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Professional Artists’ Travel Fund grants announced

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April 26, 2017 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL awarded $5,750 in grants to 6 artists and groups through its Professional Artists’ Travel Fund (PATF), between December 1, 2016 and March 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.

“The PATF provides grants to support Newfoundland and Labrador artistic professionals as they further their professions through participation in career enhancing opportunities that can include performances, exhibitions, and residencies,” says Reg Winsor, executive director of ArtsNL. “During these occasions our professional provincial artists not only travel to collaborate, build skills, and celebrate their artistic achievements, they also serve as cultural ambassadors.”

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 April to July 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
December 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017

Total Number of Grants: 6
Total Awarded: $5,750

Kay Burns
Seldom Come By
February 11 to March 11, 2017
Kay Burns travelled to North West River as a participating artist in the North West River Residency at the Labrador Institute Research Station.

Kailey Bryan
St. John's
March 1 to 31, 2017
Kailey Bryan travelled to Hämeenkyrö, Finland to participate in the Arteles Creative Centre Silence, Awareness, and Existence residency for the production of a new performance/new media work.

Virginia Mitford
St. John's
March 1 to April 9, 2017
Virginia Mitford travelled to Dawson City, YK to take part in a four week residency at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture to develop a watercolour, photography, and performance art project.

Julia Halfyard
St. John's
January 9 to 15, 2017
Julia Halfyard travelled to Montréal, PQ to participate in the five day workshop of a new musical based on Roch Carrier's The Hockey Sweater with the Segal Centre.

Lawrence Barry
March 10 to 13, 2017
Lawrence Barry travelled to Toronto, ON to attend the Canadian Screen Awards as a nominee for Best Performance of an Actor in a Leading Role in for the film, Riverhead.

Evan Mercer
March 10 to 13, 2017
Evan Mercer travelled to Toronto, ON to attend the Canadian Screen Awards as a nominee for Best Performance of a Supporting Actor in for the film, Riverhead.