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Call for Submissions

Project:  Commission of Artworks, Kippy Goins Award (EVA Awards)

Date: November 21st 2014

To: VANL-CARFAC Membership


VANL-CARFAC is looking to engage an artist to produce a series of 3 original works or a series of three (3) original fine art multiples (includes fine art prints, castings, photographs, etc.) for the purpose of giving a gift annually to one Kippy Goins Award winner. This award is one of five awards to be presented annually as part of the EVA Awards (Excellence in Visual Art Awards). The commissioned works will be given each year for the next three years of the EVA Awards program. Offset reproductions will not be considered.


Artists submitting proposals must be paid-up members of VANL-CARFAC. Individuals may become members at the time of submission. Contact the VANL-CARFAC office for details.


1. The artwork(s) must take into account the concept or purpose behind the award. The award, so named for the small pieces of wood one throws on a fire to “keep it going”, is meant to honour an individual, group or organization whose efforts have helped to sustain and build the visual arts sector.

2. The artworks must be small in scale. As a rough guideline for applicants, we suggest that you keep proposed works within range of the following measurements:

  • two-dimensional and framed works, approx. 11” x 17”
  • three-dimensional works, approx. 1 ft. sq.

3. The visual artists currently sitting on the VANL-CARFAC EVA Committee will serve as the selection committee to evaluate all proposals and select the artist for this commission.



Submissions can be made electronically via email to (with ‘Kippy Goins Artwork submission’ in the subject line), or mailed or delivered by hand to VANL-CARFAC, 59 Duckworth St., St. John’s NL, A1C 1E6. All submissions must include the following materials:

  • a written project description, no more than one (1) page in length, stating visual art medium, materials, approximate size and concept of the proposed final artworks.
  • a sketch or some form of visual representation of the concept
  • the artist’s CV
  • up to 10 images, saved as JPEGs, on a PC-compatible CDR or sent via email, of past work (Original artwork will not be accepted.) This should be accompanied by a numbered image list with image title, size and medium, and the JPEG titles should include the artist name and image number  (i.e. Smith_01).


Deadline for Proposals: December 12th, 2014

Selection of Artist: January 5th, 2015

Final Project Delivery Date: April 30th, 2015



Artist fee of $1,500.00 (firm) to be paid for the group of three (3) completed artworks, payable once the artworks have been delivered. Any shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist.

Please note that VANL-CARFAC retains the right to photograph the artworks in the context of the EVA Awards

Ceremony, for the purposes of display in own website, newsletter and other organization materials, including newspaper

advertisements congratulating the winner of the award. The artist will be credited in all instances where the image may

appear. We will not sell or licence images of the artworks for use by any other organization.

For more information about the EVA Awards program, you can view program information online at or contact the VANL-CARFAC office by phone at 1-877-738-7303 or email, at





Recipient of the Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant Announced

Visual Artist, Joe Fowler, Awarded $5000 for Upcoming Project


For Immediate Release

St. John’s, NL – October 31, 2014 – Cox & Palmer and Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC) are pleased to announce that Joe Fowler, a visual artist from Corner Brook, is the recipient of the inaugural Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant.

Mr. Fowler, who is currently based in St. John’s, will receive the $5000 grant in support of his upcoming project “Object Says No”—a series of interactive electronic sculptures based on household devices.

“We are so pleased to congratulate Mr. Fowler on being the first recipient of the Pivotal Point Grant,” says Paul McDonald, partner at Cox & Palmer. “He is a great example of the valuable contribution visual artists make to the dynamic culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. This grant will help grow his body of work, further advancing his career and the arts and culture of our province.”

The Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant is a new 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 grant will provide Mr. Fowler him with an exceptional opportunity to further his artistic endeavors.” a member of the VANL-CARAFAC jury said. “He is an exciting new voice in the Newfoundland arts community.”

Applications for the Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant were peer-reviewed through a competitive jurying process.

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








Wade In – Professional Development Workshop Series for Artists – with Eastern Edge

Eastern Edge Gallery and VANL-CARFAC are pleased to announce a great opportunity for artists!

The Wade In Professional Development Workshop Series addresses a number of areas of professional development for artists from budgeting to artist rights, framing, shipping, and getting connected to the larger art world beyond our shores with 2 national curators.

