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Professional Artists’ Travel Fund grants announced

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August 15, 2017 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL awarded $5,571 in grants to 6 artists and groups through its Professional Artists’ Travel Fund (PATF), between April 1 and July 31, 2017.

The PATF helps professional artists and groups avail of unexpected opportunities that will enhance their artistic careers.  These activities could include a presentation of the artist’s work, an unexpected opportunity to work with an artist or instructor, access specialized equipment not available in the province, or a celebration of the artist’s work. Artists access the fund to travel within the province, throughout Canada, and internationally.

"When Newfoundland and Labrador professional artists are presented with an unexpected opportunity to further the development of their artistic career or celebrate their work, the PATF is there to support them in their professional pursuit," says Reg Winsor, executive director of ArtsNL. "These artists represent the province as cultural ambassadors through their endeavours, while also benefiting from an occasion to create in a residency, exhibit their work, or acquire new skills.”

The PATF renews every four months and typically awards $10,000 each session. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, but once funds are exhausted no new applications can be considered for that funding period. Applications for the August 1 to November 30, 2017 grant session are now being accepted.

Media enquiries:

Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer, ArtsNL
Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203
Mobile: (709) 746-6531
Toll free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)

ArtsNL is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; one community representative (with an interest in the arts); one business representative (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual grant of $1.9 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.

Professional Artists’ Travel Fund
Grant Recipients
April 1 to July 31, 2017

Total Number of Grants: 6
Total Awarded: $5,571

Will Gill
St. John's
April 27 to 30, 2017
Will Gill traveled to Toronto, ON for the opening of his solo exhibition, A Foundation of Ash, at The Dylan Ellis Gallery which was a part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

Marlene Creates
Portugal Cove
April 30 to May 7, 2017
Marlene Creates traveled to Toronto, ON for the installation and opening of her solo exhibition, What Came to Light at Blast Hole Pond River, at Paul Petro Contemporary Art which ran in conjunction with the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

Eastern Owl
Mount Pearl
April 17 to 23, 2017
Eastern Owl traveled to Toronto, ON to perform in a showcase at Cameron House as part of Canadian Music Week.

Emily Bridger
St. John's
June 1 to 9, 2017
Emily Bridger traveled to Whistler, BC to participate in the Whistler Film Festival’s Praxis Screenwriters Lab for script development of her feature film project, Little Orphans.

Carolann Fowler
St. John's
June 6 to 29, 2017
Carolann Fowler traveled to Toronto, ON to participate in Songwriting Workshops with songwriter Rob Wells and singer/songwriter Shoba to develop six new songs.

Charlene Rumbolt
Mary's Harbour
June 23 to 26, 2017
Charlene Rumbolt traveled to Wabush, NL to exhibit her work as part of  the Spirit of Labrador Cultural Celebration as part of the Canada 150 celebrations, which showcased the indigenous arts community throughout Labrador.