador initiative.


VANL-CARFAC’s 4th Annual Post Art Fundraiser

You are invited to VANL-CARFAC’s 4th Annual Post Art Fundraiser!

The Post Art Fundraiser is a great excuse to have some fun, get inspired and share your creations with others! Send your artwork on a journey to three other Post Art participants and receive three original artworks in the mail! Participation is simple – just follow the steps below:


Step 1: E-mail your mailing address and donation amount to Pepa Chan at The suggested minimum donation is $10.00. Pepa will be accepting addresses until Saturday April 30th. (More details below)

Step 2: Each person is responsible for creating three small, mail-size, original artworks. (More details below)

Step 3: Each participant will receive an e-mail with three addresses where they will be expected to mail artworks. The artworks must be mailed NO LATER than Monday May 30th. This is so we can ensure everyone receives the work they deserves in a timely manner.

Step 4: Sit back and wait – your part is done! You will receive up to three artworks in the mail from three different artists!


Donation: Donations can be made by email transfer, through Paypal, regular mail or by drop-off to the VANL office. Whatever works best for you! However, please note in your initial email how you would like to donate. Pepa will be replying to messages individually, so if you do not get a reply in a few days please contact her again. All money raised will go to support VANL-CARFAC.

Sizes: 3 1/2″ x 5″ (Standard postcard) and maximum 11″ x 14″. Mailing rates will vary depending on the weight of the work and its destination.

Medium: Be creative. Drawing, painting, printmaking, textile art, photography, sound art, collage, mixed media!

Note: If you do participate in this event please honour the commitment and be sure to mail your three works. This fundraiser is based on a collective act of good faith, and the organizers cannot be held responsible for art that isn’t sent. However, in the case someone does not receive any works, we do have a few participants who will make extra pieces so no one will be left empty handed.

Please spread the word!
Thank you!

Provincial Arts Organizations Highlight Importance and Economic Impact of our Diverse Arts and Cultural Industry

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For Immediate Release

Provincial sectoral arts organizations collectively highlight importance and economic impact of our diverse arts and cultural industry
Consortium gathered to identify key common messages, and call for professional artists and groups to stand with public to protect investment in arts and culture


February 18, 2016 (St. John’s, NL) – The provincial sectoral organizations representing visual art, music, film and television, dance, writing, publishing, theatre, and craft recently met in response to the ongoing government renewal initiative. The groups gathered to share their collective experiences with one another, having attended public engagement sessions, and to outline a series of key points on the importance of the arts and cultural sector.

Each sectoral organization’s executive director or designate presented the points they had made during the public engagement sessions they attended. Professional artists who are members of the organizations also attended the sessions to echo the importance and value of the arts and cultural sector in general, and as an economic driver.

Many highlighted the fact that financial investment in the arts and cultural sector is already low, especially when compared to similarly sized populations, and the impact of the professional output of the arts and cultural sector goes far beyond that investment in terms of returned provincial revenue.

Given how strategically stretched existing budgets in the arts and cultural sector already are, any further reductions would inevitably result in a spike of out-migration that would swiftly shrink our provincial professional artistic talent, drying up Newfoundland and Labrador cultural identity.

Emerging artistic talent must be nurtured in this province, otherwise those professionals will shift to other parts of Canada and the world where they will be supported with a network of people and resources that recognize and understand their significant value to industry development and society as a whole.

Emerging and established artistic professionals charged with the preservation, creation, and appreciation of Newfoundland and Labrador culture at home and abroad will move on to other places and fulfill those roles elsewhere – contributing to the growth of industry in other jurisdictions.

The export and recognition of Newfoundland and Labrador artistic talent has an indelible effect on our province’s tourism industry, which as of 2011 was worth over $1 billion according to the provincial government. As of 2010, the Department of Finance estimated that tourism activity supported $204 million in labour income (or 1.8% of all provincial labour income for that year) for 10,760 people. Much of that tourism industry activity is catalyzed by the hard work and efforts of the arts and culture sector.

One of the reasons people come to Newfoundland and Labrador is because they read about it in a book, saw it on the big screen or television, enjoyed visual exhibitions or music by its artists, or saw a stage show about it in another country. All of that professional artistic content needs to be conceived, workshopped, created, and ultimately produced in a final version before distribution or export.

