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St. John’s, NL | January 31, 2019
The Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador is proud to announce four Craft Residencies happening in Newfoundland this winter. Three will take place in Gros Morne, in Norris Point and Woody Point; with another on the Bonavista Peninsula in Port Union, between January and March of 2019.
The Craft Residency Program is now in its sixth year, with continued success. The residencies consist of a work period of approximately one month each, which allows studio time for the development of the resident’s own work. In addition, a workshop, a school visit, an artist talk and mentoring opportunities for local craftspeople will form part of the craftsperson’s stay.
Olivia Ball, originally from the UK, now living and working in Cape Breton, will be in Norris Point in January-February at the Julia Ann Walsh Heritage Centre. Olivia’s work during her residency surrounds memory, community, collective experiences, and methods of communicating these themes using traditional textile skills.
Larry Weyand, a textile artist from Montreal now living in St. John’s, will be in Woody Point at the Artist in Residence in February-March. Larry’s residency will focus on the development of research on the history of rug making in the province, and the healing nature of craft in remote communities.
Serena Partridge, travelling from North Yorkshire in the UK, is a textile artist and will be in Woody Point in March. Serena’s residency aims to focus on the links between Newfoundland & North Yorkshire, specifically through the use of maps and mapping and the history of Captain James Cook, who was from North Yorkshire.
Lynn Taylor, travelling from New Zealand, will be the Port Union Resident, and be there during March working out of the Coaker Factory using the print shop there. Also from a ‘New Land’, Lynn will be working on historical/nautical research projects, specifically researching the connections between islands so far apart, but which have many similarities. Register for Lynn’s workshop Poetics of Place online here. She is also offering a free artist presentation in St. John’s at St. Michael’s Printshop on March 10, 2019 from 4-6pm.
The Craft Council is pleased with the support for this project that continues to be provided by governments at both federal and provincial levels, as well as the support from the Creative Gros Morne and Parks Canada. Without who, this project would not be possible.
The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador is a member-based organization that works to maximize the artistic and economic potential of the craft community of the province.
Rachel Anstey, Communications Director