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ArtsNL Professional Project Grants: Spring 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 13, 2017 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL has awarded $269,730 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 spring session, this grant program had a total of $803,505 requested from 121 applicants,” says Reg Winsor, executive director of ArtsNL. “The demand from professional artists applying for grants through this program is consistently high, which is a great indicator of how active the provincial professional arts and cultural sector is. The professional artists and groups of Newfoundland and Labrador are constantly producing quality work, in all disciplines. Their efforts are integral to the documentation and conservation our culture, while also stimulating our provincial economy.”

Some of the projects funded this session include Labrador visual artist Mary Ann Penashue’s creation of a series of acrylic paintings that will explore the lives of Indigenous families and the initial meetings, blind trust, realities, and ramifications stemming from interactions with religious leaders and Canadian government institutions.  Other supported projects include singer-songwriter Michelle Noftall's CD recording project, featuring songs inspired by the family history of her great-grandfather who left his home in Barbados as a stowaway when he was 12 years old. He settled in Fortune Bay where a woman took him in, and raised him. He lived the rest of his life there as a husband, father, and fisherman.

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 and groups was $3,219 (with a maximum available grant of $4,000); and the average grant awarded to established professional artists or groups and professional not-for-profit arts organizations was $7,167 (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 Friday, September 15, 2017.

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Joshua Jamieson
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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 - Spring 2017

Total Awarded to Established Artists, Groups and Organizations:
$215,000 to 30 projects

Total Awarded to New Artists and Groups:
$54,730 to 17 projects

DANCE - ESTABLISHED

Sarah Joy Stoker
St. John's
$10,000
May 15 to November 30, 2017
Our Heart Breaks and new solo creation
Support for the development of Sarah Joy Stoker's new group work, Our Heart Breaks, as well as the exploration and development of a new solo work.

FILM - NEW

Veronica Dymond
St. John's
$3,000
May 20 to July 28, 2017
The Farce is Out of 'Er
Support for the creation of a sketch comedy web series that takes a humorous look at the interesting but sometimes trivial day-to-day issues women deal with in St. John's.

FILM – ESTABLISHED

Christian Sparkes
Outer Cove
$7,973
May 5 to November 30, 2017
Sweetland
Support to adapt Michael Crummey's award winning novel, Sweetland, into a feature length film script.

Cody Westman
St. John's
$7,973
May 15 to June 30, 2017
Casey
Support for post-production activity for the film, Casey.  The film focuses on 10 year old Casey who is homeschooled and lonely living with an overprotective mother with a dark secret.

Michael Rigler
Corner Brook
$7,972
May 22 to August 25, 2017
The Blood Inside Your Heart (For Olive)
Support to create a short, animated shadow puppet film set to The Once's The Blood Inside Your Heart (For Olive). This short film will address the cycle life, and death.

MULTIDISCIPLINE – NEW

Penelope Smart
St. John's
$4,000
May 15 to December 15, 2017
The Turnip Republic
Support to create The Turnip Republic, which will be a small-scale artist book with writing by Penelope Smart and original illustrations by Newfoundland and Labrador artist Jerry Ropson. This work of imagery and experimental fiction explores the turnip as a powerful and open-ended motif of contemporary island mythology.

Laura Temple
St. John's
$2,700
June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018
Slowly Through the Fog Forest: a book of poetry and photographs
Support to develop a book of photographs blended with original poetry depicting the landscape, ecology, and weather of central Avalon Peninsula.

MUSIC – NEW

Rosemary Lawton
St. John's
$3,712
May 15 to September 15, 2017
Sailor Boy
Support for Rosemary Lawton to record an album of her original compositions and new arrangements of traditional music.

Michelle Noftall
CBS
$3,712
May 15 to September 30, 2017
CD Recording Project
Support for singer-songwriter Michelle Noftall to record a new 10-song album of original music for release in fall 2017. The songs written for this recording are inspired by the family history of her great-grandfather who left his home in Barbados as a stowaway when he was 12 years old. He settled in Fortune Bay where a woman took him in, and raised him. He lived the rest of his life there as a husband, father, and fisherman.

Peter Willie Youngtree
St. John's
$3,712
June 1, 2017 to May 14, 2018
Musical Chairs (Tentative)
Support to record Peter Willie Youngtree's sophomore country music album, Musical Chairs.

Arlan Vriens
St. John's
$3,712
July 14 to August 6, 2017
Study at Bowdoin International Music Festival
Support for Arlan Vriens to attend the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine, USA. There he will study contemporary violin works with Renee Jolles of the Eastman School of Music, and collaborate with faculty and students from top American conservatories.

MUSIC – ESTABLISHED

The Kubasonics
St. John's
$8,000
August 9 to August 31, 2017
Kubasonics 2017 East European Tour
Support for The Kubasonics' Eastern European tour of Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia, and Poland.

