VANL-CARFAC Raises Questions Regarding the Future of the Rooms

 

 

 

VANL-CARFAC Raises Questions Regarding the Future of the Rooms

 

In light of the recent budget cuts at the Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, many concerns have been raised as to the future of the Provincial Art Gallery.  Following these cuts, two gallery and administrative staff positions were eliminated: the Curator of Canadian Art and the gallery’s Secretary.  In addition three staff, the Curator of Contemporary art, the Manager of Exhibitions and Publications and the Director of the Art Gallery have resigned. *  

As the umbrella organization for the visual arts sector, Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador has been tasked with the responsibility to act as the spokesperson for the province’s artists and to act as a liason between the public and our public institutions with respect to these issues.  VANL-CARFAC has heard from many artists, stakeholders, members of the business community and numerous cultural supporters from around the province, and from across the county, who have expressed serious concerns regarding the Rooms’ future.

Given the current situation, it is imperative that the province’s population has assurances that the integrity of our primary public art gallery will be preserved, that professional and artistic standards are maintained, and that the staff will have adequate resources to fulfill the mandate set out in the Rooms Act: to reflect the culture of the province, to provide outreach to communities around the province and to ‘research, present and interpret art in a professional manner.’  The answers to these questions will have ramifications not only within Newfoundland and Labrador, but also will impact the Rooms’ ability to meaningfully represent the province on a national level.

As a first step, following the budget cuts, VANL-CARFAC and the Eastern Edge Gallery organized the ART=WORK forum, to hear the concerns from within the sector.   In response to repeated requests by those who could not attend the forum in person, a petition was drafted to provide an opportunity for the voices of all cultural supporters, from all across the province, to be heard.   We encourage everyone to click here to go the petition and to lend your support by signing and leaving a strong comment of support.

In the coming weeks, VANL-CARFAC will be posing a variety of questions to the CEO and Board of Directors of The Rooms and to the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.  These questions include the following:

  • Will the status of the Rooms Art Gallery, as an individual entity within the corporation, be preserved?
  • What is the plan for replacing professional staff in the vacated positions, and when will the hiring begin?
  • Will The Rooms be able to fulfill its stated purpose as described in The Rooms Act, despite the recent cutbacks?
  • Will the mandate of the Provincial Art Gallery remain as it is currently outlined in the Rooms Act?
  • What is the status of the planned upcoming exhibitions for 2014 and beyond, and how has the scope and number of exhibitions been affected by these cuts–and what does this mean to future exhibitions in the Rooms Art Gallery?

VANL-CARFAC and The Rooms corporation are both mandated to educate and advocate with respect to visual art in this province, so we must work together to create an open exchange between our public art gallery and our province’s artists,  to ensure that The Rooms will be able to properly foster and reflect the rich visual culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.

VANL-CARFAC welcomes all questions and comments regarding this issue.  Please contact the advocacy committee at advocacy@vanl-carfac.com, or VANL’s executive director, Dave Andrews, at vanl-carfac@nf.aibn or by phone at 877-738-7303.

 

 

*  This statement was amended on July 2 to correct an error which stated that the position of Manager of Exhibitions and Publications was eliminated.

 

 

 

VANL-CARFAC Raises Questions Regarding the Future of the Rooms

 

In light of the recent budget cuts at the Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, many concerns have been raised as to the future of the Provincial Art Gallery. Following these cuts, gallery and administrative staff positions have been eliminated including the Curator of Canadian Art, the Manager of Exhibitions and Publications and the gallery’s Secretary.  In addition two staff, The Curator of Contemporary art and the Director of the Art Gallery have resigned.

As the umbrella organization for the visual arts sector, Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador has been tasked with the responsibility to act as the spokesperson for the province’s artists and to act as a liason between the public and our public institutions with respect to these issues. VANL-CARFAC has heard from many artists, stakeholders, members of the business community and numerous cultural supporters from around the province, and from across the county, who have expressed serious concerns regarding the Rooms’ future.

Given the current situation, it is imperative that the province’s population has assurances that the integrity of our primary public art gallery will be preserved, that professional and artistic standards are maintained, and that the staff will have adequate resources to fulfill the mandate set out in the Rooms Act: to reflect the culture of the province, to provide outreach to communities around the province and to ‘research, present and interpret art in a professional manner.’ The answers to these questions will have ramifications not only within Newfoundland and Labrador, but also will impact the Rooms’ ability to meaningfully represent the province on a national level.

