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


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Main Gallery
Marigold Santos
MIRROR/MOTHER (fragments)
Photography by Noah Bender
May 27 - July 6 2016

MIRROR/MOTHER (fragments) explores self-hood as an experience of shifting identities and realities. Works of drawing, film and installation renegotiate the artist's lived experience of migration and movement between cultures and tradition into meaningful fragments of personal myth, narrative and folklore. In MIRROR/MOTHER (fragments) Santos furthers her investigation of colonial narrative, visibility, and empowerment alive with fantastical and otherworldly imagery. The artist draws on material and evolving ideas from two previous bodies of work: BLACK MIRROR, a series focusing on dualities and binaries and INVISIBLE MOTHER, a series of work challenging conceptual roles of light and dark through portrayals of women in folklore and beyond. MIRROR/MOTHER (fragments) re-combines these histories and ideas and speaks to multifariousness by providing new paths by which to follow and deviate.

Marigold Santos pursues an inter-disciplinary art practice involving drawn, painted, and printed works, sculpture, animation, and sound. She holds a BFA with Honours from the University of Calgary (2007), and an MFA from Concordia University in Montréal (2011). As a recipient of numerous awards and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, she exhibits widely across Canada, and divides her place of residence and practice between Calgary and Montreal.

MIRROR/MOTHER (fragments) features an original essay by Toronto-based scholar, 
educator and artist Marissa Largo entitled Supernatural Entanglements and the Politics of Visibility. Commissioned by Eastern Edge Gallery. 

Click here to read the essay.

Marissa Largo is an educator, artist, and PhD candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She holds a Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her PhD project, Unsettling Imaginaries: The Decolonial Diaspora Aesthetic of Four Contemporary Filipino/a Visual Artists in Canada (in which Marigold Santos is one of the four artists). Marissa is co-editor of the forthcoming book, Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos/as and Canadian Imaginaries (Northwestern Universty Press, 2017). She resides in Toronto with her partner, Sean and their two children, Carlo and Lorena.

rOGUE Gallery
Anuta Skrypnychenko
The Mermaids Project
Photo by Noah Bender

May 27 - June 11 2016

The Mermaids Project is an ongoing series of ceramics that explore our dichotomous relationship to the ocean through the mythical figure of the mermaid. In this work, Skrypnychenko re-figures the ancient archetype as a present-day protector of her domain. Disturbed by political conflicts at sea and poisoned by offshore mining for oil and minerals, the enigmatic and beautiful figure is provoked to become a warrior.

Myths about the hybrid of woman and fish exist in many cultures. Mermaids are fascinating and dangerous, beautiful and monstrous. How might their mystery and meaning shift as we move towards the ability to map every inch of the ocean floor? Skrypnychenko's figures pose questions about how we find space for myth in our lives, and honour the ocean as a powerful unknown.

Anuta Skrypnychenko lives in Toronto where she is pursuing a post-graduate degree in Design Strategy at the Institute without Boundaries (IwB). The focus of her work and studies at the IwB is Iveragh Peninsula, a coastal region in Ireland located in County Kerry. Currently she is working on a system of walking, cycling and paddling maps and a guidebook for the Skellig Kerry Ways and Iveragh Peninsula.

Originally from Kyiv, Ukraine,Skrypnychenko moved to Canada in 2004. She holds a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the University of Guelph (2010). She has exhibited work at the Art Metropole, XPACE, Gallery 44, AGO, Cambridge Galleries, Toronto Urban Film Festival, Galerie Les Territoires and at the Museum of Photography Thessaloniki.


As part of ongoing updates to our website, Eastern Edge Gallery is compiling a complete list of past board members. If you notice a name missing from our list, please contact us: Thank you to Matthew Hollett for providing web support.

Click below to access the list!
Local writer Eva Crocker interviews Marigold Santos in The Overcast. 
Photo by Wyatt Hirschfeld Shibley
Follow HOLD FAST Contemporary Arts Festival
August 18-21 2016
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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!

Mass Blanket Exercise: The Indigenous Rights History We’ve Never Been Taught

Thursday, June 2, 7-9 p.m.

