Eastern Edge Gallery
72 Harbour Dr.
St. John's, NL A1C 1B1 

EE Studios

Research and Creation Residency: Joshua Vettivelu

Research: March 15 – April 19
Exhibition: April 26 – May 24

EE Studios is excited to welcome our inaugural artist-in-residence Joshua Vettivelu, Joshua will be undertaking a research and creation residency, using the tensile strength of wet sand to explore the ways in which bodies are received from water.

Joshua Vettivelu is an artist, programmer, and educator working within sculpture, video, installation and performance. Their works explore how larger frameworks of power manifest within intimate relationships. Recently their practice has been looking at how desire and language build the world. Currently, Vettivelu is an instructor in the faculty of Art and Faculty of Continuing Education at OCADU and is the previous Director of Programming of Whippersnapper Gallery.

See our website here for more information about Joshua's ongoing project. 

Main Gallery
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. Our Spring cleaning has been very successful so far this year, and we cannot wait to share these exciting new changes with you in the next few weeks!! 

While the Main Gallery is still currently closed for Spring Cleaning, EE Studios, our new space across the hall, is open and ready for business! The EE staff are currently working out of this second space while our bumpy Main Gallery walls are being re-plastered, so feel free to drop by for a visit, take a look at the new space, and meet our first resident artist at work on an exciting project!
Events & Opportunities
HOLD FAST Call for Submissions
Deadline: May 4, 2019

Eastern Edge Gallery seeks local, national, and international artists for our 20th anniversary Contemporary Arts Festival – HOLD FAST!

HOLD FAST is a celebration of contemporary art practice held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, a festival dedicated to immersive contemporary art and is the longest running in the province. The festival delivers accessible, meaningful and critically-relevant contemporary art programming across an array of media including: installation, performance, screenings, artist talks, dance, community events, and artist-led workshops for people of all ages. HOLD FAST presents opportunities for established works to expand into our communities through a residency program, workshops, artist talks, and culminating in a performance/installation based Art Crawl event! We hope to see proposals with engaged and informed artistic practices that can challenge or explore the ways in which art can make an impact.

Professional fees for performance/installation, artist talk, and workshop will be paid when applicable. Eastern Edge Gallery covers some travel expenses and seeks to provide billeted accommodations for exhibiting artists.

We are dedicated to cultural diversity in our programming and encourage applications from contemporary artists and curators of diverse communities and backgrounds.

Festival Dates: September 18-22, 2019

For the full call for submissions, visit our website:

This is a newly developed, multi-part opportunity for an artist to:

1. Present an existing project and a workshop at Eastern Edge’s HOLD FAST festival, September 18–22, 2019.
2. Followed by a mentored residency to work on a new project in relation to the community and/or land for a minimum of six weeks from September 15- December 22, 2019.
3. To participate in Memorial University of Newfoundland’s conference, “The Future of Rural Development”.

The residency includes working with Newfoundland land-based artist MARLENE CREATES for up to six days during the residency, both in the new Eastern Edge Studios and at Marlene’s outdoor studio — a six-acre patch of boreal forest where she lives in Portugal Cove. The artist-in-residence will receive professional development advice and guidance specific to their creative goals. The artist will have 24hr access to Eastern Edge Studios.

We are delighted to accept residency proposals from artists/ artist collectives that have a demonstrated commitment to environment/land-based art. We are dedicated to cultural diversity in our programming and encourage applications from contemporary artists and curators of diverse communities and backgrounds.

For the full call for submissions, please visit our website:

This year, we are pleased to announce the launch of Eastern Edge Artist in Residence Program. Established in response to an increased demand for residencies, we have secured the 1,520 square foot unit adjacent to our main gallery, to host up to 12 resident artists/curators in the 2019/20 year. This call is for the inaugural round of resident artists to the space.

Creating these residencies in EEG studios allows us to offer a more immersive experience to visiting artists, offering them extended time to engage with our community, and giving us the opportunity to more deeply invest in their creative endeavours.

We are delighted to accept residency proposals from artists, artist collectives, and curators across all media for our brand new EEG Studios residency space. We are dedicated to cultural diversity in our programming and encourage applications from contemporary artists and curators of diverse communities and backgrounds..

For the full call for submissions, visit our website:

VANL-CARFAC is excited to be launching our new ART=WORK toques!

The Art = Work initiative is a partnership with the Mary MacDonald Foundation. This joint fundraiser will support visual artists, curators, and art workers living in Newfoundland and Labrador through programs and awards distributed by our retrospective organizations.