Join us for 6 workshops in total Saturday Nov 8 (3 workshops) and Saturday Nov 15 (3 workshops). Workshop leaders include Zach Pearl (Toronto), Peter Wilkins (Clarkes Beach), Christina Parker + Mary MacDonald (St. John’s), Michelle Jacques (Victoria), Ingrid Mary Percy (Corner Brook), and Will Gill  + John McDonald (St. John’s).

Eastern Edge Gallery Members – free (not a member? sign up! $25/year)
VANL-CARFAC Members – $5/workshop (not a member? sign up! $50/year)
Students – $5/workshop
Regular – $10/workshop
* no pre-registration for workshops necessary. All workshops will be located at EEG at 72 Harbour Drive *


10 AM | THE NITTY GRITTY, led by ZACH PEARL (Toronto)


Many artists want to know how to design the best application, track, or take care of our artistic careers efficiently. In this workshop we will explore how to format applications, make budgets and spreadsheets that help track revenues and expenses as well as the sales of your artwork.

Zach Pearl is a freelance curator and designer, and an impassioned educator. He holds a BFA with honours in Graphic Design & Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and an MFA in Curatorial Practice from OCAD University in Toronto. Zach specializes in new media curation, and his masters thesis work focused on experimental strategies in virtual exhibitions. Before moving to Canada in 2010, Zach spent five years in the public programs department for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and three years as the Assistant Coordinator for the Susan Hensel Gallery. Since relocating to Toronto, Zach has helped to produce exhibitions for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Textile Museum of Canada and the Gladstone Hotel. When not tackling his freelance endeavours, Zach works as a sessional instructor in Faculty of Art, Integrated Media and Faculty of Design, Graphic Design at OCAD University.

1 PM |  THE INDEPENDENT ARTIST: Representing yourself, led by PETER WILKINS (Clarkes Beach/UK), 1pm


How do you get started as an independent artist? What can we learn using entrepreneurial thinking? How do you talk about your artwork to others? What are some tips on getting “out there”?. Together we will review strategies from opening your own studio to having studio visits with other art professionals, creating an online presence, and physical takeaways. We will also discuss where to find like-minded folks in the creative economy, and how they can help you become an independent artist.

Peter Wilkins is a multimedia artist based in Clarke’s Beach, Newfoundland. Wilkins’ various bodies of work have been exhibited in public and private galleries across Canada and abroad, including The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Confederation Centre Art Gallery (PEI), the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Canada House (London, England). His portrait and landscape artworks are held in public and private collections in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France and Greece. In 2009, Peter Wilkins was the inaugural artist-in-residence at Memorial University. In 2011, his works based on the architecture of Toronto were exhibited as a featured exhibition of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival (Toronto). In 2013, Wilkins exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale in the Collateral Event, About Turn: Newfoundland in Venice, Will Gill & Peter Wilkins.


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Many artists seek commercial gallery representation or would like to pitch new exhibition ideas to an artist-run centre like Eastern Edge Gallery. In this workshop we will explore how to approach, build relationships, and pitch to these various types of galleries. We will also discuss how to deal with rejection.

Christina Parker began working with visual artists as a private dealer in 1981. In 1984 she established her first gallery in a small space on Queen’s Road called Contemporary Graphics. The gallery soon outgrew its modest location and in June of 1989 the Christina Parker Gallery opened its doors specializing in the growing interest in contemporary practice. The new location at 50 Water Street has been an active and engaging space to exhibit contemporary art and mount larger exhibitions. The gallery philosophy has been to look outward in representing its artists and to this effort has participated in the Toronto International Art Fair, the most significant annual event for contemporary art in Canada, since 2001. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Christina Parker Gallery.

Mary MacDonald is an artist, critic, arts administrator and independent curator currently residing in St. John’s, NL. Mary graduated from Mount Allison University (BFA 2006) and continued her practical education through Zwicker’s Gallery (Halifax) and the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville). She recently completed her MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice at OCAD University and an internship at C Magazine in Toronto. Her most recent project, the W(here) Festival was a performative exploration of rural artistic practices in Pictou County, NS. Mary is currently the Director of Eastern Edge Gallery, Newfoundland and Labrador’s only artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation and discussion of contemporary visual art in all media where she helps to facilitate the presentation of exhibitions, events and community programming.