Great Hall, Queens College, MUN

The Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that introduces new learners to the history of relations between Aboriginal peoples and settlers in Canada. Developed by KAIROS, this offering will coincide with offering across Canada as we celebrate the movement toward reconciliation. The Blanket Exercise is open to all at no cost, however, please be advised that this event will be filmed.

Presented by Aboriginal Resource Office, in partnership with KAIROS

Jill Ho-You
St. Michael's Printshop Visiting Artist (June 2016)

Meet and greet for Jill
Friday, June 3
SMP Gallery, 72 Harbour Dr. (upstairs)

Jill Ho-You is a sessional instructor in Print Media at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Harcourt House in Edmonton, AB (2013) and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia (2011.) She has also participated in numerous group shows such as the International Print Center New York, NY (2013), the 3rd Bangkok Triennial International Print and Drawing Exhibition(2012), and the Biennale Internationale d'estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivières (2013/15.) She has also participated in residencies at Open Studio in Toronto and Alberta Printmakers' Society in Calgary.

Jill's  project will explore the parallels between the human body and the environment in relation to injury, damage and memory. Through copperplate etching, her work will draw analogies between disease in the body and environmental damage, and will investigate how both systems attempt to heal themselves after injury. Drawing inspiration from historical anatomical illustrations, as well as geological and environmental references of natural and man-made disasters such as oil sands tailings ponds and open pit mines, Jill will create surreal landscapes that will be simultaneously strange and familiar, ruined and animate, geologic and anatomical.

June 8 at 7pm
Christina Parker Gallery
50 Water St.

Ned Pratt grew up in the community of St. Catherine’s in St. Mary’s Bay, NL

In 1986 he graduated with a BA in art history from Acadia University and then went to Vancouver to study architecture at UBC.  Disliking it immensely, he returned to Eastern Canada and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where he earned a BFA in photography in 1990.

Ned Pratt's inaugural exhibition with Christina Parker Gallery was by invitation in December 1993.  The work he exhibited was a series of exquisite silver gelatin photographs of small family owned businesses in downtown St. John's.  Pratt's work has evolved over the last twenty three years from intimate approaches to portraiture and documentary photography to present day large scale observations of the land.

The current large scale photographs do not remove the viewer from the earlier intimacy achieved in the work but in reverse, they open up a new inner landscape that both captivates and excites the imagination. 

Pratt's work has been featured nationally and internationally in high profile exhibitions such as,Oh Canada, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in 2012,  Changing Tides: Contemporary Art of Newfoundland and Labrador at the McMichael Gallery, 2014 and the Contact Photography Festival, Toronto in 2012. His work has shown with the Christina Parker Gallery each year at Art Toronto since 2003. Recently, the work of Ned Pratt was shown in a highly successful solo exhibition at the Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto.  His photography is found in significant public and private collections worldwide.

Textiles: Craft & Apparel Design Program
Graduate Exhibition & Boutique

May 28 - June 11


Wednesday - Sunday noon - 6pm
Thursday & Friday - noon - 8:30pm
The Ferryland Visitor

Saturday June 18 2016
2 – 4pm
Squires Gallery
52 Prescott St. St. John's NL

Please join Charis Cotter, Gail, Esther and Meranda Squires, and Running the Goat in celebrating the publication of The Ferryland Visitor. There will be a reading by Charis Cotter, music from Boyd Chubbs and light refreshments. 
The Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada seeks Director of Programs and Research

On May 2, 2017, the Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada (formerly the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) will launch the first series of exhibitions in its new home within the historic Auto BLDG. located in Toronto’s west end. This marks a new phase of dynamic growth and expansion for the Museum, which recently announced its new mission devoted to the art of the XXIst century, being an “agora” and a “nexus”.

As a key member of the Museum’s senior management team, the Director of Programs and Research position offers a tremendous opportunity for a visionary curator to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of an emerging cultural institution, poised to expand its presence in a global metropolis such as Toronto and develop international outreach.

You will play a critical role in supporting CEO and Director Chantal Pontbriand and partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision-making and operations as the Museum continues to build its presence and enhance its quality programming around innovative ideas and issues pertaining to the contemporary world.

