It's that time of year again... Spring Cleaning at Eastern Edge!
Every year, the gallery has a brief pause in our programming in order to prepare the space for another incredible year ahead.
So what can you expect for 2019?
We don't want to give away ALL of our secrets, but you're in for a treat. We've been hearing requests from our community that more artist studios are needed, that we need more artist residencies, and overall we need more space! And exhibiting artists will also be happy to know that we also think uneven, bumpy, "cottage cheese" walls are a thing of the past. Stay tuned to see the incredible transformations!
PS! Here is a sneak peek of something very exciting happening for EE. Any guesses? Stay tuned!
Lou and her best friend Chantal plan to get out of their isolated, run-down town and move to a city far, far away. When Chantal’s unstable and possessive ex violates her during a night of partying, the girls decide to exact their revenge on him through a night of vandalism and debauchery. The consequences of their actions are devastating, threatening the girls’ chances of ever leaving. The more Lou fights tooth-and-nail to save her friendship and hold onto her dreams, the more she spins out of control as she begins to realize that freedom will come at a high cost.
Firecrackers is the debut feature film of director Jasmin Mozaffari, who will be joining us for a special Q&A following the screening.
Get a chance to see the much-buzzed-about film that has screened at some of the world’s best Festivals and received numerous accolades since its premiere at TIFF 2018. Created with an almost entire female key crew, Firecrackers portrays a powerful, female-driven narrative about friendship, independence, and resilience.
Tickets: $10, available through The Rooms only. Tickets HERE
Friday Night Performance Art - Irma Gerd
March 8th from 8 - 9 pm at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery
In performance art, the artist's actions and body are the medium. Performances often take place live in front of an audience in an ephemeral moment that can be either scripted or spontaneous. Performance art has a rich history of challenging social and physical conventions.
In celebration of the retrospective exhibition At Full Tilt: Colette Urban in Western Newfoundland and the work of this influential artist, join us for a series of dynamic, dramatic and one-of-a-kind performances in the Level 3 Art Gallery.
Please note that these performances are intended for an adult audience and viewer discretion is advised.
This program is included with general admission. Free for Rooms members. Visit https://therooms.ca for more information.
On Friday, March 15, 2019, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM we invite you to the opening reception of three new exhibitions at the Craft Council Gallery: Sky Travel, a curated exhibition by Anna Murphy and Alexe Hanlon; Rosie Wilson’s Newfoundland on Warhol and in the second session of our Craft Lab Program Mmi Stockland’s Lamps, Floors, Walls & Ceilings and Ainsley Hawthorn Formative. The Opening Reception takes place at the Craft Council Gallery, 275 Duckworth Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.
In the Main gallery, Sky travel, curated by Murphy and Hanlon, features a whimsical and immersive experience of a hot air balloon adventure. Textile and multimedia balloons will float in the space creating an interesting imaginary landscape. In the Annex gallery, Lamps, Floors, Walls & Ceilings by Mimi Stockland and Formative by Ainsley Hawthorn presents the conventionally masculine subject matter of survival and the persistent cultural taboos around women’s bodies will be showcased and confronted in the comfortable medium of textile arts. The visual tension between unconventional object and fine craft technique strives for a balance between authenticity and accessibility that is particularly relevant at this time and place.Both Stockland and Hawthorn are looking into what happens when nature, culture, and the individual collide. Do we suppress the physical world or embrace its sublime, dispassionate power?. The Lab Gallery presents Wilson’s Newfoundland on Warhol in a series of 20 hooked rugs, iconic symbols of Newfoundland are seen through the lens of pop artist Andy Warhol. Some of Warhol’s best known works including his Campbell’s Soup Cans and portraits of famous celebrities are reimagined as if Warhol had been a Newfoundlander and the island his breeding ground for artistic inspiration. Each rug is hand hooked by the artist on burlap using recycled cotton t-shirts.
Parallel to the exhibitions, Yoga and Craft, a short 5 class program, in partnership with Nova Yoga, will be held on Wednesday, March 20 and 27 and April 3, 10 and 17 at 3:30pm. Drop in Classes, $5 donation, we will provide the mats if you don’t have your own.