As a first step, following the budget cuts, VANL-CARFAC and the Eastern Edge Gallery organized the ART=WORK forum, to hear the concerns from within the sector. In response to repeated requests by those who could not attend the forum in person, a petition was drafted to provide an opportunity for the voices of all cultural supporters, from all across the province, to be heard. We encourage everyone to visit our Facebook page or vanl-carfac.com and to lend your support by signing the petition and leaving a strong comment of support.

In the coming weeks, VANL-CARFAC will be posing a variety of questions to the CEO and Board of Directors of The Rooms and to the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.  These questions include the following:

· Will the status of the Rooms Art Gallery, as an individual entity within the corporation, be preserved?

· What is the plan for replacing professional staff in the vacated positions, and when will the hiring begin?

· Will The Rooms be able to fulfill its stated purpose as described in The Rooms Act, despite the recent cutbacks?

· Will the mandate of the Provincial Art Gallery remain as it is currently outlined in the Rooms Act?

· What is the status of the planned upcoming exhibitions for 2014 and beyond, and how has the scope and number of exhibitions been affected by these cuts–and what does this mean to future exhibitions in the Rooms Art Gallery?

VANL-CARFAC and The Rooms corporation are both mandated to educate and advocate with respect to visual art in this province, so we must work together to create an open exchange between our public art gallery and our province’s artists, to ensure that The Rooms will be able to properly foster and reflect the rich visual culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.

VANL-CARFAC welcomes all questions and comments regarding this issue. Please contact the advocacy committee at advocacy@vanl-carfac.com, or VANL’s executive director, Dave Andrews, at vanl-carfac@nf.aibn or by phone at 877-738-7303.

Wednesday, June 19th 2013

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VANL-CARFAC Raises Questions Regarding the Future of the Rooms

 

In light of the recent budget cuts at the Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, many concerns have been raised as to the future of the Provincial Art Gallery. Following these cuts, gallery and administrative staff positions have been eliminated including the Curator of Canadian Art, the Manager of Exhibitions and Publications and the gallery’s Secretary.  In addition two staff, The Curator of Contemporary art and the Director of the Art Gallery have resigned.

As the umbrella organization for the visual arts sector, Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador has been tasked with the responsibility to act as the spokesperson for the province’s artists and to act as a liason between the public and our public institutions with respect to these issues. VANL-CARFAC has heard from many artists, stakeholders, members of the business community and numerous cultural supporters from around the province, and from across the county, who have expressed serious concerns regarding the Rooms’ future.

Given the current situation, it is imperative that the province’s population has assurances that the integrity of our primary public art gallery will be preserved, that professional and artistic standards are maintained, and that the staff will have adequate resources to fulfill the mandate set out in the Rooms Act: to reflect the culture of the province, to provide outreach to communities around the province and to ‘research, present and interpret art in a professional manner.’ The answers to these questions will have ramifications not only within Newfoundland and Labrador, but also will impact the Rooms’ ability to meaningfully represent the province on a national level.

As a first step, following the budget cuts, VANL-CARFAC and the Eastern Edge Gallery organized the ART=WORK forum, to hear the concerns from within the sector. In response to repeated requests by those who could not attend the forum in person, a petition was drafted to provide an opportunity for the voices of all cultural supporters, from all across the province, to be heard. We encourage everyone to visit our Facebook page or vanl-carfac.com and to lend your support by signing the petition and leaving a strong comment of support.

In the coming weeks, VANL-CARFAC will be posing a variety of questions to the CEO and Board of Directors of The Rooms and to the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.  These questions include the following:

· Will the status of the Rooms Art Gallery, as an individual entity within the corporation, be preserved?

· What is the plan for replacing professional staff in the vacated positions, and when will the hiring begin?

· Will The Rooms be able to fulfill its stated purpose as described in The Rooms Act, despite the recent cutbacks?

· Will the mandate of the Provincial Art Gallery remain as it is currently outlined in the Rooms Act?

· What is the status of the planned upcoming exhibitions for 2014 and beyond, and how has the scope and number of exhibitions been affected by these cuts–and what does this mean to future exhibitions in the Rooms Art Gallery?

