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.