Michelle Cheramy
Middle Cove
$1,481
May 30 to November 30, 2017
Commission of New Electroacoustic Piece for Flute and Looper by Andrew Staniland
Support to commission Juno-nominated composer Andrew Staniland to create a new piece for flute and live electronics. The new work will receive its world premiere in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA in August 2017 and its Canadian premiere in St. John's in fall 2017.

The Brad Jefford Trio +
St. John's
$8,000
June 1, 2017 to May 14, 2018
Brad Jefford Trio + presents the Licks of Legends
Support for the Brad Jefford Trio+ to present a series of six, Licks of Legends Jazz Jams. Each session will focus on a celebrated jazz musician/composer and encourage the community to participate by jamming with the band.

Chris Kirby
St. John's
$8,000
May 15 to December 31, 2017
Chris Kirby - Album Recording
Support for performing artist and songwriter Chris Kirby to record a new album.

Ouroboros
St. John's
$8,000
July 10 to September 30, 2017
Kitchuses Canadian and UK Release Tours
Support for Ouroboros to tour the UK and eastern Canada to promote their upcoming release, Kitchuses. This will be the band's second full-length album and will be their first foray into the international market.

Florian Hoefner
St. John's
$7,600
September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018
Piano Trio Recording
Support for the creation and recording of new music for a jazz piano trio.

The Swinging Belles
St. John's
$8,000
May 15, 2017 to February 1, 2018
Superstar Sibling Detective Agency
Support for The Swinging Belles to record their second studio album.

Jim Duff
St. John's
$8,000
May 28, 2017
A Celebration of Mothers Concert
Support for a cantata performed in coordination with the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble on May 28, 2017. The cantata included the 40 member choir, a 27 piece chamber orchestra, five vocal soloists and
a narrator.

Glen Collins
St. John's
$7,800
May 15 to November 30, 2017
Curry
Support for multi-instrumentalist Glen Collins to record, mix, and master his debut CD as a solo artist.

THEATRE – NEW

Morgan Murray
St. John's
$2,250
May 15 to June 15, 2017
Peemo
Support for Morgan Murray to further develop the new work, Peemo, with dramaturg Megan Coles leading to a revised script. Peemo is the story of Carl, a plucky parliamentary page who goes from giving tours of the House of Commons to being on trial for war crimes.

Stanley Braxton Improv Co.
St. John's
$4,000
August 7 to August 12, 2017
Braxton Comedy Festival
Support for a weeklong series of professional performances in stand-up, improvised theatre, and sketch comedy. There will also be workshops for professional development for new and emerging artists.

THEATRE – ESTABLISHED

Tara Manuel
Corner Brook
$8,700
September 1 to November 6, 2017
The Lady of the Falls
Support for the creation of an original puppetry play for young audiences, which combines three-dimensional puppetry with shadow puppetry and digital animation.

Sara Tilley
St. John's
$8,500
June 1 - September 30, 2017
White or Red: Final Phase of Script Development
Support for playwright Sara Tilley to develop her script White or Red, working with a dramaturg and cast of actors throughout the writing process, to produce a production-ready final draft of the play.

Lisa Hurd
St. John's
$7,770
May 16 to November 22, 2017
Guilt and Remembrance
Support for the development of a script of a new multidisciplinary play based on the true story of local actor Lisa Hurd, who as a little Jewish girl escaped with her parents from Nazi-ridden Vienna, Austria to find sanctuary in England. It will explore her memories of that time and her guilt as a survivor of the Holocaust.

VISUAL ARTS – NEW

Jessica McDonald
St. John's
$4,000
July 24 to August 21, 2017
Mexican Textiles Backstrap Loom Weaving Residency
Support to attend Arguetopia's Mexican Textiles Weaving Residency with a focus in Mexican culture and backstrap loom weaving.

Robyn Anderson
Humber Village
$409
May 15 to September 23, 2017
Missed-Makings
Support for Robyn Anderson to create Missed-Makings. This work will be a collection of small mixed media sculptures of historic domestic objects made primarily of pigments naturally sourced from Newfoundland and Labrador.

Melissa Tremblett
Corner Brook
$3,720
May 20 to September 30, 2017
Landless, Not Lost
Support for the creation of Landless, Not Lost. The work will involve the creation of fabric blankets with copies of the many rejection letters sent out to the 82,630 applicants of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation supplemental enrolment process. 

Emily Pittman
St. John's
$4,000
May 15 to October 15, 2017
A House of Another Colour
Support to create a series of paintings and collages that explore the evocative effect colour can have on architecture.

Jane Walker
Bonavista
$4,000
September 1 to November 1, 2017
Islandness: a publication
Support to write and create a publication of critical texts, images, and interviews as an essential record of new contemporary art production and research in the Shetland Islands and in Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the contemporary art exhibit, islandness.