VANL-CARFAC and The Rooms corporation are both mandated to educate and advocate with respect to visual art in this province, so we must work together to create an open exchange between our public art gallery and our province’s artists, to ensure that The Rooms will be able to properly foster and reflect the rich visual culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.

VANL-CARFAC welcomes all questions and comments regarding this issue. Please contact the advocacy committee at advocacy@vanl-carfac.com, or VANL’s executive director, Dave Andrews, at vanl-carfac@nf.aibn or by phone at 877-738-7303.

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Congratulations to the Winners of the 8th Annual EVA Awards!!

The Excellence in Visual Arts Awards are tomorrow night!

Just a reminder, the eighth annual Excellence in Visual Arts Awards are tomorrow night at The Rooms starting at 8pm.  Seating is limited, but there are still seats available.  If you’re interested in attending please contact Dave Andrews at vanl-carfac@nf.aibn.com or (709)-738-7303 to be added to the guest list.

Good luck to all of the nominees!

 

Shortlist announced for the 2013 Excellence in Visual Arts Awards!

The eighth annual Excellence in Visual Arts Awards will take place on May 24th at the Rooms, St. John’s, Newfoundland. The EVA Awards are the only awards program solely dedicated to celebrating the visual arts 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.

The Emerging Artist Award honors the promising start made by an emerging visual artist in the early stages of their career. Sponsored in 2013 by Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. Prize: $1000

 

The Emerging Artist Award Shortlist

Audrey Hurd

Jonathan O’Dea

Michael Young

 

The Large Year Award celebrates a visual artist who has enjoyed an exceptional year, with at least one exhibition and critical recognition.  Sponsored in 2013 by Sheppard Case Architects.  Prize: $1000

 

The Large Year Award Shortlist

Audrey Feltham

Michael Flaherty

Ned Pratt

 

 

The Long Haul Award recognizes a substantial contribution to the visual culture of Newfoundland and Labrador by a senior artist.  Prize: $1000 and a Lifetime Membership for VANL-CARFAC. Sponsored in 2013 by The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art.

 

The Long Haul Award Shortlist

Lloyd Pretty

Colette Urban

 

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.  Prize: original artwork by Michael Pittmann.

 

The Kippy Goins Award Shortlist

Herb Brown

Community Youth Arts Program

Tina Dolter

 

The Critical Eye Award recognizes a visual arts writer for an exceptional piece of writing on an NL artist in any print or online publication worldwide. This award is sponsored by Emma Butler Gallery.  Prize: $1000.  There is no shortlist for the Critical Eye.  This year’s winner will be announced on May 24th.

 

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact Executive Director, Dave Andrews at vanl-carfac@nf.aibn.com 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.

 

 

 

 

ART=WORK: a public forum regarding arts workers in NL

Eastern Edge Gallery and VANL-CARFAC are joining forces to present a public forum to discuss the status of arts workers* in Newfoundland and Labrador with representation from across the sector.

TUESDAY APRIL 9  at   7PM   AT EASTERN EDGE GALLERY

We strongly believe in supporting those workers in our sector and adjacent sectors who have recently been affected by provincial budgetary cuts.

Specifically but not limited to those cuts experienced by The Rooms, but also Education, Health and other community sectors.

In our minds, thriving creative communities require continued support to all of these sectors combined.

Arts infrastructure is integral to present, preserve and share our province’s culture with the world. These cuts will no doubt add significant pressure to artists, arts workers and communities across our province.

Please join us and make your support heard for artists and arts workers this Tuesday!

Public statements will be heard from:

+ ARTISTS – Philippa Jones, Marlene Creates
+ ARTS WORKERS – Christina Parker (Christina Parker Gallery), Mary MacDonald (Eastern Edge Gallery)
+ ARTS ADVOCATES – VANL-CARFAC
+ LOCAL BUSINESS – Dave Hopley (Living Planet, Rocket Bakery, Pi)
+ ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS

Followed by AN OPEN COMMUNITY FORUM moderated by Dave Lane from Happy City to hear your thoughts.

In addition, the evening will including a PERFORMANCE ART piece by April White entitled ASSEMBLE that features both local artists and arts workers at the beginning of the event.