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In this workshop we will discuss how to approach issues such as copyright, copyleft, and creative commons licensing. We will also take artists through fair use of their imagery and professional fee schedules as recommended by CARFAC. This helps artists know how much to charge for their services. We will also discuss defining the value of your work with the assistance of a professional appraiser and gallerist.

Ingrid Mary Percy studied visual art at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver (BFA, Dip FA, Studio) and at the University of Victoria (MFA, Painting). Since 1997, Percy has taught visual art at various institutions including the University of Victoria and Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She has served on the Board of Open Space in Victoria, BC and Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s. Currently, she is Vice-Chair of the Board of Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC) and is the Newfoundland and Labrador representative on the Board of Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) National. Percy lives in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador and is an Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts Program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. She teaches 2D Design, Drawing, Painting and Serigraphy.

1 AM | THE BIG PICTURE/DOING OUR HOMEWORK, led by Michelle Jacques (Victoria)


The artworld is a big place with many players. Each city has its own unique ecology made up of artist run centres (like Eastern Edge), commercial galleries, public galleries, and major art museums. Add to the mix international art fairs and festivals, and you have a wide range of options to choose from. In this workshop we will consider how each site is different, and how these sites relate to the work that artists are making. We will provide a takeaway of great institutions to start researching.

Michelle Jacques is a curator and writer based in Victoria where she currently holds the position of Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2012-present) . She was recently a the curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario where her curatorial projects included Luis Jacob: Habitat (2005-2006); Jennifer Steinkamp: Loom (2005); Present Tense: Kori Newkirk (2005); and Video Primer, a year-long series of consecutive and thematic video programs (2001-2002). Independent projects have included At the Corner of Time and Place, Nuit Blanche Toronto, (2007); Digitalized: Inside the Electronic Dream, Gallery TPW, (2000); and here, a group exhibition of local emerging artists, Robert Birch Gallery, (1999). Recent writings include “The Artist-run Centre as Tactical TrainingUnit,” in decentre: concerning artist-run culture (2008); “Some Thoughts on Speech Bubbles,” in Pro Forma: Language/Text/Art (2007); and “Art and Institutions: An interview with Janna Graham and Anthony Kiendl,” in the September 2007 issue of Fuse.

3 PM | PRESENTING, FRAMING, AND SHIPPING YOUR ARTWORK, led by John McDonald & Will Gill (St. John’s), NL, 3pm

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In this workshop we will discuss the presentation formats, and a number of techniques from installation to labelling. We will also look at framing techniques, and how to safely pack, crate, and ship your artwork for display.

Will Gill was born in Ottawa and moved to Sackville, New Brunswick in 1987 where he completed his BFA at Mount Allison University. An opportunity presented itself in 1997 to move to St. John’s to work as an apprentice at a bronze-casting foundry for sculpture. Gill maintains an active studio practice that encompasses sculpture, painting, photography and video work. He has a wide-ranging exhibition history that includes artist-run centres, commercial galleries, and public galleries/museums at home and abroad. Gill was selected to the national longlist in the 2004 and 2006 “Sobey Art Award”. His work is in many private and public collections and is handled exclusively through Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s. Gill currently works as a Preparator at the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in addition to his artistic practice.

John McDonald works in a range of two-dimensional media; oil on canvas, intaglio, mezzotint, aquatint-and has integrated steel, resin, bronze, and other materials. His art often treats social or political issues, particularly war, aggression and fear, and self-identity. He is fully and creatively engaged in explorations of both medium and message. Born in 1982 in the Goulds just outside St. John’s, McDonald completed a BFA in the Visual Arts Program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in 2005. His work has appeared in exhibitions in Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, England and France. His awards include prizes in the provincial Arts and Letters Competition. McDonald’s work can also be found in the collections of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, among others. He is represented by Emma Butler Gallery in St. John’s. In addition to his creative practice, McDonald currently works as a Collections Manager at the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery.

The WADE IN series is made possible by the generous support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency as well as our funders the Canada Council for the Arts, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, the City of St. John’s, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canadian Heritage, and you. Thank you. For more information about the accompanying video art series and these workshops please visit

VANL-CARFAC Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador is a non-profit umbrella organization for visual artists in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its mandate is to advocate on behalf of the visual arts sector and acts as a liason between the visual arts sector, government, cultural organizations and public. Become a member at

This project takes place as a part of Eastern Edge Gallery’s larger 30th Anniversary Celebrations entitled 30/30 Vision. Please click here for the full schedule of events!

