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CARFAC National 2009 annual conference

Co-hosted by VANL-CARFAC

May 29 – 31, St. John’s, Newfoundland

The theme of this year’s conference, Art in the Margins, examines isolation in relation to an artist’s practice. Does isolation have its advantages? What are the different forms it can take? The conference features two presentations with artists Shawna Dempsey (Winnipeg, MB), Michael Massie (Kippens, NL), Mario Villeneuve (Whitehorse, YT), Graeme Patterson (Halifax, NS) and Mark Prier (Corner Brook, NL) as speakers; artist Cliff Eyland (Winnipeg, MB) will moderate.

Friday, May 29
2:00- 4:00 pm: Art in the Margins panel discussion, The Rooms, Lecture Theatre (9 Bonaventure Ave)

8:00 – 10:30 pm: Excellence in Visual Arts Awards (EVAs) ceremony and reception, The Rooms Lecture Theatre and Atrium
Winners of the Long Haul Award, Large Year Award, Emerging Artist Award, Kippy Goins Award, and CARFAC National Advocate Award will be announced

* Seating for this event is limited, so if you are interested in attending, please contact Cyril Butler at 738-7303.

10:30 pm: EVA Awards After Party at the Ship Pub (265 Duckworth Street)
Admission: $5

Saturday, May 30
10 am – 12:00 pm: Art in the Margins Artist Talks, The Rooms, Lecture Theatre
12:30 pm – AGM registration
1:00 – 3:00 pm: CARFAC National AGM, The Rooms, Lecture Theatre
*All current members of CARFAC and VANL-CARFAC are welcome and encouraged to attend, to find out more about what we have been up to in the last year!

3:00 – 5:00 pm: VANL-CARFAC AGM
7:00 – 9:00 pm: BBQ and Gallery Block Party (72 Harbour Drive)
BBQ (includes food and drink): $5
* Participating galleries include Eastern Edge Gallery, St. Michael’s Printshop, Harbourside Studio, A1C Gallery and the Leyton Gallery

Sunday, May 31
1:00 – 5:00 pm: Studio Visits with Cliff Eyland
All VANL-CARFAC members are invited to sign up for a short ‘studio visit’ with Cliff Eyland, a visiting artist, curator, gallery director and professor at the University of Manitoba. These visits will be held at the Harbourside Studio, across the hall from Eastern Edge Gallery, 72 Harbour Drive. Please bring digital images of your work on a PC-compatible disk or data card. Visits will be 20 minutes each and are on a first-come, first-served basis, so contact Program Coordinator Cyril Butler as soon as possible to secure your spot. This is a great opportunity – don’t miss out!

For artists in Labrador, funding is available through the Labrador Outreach office of the NLAC for travel to the island to participate – contact Labrador Cultural Outreach Officer Donna Roberts at (709) 896-9565 for details.