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ArtsNL Professional Project Grants: Fall 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 7, 2017 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL has awarded $286,711 in grants to 47 artistic projects through its Professional Project Grants Program (PPGP).  Funding for the PPGP is provided through ArtsNL’s annual contribution of $1.9 million from the Provincial Government for granting programs, program delivery, operations, and communications.

“For the fall session, this grant program had a total of $675,929 requested from 94 applicants,” says Reg Winsor, executive director of ArtsNL. “We continue to experience high application rates from Newfoundland and Labrador professional artists to this program. The creative quality, critical planning and thinking, as well as the attention to detail expressed in applications from professional artists is strong, which leads to a very competitive process across all disciplines given the available funds. It is important for ArtsNL to continue to invest in the creation of professional artistic work for the enjoyment and benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, which in turn brings in associative provincial economic benefits.

Some of the projects funded this session include the Happy Valley-Goose Bay based Silver Wolf Band’s creation of a new ten track album of original Labrador folk/rock songs.  Another funded project is filmmaker Rhonda Buckley's new documentary in development about Joan Morrissey – a Newfoundland and Labrador performer who could light up a room and hold an audience in the palm of her hand with her bold voice. Born in downtown St. John’s in 1933, she was a lounge singer six nights a week, and raised six children.

The PPGP provides grants for artistic projects involving creation, production or professional development. Professional artists and groups working in dance, film, multidiscipline arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing may apply for funding. Grants are awarded through a competitive application process and applications are assessed by committees of artistic peers who have expertise in the relevant artistic disciplines.

This session the average grant awarded to new professional artists or groups was $3,405 (with a maximum available grant of $4,000); and the average grant awarded to established professional artists or groups was $7,492 (with a maximum available grant of $10,000).

The Professional Project Grants Program has two grant deadlines a year: one in the spring and one in the fall. The next deadline for the program will be Thursday, March 15, 2018.

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Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer, ArtsNL
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The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as 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 Project Grants - Fall 2017

Total Awarded to Established Artists, Groups and Organizations:
$232,239 to 31 projects

Total Awarded to New Artists and Groups:
$54,472 to 16 projects

DANCE - ESTABLISHED

Catherine Wright
St. John's
$7,239
December 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018
Devil's Purse
Support to create a new multidisciplinary dance work incorporating dance, text, voice, and imagery inspired by the egg case of the Maiden Ray fish.

FILM - NEW

Kerrin Rafuse
St. John's
$4,000
November 15, 2017 to May 31, 2018
False Light
Support for the creation of a short film in conjunction with NIFCO's Picture Start program for emerging filmmakers.  False Light is a ghostly tale set in outport Newfoundland and Labrador that aims to blend mainstream horror genre storytelling with the aesthetic of rural Newfoundland and Labrador, its culture, and its often brutal survivalist history.

FILM – ESTABLISHED

Rhonda Buckley
St. John's
$7,500
November 15, 2017 to August 31, 2018
Yes My Dear… Joan Morrissey
Support to create a documentary film on Joan Morrissey, the Newfoundland and Labrador performer who could light up a room and hold an audience in the palm of her hand with her bold voice. She was a lounge singer six nights a week, and raised six children. She was born in 1933 in downtown St. John's and started singing on the radio at seven.

Mark Hoffe
Conception Bay South
$9,896
March 5 to June 18, 2018
Stay Clean
Support to write and create the film, Stay Clean, a gutsy documentary that explores how harm reduction in prison helps inmates addicted to drugs.

Tamara Segura
St. John's
$9,896
March 1 to July 31, 2018
C Sharp & D Suspended
Support for creating the film, C Sharp and D Suspended, which tells the story of a grandmother in jail who takes a day out to attend her grandson's music graduation.

MULTIDISCIPLINE – NEW

Leon Chung
St. John's
$3,000
November 15, 2017 to August 15, 2018
This Lovely Rock By The Sea
Support to create a fully coloured graphic novel that will include seven short stories with an underlying theme of love that are centered around St. John's.