Call for Applications: Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant

Cox & Palmer has partnered with VANL-CARFAC to create a new funding opportunity for visual artists in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant is valued at $5000 and will be awarded annually.

Aim of the Grant

The grant will provide financial support for a project and/or activities that will significantly advance an artist’s career, help evolve his or her practice and/or develop their 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 or work or for exhibition costs at a significant venue.

Deadline for Application

September 2, 2014

Notification of Result

October 31, 2014


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

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 September 30, 2015


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

“Anatomy of a Newfoundland and Labrador Artist” T-Shirts Available!

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Congratulations to this year’s Winners!

Meet the Critical Eye Award EVA Nominees!

Here are the nominees for the Critical Eye Award category of our 9th Annual EVA Awards! The Emerging Artist Award is sponsored by Emma Butler Gallery.

Mireille Eagan
Mireille Eagan is a curator, art historian, and art critic whose work focuses on the Atlantic Provinces. As Curator at The Rooms in St. John’s, NL, Eagan developed the Elbow Room Residency Program, which promotes and mentors emerging artists in NL. She is also co-curator of the nationally touring retrospective Mary Pratt, and wrote an essay for the accompanying catalogue. From 2008-2010, Eagan was curator at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, PEI, where she was a founding member of Prince Edward Island’s artist-run collective This Town Is Small, Inc. Eagan has worked with a variety of Atlantic arts organizations over the past decade, including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Gallery Connexion and Struts Artist-Run Centre. She was the arts columnist for The Daily Gleaner in Fredericton, NB, and has published extensively in catalogues for private and public galleries, as well as numerous reviews for national magazines and periodicals such as C Magazine, Visual Arts News, Riddle Fence, and the Telegraph Journal. Recent projects include co-curation of the Terra Nova Art Foundation’s collateral project at the 55th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, titled About Turn: Newfoundland in Venice, Will Gill and Peter Wilkins. The accompanying curatorial essay was published in the official Biennale publication. Eagan has a Masters in Art History from Concordia University.

Darren Hynes


Darren Hynes was born in St. John’s and grew up in Labrador. He earned his BA and MA at Memorial and his PhD at Western University. As well as teaching with both the History and Philosophy departments at Memorial, he helped found the union for contractual workers at the university, volunteered with the food bank on campus and at the Bascilica, where he presented the children’s liturgy, and also worked at Georgetown Bakery, a particular pleasure for him as it allowed him to practice his French.



Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore has written two collections of short stories, Degrees of Nakedness and Open, and three novels, Alligator, February and Caught. She has edited The Penguin Anthology of Canadian Short Fiction by Women, and co-edited (along with Dede Crane) Great Expectations: 24 True Stories about Birth by Canadian Authors. She has recently adapted February for the stage.

Lisa has written for Chatelaine, Elle Magazine, The Walrus and the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Guardian, Azure Magazine, the National Post and Canadian Art.

She has taught at the University of British Columbia’s online Master Program in Creative Writing, and at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Lisa lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Meet the Kippy Goins Award EVA Nominees!

Here are the nominees for the Kippy Goins Award category of our 9th Annual EVA Awards! The Emerging Artist Award is sponsored by Perfect Day


Eastern Edge Gallery

Eastern Edge Gallery is a non-profit artist-run centre overlooking the harbour in the heart of St. John’s. The centre was created in 1984 by a movement of Canadian artists who decided to take charge of the way their art was presented. From installation to performance-based works, this gallery is the place to see something new, experimental and different. Eastern Edge does not sell art rather present art experiences that challenge, re-imagine, and celebrate contemporary art today. Eastern Edge is also a place where artists meet, support one another, and develop new skills. strengthening our artistic community on a social level. Each year the centre presents 7 main gallery exhibitions from local, national, and international artists, over 40 educational and social events, local artists in the Rogue Gallery, and the city’s only art festival, the annual Art Marathon (this year number fifteen!). Eastern Edge also host Destination Library, the only free public library to find art magazines in the city and a brand new hangout space called The Lookout. In 2014 Eastern Edge is celebrating its 30th Anniversary.