Once that arts and cultural product is out, it works for Newfoundland and Labrador – attracting local populations to explore new parts of the province, many others from afar to discover it, and assisting corporations in attracting and retaining professionals in various industry sectors.

The sectoral organizations support large memberships as they strive to create and share their artistic work, and agencies like ArtsNL are the research and development arm for our arts and cultural sector.

If sectoral organizations and ArtsNL are ill-equipped to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts, then a constantly renewable resource’s potential will be limited and wither, leaving potential revenue and growth within other sectors stunted as a result.

The arts and cultural sector also has strong connections with sectors such as health and business. Partnerships that see arts-based creative and innovative approaches to team building, increased productivity, and sound management in the corporate community already exist. There are direct connections between an individual’s quality of life and their health, both mental and physical, relative to their level of engagement with the arts. When the general public interacts with artistic content, it leads to a happier, healthier community and a stronger sense of identity.

The arts and cultural sector is a driver of provincial economic activity and revenue, and an industry in and of itself. An industry that is labour intensive, provides opportunity for youth, and creates job diversification in the province.

The consortium of provincial sectoral organizations calls upon their collective membership in partnership with the public to ensure these seven key points are brought to the forefront as the government renewal initiative continues to unfold:


  1. Financial investment in the arts and cultural sector is already low and the impact of the professional work and output of the arts and cultural sector goes far beyond that investment in terms of returned provincial revenue.
  2. Retention of our province’s arts and cultural professionals, especially young emerging artists, is necessary to further economic development.
  3. Leveraging organizational partnerships is important.
  4. Export and recognition of Newfoundland and Labrador artistic talent and the impact it has on supplementing tourism is directly tied to the level of revenue tourism generates for the province.
  5. Links between the arts and cultural sector and other sectors can and should be made to improve levels of efficiency and success in those other sectors.
  6. Dollars directed to the arts and cultural sector are investments.
  7. ArtsNL is the research and development agency for the arts and cultural sector.
    (And, in the case of music, MusicNL)


These key points should be communicated to government representatives, and in response to the renewal strategy’s opportunities for feedback whenever possible. Members of the provincial sectoral organizations and the general public are encouraged to visit for information on how to forward their concerns that the arts and cultural sector be protected, or email, call 1-844-805-3494, tweet @OPE_GovNL, or contact their MHA directly.


Media enquiries:


Dave Andrews, Executive Director
VANL-CARFACPhone: (709) 738-7303

Meg Coles
Publishers Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
Phone: (709) 743-0585
Alison Dyer, Executive Director
Writers Alliance of Newfoundland
and Labrador
Phone: (709) 739-5215


Patrick Foran
Association of Professional Theatres of Newfoundland and Labrador
Phone: (709) 693-0224 
Anne Manuel, Executive Director
Craft Council of Newfoundland
and LabradorPhone: (709) 753-2749


Jennice Ripley
Producers Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-Operative
Phone: (709) 727-6045


Rebekah Robbins, Program and Communications Officer
MusicNLPhone: (709) 754-2574


  Sharon King-Campbell,
Executive Director
Phone: (709) 743-4130 



2016 EVA Awards – Call for Nominations Now Open!

VANL-CARFAC Now Accepting Nominations for 2016 Excellence in Visual Arts Awards!

All artists in the province are encouraged to apply for the 2016 Excellence in Visual Arts Awards.  There are five categories for this year’s ceremony,which are:

1. the Long Haul Award for lifetime achievement;

2. the Large Year Award, for an artist who has had an exceptional year;

3. the Emerging Artist Award;

4.the Kippy Goins Award, which recognizes an individual or organization who has helped the growth of the sector;

5. the Critical Eye Award, which recognizes a visual arts writer for an exceptional piece of writing on an NL artist in any print or online publication worldwide.

Cash prizes of $1000 are attached to the awards, with exception of the Kippy Goins, whose recipient will receive an original artwork by artist Mike Gough.

Applications must be received or postmarked by 5 pm, March 11th, 2016. Application forms and full rules can be found here.

As the only awards program solely dedicated to celebrating the achievements of this province’s visual artists, the EVA Awards have become an exciting part of the annual cultural activities in this province. With previous winners from Grand Falls-Windsor, St. John’s, Corner Brook, Pouch Cove and Robinsons, this awards program recognizes excellence province-wide.

For more information about the EVA Awards, please contact Tessa Graham at 1-877-738-7303 or