Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant, 2017

Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant, 2017


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 15th, 2017

Notification of Result
October 30th, 2017


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, 2018


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


Job Opportunity with Visual Artists Newfoundland & Labrador (VANL-CARFAC): Program Coordinator


Position: Program Coordinator


  • Completion of a visual arts related degree from a post secondary institution, or the equivalent in professional experience in visual arts or a related field.
  • Some experience or specific interest in arts advocacy/policy.
  • Organized, deadline oriented and a self starter.

Job Description:

VANL-CARFAC is the primary umbrella advocacy organization for the visual arts sector in Newfoundland and Labrador and as a member’s based group, VANL-CARFAC’s official motto is “artists working for artists.”  

The program coordinator will tasked with maintaining the VANL-CARFAC office and will serve as the primary contact for members and for non-member artists and organizations.  In this capacity the coordinator will be required to address individual concerns of artist members, locate and dispense the information and resources they may need and/or filter appropriate calls/emails to the Executive Director, the board or committee chairs.

 In addition the Program Coordinator is responsible for (but not limited to) the following duties:

  • producing the weekly E-Bulletin highlighting exhibitions, gathering news from the visual arts sector, residencies and job opportunities, and sending it to the VANL membership.
  • Bi-weekly bookkeeping, processing memberships and keeping the artist member databases current
  • send membership/information packages to new members.
  • co-ordinate with the Executive Director on all events and programming for the organization as they occur over the course of the year: including the Excellence in Visual Arts Awards, annual general meeting, board meetings, Professional Development workshops, Artist Talks, etc. and work with necessary committees to actualize all details of these programs..
  • maintain updated media, gallery and patron contact lists as well as artist’s websites.


This is a 30 hour a week position.


Deadline for application: August 4th 2017


For more information, or to email a resume and cover letter please contact: (toll free) 1-877-738-7303 &


Resumes & cover letters can also be mailed or delivered in person to:

Visual Artists Newfoundland & Labrador (VANL-CARFAC)

59 Duckworth St. (Devon House, 3rd Floor)

St. John’s, NL

A1C 1E6

Press Release: VANL-CARFAC Thanks Vicky Chainey Gagnon & The Rooms Art Gallery (NL)

VANL-CARFAC would like to acknowledge the departure of Vicky Chainey Gagnon as Director and chief curator for The Rooms.   During her three years in Newfoundland and Labrador, Chainey Gagnon has become known as a director who was committed to the province’s artists and visual arts community. She was engaged and supportive of artists working in all media, and at all levels of practice–emerging artists to senior artists to gallerists. As Director of the Art Gallery, she intelligently led her team in the production of top-quality, critically rigorous programming that recognized and celebrated the province’s role in a global cultural conversation, while always maintaining respect for its history and community.

VANL-CARFAC has received assurances from The Rooms CEO, Dean Brinton, that this upcoming personnel change will not affect or interrupt the gallery’s future programming.  We have been informed that a national search for the new gallery director will take place within six months, to find and appoint a candidate who will have the professional and curatorial experience essential to the gallery’s operation, and in accordance with the requirements of federal funding bodies.    

We would like to thank Vicky Chainey Gagnon for her work, her contribution to the province’s visual arts community, and wish her the best of luck in her new position as the Executive Director of the Campbell River Art Gallery.  We also thank the Art Gallery staff for their hard work and their dedication to supporting the local arts community.

For more information, contact Program Coordinator, Tessa Graham at or 709-738-7303.


12th Annual EVA Award Winners, 2017


Winners announced for the 2017 Excellence in Visual Arts Awards

For immediate release:

  1. JOHN’S NL: The twelfth annual Excellence in Visual Arts Awards took place on May 26th at the Rooms, St. Johns, Newfoundland. The event was hosted by Sheilagh O’Leary. The EVA Awards are the only awards program solely dedicated to celebrating the work of the visual artists of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Large Year Award celebrates a visual artist who has enjoyed an exceptional year, with at least one exhibition and critical recognition. This year’s Large Year Award 2017 went to Ned Pratt.

The Emerging Artist Award honors the promising start made by an emerging visual artist in the early stages of their career. The Emerging Artist Award 2017 went to St. John’s artist April White. This award was sponsored by Grenfell Campus, Memorial University.

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. The Kippy Goins Award went to the Anne Manuel. This award was sponsored in 2017 by Perfect Day.

The Critical Eye Award celebrates the best piece of critical writing about an NL artist in any print or online publication worldwide. This year’s winner was Mireille Eagan.

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact Program Coordinator, Tessa Graham at or 709-738-7303.

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