Christina Parker

Christina Parker began working with visual artists as a private dealer in 1981. In 1984 she established her first gallery in a small space on Queen’s Road called Contemporary Graphics that specialized in work on paper but later grew to include work in all media. The gallery soon outgrew its modest location and in June of 1989 the Christina Parker Gallery opened its doors in an industrial 1930’s warehouse space at 7 Plank Road.  The expansive gallery space at Plank Road provided the opportunity for the gallery to expand the exhibition programming and its interest to reflect the growing contemporary art practice by gallery artists.

In July of 2011 the gallery moved to a new and most exciting space in the heart of the downtown. The new location at 50 Water Street has been an active and engaging space to exhibit contemporary art and to mount larger exhibitions that celebrate the accomplishments of the gallery artists.

The gallery philosophy has been to look outward in representing the gallery artists and to this effort has participated in the Toronto International Art Fair, the most significant annual event for contemporary art in Canada, since 2001.

This year the gallery celebrates 30 years of activity in presenting and promoting significant work by many important artists of the province and beyond and remains one of the longest established contemporary art galleries in Eastern Canada


Community Youth Arts Program

Administered by The Murphy Centre and funded by Service Canada, The Community Youth Arts Program is a visual art based, career development project for youth between the ages of 16 and 30. It is dedicated to life-long learning and employment training in the visual arts through community service as well as group and individual skills training. Participants in this program are creative individuals who need to develop or improve upon professional practices and employability skills while simultaneously exploring new career and life goals.  CYAP helps participants apply for career and educational opportunities and assists in connecting them with professionals in the community that match their life goals or personal challenges.  Providing a forum for community networking and support is an integral part of CYAP.  We carry out various projects and work placements that benefit community organizations and events. As a result, CYAP participants become acquainted with local professionals and develop a stronger understanding of their cultural community and associated cultural careers.

CYAP adheres to a team-based workplace model and each participant in the program is paid minimum wage for 30 hours of work per week for the duration of the program.  Administered by The Murphy Centre, CYAP has been operating since 1999 and is presently located at the HarbourSide Studio, 72 Harbour Drive St. John’s, NL.

Meet the Long Haul Award EVA Nominees!

Here are the nominees for the Long Haul Award category of our 9th Annual EVA Awards! The Emerging Artist Award is sponsored by The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art.

Don Beaubier

Donald Beaubier was born and raised in rural Alberta and is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art & Design, the University of Calgary and St. Francis Xavier University.  He first came to Newfoundland in 1968 to teach a nine-month jewellery program at what is now the College of the North Atlantic in Corner Brook and as a result has spent most of his working life here. Like the prairie in which he grew up, Newfoundland geography is uncompromising and difficult to deal with in totality.  The reduction of the Atlantic marine landscape into discrete elements has been the foundation of the design vocabulary that has informed the majority of his work over the past thirty plus years, and much of his jewellery has been an examination of very small aspects of this very particular landscape… small tidal pools, little sections of gravel beach, drifts of sea grass, and even particular pebbles or specific plant forms… the constituents that make up the margin between earth and water.

He has exhibited nationally for many years, beginning while still a student with Perspective ’67, a juried exhibition sponsored by the Canadian Government Centennial Commission at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Since that time he has shown in many solo and group exhibitions across Canada, and his work has been included in Canadian pavilions at two world fairs and in Canadian Embassy exhibitions in Germany, Japan and Washington DC.  Currently, he is finishing work for a solo show at Gust Gallery in Waterton Lakes National Park, which opens on August 1st.

He has won numerous awards, has been twice nominated for the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in crafts in Canada, and received the 2012 Award for Outstanding Achievement by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Scott Goudie

Ever since I can remember I have wanted to be an artist.  I have been involved in visual art since I was five years old when I studied privately with Paul Parsons until 1968.  I then went on to study with Don Wright and Gerald Squires for the next five years until I moved to Vancouver to attend the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr School of Art) from 1972-1974.

I have made a living on my art for over 37 years so you can say that my life has been an artistic journey. Through this journey my focus has changed from figurative, portraiture and social realism to cityscapes and mostly landscapes. In my landscapes I concentrate on the light whether it is atmospheric or reflected on water. You will find water in most of my works as I am fascinated with the different ways that light plays off bodies of water such as a still pool or a rushing falls. In the landscape studies like those I have done of Labrador, I try to convey the vastness of the land and the insignificance of humans in this vast landscape.  I try to achieve a sense of place and architecture while still using the light and composition to define the image again without the presence of humans.

