Recipient of the 2015 Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant Announced


Visual Artist, Kay Burns, Awarded $5,000 for Upcoming Project

For Immediate Release

St. John’s, NL – October 30, 2015 – Cox & Palmer and Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC) are pleased to announce that Kay Burns is the recipient of the 2015 Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant. Ms. Burns, who is currently based on Fogo Island, will receive the $5,000 grant in support of her project “The Museum of the Flat Earth.”

“Cox & Palmer is delighted to recognize and support Kay Burns as she undertakes her ‘Museum of the Flat Earth’ project,” said Paul McDonald, partner of Cox & Palmer and chair of the firm’s BRAVO! – Supporting the Arts sponsorship program. “If we didn’t already have enough reason to visit Fogo Island, Kay’s work will be that extra reason to go.”

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 and to allow them to evolve their practice and develop their reputation and visibility within the art world.
“We were impressed by the number of strong applications submitted by artists across the province, and we had a thorough debate over the merits of each one,” said a representative of this year’s jury. “Kay Burns was selected because of the strength of her current work and her detailed, ambitious plans to expand the complexity and influence of her practice. One of the most important aspects of her application is the plan to create a unique, locally relevant cultural resource within her community on Fogo Island. Based in narrative, humour, healthy scepticism of received wisdom and an unshakable confidence in the power of human experience, Kay Burns Museum of the Flat Earth marks a pivotal point in the artist’s career.”

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