Exhibitions run March 15 – April 21, 2019 and the Craft Lab Program Session runs from March 15 – March 31, 2019
The Craft Council Gallery is an accessible space. There is a wheelchair accessible entrance on Duckworth Street at 275. Enter the front door and follow the ramp on the left to the elevator and go down one floor.
Rescheduled: Workshop - Digital Marketing for Artists
A Certified Google Adwords Professional, Sheldon has been providing Small, Medium and Fortune 100 companies forward thinking digital marketing campaigns for over 15 years.
Prior to starting Newfound Marketing, Sheldon was the Digital Marketing Director for M5 Communications and has spent time in Montreal and London where he planned and delivered sound Digital Marketing strategies to Fortune 100 clients Hewlett Packard and Chevrolet Europe as part of their overall search marketing strategy.
Date: Friday March 15
Location: Emera Innovation Exchange, MUN Signal Hill Campus
Price: Free for Business & Arts NL members, or $10 for non-members (includes a free 1-year Business & Arts NL membership)
Presenter: Sheldon Payne from Newfound Marketing
Coffee & Culture - Mohau Modisakeng
Thursday, March 21st from 2:30 - 3:30 pm
First presented at the South African Pavilion during the 2017 Venice Biennale, this three-channel video is a meditation on slavery's dismemberment of African identity. Each video portrays an individual whose boat is slowly sinking as they offer no resistance. It is a poetic confrontation of slavery's erasure of personal histories and the expendability of life. Although rooted in the history of colonialism in South Africa, the work resonates with Newfoundland's little-known connection to the slave trade. Low grade salt cod was exported in the 1800s to feed slaves, indentured labourers and, later, free workers in the Caribbean.
This program is included with general admission. Free for Rooms members. Visit https://therooms.ca for more information.
IMAGE: Mohau Modisakeng. Still from "Passage" (2017).
Digital film projection. Image courtesy of the artist.
Eastern Owl Album Release w/ opening act John
Friday, March 29, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
First Light Centre for Performance & Creativity is proud to present the upcoming album release of Qama'si - the sophomore album by St. John’s based All Nations Indigenous Folk band, Eastern Owl!
The Mi’kmaq word “qama’si” translates to “stand up” in English.
Eastern Owl will be joined on stage by some of the guest musicians who performed on the album including throat singer Tama Fost, soloist Kassidy Lush, and instrumentalists Kelly McMichael, Sarah Harris, Denise Lear, Darren Browne and Maggie Burton. Chris Donnelly will also be joining the band on a few songs!
Opening set by local band John.
Qama'si album art is by Jerry Evans, photography by Jennie Williams and layout and design by Krista Power. This album was made possible thanks to the financial support of Arts NL and the Bruneau Centre for Choral Music.
Hey Class of 2019...are you ready to graduate??
Dream up your best PROM themed outfit and come dance the night away!
Saturday, March 30th at 10 pm
Music by THE INTERGALACTIC ORCHESTRA & CATALINA REAPERS
Hosted by RENEE SHARPE
THE INTERGALACTIC ORCHESTRA is:
Sarah Harris/ Amelia Harris/ Jack Etchegary/ Peter Lannon/ Leslie Amminson/ Liam Wight/ Adam Engram/ Emily Finch/ Hannah Boone/ Braden Howse
CATALINA REAPERS is:
Mark Bragg/ Bill Haynes/ Josh Ward/ Chris Donnelly
Photobooth will be happening from 10pm-Midnight so get there early!
Tickets are $15 (cash only) and AVAILABLE NOW AT MODEL CITIZENS!
(183 Duckworth Street, by the War Memorial)
Lawnya Vawnya is an exposition of art and culture in downtown St. John's. The ninth edition of the festival will take place May 22-25, 2019. Check out www.lawnyavawnya.com for more details (festival lineup coming soon)!
*Lawnya Vawnya is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all. Discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated. All are welcome!*
Art in the Open is seeking artist proposals for our 2019 festival.
Art in the Open is inviting local, regional and national artists to submit their artistic proposals for the annual summer festival. The festival’s main event will take place from 4pm until midnight on August 24th, 2019. The festival is looking for unique submissions that will transform downtown Charlottetown’s green spaces into magical, memorable, creative spaces that will be shared by all members of the community.