My artistic influences would be Whistler, Rembrandt, Gerry Squires and Christopher Pratt. Interestingly, Whistler and Rembrandt used the same printmaking techniques in lithography and dry point engraving that I currently use today.


Pam Hall

Pam Hall is a visual artist, film-maker and writer, whose work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally, and is represented in many corporate, private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada. Her practice is interdisciplinary—including installation, drawing, object-making, photography, film, writing , social practice and performance. Her work has explored the fisheries, the body, female labour, place-making, the nature of knowledge and notions of the “local”. She was the inaugural Artist-in-Residence in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University and spent more than two years there pursuing her research into how doctors learn to see the body. Her work is often collaborative and for more than a decade she has undertaken socially-engaged projects with communities in locations distant from the pristine space of the gallery, the studio, and the museum. In rural Newfoundland and Alberta, on wharves here and in Japan, in local fish plants and distant farmer’s fields, Hall has made work that involves many others as participants and collaborators. She has worked with doctors and medical students, fishers on both coasts of Canada, workers in the food service and fish processing industries, knowledge-holders in Western Newfoundland and was the only artist on an interdisciplinary team of scholars studying the crisis in the marine fisheries in Canada.  She has also written and illustrated children’s books, is an award-winning production designer in the Newfoundland film industry, winning the first Director’s Guild of Canada Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production Design for her work on Rare Birds.  She was inducted into the Royal Academy of the Arts (RCA) in 1992 and has been teaching graduate students in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program at Goddard College in Vermont since 1998. She has lived and worked in St. John’s for more than forty years, where she recently completed her PhD at Memorial University undertaking research and creation that proposed visual art as a form of knowledge production.  HouseWork(s)—a ten-year survey exhibition of her work is currently on display at The Rooms until September.

Meet the Large Year Award EVA Nominees!

Here are the nominees for the Large Year Award category of our 9th Annual EVA Awards! The Emerging Artist Award is sponsored by LAT49 Architects Inc.


Will Gill

Will Gill earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University in 1991, with a focus on sculpture.

Gill has maintained a studio practice since graduation, evolving from solely sculptural exploration, to a practice that encompasses painting, sculpture, photography and video work. He was named to the long-list of the Sobey Art Award in the 2004 and 2006 competitions. The Sobey Art Award is Canada’s premiere award dedicated to contemporary artists under 40 years of age.

Recent career highlights include a commission for a large-scale water installation at Toronto’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (2012), participation in a two-person collateral exhibition at The 55th Venice Biennale (2013), a solo exhibition of paintings at The Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, British Columbia (Oct 2013), work on a $100,000 sculpture commission for a corporate building in downtown St John’s, Newfoundland (2013) and a design commission for a hand tufted carpet for The Canadian Consulate in London, England (2014).

He lives and works in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.


Philippa Jones

Philippa Jones has been a St. John’s based artist since 2009. Prior to moving here Jones completed a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Interactive Art & Design at University College Falmouth. Jones’ diverse art practice has included and sometimes combines printmaking, painting, pen and ink, animation, art games and interactive installations. Central to Jones’ work is the exploration of constructed realities, active myth making and a celebration of wonder and the inquisitive mind. In 2013 Jones was favourably reviewed by Gloria Hickey in C Magazine for her solo show ‘MIRIAD’ at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery.  The drawing ‘Miriad Island’ that featured in the exhibition was subsequently purchased by the National Gallery of Canada. Jones is represented by the Christina Parker Gallery.



Peter Wilkins

Peter Wilkins (British, b. 1968) is a multimedia artist based in Clarke’s Beach, Newfoundland. Wilkins’ various bodies of work have been exhibited in public and private galleries across Canada and abroad, including The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery (St. Johns’, NL), Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown, PEI), the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, B.C), and Canada House (London, England). His portrait and landscape artworks are held in public and private collections in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France and Greece. In 2009, Peter Wilkins was the inaugural artist-in-residence at Memorial University (St John’s, NL). In 2011, his works based on the architecture of Toronto were exhibited as a featured exhibition of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival (Toronto, ON). In 2013, Wilkins exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale in the Collateral Event, About Turn: Newfoundland in Venice, Will Gill & Peter Wilkins.