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ArtsNL Professional Project Grants: Fall 2016

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December 8, 2016 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL has awarded $272,673 in grants to 44 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 $605,320 requested from 89 applicants,” says Reg Winsor, executive director of ArtsNL. “This grant program regularly sees high numbers of applicants, and totals requested always significantly exceed that which is available to be awarded. This trend provides a key indication – that the provincial professional arts and cultural sector is highly active, and needs further investment. Professional artists in Newfoundland and Labrador consistently produce exceptional work, in all disciplines, that continues to preserve and develop our cultural identity, as well as significantly contribute to the provincial economy."

Some of the projects funded this session include the development of a new documentary film by Anne Troake called The End of the Line: on the death of handwriting as well as the development of a highly stylized comedy revue show that speaks to issues faced by youth in the province today by Andrew Tremblett.  Other supported projects include Randall Maggs' Must Have Been the Talk About Paris, a collection of poems focused on an internal conversation one man has with his father after he's gone, and visual artist Kym Greeley’s Grey is Pervasive– a new series of paintings and screen prints compositionally framed within a windshield, for exhibition in Quebec.

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 $3,605 (with a maximum available grant of $4,000); and the average grant awarded to established professional artists or groups was $7,169 (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.

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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 Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual grant of $2.1 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 2016

Total Awarded to Established Artists, Groups and Organizations:
$213,588 to 34 projects

Total Awarded to New Artists and Groups:
$47,108 to 13 projects


Corie Harnett
St. John's
February 1 to August 31, 2017
Carta Blanca
Support to develop a contemporary performance duet to live musical accompaniment. The work will use partner dance as a foundation for exploration of gender roles and gender identity within the framework of traditional Latin/Afro-Latin dance.


Devin Shears
St. John's
February 1 to April 31, 2017
The House Expands
Support to create a short 5 to 10 minute film about an old house in rural Newfoundland speaking to its visitor.


Anne Troake
St. John's
January 2 to March 3, 2017
Research and Development - The End of the Line: on the death of handwriting
Support to complete research, develop, and produce a tease trailer for a documentary entitled The End of the Line: on the death of handwriting.

Mark Hoffe
Conception Bay South
November 15, 2016 to March 15, 2017
The Road to Woody Point
Support to develop a dramatic feature, The Road to Woody Point.  The film will explore the relationship between a father and his estranged daughter struggling to make amends. The Road to Woody Point will change their lives for as long as they both shall live.

Kenneth J Harvey
St. John's
2016-11-15 to 2017-04-30
Support to write an adapted screenplay of Kenneth Harvey's award-winning novel, INSIDE.  The film centres on Mister Myrden, a man who has just been released from prison after a fourteen year incarceration for a murder he did not commit.

Patrick Condon
St. John's
January 1 to June 30, 2017
Final Cut
Support to create a film focused on a group of actors who are hired to perform in an experimental horror film where they can't break character or leave the location for the duration of the shoot.

Melanie Oates
St. John's
November 15, 2016 to March 15, 2017
Sweet Angel Baby
Support to write the feature film screenplay, Sweet Angel Baby. The story focuses on Elise who is trying to negotiate through her transformative teenage years.

Dana Warren
St. John's
November 21, 2016 to February 28, 2017
Support to write the script for an auto-ethnographical film titled, Latitudes. This film is about a personal journey through an 883 kilometre walk, exploring our fears of the unknown.


Vanessa Cardoso
Conception Bay South
November 21, 2016 to May 20, 2017
Olé Clown
Support to create a Flamenco-dancing clown performance using Pochinko technique, directed by Sara Tilley.


The Daly Family Collective
St. John's
November 15, 2016 to June 25, 2017
Lighting Design for "If a Place Could Be Made"
Support to create full lighting design for If A Place Could Be Made.  The 75 minute multidisciplinary show will explore the physical challenges related to dwarfism with six Daly family members from Riverhead in St. Mary's Bay.

Elizabeth Pickard
St. John's
November 30, 2016 to May 30, 2017
InvisAbilities (working title)
Support to create the work, InvisAbilities, which will be a one-act multi-media performance piece that tells the story of a couple navigating their lives and careers while managing invisible disabilities.


Matthew Byrne
St. John's
April 1 to April 30, 2017
New Album
Support for Matthew Byrne to record his fourth solo studio album featuring original and traditional material with producer/engineer Billy Sutton.

Duo Concertante
St. John's
May 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017
Christmas album of Cliff Crawley Arrangements
Support for Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves) to record 22 arrangements written by Cliff Crawley - his final large scale project before his passing. The work will be distributed by Marquis Records.