John Moyes
St. John's
$3,528
November 16, 2017 to May 15, 2018
The Business of Dying
Support to create a new work that combines dance, theatre, and film entitled, The Business of Dying.

MULTIDISCIPLINE – ESTABLISHED

Lois Brown
St. John's
$7,500
November 22, 2017 to September 30, 2018
I am a genius: improvisations for my father
Support to refine and rehearse I am a genius: improvisations for my father in advance of its premiere presentation at Neighbourhood Dance Work's Festival of New Dance in October 2018.

Andrea Cooper
St. John's
$9,712
November 15, 2017 to April 1, 2018
Room for a Pony
Support to create an interdisciplinary workshop of audio and visual elements in relation to the performance of Room For A Pony with multidiscipline artists from Montréal and St. John's. The performance utilizes new technology to explore contemporary issues of desire, sexuality, and misogyny.

Corie Harnett
St. John's
$7,315
February 15 to September 30, 2018
Reflections Vitaes (Working Title)
Support for a collaborative work between choreographer/dance artist Corie Harnett and textile and theatre artist Bruno Vinhas. This multidisciplinary project weaves live performance of movement and monologue into an interactive art installation, on stage.

MUSIC – NEW

Town House
Conception Bay South
$2,385
March 23 to April 1, 2018
Spring Tour 2018
Support for the band Town House to tour throughout Ontario and Quebec from March 23 to April 1, 2018 in support of their debut album.

MUSIC – ESTABLISHED

Joanna Barker
St. John's
$7,500
January 1 to June 30, 2018
Joanna Barker Album of New Music
Support for musician and songwriter, Joanna Barker, to create a new album of original music.

Christine Carter
St. John's
$2,547
April 3 to 17, 2018
Homage and Inspiration: German Tour and Debut Recording
Support for Christine Carter to join the Iris Trio in Germany for a two-week tour and debut recording.

Duo Concertante
St. John's
$7,722
May 7 to November 30, 2018
Duo Concertante recording of the complete works of Schubert for violin and piano
Support for Duo Concertante to record the complete works of Schubert for violin and piano as a two CD set. The album will be recorded in Toronto with David Jaeger and producer/engineer Dennis Patterson, and it will be released on Marquis Records through iTunes and Amazon.

Denis Parker
St. John's
$5,707
November 20, 2017 to February 28, 2018
Denis Parker Solo Album
Support for Denis Parker to record a new solo acoustic album that will be produced by Mick Davis and recorded by Krisjan Leslie.

Silver Wolf Band
Happy Valley -Goose Bay
$9,346
February 11 to 28, 2018
Silver Wolf Band Full Length Recording
Support for the Silver Wolf Band to record a 10 track album of original Labrador folk/rock songs.

Maureen Volk
St. John's
$5,250
December 5, 2017 to December 31, 2018
Album Recording Project - Clifford Crawley: Solo Piano and Chamber Music
Support for the recording of an album of solo piano and chamber music by Canadian composer Clifford Crawley, to be released on CD.

THEATRE – NEW

Andrew Tremblett
Gander
$4,000
February 1 to March 31, 2018
Almost Baymous
Support for the presentation of Almost Baymous - a sketch comedy revue show that highlights the problems and issues faced by young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians through satire. The work will be presented as part of the Resource Centre for the Arts’ 2017-18 presentation series at the LSPU Hall.

THEATRE – ESTABLISHED

Robert Chafe
St. John's
$7,568
January 15 to August 15, 2018
Take the Wheel
Support to develop both the script and technical elements for a one person performance about anxiety, the shifting planes of middle age, mortality, loss, grief, creativity, and our innate drive to control.

Paul David Power
St. John's
$7,500
January 14 to February 11, 2018
Crippled
Support for the professional debut of Crippled - a new work by Newfoundland and Labrador playwright Paul David Power at the LSPU Hall in February 2018.

