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ArtsNL Professional Project Grants: Spring 2018

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June 20, 2018 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL has awarded $268,301 in grants to 49 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 $825,799 requested from 119 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 of our culture, while also stimulating our provincial economy.”

Some of the projects funded this session include writing development for filmmaker Justin Oakey’s French language film Sous Le Joug; the creation of Traditional Inuit Regalia for Inuit culture and tradition performances by Tabitha Blake who does throat singing, drumming, and sings in Inuktitut; and support to singer/songwriter Amelia Curran as she develops her next album. Recent BMO Winterset award finalist Bridget Canning received a grant in support of her next contemporary fiction, Three is the Most Beautiful Colour, and in Corner Brook, visual artist Meagan Musseau will create a series of graphic line drawings that delineate Beothuk designs and references on animal hide using appliqué beadwork.

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 $3,273 (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 $6,477 (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 Monday, September 17, 2018, and applications must be submitted using ArtsNL’s Online Application System (

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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 2018

Total Awarded to Established Artists, Groups and Organizations:
$220,212 to 34 projects

Total Awarded to New Artists and Groups:
$48,089 to 15 projects


Lisa Porter
St. John's
October 1 to December 1, 2018
Support to research and develop a new duet with Louise Moyes.  The new work will explore the themes of freezing, thawing, rushing, slowing, speeding, and stillness of ice and will serve as a springboard to delve into narratives relating the ever changing nature of matter.


Kerry Gamberg
St. John's
May 20 to June 31, 2018
Askin For It
Support to create the film, Askin For It.  The short film focuses on three high school BFFs - Jezz, Taylor, and Kylie - who wake up to an anonymous text alluding to Jezz being assaulted by her boyfriend.  The three friends decide how, or if, they should confront the agressor.

Joshua Goudie
St. John's
June 1 to August 31, 2018
Support to write the screenplay for the feature film, Lunacy (working title), a horror-comedy about a small town summer stock theatre festival in Newfoundland and Labrador and how far its participants will go to fight the threat of resettlement.

Benjamin Noah
St. John's
May 20 to August 1, 2018
New Woman
Support for post production of a gothic romance entitled, New Woman.  The work will include the creation of three short films.


Martine Blue
May 15 to September 23, 2018
Nans of Nanarchy
Support to complete a detailed outline and two drafts of an adventure comedy feature film script titled Nans of Nanarchy.  The film explores the themes and issues of discrimination, social and environmental responsibility, community, and protest culture through the senior women characters in the film.

Wanda Nolan
St. John's
May 31 to October 1, 2018
Always Going and Never Gone
Support for travel to the Cape Shore to research and write the feature screenplay, Always Going and Never Gone.  The film will be a supernatural thriller about an adult changeling who returns to Cape St. Mary's to find out who/what she is.

Justin Oakey
Petty Harbour
May 15 to September 15, 2018
Sous Le Joug (Under The Yoke)
Support to write the French language film, Sous Le Joug (Under the Yoke).  The feature film will be a drama navigating the fragility of cultural isolation.

Melanie Oates
St. John's
May 15 to August 15, 2018
Scattered and Small
Support for the creation of the feature film, Scattered and Small.  The film will focus on the main character Tess, a flawed young woman coping with romantic struggles and life changes after the death of her mother.


Keely Whitelaw
St. John's
June 2 to 9, 2018
Professional Aerial Arts Development
Support to travel to Montreal to complete the second phase of the National Circus School’s circus arts instruction, and personal artistic development training with professional circus artist, Meaghan Wegg.


The Daly Family Collective
St. John's
May 20, 2018 to January 31, 2019
Promotion of If a Place Could Be Made
Support to hire a graphic artist and an agent to secure touring opportunities for the Daly Family Collective's show, If a Place Could Be Made.
Lynn  Panting
St. John's
June 18-30, 2018
Rise and….
Support for the creation of thephysical comedy and movement piece, Rise and…  The new work will centre on routine and the aging body. Part clown, part dance, part comic strip - the prop heavy performance stretches the human body and reality to its limits. The new work will be choreographed by Lynn Panting and performed by Andy Jones.


Tabitha Blake
St. John's
May 15 to July 1, 2018
Traditional Inuit Regalia
Support for the creation of traditional Inuit Regalia for Inuk performer Tabitha Blake.  Tabitha Blake will use the Regalia for Inuit culture and tradition performances of throat singing, drumming, and singing in the Inuktitut language.

Earle and Coffin
August 2 to September 5, 2018
Summer Tour USA/Atlantic
Support for the Earle and Coffin summer 2018 tour, with over 15 performances in Atlantic Canada and Eastern USA.

