ArtsLink seeks to help more artists build their careers in New Brunswick
ArtsLink NB is offering a fee vacation for students who hope to become professional artists. Across the province there was a 37% decline in the number of persons aged 25- 34 working in arts and cultural occupations between 1996 and 2006 while the number across Canada rose by 10%. Young artists represent the future of our sector, and by reaching greater numbers of them through this year’s fee vacation, ArtsLink NB hopes to give new artists a boost through a vulnerable time in their career.
“While our normal fee for students is only $25, we recognize that even this amount may be a barrier for art students. Our hope is that by bringing students in, we’ll be able to demonstrate the value of engaging a professional peer network early on” explains ArtsLink NB director, Gillian Dykeman. “Artists tell us the story of who we are, and in NB, we need to retain the people best equipped to do so. A big part of the push in our programming right now is to give artists the tools they need to succeed right here.”
ArtsLink NB is offering a high-value workshop series this year, FREE for ArtsLink members. While these workshops are great for any artist seeking to better promote their work and support their career, they will be especially beneficial to student artists (register now!) looking for those first steps to take after graduating from their post-secondary training.
Writing for a grant – Clearly explaining your artistic vision to a panel of strangers can be difficult. This workshop improves that skill, and demystifies the application process.
Documenting your work cost effectively – Good images and high quality recordings make for better sales and stronger applications.
Participate in an artist residency – Besides offering dedicated time to produce creative work, residencies help artists to build their networks at national and international scales. They circulate the work of NB artists and help artists to connect with new exhibition and performance opportunities.
Dykeman explains “Our sincere hope is to see an increase in artists working full time in their chosen field. It would be great to have artists participating in the labour force at rates closer to the national average.”*
* “Only 20% of New Brunswick artisans and craftspeople worked full time/full year in 2005 compared to 41% nationally . A vast majority – 83% – of those not working full-time said they would do so if financially feasible.” Campbell, David. Sustaining New Brunswick’s Arts and Culture Workforce. ArtsLink NB. 2014.
“Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada’s Provinces and Territories” Hill Strategies. 2014. http://www.hillstrategies.
With a growing emphasis being placed on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship we are excited to share that UNB and the Atlantic Centre for Creativity are hosting an interdisciplinary conference on creativity this November 16th to 18th and all educators, students, administrators, entrepreneurs, and business leaders are encouraged to attend. In many fields including: creative writing, education, business, science, engineering and entrepreneurship creative skills are being developed to ensure our students and employees will be well equipped to be the thinkers, creators, innovators and entrepreneurs of the future and so this conference is a unique opportunity to learn from one another’s ideas, experiences and research.
This conference features three keynotes: Dr.Susan Chichton, the Director of the Centre for Innovation and Learning at UBC, Dr. Marjan Eggermont, a Design Engineer and Visual Artist from The University of Calgary and Nora Young, the CBC Radio Host of Spark – A program on the Impact of New Technology. There are also over 50 presentations and workshops on such topics as new media, composition, design thinking, social innovation, entrepreneurship, creative capacity building and more. Centres such as the Pond Despande Centre are featuring problem-solving workshops for entrepreneurs, and other centres of innovation are presenting on the latest research on creativity and its relevance in today’s economy.
There is a special welcome reception and music event on Thursday evening in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s new Pavilion, and two full days of sessions/events as well as a creative showcase on the Friday evening featuring performances by NB artists and performers.
We would greatly appreciate your participation in this conference and hope you will encourage others to take part.
The deadline for registering is Nov.10th but we hope participants will register as soon as possible.
The conference poster is attached, which has the link to the website, registration and the program details.
Two exceptional novels by first-time authors, Jocelyn Parr’s Uncertain Weights and Measures and Michael Kaan’s The Water Beetles, are named finalists for Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards in fiction!
Uncertain Weights and Measures takes place in the heady days of post-Revolution Russia. Jocelyn Parr vividly captures the atmosphere of 1920s Moscow and the frisson of real-life events while also spinning a captivating tale of a love torn apart by ideology and high-stakes politics in this deftly written novel. Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels marvels at Parr’s characters that “seem to move under the surface of the page—breathing, changing, flawed, and resilient.”
Michael Kaan’s The Water Beetles is “a literary high wire act” (Toronto Star) set in China following the Japanese invasion. Loosely based on the diaries and stories of the author’s father, this mesmerizing tale vividly captures the horror of war through the eyes of a child with unsettling and unerring grace. The Georgia Straight describes it as “a work of lasting power.”
Kaan and Parr will read from their novels at a special evening devoted to the Governor General’s Literary Awards fiction finalists on Monday, October 23, at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto during the International Festival of Authors. Other books shortlisted for the fiction award include Alison MacLeod’s All the Beloved Ghosts (Penguin Canada), Kathleen Winter’s Lost in September (Knopf Canada), and Joel Thomas Hynes’sWe’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night (HarperCollins Canada).
Winners will be announced in Ottawa on November 1.
