Marlene Creates is one of the recipients of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts! Marlene was one of the founding members of Eastern Edge Gallery back in 1984, and has been a never-ending source of knowledge and inspiration over these past 35 years. We couldn’t be more proud of the work you continue to do! We ❤️ Marlene!
LAST DAY TO VIEW EXHIBITION: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15th from 12 - 5 PM
Emily Jan: The World is Bound by Secret Knots January 11 - February 15, 2019
The World is Bound by Secret Knots is a series of ten life-sized sculptural works made of textiles, found objects, and second-hand silk flowers and greenery, which depict hybrid creatures assembled from Emily Jan’s experiences on a three-week residency in the Peruvian Amazon in 2015.
Emily Jan is a Montréal-based artist and writer. As a sculptor, she creates intricately crafted, hyper-realistic installations of found objects inhabited by flora and fauna that is hand-made out of wool, reed, cloth, silicone and resin. These environments, like enterable museum dioramas, mix elements of high culture with low culture, science with mythology, and history with current affairs. The creatures, wondrous and monstrous by turns, feel real but are entirely handmade. They are not taxidermy, but are emotionally believable to the point where they are often mistaken as such.
An essay written by Gloria Hickey about this exhibition can be found here.
LAST DAY TO VIEW EXHIBITION: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15th from 12 - 5 PM
Benjy Kean: Not as lost as you think January 11 - February 15, 2019
Not as lost as you think is a showing of work by Benjy Kean, including paintings, sculpture, and two murals painted directly on the gallery walls. The works explore ideas of personal growth through the use of humour and play.
Benjy Kean is an artist living and working in Newfoundland. His work takes many forms including large scale murals, paintings, sculpture, music, and video work. Kean recently completed a mural inside the new Bad Bones Ramen location in downtown St. John’s.
An interview with Benjy about his work can be found here.
Events and Opportunities
TONIGHT: Artist Talks at The Rooms
Suspended: Philippa Jones
Wednesday, February 13th, 7-8pm
The Rooms will be hosting two talks with artists discussing their new exhibitions opening this month. Talks are included in the price of general admission and are free for Rooms members. For more information visit The Rooms exhibits page https://www.therooms.ca/exhibits.
Friday Night Performance Art - Kailey Bryan
Friday, February 15th from 8 - 9 pm
In performance art, the artist's actions and body are the medium. Performances often take place live in front of an audience in an ephemeral moment that can be either scripted or spontaneous. Performance art has a rich history of challenging social and physical conventions.
In celebration of the retrospective exhibition At Full Tilt: Colette Urban in Western Newfoundland and the work of this influential performance artist, join us for a series of dynamic, dramatic and one-of-a-kind performances in the Level 3 Art Gallery.
This presentation is included with general admission. Free for Rooms members. Visit https://therooms.ca for more information.
Artist Residency Call for Applications Deadline: February 28, 2019
Union House Arts (UHA) is a new community artspace committed to supporting work being produced by artists and craftspeople through place-specific dialogues and collaborative programming in Port Union, NL.
UHA is currently accepting applications for its inaugural Artist-in-Residence program, which will provide studio space and additional professional support for two artists during the 2019 season. For more information please visit unionhousearts.ca/residency
Application deadline: February 28, 2019
OPEN CALL FOR INDIGENOUS CURATOR
Deadline: March 1, 2019. 11:59pm (NLT)
The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador Gallery is seeking an Indigenous-identified Curator to organize a landmark exhibition of Indigenous works of craft from Newfoundland and Labrador. Artists will be showcased not only in the Craft Council Gallery in St. John’s, but also in a corresponding satellite exhibition (location determined by curator in dialogue with artists).
The Curatorial Project provides one deserving curator the necessary time and resources to realize an innovative project with the aim of encouraging curatorial research in tandem with exhibition planning. The Craft Council Gallery provides institutional guidance and resources to the curator, who produces a group exhibition in the gallery space with an accompanying exhibition catalogue in 2019, and/or related public programming.
Applicants are evaluated on merit of proposed concept or theme, and adherence to the application guidelines. All applications submitted will be considered final and treated as such. Applicants will not, under any circumstances, be permitted to add or edit an application once it has been submitted. More information and the application form can be found online: www.craftcouncil.nl.ca/opportunities/
ArtsNL Professional Project Grants Deadline: March 15, 2019
The Professional Project Grants Program is available to professional artists and professional arts groups creating and/or presenting works of art in the disciplines of dance, film, music, multidisciplinary arts, theatre, visual arts, or writing. Grants support project costs related to creation, production, administration, travel, professional development, etc.
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.
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