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




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