2017 Critic-in-Residence: Brane Kovič
Wednesday, November 1 to Wednesday, November 8, 2017
The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Art Critic Residency Program was established by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in 2015 to advance visual arts criticism and journalism in the development and appreciation of contemporary art in New Brunswick. To date, the Gallery has featured Edgar Allen Beem, an award-winning freelance journalist from Maine and former art critic for Maine Times and the Portland Independent, and Stephanie Buhmann, a New York/Berlin art critic whose recent books include “New York Studio Conversations: Seventeen Women Talk About Art” and “Berlin Studio Conversations – Twenty Women Talk About Art”. During their residencies, both Beem and Buhmann visited several New Brunswick artists in their studios, gave a public talk or moderated a panel discussion, gave an art writing workshop, and wrote an article on their observations/insights on the province’s art scene for the Gallery’s visual arts journal “Billie: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture”.
For 2017, the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Art Critic Residency Program will feature independent art critic and curator Brane Kovič from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Along with extensive experience working with many museums and galleries in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and elsewhere, Kovič has lectured at several universities and presented papers at various international congresses and symposia, including in Rennes, Barcelona, Dublin, Vienna, Madrid, Paris, Strasbourg, Belgrade, Zagreb, and Dubrovnik. He has written major essays and monographs on many national and international contemporary artists and photographers, including Giorgio Celiberti, Jeanloup Sieff, Helmut Newton, Jannis Kounellis, Ivan Picelj, Sam Taylor-Wood, David Tremlett, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Sergio Colussa, Paolo Minoli, Kazumasa Mizokami, and Vladimir Veličković, and has contributed numerous articles and reviews for daily papers, art magazines and other media.
Kovič studied Art History and French at the University of Ljubljana, aesthetics at Université Paris I Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and semiotics at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He is fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Croatian and Serbian, and also speaks German and Portuguese.
For seven years, Kovič regularly organized and curated an international workshop in Medana, Slovenia, which involved the participation of artists and critics from various parts of the world, and since 1915 has been involved in Art Circle — Cultural Embassies Project. In 1992, he was co-founder of AICA (International Association Art Critics) Slovenia and was elected its first president. Since then, he has been involved in the work of AICA’s Administrative Council and its commissions; has participated in most AICA congresses during the last 25 years, and served as AICA’s vice-president (2004-2007) and its International’s Secretary General (2010-2014). In 2005, he organized the highly successful annual AICA Congress in Slovenia (Ljubljana & Piran).
Kovič studied Art History and French at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; aesthetics at Université Paris I Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne; and semiotics at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. Fluent in many languages, including English, French, Italian, Spanish, Croatian and Serbian, he also has a fair knowledge of German and Portuguese, and has translated books and essays on art, photography and cinema by authors Roland Barthes, Michel Chion, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Pierre-Jean Amar, Danièle Granet & Catherine Lamour, Gianni Rondolino, Briony Fer, and others.
Kovič’s residency in New Brunswick will take place from Wednesday, November 1 to Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Along with visiting artists in their studios, he will be a participant in “Going Critical “, a multidisciplinary Forum aimed at engaging critical art discourse in the Atlantic region. The Forum is organized by ArtsLink NB and scheduled to take place in Sackville, NB, from November 3 to 5.
This program is organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and made possible with a grant from the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation.
The dark imagery of Stephen King meets the catastrophic world of The Walking Dead.
October 12-22, 2017 at the Open Space Theatre, 55 Whiting Road, Fredericton
(Fredericton) Theatre New Brunswick will take audiences on a cross-Canada adventure steeped in mystery as they kick off a new season with the world premiere production, Fortune of Wolves.
Inspired by playwright Ryan Griffith’s love for his home province and his deep fascination with elements of mystery and the unknown, Fortune of Wolves is a coming-of-age story at a most unfortunate time.
“Fortune of Wolves is the story of a young Maritimer who decides to travel across the country after the death of his grandmother,” said TNB artistic director Thomas Morgan Jones. “Obsessed with sound recordings, he plans to interview strangers along the way. During this journey, the world changes and people begin disappearing. As the world becomes a barren landscape, we see the plot develop and experience the change in the world through all of the characters he meets.”
Each performance of Fortune of Wolves will follow a slightly different narrative as the story plays out through several Canadian communities. The play’s structure is designed in such a way as to welcome new voices and characters into each performance with actors actually rolling dice prior each show to determine which characters the audience will meet. And with more than 60 characters in total, there are more than a million possible performances. No two performances will be the same!
For this production, the company is pleased to welcome returning actor Graham Percy (The Boat/Beaverbrook) and happy to introduce Carlos Gonzalez-Vio, Kimwun Perehinec, and Michaela Washburn to New Brunswick audiences.
“The play’s story takes place over thirteen months, and each month has seven monologues or sections,” said Jones. “This means there is over nine hours of material. Each night the final production will be just shy of three hours. That means that these four remarkable actors will be carrying all of these stories inside them, and will be adapting the story and the production on a nightly basis. To rehearse ten minutes of the show, we ultimately rehearse over an hour of material. The trust and complete abandon of the company of artists in the room (actors, designers, and stage management) is truly humbling.”
