Last chance to see our Current Exhibitions:
Steven Beckly: A tender touch can bend the straightest of things
Until February 15th
Steven Beckly’s new exhibition A tender touch can bend the straightest of things cleaves images and objects, photographs and sculptures. Each work expresses an intimacy from touch in both content and form, interrelating the visual and the haptic. His pictures of colour, light, and skin are printed on a variety of surfaces—opaque and translucent, hard and soft. Forming a typology of textures and producing a range in perception, they delicately bend and fold against the apertures of the gallery space. Arousing sense and sensation, they affirm paper as a tactile and three-dimensional space of exposure. By transforming flatness into volume, the installation overturns the traditional conception of a rectilinear photographic frame. As viewers navigate the installation, they encounter a space disrupted by the touch of another presence, pointing to an intimacy between the physical and the spiritual, the natural and the spectral.
Steven Beckly’s images fluidly take the forms of photographs, books, and sculptures. Cultivating a poetics of desire, he explores the epistemology of intimacy and its value in our increasingly interconnected lives. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include solo projects at Daniel Faria Gallery, Art Metropole, Bunker 2 (all Toronto), AKA artist-run (Saskatoon), VU (Québec), and Eastern Edge (St. John’s). He received his MFA from the University of Guelph in 2016. He lives and works in Toronto.
The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.
Alex Noel: Adhesive Love
Until February 15th
Adhesive Love is a series of mixed media works that explore and juxtapose the performance of masculinity in both sport and painting. The term "adhesive love," borrowed from Walt Whitman's Calamus poems, denotes "manly bonding" and/or camaraderie between masculine subjects.
This work deals with the covert homoeroticism within the world of sports and the visceral tensions between players on the field and in the locker room that are erased or redefined by the heterosexist culture of athletics.
Painting is much like sport. Just like the football coach will develop a ‘play’ to get the ball past the goalposts, I make rudimentary sketches or write proposals to later develop into objects. Just like sport, my entire body is engaged in the act of painting -- it is a performance, not just an end result. And it is a performance that, much like sport, requires the painter or player to engage with a history that has canonized the white, hyper-masculine male. Adhesive Love attempts to reveal these parallels and disrupt assumptions about masculinity and leisure.
As an artist-activist I use my work to offer social critique, informed by both my lived experience and critical theory. I explore themes of identity, morality, and temporality as forms of resistance against overarching systems of power and modes of discourse, to make space for alternative narratives and dialogue.
Alex Noel is a visual artist, activist and community organizer based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Noel earned a BFA in Visual Arts from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland (2015) and was a recipient of the 2015 BMO First Art! Award. Their work has been exhibited in Canada as well as the UK and it can be found in private and public collections, including Memorial University’s permanent collection.
National Events and Opportunities
Salt Spring Island Artist in Residence AiR program. 'Come, share the experience'
The Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC) and the Artist in Residence steering committee are pleased to announce the second year of the Artist in Residence (AiR) Program on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.
The Artist in Residence (AiR) Program provides an opportunity for artists to work in the vibrant arts environment of Salt Spring Island. The program is open to all professionals working in the arts, in any genre or medium, at any stage of their careers. AiR encourages applications from artists of diverse cultural and regional backgrounds. The intent is to provide the time and space for creativity and productivity and to introduce visiting artists to Salt Spring Island and its arts community.
Residencies will be awarded based on available facilities, potential links to the Salt Spring community, collaborative opportunities and artistic merit. Applications for the AiR program can be submitted on or before April 15, 2017 for tenure between October 2017 and April 2018.
Salt Spring looks forward to welcoming the winner of the second Salt Spring National Art Prize to be announced October 21, 2017. See www.saltspringartprize.ca
Local Events and Opportunities
Fundraising for the Arts 101
Date:Monday, February 13, 2017 Time: 1PM to 4PM Location: Foran/Greene Room-St. John’s City Hall Price: $20 Business and Arts NL members/ $30 General public Registration:Advance registration is required.
Description: This workshop will provide an orientation into the world of fundraising, with a focus on the arts. Together we will discuss and explore the language, the environment, the donors, fundraising programs, and the development process.
Tools for developing fundraising plans will be introduced, and you will be given information to help you determine the best methods and approaches for your organization.
We will also look at the role of volunteers, information management, stewardship, and how to demonstrate recognition to supporters of your organization or project.
Facilitator: Tammy Davis has worked in the non-profit sector throughout the country for several decades, after launching her career with Memorial University as the Atlantic Canadian recipient of a McConnell Fellowship in Institutional Advancement in 1995.
In her career, Tammy has held various fundraising and marketing positions within the non-profit sector in areas including Sports & Recreation, Healthcare, and Education. In 2005, Tammy was introduced to the United Way movement through her work as a Strategic Markets Advisor with United Way of Calgary and Area’s Strategic Giving Group. While with United Way of Calgary and Area, Tammy grew to truly understand United Way’s unique position as a community impact organization, and in 2007 joined United Way of Newfoundland & Labrador as its Executive Director, a position she still holds.
Tammy holds a Diploma of Applied Arts in Journalism from the College of the North Atlantic and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University. Tammy is currently the President of Association of Fundraising Professionals, Newfoundland and Labrador chapter; and is a member of CSC’s Collective Impact Guidance Committee, Local Immigration Partnership Council and End Homelessness St. John’s Board.
Mad Arts and Crafts Market
Presented by Mad Pride on the Rock
Where: Eastern Edge Gallery
When:Saturday, February 11th from 12:30 - 4:30 PM
We are back!
Come buy something for your Valentine or treat yourself on these dark winter days. Support local craftspeople, bakers and artisan living with mental health issues. Expect to find: cupcakes, handmade and vintage clothes, art cards and photography, crochet creatures, soap, tarot card readings, plants and more!
All crafters keep all their earnings! We are a collective.
Interested in being a vendor? Drop us a line at email@example.com
Bonavista Biennale 2017
Call for Expressions of Interest
Bonavista Biennale 2017: Art Encounters on the Edge is a large scale visual arts exhibition presented in a variety of outdoor and indoor locations on the Bonavista Peninsula in August / September 2017 on the occasion of Canada's 150th anniversary.
The Bonavista Biennale HR Committee is seeking Expressions of Interest from candidates who wish to be considered for available positions. Please forward a cover letter and resume indicating position(s) of interest.
Bonavista Biennale HR Committee
98 Carrick Drive
St. John's NL A1A 4P1
Applications must be received by: February 17, 2017
The Project Manager oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of the project including : budget and finances; scheduling and implementation of the plan; overseeing staff; as well as overseeing marketing and fundraising.
Contract: Part time, March 1- October 15, 2017
Salary: $30.00 hr.
Location: The successful applicant must be available to attend frequent meetings on the Bonavista Peninsula.
Areas of responsibility: media relations, public relations and social media, website updates and management.
Contract: Part time, March 1 - September 30, 2017
Salary: $25.00 hr.
Location: The successful candidate will have to attend meetings on the Bonavista Peninsula and must be present during the period leading up to and during the exhibition.
Curatorial and Community Outreach Assistant
The main function of the position is to provide direct day-to-day support to the two Biennale curators and Community Outreach Manager across their full range of responsibilities and activities. This includes research and information management, planning and co-ordination, community and stakeholder relations.
Contract: Part time, April 1 to October 15
Salary: 18.00 hr.
Location: The successful applicant must be available to work in the Bonavista area.
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