Kayla Stride
St. John's
$3,044
May 15 - September 15, 2017
Set In Stone
Support to create a collection of hand-carved ceramic wall plaques depicting portraits of historical Mi'kmaq people of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as portraits of present day Mi'kmaq people. These pieces will be on display in July in Conne River, and at the Rogue Gallery in St. John's.

VISUAL ARTS – ESTABLISHED

Anita Singh
St. John's
$6,528
May 15, 2017 to March 15, 2018
Ceramic Installation with Digital Projection
Support for Anita Singh to create drawings, paintings, prints, and ceramic sculptures with a digital projection. These new artworks will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of Burlington for the first-ever Craft Biennial running from August 19 to October 29, 2017, and at the Leyton Gallery in St. John's March/April 2018.

Michael Pittman
Grand Falls-Windsor
$5,779
May 15, 2017 to April 10, 2018
Terrible Creatures
Support for the creation and material costs for Terrible Creatures.  This series will use the process of klecksography (the art of making images from inkblots) as an entry point and explore ink drawing and abstraction while investigating the notion of "monster" through imagery. This will result in a solo exhibit at the Leyton Gallery in 2018.

Hazel May Eckert
St. John's
$5,850
August 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018
"Untitled" (Elbow Room Residency)
Support to create a collage and large scale installation that explores how we confront, relate to, interact with, and interpret our visual ancestry.

D'Arcy Wilson
Corner Brook
$7,500
May 15, 2017 to May 15, 2018
Felia
Support for the creation of the project, Felia, which will consider spectatorship of the wilderness, while working with painting, drawing, performance, video, photography, and other media.

Barb Daniell
Woody Point
$6,400
May 15 to September 17, 2017
BIRCHES
Support for the completion of new sculptural works for Bonavista Biennale: Art Encounters on the Edge.  The three large scale works explore the biological world with birch as the medium.  The birch will be used to express themes through its highly tactile, fragile/tough qualities, and extravagant shedding of the bark. The pieces will be installed throughout the Bonavista Peninsula from August 17 to September 17, 2017.

Maria Martinez
St. John's
$6,750
May 15 to September 17, 2017
The Station House
Support to create a site-specific installation in Port Union that explores the hardships of domestic relationships, as well as narratives of abandonment, desolation, and resettlement in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. This new work will be exhibited during the Bonavista Biennale: Art Encounters on the Edge from August 17 to September 17, 2017.

Mike Gough
St. John's
$8,000
May 15, 2017 to October 29, 2018
Nowhere You Have Ever Been
Support to create a series of narrative paintings and sculptures that explore family history and the intersection between memory and truth.

Mary Ann Penashue
Sheshatshiu
$7,500
May 15 to November 1, 2017
Painting series exploring Indigenous Peoples lives and interactions with western institutions
Support to create a series of acrylic paintings exploring the lives of Indigenous families and the initial meetings, blind trust, realities, and ramifications stemming from interactions with religious leaders and Canadian government institutions.

Wendy Shirran
St. John's
$2,782
May 15 to October 29, 2017
Beautiful Resilience
Support to create Beautiful Resilience, a ceramic flower garland installation. This new work will be made of interlocking ceramic flowers with the capability to cleanse soil and air of toxins. It will be exhibited at the National Contemporary Craft Exhibition, as part of the 2017 Canadian Craft Biennial.

WRITING– NEW

Terry Doyle
St. John's
$4,000
May 15 to December 15, 2017
Union (working title)
Support for the writing and editing of the fiction novel, Union (working title).  The novel focuses on themes of economics, love, place, health, labour, and trust in contemporary St. John's.

Karen Allison Silver
St. John's
$759
May 15 to December 31, 2017
Around the What? and The Great Foggy Day
Support to complete the children's stories Around the What? and The Great Foggy Day.  The two books are set in Newfoundland and Labrador.

WRITING – ESTABLISHED

Matthew Hollett
St. John's
$3,900
June 1 to October 31, 2017
North Head Trail
Support to research and write a collection of twelve creative non-fiction pieces about the North Head Trail, one for each month of the year, exploring phenomenological and poetic responses to the changing landscape.

Michelle Elise Porter
St. John's
$6,400
May 15 to August 15, 2017
Moving Home
Support to write a series of poems that tell stories about mobility and Métis experiences of home, land, and place.

George Murray
St. John's
$8,100
June 1, 2017 to May 14, 2018
Things Cut In Half
Support to write a new book length collection of poetry.

Anna Swanson
St. John's
$8,100
July 1, 2017 to March 14, 2018
Poetry Manuscript and interactive website featuring a series of found poems
Support to complete a poetry manuscript that explores ideas of brokenness and experiments with the creation of meaning out of broken and found pieces. This work will also incorporate an interactive website featuring a series of found poems in the manuscript.

Agnes Walsh
St. John's
$7,692
May 15, 2017 to March 14, 2018
Untitled
Support to write a new manuscript of stream of consciousness autobiographic fiction.