Through support received from ArtsNB, Griffith was able to travel to more than 50 communities through New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and into Central Canada to observe and collect the character traits and regional dialects that would come to shape the play’s diverse cast of characters making this work a truly Canadian story.
“It is touching, personal, and a masterpiece of new Canadian playwriting,” said Jones. “It’s one of the single most challenging and artistically rich processes I have ever been a part of.”
Simply put, Fortune of Wolves is one of the most engaging and daring works in the company’s 49 year history, and a play you won’t want to miss.
Fortune of Wolves opens October 12 and runs until October 22 at the Open Space Theatre in Fredericton. The production will then tour the province with performances in Bathurst, Miramichi, Moncton, Sackville, St. Andrews, Saint John and Woodstock.
Tennessee Williams Classic Tours Province
Saint John Theatre Company preparing another outreach tour of a classic
The Saint John Theatre Company (SJTC) plans to launch its Studio Series with the timeless drama The Glass Menagerie. The Tennessee Williams piece will tour to St Stephen, Sussex and Riverview following its five day run in Saint John at the BMO Studio Theatre.
A free student performance as well as a public evening performance will be offered in each touring location.
The SJTC has toured works for the past few years throughout the Province and recently completed a successful run of its adaptation of An Enemy of the People to audiences in Konstanz Germany. “It is our goal to select touring pieces that are not only thought-provoking to the public but also engaging to students,” adds Artistic Director Stephen Tobias. “We are pleased to be able to offer most of our touring works to High Schools at no cost to the students.”
The SJTC was proud to offer free performances of The Diary of Anne Frank and Of Mice and Men to over 2,000 students across the Province. “I had the pleasure of taking my grade 10 English class to see The Diary of Anne Frank last fall. My students were completely enthralled and, following the performance…,” adds Tracy Lutz, a teacher at SJHS. “The effect the experience had on my class, I think, was immense. Not only did it introduce many of them to theatre for the first time, the experience also allowed us as a class to have an in-depth discussion about hate, courage, integrity, and individual and global responsibility.”
Support for The Glass Menagerie and other SJTC education initiatives has been provided by TD, the Province of New Brunswick, BMO, The Pannell Family Foundation, The Canadian Lebanese Association and Anglophone South School District.
Tickets on sale September 21st in all locations. The Glass Menagerie ticket and location information:
Saint John – The BMO Studio Theatre, Oct 17-21. Tickets $27.50, student $15.www.ticketpro.ca (on sale now)
St Stephen – St Stephen High School, Oct 24. Tickets $25, student $10.www.ticketpro.ca (on sale now) or Stuart’s Gifts (available Sept 21)
Sussex – Sussex Regional High School, Oct 26. Tickets $25, student $10.www.ticketpro.ca (on sale now) or Morris Music (available Sept 21)
Based on the recommendation of a five-person professional jury, the Board of Directors of the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation announces that Herménégilde Chiasson has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Strathbutler Award. Mr. Chiasson joins a celebrated list of Strathbutler artists whose work has enriched the cultural fabric of New Brunswick.
In recommending the 2017 recipient, jurors David Balzar, Victoria Henry, Aaron Milrad, Amélie Proulx and Tom Smart lauded both Mr. Chiasson’s accomplishments as a visual artist and his sustained advocacy work for the cultural life of the province.“We are happy to recommend Herménégilde Chiasson for the 2017 Strathbutler award in honour of a profoundly significant body of work. While we recognise the strength of many nominees, we are particularly impressed with the breadth and sophistication of Chiasson’s work, as well as its acknowledgement of, and advocacy for Acadian histories. In addition to Mr. Chiasson’s contributions to the province as a leader and a mentor, he has paved the way for subsequent generations of New Brunswick artists.”
Nominator Thaddeus Holowniadescribes Chiasson as a “Renaissance Man…a role model, an intellect, a passionate creator and a humble man whose accomplishments reach far beyond the regional art world.” Beginning with his first professional exhibition in 1967, Chiasson embarked on a multi-faceted career in arts. He holds Bachelor degrees from the University of Moncton and Mount Allison; Masters degrees from the Sorbonne, Ecole National Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris and the State University of New York as well as a PhD from the Université de Paris (Sorbonne). A painter, a filmmaker, playwright, photographer, and writer, Chiasson pushes the limits of all disciplines avoiding the promotion of any particular style in favour of curiosity and research in his eclectic practice. With over 150 exhibitions in major galleries, Chiasson has had a rich career as a visual artist. Equally, he is a teacher and statesman. He has served arts organizations provincially and nationally and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. In his tenure as Lieutenant-Governor of the province his advocacy for the arts has enlightened the province’s appreciation and understanding of the value of arts. As noted by John Leroux in his nomination of Mr. Chiasson for the Strathbutler “Herménégilde Chiasson embodies the spirit of an individual who has achieved excellence in his field of visual art and who has made a substantial contribution to the province of New Brunswick”
Continuing a tradition established by the foundation’s founder, Sheila Mackay, the newest recipient of the Strathbutler award will be recognised at a public celebration. The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mr. Chiasson will be presented with the award on October 20 at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre in conjunction with the opening of a retrospective exhibition of his work.