Ian Foster
St. John's
November 30, 2016 to March 30, 2017
Sleeper Years: Album Recording Project
Support for singer-songwriter Ian Foster to record a new, ten song album of original songs to release in winter 2017.

Kellie Loder
St. John's
November 15, 2016 to June 6, 2017
Break the Mold
Support for singer-songwriter Kellie Loder to complete a music album of originally composed music.

Andrew Staniland
St. John's
January 2 to September 2, 2017
Earthquakes and Islands: Songs of Andrew Staniland
Support to record composer Andrew Staniland's original music, performed by some of Canada's finest classical performers.

Trinitas Chamber Ensemble
Middle Cove
November 15, 2016 to November 1, 2017
Music Commission and Video Creation: Trinitas Chamber Ensemble, "Waterways" Project
Support for Trintas Chamber Ensemble (Nathan Cook, Michelle Cheramy, and Philip Roberts) to commission a new musical piece for flute, cello, and piano entitled, Waterways, by Labrador-born composer Andrew Noseworthy as well as the development of a video for Waterways with St. John's-based filmmaker Roger Maunder.


Mindless Theatrics
St. John's
November 16 to December 4, 2016
Mindless Theatrics in Partnership with RCAT Presents TIBB'S EVE by Step Taylor
Support for the production and premiere of Tibb's Eve, a new play developed by Mindless Theatrics (Brian Kenny, Crystal Laffoley, Step Taylor, Courtney Brown, and Kaitlin Hickey), written by Step Taylor presented at the LSPU Hall from November 30 to December 3, 2016.

Andrew Tremblett
November 15 to December 18, 2016
The Young Newfoundlander's Comedy Revue Show (working title)
Support to develop a highly stylized comedy revue show with Stuart Simpson, which will attempt to speak to issues faced by young Newfoundland and Labradorians today.


Steve Coombs
Mount Pearl
November 15, 2016 to December 17, 2016
How Cancer Saved My Life
Support for the further development of a manuscript for, and staging of, the initial workshop presentation of Steve Coombs' one-man theatrical production depicting how a life-threatening cancer diagnosis can positively affect someone's life. This new work is based on personal experience.

Ruth Lawrence
St. John's
November 16, 2016 to May 15, 2017
Women Walk
Support to write a one-woman show about women who influenced and shaped the history of the Women's Suffrage Movement in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Greg Malone
St. John's
December 1, 2016 to May 14, 2017
11:11 - a stage imagining
Support for developmental workshops to help create a final script inspired by and using music from the album 11:11 Newfoundland Women Sing Songs by Ron and Connie Hynes.

Pamela Morgan
St. John's
January 9 to May 9, 2017
Ooze - The Frog Prince Revisited
Support to develop the first draft of a new musical play based on a Tom Dawe poem, The Frog Prince.


Stephen Evans
St. John's
November 15 to December 15, 2016
Labrador Institute/North West River Artist in Residence Program
Support for the creation of new work in oil and watercolour. The project will take place during a Labrador-based residency in North West River. The new work will be exhibited in the Grenfell Art Gallery in Corner Brook when the residency is completed.

Michael Harlick
Conception Harbour
January 15 to March 15, 2017
Forged with Jewels
Support to create series of hand forged knives that combine the art of hand forging, lapidary, and goldsmithing.

Susan Randell
Corner Brook
January 15 to May 1, 2017
Newfoundland and Labrador Art Prints
Support for creating limited edition prints focussing on landscapes and flora/fauna of Newfoundland and Labrador communities. The final body of work will be shown in the communities represented within it as well as in St. John’s and Corner Brook based galleries.

Daniel Rumbolt
St. John's
January 2 to July 30, 2017
Coming Out
Support to create a series of paintings with accompanying ceramic figures that focus on the themes of being an artist and queer in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.


Vessela Brakalova
Portugal Cove - St. Philip's
December 1, 2016 to May 1, 2017
Safe Harbour // St. John's Mosaic Vintage Maps
Support to create Safe Harbour // St. John's Mosaic Vintage Maps. This series will involve the creation of original Ravenna style mosaics based on period vintage maps of the City of St. John's.  The images will be inspired by archival maps of The Great Fire of 1892, and 17 to 18th century maps of St. John's Harbour, Fort William, and other landmarks.

Marlene Creates
Portugal Cove - St. Philip's
November 15, 2016 to March 30, 2017
Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses, a nationally touring retrospective exhibition
Support for framing and crating two series of photographs that will be part of a 35 year retrospective exhibiting over 60 pieces of Marlene Creates’ work.  The exhibition will originate at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and tour to five Canadian venues from 2017 to 2019.