The discussion will be recorded and delivered to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, the Hon. Terry French. The Minister will also be invited to attend and partake in this discussion.

*Arts workers include artists, educators, administrators, curators, arts businesses etc.

Questions may be directed to:

Mary MacDonald (Eastern Edge Gallery 709 739 1882, easternedgegallery@gmail.com)

Dave Andrews (VANL-CARFAC 709-738-7303 or vanl-carfac@nf.aibn.com)

Thank you.

 

 

 


Press Release: Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador Disturbed by Recent Cuts to the Sector

 

For Immediate Release:

April 5th, 2013:    Members of Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador have expressed dismay at the recent cuts in this year’s budget, which have had a dramatic impact on the visual arts sector across the province. Speaking on their behalf, VANL-CARFAC chair Gerri Lynn Mackey has said that the government has undervalued the arts and that such a shortsighted approach to arts funding will damage both the financial and cultural life of the province. “The cultural sector in Newfoundland and Labrador makes a substantial contribution to the economy annually, and is a draw for skilled labour and tourists alike.”

Addressing the cuts to The Rooms, members of VANL’s Advocacy committee say that the arts infrastructure of Newfoundland and Labrador is being dismantled by the cuts and the impact will affect rural populations just as much as it will St. John’s.  “Isolated communities count on the staff of The Rooms to train volunteers, offer advice, install art in public buildings, provide direction to community museums and archives, and much more. You can survive the amputation of a finger or toe, but when you cut the head off, the patient dies.”

Mackey calls on the government to consider the indirect damage and ongoing ripple effect that these cuts will have, not only to arts groups but to the general population: “artists wish to work with, not against, the government. With the oil industry arriving on the scene, people are changing, the culture is changing, and we must have a place to share how that is happening or we will lose ourselves, our identities.”

For more information, contact Dave Andrews at the VANL-CARFAC office, 709-738-7303 or vanl-carfac@nf.aibn.com

 

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Nomination Deadline Extended for 2013 Excellence in Visual Arts Awards

*** Please note: The deadline for nominations for this year’s EVA awards has been extended to April 8th 2013.  All artists in the province are encouraged to apply! ***

There are five categories for this year’s ceremony, including the Long Haul (for lifetime achievement) sponsored by The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art, the Large Year Award (for an artist who has had an exceptional year) sponsored by Sheppard Case Architects, the Emerging Artist Award sponsored by Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, the Kippy Goins Award, which recognizes an individual or organization who has helped the growth of the sector, and the Critical Eye Award, which recognizes a visual arts writer for an exceptional piece of writing on a NL artist in any print or online publication worldwide.

Cash prizes of $1000 are attached to the awards, except the Kippy Goins, whose recipient receives an original artwork by artist Michael Pittman

Applications must be received or postmarked by 5 pm, April 1st. Application forms and full rules can be found at http://vanl-carfac.com/index.php/eva-awards/eva-application-and-selection-process/

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 Dave Andrews at 1-877-738-7303 or vanl-carfac@nf.aibn.com.

New Silent Auction for VANL-CARFAC at Ultramarine Gallery!

VANL member June Walker Wilson is currently holding another silent auction on a gift basket filled with a ton of great items—valued at $250.   All proceeds will go to VANL-CARFAC!

The Basket Includes:

A Small Quilt
A hand-made Chef’s apron
Food items and chocolate
A copy of VANL’s ‘An Exhibition in Print’
Anatomy of A Newfoundland and Labrador Artist T-shirt
A Teapot
Tea Cosy and Four Coasters
Box of Tea
Small framed painting
The Basket
A variety of Gift Certificates

Bids can be made at Ultramarine Fine Art Studio

Bidding closes on April 27th

100 Duckworth Street St John’s
(between the Hempware Store and Caines Grocery).

June Walker Wilson has her studio at Ultramarine and can be seen working on her latest oil paintings during opening hours which are  Wed to Sat 1pm to 5pm.  The gallery showcases the finished works of June Walker Wilson

Thank you June!

Call for Nominations for The 8th Annual Excellence in Visual Arts Awards

 

Silent Auction Fundraiser for VANL-CARFAC!

Long time member and volunteer June Walker-Wilson has started a Silent auction fundraiser for VANL at her gallery/studio, “Ultramarine.”  Please stop in and visit June and bid on this wonderful piece!