Ruth Lawrence
St. John's
$5,662
November 15, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Pray To Win
Support to write a two act dark comedy about Chase the Ace fever. The play will be centred on the fictional Church of Wrongful Assumptions as they see declining numbers in their Sunday flocks. The weekly stream of gamblers each Wednesday mitigates the parish’s losses, but how can they begin to deal with the havoc and headaches their windfall incites?

VISUAL ARTS – NEW

Clare Dawn Fowler
St. John's
$3,000
January 8 to March 2, 2018
Ice Flows
Support to create new works inspired by the ice flows that pass by Newfoundland and Labrador every year and how they affect our place, people, and psyche.

Louis House
St. John's
$3,700
January 1 to March 1, 2018
Kumiko Cabinet
Support for the design and fabrication of a one-of-a-kind Kumiko cabinet to be exhibited at the Craft Council Gallery.

Sarah O'Rourke-Whelan
Mount Pearl
$2,500
November 15, 2017 to March 7, 2018
Stages
Support for a painting series inspired by the Outer Cove Beach and the fishing buildings that have disappeared from its shoreline.

Katherine Walters
Bell Island
$3,523
January 7 to March 3, 2018
Underwire Couture: The Fashionable Art of Oppression
Support to create a small body of work which explores how garment shapes and fashion trends are tools of oppression. The series will include three mixed media pieces around this theme that feature wire knitted garments.

Jason Wells
St. John's
$3,000
November 15, 2017 to March 31, 2018
Added Dimensions
Support to create a body of ceramic work to accompany an already existing body of print work; both of which will be shown at the Rotary Arts Centre in Corner Brook.

VISUAL ARTS – ESTABLISHED

David M Baltzer
St. John's
$9,619
November 15, 2017 to August 23, 2018
The Memetic Self-Portrait Project
Support for the creation and exhibition of 10 large scale oil paintings in a series called, Memetic Self-Portraits. The works are a meditation on the cultural flashpoints of race, gender, pornography,  and celebrity as well as the arts, politics, and other defining narratives.  The new works will be exhibited in St. John's in August 2018.

Vessela Brakalova
Portugal Cove-St. Philips's
$7,463
December 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018
Calamity and Glass // Contemporary Mosaics
Support for the creation of a body of work where the fury of ceramic, stone, and metal meet the fragile tranquility of broken glass. The work is intended to be part of solo exhibit scheduled to open at Devon House in the Main Gallery running from October 13 to November 10, 2018.

Kym Greeley
St. John's
$8,000
November 15, 2017 to July 15, 2018
Lookout
Support for the creation, framing, and shipping of work which has a theme of lookouts.  The new works will be exhibited at the Christina Parker Gallery in June and December 2018, as well as at the Campbell River Arts Gallery in British Columbia from July 12 to September 5, 2018.

Pam Hall
St. John's
$8,547
December 1, 2017 to May 1, 2018
Common Knowledge - Common Place
Support to extend and contextualize community-engaged work through a redesigned and updated website, as well as for the development and testing of new strategies for community collaboration to create additional chapters for the Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge.

Jason Holley
St. John's
$7,425
January 1 to June 1, 2018
Thinking Caps, and other implements of torture
Support to create a body of wearable sculpture that facilitates conversation about creativity, thinking differently, and mental illness.

Christine Koch
St. John's
$5,622
November 15, 2017 to April 15, 2018
Expanding career horizons: Exhibiting at and attending two out-of-province conferences
Support to participate in two out-of-province conferences to exhibit, reach new audiences and market, as well as for professional development, peer-strengthening, and networking. The conferences include Arctic Change2017 in Quebec, and the 2018 Southern Graphics Council Conference in Las Vegas.

Louise Markus
Pouch Cove
$6,680
December 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018
New Found Scapes
Support for the creation of a new painting series, New Found Scapes, in which Markus will create iconography of pattern and shape that evokes an idealized Newfoundland and Labrador landscape.

Kristina Sobstad
St. John's
$2,565
March 1 to 14, 2018
Chiloé Museum of Modern Art - Artist Residency
Support to participate in a two week artist residency with the Chiloé Museum of Modern Art in Chile. The work created during the residency will be exhibited at the same museum in March 2018 before its home exhibition at the Christina Parker Gallery in fall 2018.

