Call for Board Members 2020

Artists Working for Artists! Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC) Call for Board Members

VANL-CARFAC is looking for board members, to be elected at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September/October (Date TBA). If you are a professional visual or media artist interested in raising the socioeconomic status of your fellow practicing artists and improving their working conditions through advocacy and education, we encourage you to put your name forward for consideration.

All Directors are elected for a term of two years and may be re-elected to serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. Directors will be elected to a position by our members at our AGM. At the 2020 AGM, up to six out of twelve volunteer director positions will be open, to be filled by new and/or returning candidates. Following the AGM, the board will choose its Executive Officers, as per VANL-CARFAC’s Bylaws.

VANL-CARFAC strives to be an inclusive space for all, and to accurately reflect the diversity of the various arts communities that we serve. We strongly encourage applications from artists who are members of marginalized and/or underserved/underrepresented communities, especially individuals who identify with: First Nations, Mi’kmaq, Metis, Innu or Inuit, or people of colour; diverse gender and sexual identities (including LGBTQ2+); people living with dis/ability, etc.

If you wish to put yourself forward for a board of directors’ position, please send an email stating that you want to stand for election to the board and submit a short biography (100-200 words max) by email no later than September 10th, 2020. We are committed to equitable recruitment practices.

In order to be considered for equity-based recruitment, please include a note in your email stating, “I’d like to be considered for recruitment equity.” While you are welcome to elaborate further, it is not required.

Please consider carefully whether you can fulfill the responsibilities set out below.

Responsibilities and Duties of VANL-CARFAC Board Members In order to be eligible for election, if you are not a current member, and you will be required to become a member under the requirements of VANL CARFAC’s constitution. Service as a member of VANL-CARFAC’s Board of Directors requires time, dedication and commitment to the aims and purpose of the organization. For VANL-CARFAC to fulfill its unique role and reflect the views of its membership, Board members must participate fully in their roles and functions. The Directors of VANL-CARFAC are responsible for setting goals, defining organizational policies and priorities, and approving plans to achieve our goals.

VANL-CARFAC Board members are required to act in good faith and in the best interests of the organization, to formally declare any real or apparent conflicts of interest, to follow and enact VANL-CARFAC’s constitution and policies and to respect the confidentiality of sensitive information.

Part of the due diligence required of Directors is attending Board meetings and keeping yourself informed about the affairs of VANL-CARFAC by reading the materials prepared for the meetings, newsletters, and e-mail bulletins. The board typically meets in-person twice yearly, with additional monthly board and committee teleconferences.

For additional information on VANL-CARFAC and the role of Directors, please send questions to

VANL-CARFAC COVID-19 Update on Excellence in Visual Arts Awards

In response to growing concern over COVID-19, and in solidarity with our global community, the VANL board of directors has decided to forgo the EVA awards this year.
While we are disappointed that we are not able to present the annual awards ceremony this May as planned, VANL is confident that this was the responsible decision.

Instead, we will be working on ways to highlight and honour excellence in visual arts through distance. As the situation develops, we will continue to keep collaborative conversations going between VANL and the community to ensure we are doing everything we can to support artists of Newfoundland and Labrador during these uncertain times.

Our focus remains on the health and safety of our community. While technology will help us stay connected with one another, we are asking everyone to stay at home whenever possible. Although we are apart in physical space, we are all in this together.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email


In light of recent Federal and Provincial Government’s public health directives concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, please be advised that the VANL-CARFAC offices are closed effective immediately. Our staff will be working from home but we are still available via email and will be monitoring our telephone messages regularly. We do ask for your patience if there are some slight delays in response time as we adjust to this situation.

We know there will be additional questions regarding the impact this will have on the Excellence in Visual Arts Award and other programs and services, as well as the status of our office closure, and we will share more information here as soon as it’s available. If you do not already, we encourage you to follow us on our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

If you have questions, please contact us at or leave a message at 738-7303 (or toll free at .1-877-738-7303)