HOLD FAST newsletter

For the months of July & August Eastern Edge shares news and updates about our annual summer festival HOLD FAST (August 18-21), our largest and most anticipated event of the year!
Eastern Edge Gallery 
72 Harbour Dr.
St. John's, NL A1C 1B1


With only 6 weeks until HOLD FAST, it's time you got to know our artists a little better. Each week until the opening of HOLD FAST, we'll be profiling one or more of our Artists.

First up we have Life of a Craphead!

A collaboration between multi-disciplinary artists Amy Lam and Jon McCurley, Life of a Craphead uses film, performance art, comedy, satire, and curation to invite audiences to investigate contemporary culture. They are Chinese and Vietnamese and live and work in Toronto.

Since its founding in 2006, this duo has been featured nationally and internationally, including Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, The Netherlands, and the UK, and have completed artist residencies at Macdowell Colony, the Banff Centre, Wunderbar, Newcastle, UK, and Flux Factory, NYC.

When asked about their involvement with HOLD FAST this year, Life of a Craphead said: "We are very excited to be coming to St. John's for the first time ever to show our very first film Bugs as part of HOLD FAST 2016. It's an honour for us to be able to bring our Bug world to Canada's foggiest city. Our friends are jealous."

Instagram: @Amy__Lam @jonmccurley123
Twitter: @amyclam @jonmccurley123

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Also introducing Newfoundland and Labrador's very own Jonathan Green! 

You may have noticed all this talk about maritime signal flags from us here at HOLD FAST and Eastern Edge. Well, we've been inspired by the work of our next profiled artist. Jonathan Green is a Newfoundland artist born in Labrador and of Aboriginal, British and Scottish heritage. Working primarily in drawing and print making, Jonathan crafts new narratives from old traditions, and explores themes of heritage, nautical lore, isolation, reflection, and human vulnerability. He studied visual arts at Memorial University, Grenfell Campus and has recently completed a MFA at the University of Alberta. His work has earned him the Don Wright Memorial Emerging Artist Scholarship, a work study in Visual Arts at the Banff Centre and from 2011 - 2013 he was the print technician at Sir Wilfred Grenfell Campus.

Jonathan Green is an artist with deep roots in Newfoundland. While his work may have taken him across the country, he says foggy days still make him homesick. Stay tuned this week to learn more about the art Jonathan is bringing to HOLD FAST 2016.

We are also thrilled to acknowledge Grenfell Campus, Memorial University as co-presenter of Jonathan Green's work and participation in HOLD FAST 2016.

Instagram: @jonathansgreen

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All media inquiries please contact:

April White
Festival Manager
HOLD FAST Contemporary Arts Festival


Penelope Smart
Eastern Edge Gallery
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Did you know that there is a Pokéstop here at Eastern Edge? The St. Michael's Print Shop Mural just outside will allow you to collect Pokéballs and other awesome items on Pokémon Go! The mural is currently painted over white, but don't worry - the stop still works, and we have big plans a new wall design!
A special early show located right here in the Eastern Edge main gallery space. A performance of new material from Steve Maloney (with Maria Peddle), and an opening set from Kat McLevey. Featuring a display of photography by Cheryl Cashin. 

Doors open at 7/Show starts at 7:30
$12 at the door
Spirits Sheltered

An exhibition of artworks by Anna Templeton Centre instructors
Hosted at the Salmonier Nature Park Pavilion

July 8 – October 7, 2016

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Salmonier Nature Park for a summer-long exhibition of works by Anna Templeton Centre instructors. Inspired by long walks and long conversations with park staff, these artworks meditate on the relationship between humans and the natural world, bringing affection, poetry, and humour into their expressions. 

On site art and craft workshops with instructors Catherine McCausland, Susan Furneaux, and more! Please see website for details:

Artworks are for sale as a fundraiser for the Anna Templeton Centre & the Salmonier Nature Park.


Anita Singh
April White
Barry Buckle
Catherine McCausland
Jeanette Jobson Fine Art
Katie Vautour
Pepa Chan
Sarah Minty
Stephanie Stoker
Susan Furneaux (
Black Hen Studio)
Susan Lee Studios

Please stay tuned for more details!
A Breath of Fresh Air at MUN Botanical Garden

July 15 to August 22

You are invited to the annual exhibition of works by the artists of "Monday's Company" 
Our exhibitors this year are:

Barbara Burnaby | Cynthia Brown | Nancy Cook
Marjorie Corbett | Marcia Deibel | Sheena Findlay
Edie Dunphy | Betty Hall | Karen Misik | Ivan Palmer
Genevieve Parsons | ElizabethAnn Murphy| Eve Roberts 
HelenMarie Roche | Bobbi Sidel | Laura Williams

As the exhibition room is sometimes used for meetings, 
please telephone first: 864-8590


Workshop Dates: July 18 — July 29

Open House and Performances: July 29 (LSPU Hall) & July 30 (Victoria Park)


Artists, educators, filmmakers, performers, dancers, storytellers, artistically inclined tinkerers and community members from all walks, are invited to take part in this unique workshop opportunity, which will examine puppet articulation, mask, story devising, and large-scale puppet design. The aim of this two-week workshop is the development of a new work of nighttime spectacle-theatre based on Mary Fearon and Andy Jones’ hilarious adaptation of “Jack and the World’s End Water.”

Exercises in mask and puppetry techniques will complement work in narrative development and ensemble building. Members of the community at large are invited to work side-by-side with professional artists.

The exploratory work will have an indoor showing and open house at LSPU Hall on Friday, July 29 and then an outdoor showing, the following evening, July 30 as part of yearly festivities at Victoria Park. The outdoor show will be in collaboration with Newfoundland’s own musical improv troupe The Scruncheons.

LSPU Hall will serve as the home base for meetings and creation sessions.


Call For Submissions | 2017 AGW Triennial of Contemporary Art

Downtown/s: Urban Renewal
Today for Tomorrow

The 2017 AGW Triennial of Contemporary Art

Submission Deadline
Friday, August 5, 2016, 5 pm

Exhibition Dates
September 29, 2017 - January 14, 2018

Curated by Jaclyn Meloche, PhD, Interim Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor

The Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW) is pleased to invite proposals for new or recent artworks for Downtown/s: Urban Renewal Today for Tomorrow, The 2017 Art Gallery of Windsor Triennial of Contemporary Art which brings together examples of contemporary art made by artists in southwestern Ontario, Windsor-Essex, and Detroit surrounding the theme of downtown/s -- downtown destruction and downtown renewal. In response to this theme, artists are to consider the many ways in which they experience, understand and frame the notion of downtown within their community in all its locational precarity and multiplicities.

The strategic plurality of the word downtown speaks to current and timely conversations about global architecture, culture and economic renaissance, topics that are changing the nature of what a downtown looks like, how it functions, and for whom. In an effort to expand the AGW’s notion of downtown and collaborate with other sites in and around the city, additional locations will serve as a stage for the presentation of art, such as the University of Windsor and its newly relocated School of Creative Arts, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre, and other sites to be determined. In the spirit of an intervention, we invite artists to submit recent works, or proposals for new work to be exhibited in a variety of spaces. Artists are encouraged to share their stories with us. We want to know how artists are responding and re-imagining their experiences and understandings of downtown in times of urban renewal. Works in all media will be considered, including sculpture, performance, video, audio, installation, photography, painting, drawing and digital media.

For eligibility and submission guidelines click here.

Image: Charlie O'GeenLimber (Zero Drouillard Road), 2014; installation image from Possible Futures: What is to be done? The 2014 Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art

Art Gallery of Windsor
401 Riverside Drive West

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


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