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

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!! 
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 18–21, 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:
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.

Tickets are $15 - advance tickets available here!
Copies of Qama'si will be available for $15
Double purchase of Qama'si and Not Quite Like You for $20

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


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

Sarah Harris/ Amelia Harris/ Jack Etchegary/ Peter Lannon/ Leslie Amminson/ Liam Wight/ Adam Engram/ Emily Finch/ Hannah Boone/ Braden Howse

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 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!*
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 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.
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

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: 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.

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.

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:
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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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!

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