Festival locations will include Rochford Square, Government Pond, Connaught Square, the Confederation Centre plaza, Victoria Row and Victoria Park.
Submissions should be new, innovative, and represent excellence in your field of art. Deadline for submission is April 5, 2019.
This #ComePlayWithMeNL public piano at Memorial University was designed/painted by artist Mark Benson and is sponsored by Coast 101.1. It is currently one of six placed around the province.
Call for Proposals – Visual Artists
St. John’s Farmers’ Market Piano
Deadline: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Business and Arts NL’s #ComePlayWithMe Public Piano Program reflects our mandate to bring business and arts together in support of our province.
We currently have six pianos placed in the province, and a seventh is on the way!
We are seeking submissions from artists interested in designing and painting a new piano sponsored by Cox & Palmer for the St. John’s Farmers’ Market.
The aesthetic direction for the design is a ‘celebration of local production.’ Design can include any media, but must not impede the musical functioning of the piano. The design must include the #ComePlayWithMeNL hashtag, as well as Business and Arts NL’s website address. Business and Arts NL will place a 12” x 24” sign on top of the piano, indicating the Corporate Sponsorship. The Corporate Sponsor’s logo (below) should be considered in the selection of colours.
Business and Arts NL is offering $1,100 in payment (which also covers materials), plus a one-year membership in our organization. The successful artist will also receive media attention, including still-image and video content, as part of the promotion surrounding this project.
If you are interested in designing the Farmers’ Market piano, please submit the following components no later than Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
a) a 100-200 word biography
b) at least 5 jpegs of past work
c) a brief description of your design concept for the piano
Please send submissions to: email@example.com
Out of Earshot 2019 Artist submissions are open now until March 22! We accept all disciplines.
Out of Earshot is a non-profit, community-based festival in St. John’s, NL dedicated to showcasing DIY and emerging Canadian bands and artists. As a festival we aim to create supportive spaces for the performance and appreciation of multiple art forms.
Out of Earshot prioritizes bands and artists who demonstrate inclusive politics in their respective communities.
Craft @ the Edge: A Handmade Future is a four day international conference designed to celebrate, energize and inspire Newfoundland and Labrador craft in all mediums.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 15TH 2019, 5 P.M.
Scheduled to happen on the Bonavista Peninsula from October 1st to 4th, 2020, this conference will include engaging teaching sessions, artist talks, professional development workshops, pop-up markets and exhibitions.
We are looking for instructors willing to introduce new and advanced practices to our community of makers, from national and international sources.
Are you using innovative technologies and groundbreaking design in your craft production? Have you developed forward-thinking marketing strategies to sell your work? Do you value experimentation in your use of material, style and technique?
Become an instructor at Craft @ the Edge: A Handmade Future by proposing your idea for a creative workshop.
ArtsNL Professional Project Grants Deadline: March 15, 2019
The Professional Project Grants Program is available to professional artists and professional arts groups creating and/or presenting works of art in the disciplines of dance, film, music, multidisciplinary arts, theatre, visual arts, or writing. Grants support project costs related to creation, production, administration, travel, professional development, etc.
Grounded in Craft: Opportunity for Exhibition
Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador Gallery Deadline: June 1st, 2019
Grounded in Craft will discuss the personal connection as relates to memory with indigenous and garden plants of Newfoundland and Labrador. Memories will be personal to the maker as will be their interpretation of the remembrance through botanical imagery, materials and/or colorants. As with life, all memories may not be pleasant. Artists will be chosen based on their current studio practice as it relates to botanical imagery, the decorative arts and/or use of botanicals as materials or colourants. Participating artists must be members of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador or the Botanical Art Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Membership continues to be an vital component of Eastern Edge Gallery. With your support, we are able to continue to bring you the best of local, national, and international contemporary art through the programming of our Main Gallery, the Rogue Gallery, and our newly re-named summer arts festival, HOLD FAST. Eastern Edge also facilitates over forty creative events annually, including artist talks, workshops, members’ events, music nights and much more!