Chris Pond
St. John's
July 6 to August 10, 2018
Chris Pond Debut EP
Support to record, mix, and master Chris Pond's debut EP of original music.


Neil Conway
St. John's
June 1 to September 30, 2018
Neil Conway studio album recording
Support for Neil Conway to work with Patrick Boyle and Colleen Power to arrange and record 25 new and unreleased original songs.

Amelia Curran
St. John's
June 1 to October 1, 2018
Writing and Composing
Support to write, compose, and record demos for at least 20 new songs in preparation for a new album of material that will be produced and released independently.

Eastern Owl
Mount Pearl
May 15 to September 1, 2018
Qama'si (Stand Up in Mi'kmaq, working title)
Support for Eastern Owl to release their second studio album; a collection of songs about life as modern/urban Indigenous people. The album is a blend of folk and First Nations drum songs.

Family Video
St. John's
May 15 to November 1, 2018
Family Video's Album Wave Height
Support to record, mix, and master a full length album of original songs by Family Video called Wave Height to be released in September 2018.

Delf Maria Hohmann
St. John's
July 14, 2018
Cape Spear Klang-Opus à la fin du crépuscule
Support for creating Cape Spear Klang-Opus à la fin du crépuscule.  This new original work of music by Delf Hohhman will be performed at the Cape Spear National Historic Site where the acoustic experience that comes from turning a whole place into a resonant body will be explored.  The work will be performed during Sound Symposium XIX running from July 5 to 15, 2018.

Alan Klaus and Stephen Candow
October 22 to November 22, 2018
Sound the Trumpet!
A trumpet and organ concert featuring song arrangements from Newfoundland and Labrador, with other traditional classical works.  The music will be performed in St. John's, Gander, Grand Falls, and in Ontario during fall 2018.

The Kubasonics
St. John's
June 22 to August 26, 2018
Kubasonics 2018 Canada Tour
Support for The Kubasonics to present a 24-performance Canadian tour that includes shows in eight provinces.

Jane Leibel
St. John's
June 1 to September 30, 2018
Composer Commission: Clark Ross
Support to commission Canadian/St. John's composer Clark Ross to compose a 10 minute piece of music for soprano, clarinet, and piano.  The new work will be performed during the 2019 Music at Memorial concert series as well as being recorded for part of an upcoming CD project showcasing Canadian vocal chamber music.

St. John's
July 4, 2018 to February 28, 2019
Ouroboros July Tour & Showcasing
Support for Ouroboros to tour Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick in July 2018 and for showcasing opportunities including Mundial @ Folk Alliance in February 2019.

Sherry Ryan
St. John's
May 25 to June 2, 2018
Sherry Ryan's National Album Release Tour for Wreckhouse
Support for Sherry Ryan to present a national tour in support of her fourth full length album, Wreckhouse. The tour will consist of nine performance dates in central Canada.

Rube & Rake
St. John's
August 1, 2018 to March 30, 2019
Recording of Second Full Length Album
Support for Rube & Rake to record their follow up album to Back and Forth.  Their second nine song album will be recorded in fall 2018 and released January 2019.


Frank Barry
St. John's
August 8 to 15, 2018
The Strange Case of Madame D - Technical Workshop
Support to develop a technical workshop for the stage play The Strange Case of Madame D incorporating digital projections, sound, and set design into a surrealist reality/dreamscape.

Steve Coombs
Mount Pearl
September 17 to 26, 2018
Here and Now
Support for the September 24 to 26, 2018 production of Steve Coombs' one man show, Here and Now, at the LSPU Hall. The work is based on the rehearsal ready manuscript originally titled, How Cancer Saved my Life.  The work is based on personal experience.

Andy Jones
St. John's
May 16, 2018 to February 15, 2019
New One Man Show Script (first draft)
Support to write the first draft of a new one man show called Kunstwurst (working title).

Willow Kean
St. John's
June 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019
Supper Club
Support to write the play Supper Club - a comedy focused on five women who take turns hosting a dinner party, and the conflict and competition that arises between them.

Tara Manuel
Corner Brook
July 24 to October 15, 2018
The Lady of the Falls and Professional Development
Support to complete development of an original puppetry play called The Lady of the Falls and to undertake a two week puppetry training course at the New England Puppetry Intensive.


Michael Harlick
Conception Harbour
June 1 to September 30, 2018
Patterning in Metal
Support to create a series of three to five hand forged knives to explore the art of forge welding that investigates creating patterns in metal.

Meagan Musseau
Corner Brook
June 1 to September 30, 2018
Beothuk Belongings and Design
Support to create a series of graphic line drawings to delineate Beothuk designs that reference a collection of Beothuk pendants at The Rooms. These designs will be transferred onto animal hide using appliqué beadwork.