April White
St. John's
$8,546
January 1 to July 31, 2018
I didn't volunteer for this
Support to attend both the Spark Box Studio’s and Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture’s artist residencies to produce new watercolours, drawing, performances, and animations about involuntary actions and bodily experiences such as laughing, crying, coughing, sneezing, and yawning.

WRITING– NEW

Nathan Elliott
Corner Brook
$4,000
November 30, 2017 to August 15, 2018
Lady Gaga and the Firing Pin
Support to write a novel fractured into a number of short stories.  Lady Gaga and the Firing Pin tells an intergenerational story of migration, mental illness, and religious faith.

Allison Graves
St. John's
$4,000
January 1 to July 1, 2018
Try Hards: A Novel
Support to write a novel tentatively titled Try Hards. The book will be an examination into ideas of place, non-place, and sincerity.

Jiin Kim
St. John's
$3,500
November 15, 2017 to March 15, 2018
Illustrations for the middle grade manuscript, Lore Isle
Support to create a set of illustrations for Kim's middle grade manuscript.

Ben Pittman
St. John's
$3,500
November 15, 2017 to February 15, 2018
Newfoundland Odyssey: Excursion
Support to write the second draft of Pittman's debut novel, Newfoundland Odyssey: Excursion.  The work is an adventure fantasy set in an alternate Newfoundland and Labrador's near-future, in a fractured Canada.

Kelley Power
St. John's
$2,985
November 15, 2017 to May 15, 2018
Milestones Manuscript
Support to write and edit the young adult fiction novel, Milestones (working title), featuring early-teenage protagonists in the mid-90s in St. John's, and their responses to maturing sexuality, familial breakdown, death, and the impact such changes have on friendships.

Alex Saunders
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
$3,851
November 20, 2017 to December 1, 2018
History of my Fishing Life
Support to write the memoir History of my Fishing Life, which will record the history of the Inuit inshore fishery and life experiences; moving from being a fisher, to going through the Canadian Navy, and a return back to Labrador. The work will delve into individual enterprise and the disappearing methods used for catching and processing fish, and living off the land.

WRITING – ESTABLISHED

Mark Callanan
St. John's
$9,220
November 15, 2017 to April 15, 2018
The New You
Support to continue work on a new poetry collection related to concepts of ‘self’ and identity formation.

Tom Dawe
Conception Bay South
$9,220
November 15, 2017 to December 31, 2018
Untitled, as yet
Support to complete a new collection of free verse poetry that deals with contemporary themes.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi
St. John's
$9,220
November 30, 2017 to September 30, 2018
Ginger Roger's K.O. Style
Support to write a new collection of short fiction, Ginger Rogers K.O. Style.  The book will be de Mariaffi's second collection of stories, and a follow-up to the 2012 Giller-nominated How To Get Along With Women.

Edward Riche
Happy Valley - Goose Bay
$9,220
December 1, 2017 to December 1, 2018
Violence Anarchy Baby Mother Daddio Dig
Support to complete the first draft of Riche’s fifth novel, Violence Anarchy Baby Mother Daddio Dig.  The work will explore the imagined life of a Newfoundland and Labrador diplomat who realizes he is not fighting for King and Country in the trenches of Beaumont Hamel.

Leslie Vryenhoek
St. John's
$5,532
December 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018
Novel: The Grace of No Regret
Support to write the novel, The Grace of No Regret.  In the work, disparate characters find themselves stranded together in a strip motel in rural Newfoundland and Labrador during a snowstorm. The novel will explore whether anyone can escape their past in an interconnected world that defines us by our online presence.

Marie Wadden
St. John's
$7,500
November 30, 2017 to November 30, 2018
Wordsworth's nephew (tentative)
Support to write a literary biography of William Wordworth's nephew, George Hutchinson, who came to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1853, fell in love with the place, and didn't want to leave.