Toques and other Art = Work merch is available now at the VANL office and online


John MacCallum: Pop-Up Show
Arts and Culture Centre

Opening Reception Friday April 5, 7pm

John MacCallum is having a pop-up exhibition of recent work in the old Provincial Art Gallery, at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John's, showing through April 4, 5, & 6. The exhibition will be accessible during the ACCs open hours. John is willing to provide transportation to the opening reception for anyone interested in attending but unable to get there, you can contact him at 709-728-0902 or 
Art in the Open 2019 Call for Proposals 
Deadline April 5
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.
To download the 2019 Art in the Open proposal package please visit:
Contact Art in the Open Inc. at
St. Michael's Printshop 
Live Woodcut T-Shirt Printing Event
April 6, 2019, 12:30-3:30pm

Join us Saturday April 6th for a fun afternoon of live woodcut t-shirt printing mayhem! This time around we will have a new arsenal of carved blocks and a wide stock of blank t-shirts in a variety of colours. The cost of our blank t-shirts are $25 each of two for $40.

We will still have our $10 BYOTee (bring your own t-shirt) deal. Everyone is welcome is still welcome to bring their own blank t-shirts, totes, sweat shirt, fabric, or whatever. Just please stay away from buttons and zippers as those can damage the blocks and can be difficult to print properly 🙂

This is a free family friendly event!
Coffee & Culture: Curatorial Talk with Darryn Doull
April 11, 2019, 2:30-3:30PM

Join Darryn Doull, the new Curator of Canadian Art at The Rooms, for a curatorial talk looking at iterations and utterances of death and transition in art over the years. Doull will select a handful of works ranging from Caravaggio’s The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (1601-1602) to A.A. Bronson’s Felix Partz, June 5, 1994 (1994/1998), to consider different ways that death has appeared in art and how artists have approached personal losses.

This talk will transition from The Rooms Theatre to the exhibition Suspended by Philippa Jones for a discussion between the artist and the curator. A brief period for questions and answers will conclude the event.

This program is included with general admission. Free for Rooms members. Visit for more information.
Craft @ The Edge
Application Deadline: April 15, 2019, 5pm

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. 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.

Become an instructor at Craft @ the Edge: A Handmade Future by proposing your idea for a creative workshop. Visit our website for the proposal submission guide.

Call for proposals
Deadline: April 18, 2019

Business & Arts NL’s #ComePlayWithMeNL Public Piano Program is now seeking submissions from artists interested in designing and painting a new piano, sponsored by the Quality Hotel Clarenville, for the Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital.

The theme for the design is care, comfort, and health.

Design can include any media, but must not impede the musical functioning of the piano. The artist will be responsible for the cost of all art materials. The design must include the #ComePlayWithMeNL hashtag, as well as Business & Arts NL’s website. Business & Arts NL will place a 12” x 24” sign on top of the piano, indicating the business sponsorship. Business & Arts NL is offering $1,400 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 Quality Hotel/Clarenville Hospital piano, please submit the following components no later than Thursday, April 18, 2019. Applicants to previous competitions, successful or not, are encouraged to re-submit.

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:
EVA Award Nominations
Deadline: April 26, 2019 @ 5pm

The VANL-CARFAC Excellence in Visual Arts (EVA) Awards celebrate the achievements of visual artists and recognize the significant contribution the visual arts make to the vibrant and dynamic culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. The 2019 EVA Awards will take place at The Rooms on June 14th, 2019  beginning at 8PM. 

Anyone can submit nominations for any of the awards which include: The Endurance Award, The Milestone Award, The Emerging Visual Artist Award, The Mary MacDonald Award, and The The Critical Eye Award. 

For more information or to fill out an online nomination form see the VANL website here. 

St. Michael's Printshop Don Wright Scholarship
Application Deadline: April 30th, 2019

Each year, St. Michael’s Printshop invites applications from emerging artists who wish to come to work at St. Michael’s Printshop for one year under the Don Wright Printmaking Scholarship.

First awarded in 1991, the Don Wright Scholarship was established in recognition of visual artist Don Wright for the valuable contribution he made to the development of St. Michael’s Printshop and the visual arts in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Click here for more information
CB Nuit Call for Submissions
Deadline: May 31, 2019

On the West Coast of Newfoundland, nestled at the mouth of the Bay of Islands, you will find a small community that boasts a large creative spirit. Situated in Corner Brook, CB Nuit is a multidisciplinary after dark festival that aims to engage artists in the creation and installation of site-specific and participatory contemporary works. In its launching year, the festival was visited by nearly 3,000 spectators and won the 2017 Ace award for “Event of the Year”.

CB Nuit’s mandate encourages the cross pollination of art disciplines though not compulsory. Participants will create art experiences across a range of media or combinations thereof: visual, performance, site-specific, video, sound, projection, theatre, film, dance, and music. Please let us in on your inspiration, sequence, procedure and implementation of your activity/project.

*New this year, we are inviting artists to create a workshop connected to the project delivered in the festival. An additional honorarium will be remunerated for workshops delivered the night before the festival or during the day leading up to the festival’s main event.

For the full call for submissions or for more information check out the CB Nuit website at or email 

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 for more information. 
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