Programs & Services



VANL-CARFAC is the only formal unified voice for the visual arts sector of the province, and we take this role very seriously. We are committed to investigating individual artist’s concerns about fair practices and to representing those concerns in a professional manner. This is a continual focus for VANL-CARFAC, and our Advocacy Committee is active in undertaking initiatives on behalf of individual artists in order to protect the economic status of those artists and the sector as a whole.

Artist Talks

Thanks to our Artist Talk Program, any artist member of VANL exhibiting work is eligible to apply for an Artist Talk, which will be paid at the current CARFAC recommended minimum rate of $273. Follow the link for more information.

Colin MacNee Emergency Fund

The Colin MacNee Emergency Fund (CMEF) was created in memory of an artist member of VANL-CARFAC who tragically lost his life in a house fire in downtown St. John’s in 1989. Through this fund, VANL-CARFAC has assisted artists in times of need and crisis for more than a decade.

VANL-CARFAC Pivotal Point Grant

VANL-CARFAC has created funding opportunity for visual artists in Newfoundland and Labrador. The aim of the grant is to provide financial support for a project and/or activities that will significantly advance an artist’s career, help evolve his, her or their practice and/or develop their reputation and visibility within the art world.

Information and Communications

The Communications Committee works closely with the Executive Director to ensure that VANL-CARFAC provides as much timely and pertinent information to its membership and the general public as possible through such services as the weekly E-Bulletin and the brand new VANL Broadside.

Professional Development

VANL-CARFAC undertakes a number of Professional Development initiatives, from workshops on specific skills and professional issues, to critique sessions, lectures and symposia. We have a number of new professional development initiatives in development, so check this site regularly for updates and upcoming programming.