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ArtsNL - Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
ArtsNL fosters and promotes the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.
ArtsNL fosters and promotes the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.


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Call for Submissions: 2018 BMO Winterset Award

ArtsNL would like to inform publishers that itis actively accepting submissions for the 2018 BMO Winterset Award.

The award encourages and promotes excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing. It was established in 2000 by author and journalist Richard Gwyn. It honours the memory of his late wife, Sandra Fraser Gwyn who was a social historian, prize-winning author, and passionate promoter of Newfoundland and Labrador arts. Winterset was the name of the historic house on Winter Avenue in St. John’s where she grew up. In 2010 BMO Financial Group partnered with ArtsNL and the Sandra Fraser Gwyn Foundation to sponsor the award.

A long list of six authors/titles will be announced mid-February. Three finalists will be announced in advance of the presentation of the award, in March 2019. The winner of the 2018 BMO Winterset Award will receive a prize amount of $12,500 and the two finalists will receive $3,000 each.

Literary works in any genre (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, published drama etc.) written by native-born Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, or residents of the province, are eligible for consideration. Works must have been published in 2018; submissions must be made by a publisher by December 31, 2018, and must include four non-returnable copies of each submitted work.

c/o Reg Winsor, Executive Director
1 Springdale Street
P.O. Box 98
St. John’s, NL A1C 5H5

For questions and information, visit or contact ArtsNL at 726-2212 or toll free 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only).
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School Touring Program grants announced

October 4, 2018 (St. John’s) – ArtsNL has awarded $75,000 in grants to five projects through the School Touring Program for the 2018-2019 school year.
The School Touring Program (STP) awards grants to professional artists and groups, and not-for-profit arts organizations working in a variety of artistic disciplines. They tour to schools across the province bringing high-quality artistic performances and workshops that enhance or support various aspects of the school curriculum.

“The School Touring Program supports professional artists from Newfoundland and Labrador who create significant tours for kindergarten to grade 12 students in schools. The tours have been developed and honed by professional artists and work with the schools to ensure students have a unique and engaging experience,” says Reginald Winsor, executive director of ArtsNL. “This year, multiple school tours will take place in a number of Labrador communities, as well as throughout Newfoundland, that will encourage students to explore professional arts through writing, filmmaking, theatre, puppetry, and a broad range of musical styles and instruments. Through these tours and workshops, students not only gain an appreciation for the professional arts, they also develop creativity and confidence, by finding their voice and celebrating tangible accomplishments.”

The School Touring Program is a partnership between ArtsNL and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Education and Early Childhood Development through its Cultural Connections Strategy. This program seeks to increase the presence of cultural content in the school curriculum and foster links between the arts and school communities.

Tours will take place throughout Newfoundland and Labrador from October 2018 to June 2019.

For a complete list of grant recipients and project descriptions, please visit

Media Contact:
Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer, ArtsNL
Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203
Toll-free: 1 (866) 726-2212

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.
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NEW on the ArtsNL WEBSITE: Lois Brown is an established multidisciplinary artist with a large body of work, to which she is constantly adding new material, or expanding by building upon her existing creative content. She is a strong collaborative member of the professional arts community, often working as a choreographer or dramaturg for the projects of others, and recently directed Perchance Theatre’s production of Our Eliza. Brown is the writer/director of her highly successful show When the Angel of Death says? How are you…, creatively staged in a hospital. Originally titled papers improvisation, her new show is called I Am a Genius. Central to improvisation in the show is an old dictionary that belonged to her father, which she inherited after he died of dementia. Stories about things like her father, dementia and Salvador Dali are weaved through – creating a connection between art, genius, patience, and the behaviour of the inanimate objects. With the Festival of New Dance 2018 already in step, we chat with Lois to learn more about her upcoming performance on October 4 at the LSPU Hall at 8pm …

Lois Brown received a grant for $7,500 from the Professional Project Grants Program. Learn more now at
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Silver Wolf Band is a trio of folk-rockers from Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador that originally formed in 2007. All three of its founding members – Matthew Barrett, along with Jamie and Justin Jackman who are brothers - were raised in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, though Matthew is originally from St. John’s, and Justin was born in Hopedale. The band’s first release was an EP called Jam the Blues released in 2010, and now they’re back with a full length album called A Pocket Full of Rocks that’s thoughtful and deeply steeped in their Labrador roots. Produced and engineered by David Goudie, the album has earned them a MusicNL Rock Artist of the Year nomination and they will perform an upcoming showcase set at MusicNL week. With album promotion in full swing, we chat with Silver Wolf Band’s Jamie Jackman to learn more about their latest recording and upcoming performances …

Silver Wolf Band received a grant for $9,346 from the Professional Project Grants Program.

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New on the ArtsNL website: Unpossible NL – Unpossible Podcast Challenge

Unpossible NL was founded in December 2015 with the objective of serving as a coordinating group for the annual RPM Challenge in Newfoundland and Labrador. As of 2017, the RPM Challenge was responsible for catalyzing the creation of over 1,000 album recordings since 2008. Since its establishment, the Unpossible NL group has broadened its horizons to include a number of different community engagement arts-based projects including The Stand-Up Challenge, Band Off, and now, the Podcast Challenge. The issued challenge to all? Produce three episodes of a new podcast for the month of September. The resulting Podcast Jam will be free, and aims to assist the development of creative audio by the removal of barriers for newcomers to the art form. With the challenge in full swing, we chat with UnpossibleNL’s Elling Lien to learn more about the Podcast Challenge …

Unpossible NL received a grant for $4,577 from the Community Arts Program. Learn more now at
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NOTICE: Current session of Professional Artists’ Travel Fund exhausted

Funds allocated to the Professional Artists’ Travel Fund (PATF) for travel from August 1 to November 30, 2018 have been exhausted.

Access to the PATF application on the ArtsNL Online Application System will be temporarily disabled.

The PATF operates on a four month cycle. The next funding cycle, awarding $10,000 in total, will support travel from December 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. It is recommended that applications be submitted at least four weeks prior to departure if possible.

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The call for the Professional Project Grants Program is open; Deadline: Monday, September 17! Be sure to watch the program overview video ( covering eligibility & application requirements and/or the application walk through video taking you through the new Online Application System (
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Curious to learn more about ArtsNL's Annual Operating Program for Professional Arts Organizations? Check out this program overview video with our Program Manager Ken Murphy. In it he covers program guidelines, eligibility criteria, the online application process and more! #nlarts
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The next deadline for the Community Arts Program is Monday, October 1, and we now have two on demand videos to take you through the application process using the new Online Application System!
Application Walk-through:
Program Overview:
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As the province’s only professional classical theatre company, Perchance Theatre sees itself as having a vital artistic, social, and educational role. They strive to create audience experiences in an essentially classic theatre, found in the most surprising of settings coupled with one of a kind professional development opportunities for theatrical professionals. Perchance is on a mission to reinvigorate the average audience member’s interest in classical works by inventively presenting epic stories with precision, imagination, and excellent technique. Perchance also works to foster the creation of new material for the stage, and supports Newfoundland and Labrador playwrights through its 400 Years and Counting series. With the production season in full swing, we chat with Perchance Theatre’s artistic director Danielle Irvine to learn more about the theatre company …

Perchance Theatre received a grant for $15,000 from the Sustaining Program for Professional Arts Organizations.

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