Jennifer Galliott
Bonne Bay, Woody Point
December 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017
Support to create a large scale tapestry of two swimmers at night illuminated by bioluminescence.  This new work will incorporate modern fibers and weaving techniques to create the impression of the water scintillating within the tapestry.

Darren Whalen
St. John's
November 15, 2016 to May 15, 2017
East Coast Dreamscapes
Support to create a series of landscape paintings of Newfoundland's East Coast that combine the tradition and rich history of Canadian landscape painting with figure painting, as well as narrative and surreal elements. These new works will be directly inspired by extensively exploring the East Coast trails.

Kym Greeley
St. John's
November 15, 2016 to September 15, 2017
Grey is Pervasive
Support to create a new series of paintings and screen prints using the windshield as the compositional frame.  The completed works will be exhibited at the Maison Des Arts de Laval in Laval, Quebec from November 2017 to February 2018.

Philippa Jones
St. John's
November 20, 2016 to September 20, 2017
The True Discoveries of MIRIAD
Support to design, write, edit, and illustrate a series of six journals to further legitimatise the imagined worlds and altered realities of multiple MIRIAD projects in watercolour and ink. A limited digital edition and a hand printed and bound edition will complete this project.

Rhonda Pelley
St. John's
December 1, 2016 to April 1, 2017
Woman's Realm (Strike a Blow for Freedom), Experiments in Feminist Collage
Support to create a series of work that takes content from women's magazines published in the 60s and 70s to be utilized with digital techniques and traditional hand construction to render a photo collage. By appropriating vintage advertising found within these magazines, these artworks will explore the idea that female identity in and of itself could be seen as collage.  This series of work will be shown in a solo exhibition in spring 2017 at the Leyton Gallery in St. John's.

April White
St. John's
November 15, 2016 to October 30, 2017
Support to create a new series of large-scale watercolours, performances, and animations that document and depict a common, yet socially awkward action: a sneeze.

Peter Wilkins
Clarke's Beach
December 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017
A Day in the Life...
Support to create four 4K videos that investigate the idea of 'still life' and rearticulate it as moving still life that captures, celebrates, and interweaves everyday patterns of contemporary life together.


Bridget Canning
St. John's
November 30, 2016 to May 1, 2017
What's Written in the Ladies: Photographs and Scribblings
Support for writing a book inspired by found writing - in this case, graffiti found in the women's and gender neutral washrooms. The book will consist of images and writing, which investigates the lines between gender roles and privacy.

Nathan R. Elliott
November 15, 2016 to October 15, 2017
How Red Became My Favo[u]rite Colo[u]r
Support the writing of a creative nonfiction book, How Red Became My Favo[u]rite Colo[u]r ,  about the gorgeous violence of change; an American professor leaves his position and his life in the United States to move to Newfoundland and Labrador with a poet and their child.

Carmella Gray-Cosgrove
St. John's
November 15, 2016 to May 15, 2017
How Laughter Travels
Support to complete a collection of short stories entitled, How Laughter Travels.  This work is set along the trans-Canadian migration route of poor and middle class millennials. The stories deal with love, loss, and womanhood against a backdrop of transience, art, unaffordable housing, and precarious employment.

Cara Kansala
St. John's
December 31, 2016 to July 30, 2017
Molly McGoogan's Feather Hat
Support to complete a book of verse and illustrations/paintings for children.  The book is about an eccentric artist who misplaces everything she needs to work and travel and a cat who perches on the artist's head as a hat who helps her find her missing things.


Megan Coles
St. John's
November 15, 2016 to April 15, 2017
Little Yellow Heart (working title)
Support to complete writing the novel, Little Yellow Heart (working title).  This work explores the distribution of wealth in a modern Canadian city, the indentured servitude complicit in the student aid system, irresponsible and unsustainable municipal development, corporate corruption, illicit sex, and overwhelming greed through one indulgent restaurant.

Robin Durnford
Corner Brook
November 15, 2016 to April 15, 2017
The Raggedy Ann Diaries
Support to write the poetry collection, The Raggedy Ann Diaries, which deals with the patchwork nature of our identities, through the metaphor of the Raggedy Ann doll.

Ed Kavanagh
Mount Pearl
May 14, 2017 to January 14, 2018
A Book of Essays and Creative Non-Fiction
Support to write a book of creative non-fiction, essays, memoir, travel writing, and commentary on a variety of subjects, including the environment, the arts (primarily authors and musicians), and contemporary living, especially as it relates to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Randall Maggs
Corner Brook
November 15, 2016-10-31 - October 31, 2017
Must Have Been the Talk About Paris
Support to write a collection of poems focused on an internal conversation one man has with his father after he's gone.