Call for Proposals: Commission of Artwork, The Mary MacDonald Award (The EVA Awards)


Project:  Commission of Artwork, The Mary MacDonald Award (The EVA Awards)

 Date of Call:  February 20th 2023

To:   VANL-CARFAC Membership


VANL-CARFAC is looking to engage an artist to produce an original work to be presented as the prize for the Mary MacDonald Award.  This award is one of five awards to be presented annually as part of the EVA Awards (Excellence in Visual Art Awards). Offset reproductions will not be considered.


Artists submitting proposals must be up-to-date members of VANL-CARFAC. Individuals may become members at the time of submission. Please, contact the VANL-CARFAC office for details.


  1. The artwork must take into account the purpose behind the award, which 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.

  1. 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 ‘Mary MacDonald Artwork submission’ in the subject line), or mailed or delivered by hand to VANL-CARFAC, 155 Water St., St. John’s NL, A1C 1B3. 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 of past work, saved as JPEGs , to be sent via email (only images of past works will be accepted, actual artworks will not be considered) 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 (e. Smith_01).


Date of Call:  February 20th 2023

Deadline for Proposals: March 17th 2023

Selection of Artist: March 24th 2023

Final Project Delivery Date: May 17th 2023


Artist fee of $1000 (firm) to be paid for the completed artwork, payable once the artwork has 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 license 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

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

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

VANL-CARFAC is looking for new members to join our board. 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 Newfoundland and Labrador visual artists are invited to apply, but as we are a pan-provincial organization, we are actively looking for artists residing off of the Avalon peninsula and/or residing outside of larger city centers.

All Directors are elected for a term of two years and may be re-elected to serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. 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. 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

Recipient of the 2022 Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant Announced Visual Artist, Craig Francis Power, Awarded $5,000

For Immediate Release   St. John’s, NLDecember 15th, 2022  Cox & Palmer and Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC) are pleased to announce Craig Francis Power as the recipient of the 2022 Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant in support of “WELCOME TO CRUDE CITY”—a series of hooked rugs which will constitute a new body of work and culminate in Power’s first commercial gallery exhibition at Christina Parker Gallery in 2023.

“Cox & Palmer is delighted to congratulate Mr. Power on becoming the 2022 grant recipient,” says Greg Anthony, partner at Cox & Palmer. “Invitation to exhibit at a commercial gallery is certainly a pivotal moment in an artist’s career, and we wish Mr. Power all success with his project Welcome to Crude City.”

The Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant is a 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, to allow them to evolve their practice and develop their reputation and visibility within the art world.

“We were very pleased to choose Craig as this year’s Pivotal Point recipient,” said the 2022 jury.  “This project is a bold step in a long and varied career and feels like a real breakthrough in realizing aspects and themes of his work that have always been there but are now having a chance to come to fruition.  There’s a level of professionalism to the work and to his overall approach that we really appreciated, and his application very clearly articulated why this project is so pivotal to his career at this point.”

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


Call for Applications: 2022 Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant

Click HERE for application guidelines!