Using your extensive experience, along with your creative approach to programming and developing partnerships, you will establish the Museum’s priorities for an integrated program of exhibition-making, collection development, and live events.

You will have the aptitude for providing strong leadership and operational oversight and will bring an inclusive approach to building, leading, and inspiring a hybrid curatorial, research, learning and collection management team.

Your strong track record of fostering relationships with artists, fellow curators, collectors and donors will be an asset to the Museum’s next phase. As we position the institute to reflect our diverse community and international outlook, the ability to speak more than one language would be a significant advantage.

How to apply

Visit our website to view the opportunity in full and learn how to apply.

The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

The Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada advocates equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and is committed to diversity in the workplace.


Call for submissions – Elemental Festival

Date: Sep 30 – Oct 2
Location: 4elements Living Arts, Kagawong, Manitoulin Island | Mnidoo Mnising

Co-curated by Patricia Mader + sophie anne edwards

4elements Living Arts has two opportunities for you to participate in this year’s Elemental Festival - besides attending, that is. We’re accepting submissions to our Elemental Festival Writing Prize, and proposals from emerging artists working in all mediums to install work during the festival.

About Elemental Festival and 4e - Sep 30th to Oct 2nd 2016, the second annual Elemental Festival will take place in Kagawong, a village of less than 200 people on Mnidoo Mnising | Manitoulin Island. Presented by 4elements Living Arts (4e), a local interdisciplinary non-profit arts organization, the festival is site-specific and includes multiple forms of contemporary art. At 4e we’re shaking loose outdated mind-sets about where contemporary art can happen.

This year’s curatorial theme is ‘Walking’. Despite its typically spontaneous, occasionally reflexive, and sometimes somnambulatory nature, walking is a complex action. It can be both physical and performative; a deeply personal and a political act that claims and carves out space emotionally, politically, socially and culturally. We follow routes, sometimes newly created recreational trails, sometimes traditional trading routes or harvesting paths whose origins have been erased through colonial territorialization. Paths aren’t always human-made.

For Elemental Festival, we have invited works that propose to examine a complex range of socio-cultural, and geo-political paths; that consider the legacy of walking with a particular focus on walking in the context of our specific rural and ecologically sensitive site. This year’s confirmed artists include:

Matt Coelin, Intallation artist, Sault Ste Marie
Judy Martin, Fibre artist, Little Current
Elisha Sidlar, Performance artist, M'Chigeeng First Nation
Judy Bowyer, Installation/sound artist, Kitchener
Chris Turnball, Installation artist/writer, Kemptville
Madhur Anand, Ecologist/writer, Guelph

The festival includes two full day writing workshops, artist talks, community art engagements, community walks, and panel discussions. Outdoor installation and performance works will animate the village as the Salmon make their annual run up the Kagawong River.

Call for Submissions - Emerging Artists working in any medium are invited to submit proposals for work to be installed, or performed during the festival. Projects should relate to our curatorial theme, and our organization’s mandate. Typically projects are installed outside, or have an outdoor component. We can provide assistance with the installation and an honorarium of $500, plus free entry to any festival workshops you wish to attend. If you have a great idea, please submit the following items attached as a single .pdf to

  • Full name, address, and contact info; website if you have one
  • A brief project proposal (1 or 2 paragraphs)
  • A brief artist statement (1 paragraph)
  • Artist CV (2 pages or less)

Please also submit

  • 5 good quality images of your work with an corresponding image list (images should be no larger than 1MB and should be images that most relate to your proposed project)
  • $10 application processing fee via e-transfer (think of it as a donation to a wee tiny arts organization doing great things – it will make you feel warm and fuzzy) or cheque to the 4e office.

Use ‘Artist proposal – Elemental Festival 2016’ as the subject line.

Deadline: June 15

Elemental Festival Writing Prize – We invite writers to submit works of previously unpublished short prose (700 words or less) that engage creatively with our curatorial theme. All entries will be juried by a panel of local writers. Winning entries will be read at the festival opening.

1st prize is $150
2nd prize $75
3rd 4e swag

Start writing! Entries can be submitted to - please use ‘Elemental Festival Writing Prize 2016’ as the subject line.

Deadline: August 1

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