Daniel Rumbolt
St. John's
May 15, 2018 to May 15, 2019
Setting Slips
Support to create a body of work that draws connections between the artist’s own acceptance of mortality and the reliance of rural Newfoundland and Labrador families living on sub-arctic wildlife. The project will act as an exploration of growth, from fearing death to accepting it, as a tool of necessity and traditional preservation.

Nicholas Aiden Ryan
St. John's
June 1 to August 1, 2018
Support to create a new body of work that investigates how performance, clothing, and textiles influence the construction and perception of identity through the perspective of the LGBTQI community within the visual Newfoundland and Labrador consciousness.

Christine Wight
St. John's
May 15 to September 30, 2018
G is for Ghost-Net
Support to create a series of mixed media works that reflect Newfoundland and Labradorians’ relationship with death through our stories, ego, and storytelling.


Michael Connolly
St. John's
May 15 to November 15, 2018
Painting Georgian Bay
Support to create a series of new oil paintings that will explore the iconic Georgian Bay, ON landscape.

Janet Davis
June 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019
Support to create a new series of work including textiles, oil paintings, and printmaking inspired by underwater photographs and videos.  These studies will be literal and figurative investigations of what is not obvious from the ocean's surface and what lies hidden underneath?

Wesley Harris
Corner Brook
June 15 to December 31, 2018
Mentor + Metalsmith - the Silver Art of Arthur Brecken and Wesley Harris
Support for the tour of the teacher tribute exhibition, Mentor and Metalsmith - the Silver Art of Arthur Brecken and Wesley Harris. This exhibit will travel to Vancouver, near Toronto, and to Halifax. Prior to the tour, the exhibit has been shown in St. John's, and following the tour in early 2019 the exhibit will be shown in Corner Brook.

Philippa Jones
St. John's
May 15, 2018 to April 30, 2019
All points in time are equally real/unreal
Support to create a new body of work for solo exhibition at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in January 2019. The immersive exhibition includes sculpture, large scale drawings, and interactive elements. The work focuses on the limits of our perception of time along with the nature of life and death if time is infinite. This work will also be exhibited in Saskatchewan in summer 2019.

Alli Johnston
Corner Brook
May 15 to August 20, 2018
Under the Surface
Support to create and present nine watercolour paintings for the 2018 Writers at Woody Point art show.  The new works will explore the plants and animals living in the waters of Bonne Bay, NL.

Maria Martinez
St. John's
August 1, 2018 to March 15, 2019
Brush (working title)
Support to create a video and sculptural installation and interactive performance to be exhibited at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery from January 19 to April 7, 2019. The work investigates the profound complexities of domestic relationships and intimacy.

Rhonda Pelley
St. John's
June 1 to November 1, 2018
TAROT NL Support to create TAROT NL.  This new work will lead to creation of a complete deck of tarot card collages that reflect on the history, culture, politics, and identity of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Terry Doyle
St.  John's
June 1 to November 1, 2018
Support to write a collection of stories about contemporary St. John's in which a cast of characters struggle to maintain pride and self-respect in the shadow of austerity.

David Quinton
St. John's
June 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019
Jessie's Book - a Family Memoir
Support to write Jessie's Book - a Family Memoir based on a collection of photographs and historic materials from the late Ms. Jessie Quinton Morgan and others from the Bonavista Peninsula.

Susie Taylor
Harbour Grace
May 15 to November 15, 2018
Waking Ruby
Support to complete the first draft of the novel manuscript called Waking Ruby. The new novel revolves around the lives of a group of art students from divergent backgrounds and personal bonds of friendship but also toxic and dangerous interactions when personal and professional lines are blurred.


Bridget Canning
St. John's
July 1 to December 31, 2018
Three is the Most Beautiful Colour
Support to complete research and write the first draft for the novel, Three is the Most Beautiful Colour.  The work is a contemporary fiction with sci-fi and historical elements focussing on the theme of belonging, and for those who don’t - how it can become an elusive state, craved and never satisfied.

Megan Gail Coles
St. John's
May 15 to December 15, 2018
Sophomore Short Story Collection
Support to write a second collection of short stories, currently called Prolonged Adolescence Triggers Zombie Apocalypse.  The new collection will explore the evolving attitudes toward maturity and identity in relation to aging, dating, parenting, and marriage.

Trudy J. Morgan-Cole
St. John's
May 15 to August 30, 2018
A Roll of the Bones
Support to complete research for the first volume of a trilogy of historical novels based around the founding of John Guy's colony at Cupids in 1610.

Jennifer May Newhook
St. John's
May 15 to September 15, 2018
Small Fish
Support for the completion of the novel, Small Fish.  The work is a literary ghost story/suspense/thriller set in a fictional Newfoundland and Labrador community.