August 16, 2017

Eastern Edge Gallery's HOLD FAST Festival is now in its 18th year, and it is the only annual festival dedicated to contemporary art in the province. The past week was  filled to the brim with incredible workshops, talks, and unique events! Here's a look back on those jam-packed days.

Wednesday, August 9th launched the festival with a bang at the Quidi Vidi Brewery, where their incredible beer was served and delicious food...

August 12, 2017

Ray Fenwick led a workshop called "Experimental Conversations" at Eastern Edge Gallery from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on August 11th. It began with participants entering the gallery space and encountering a projection which asked them to take a seat and remain silent until they received further instructions. The presentation then required audience participation through speaking in unison the phrases that appeared on the wall. It was ent...

August 12, 2017

The duo Woven Wires, a collaboration of Vanessa Dion Fletcher and Pearl Marie Salas, led a workshop that taught participants how to write a manifesto. It started with an examination of manifestos they found impactful on their creative practice, which led into a exercise that helped participants consider what their values and passions are. After thoughtful group discussion, these revelations laid the groundwork for manifesto cr...

August 12, 2017

At The Reception (Kiersten Holden-Ada, Zak Miller-Ada, Michael D. McCormack) led the workshop, "Radio Relay" on Friday August 11th that began at The Tool Library! It began with some background into the history of FM Radio and then each participant was given a package of components to build their very own FM transmitter. While building their transmitters, they also participated in recording a story that was pieced together usin...

August 11, 2017

 April White held a workshop called "Body Book" at the Neal Building on Thursday, August 10th, from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Participants warmed up with blind contour drawing exercises, then dove into a tutorial that showed how to create flip books and simple book binding. Everyone created a small series of drawings within the pages of their book, which April turned into an gif using her smartphone and it's camera. Watching our drawing...

August 11, 2017

 Vicky Sabourin gave a workshop called "Fake it/You Rock" at the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday, August 10, from 1 - 3 pm. She invited participants to create felted rock creations from a selection of brightly coloured felt and locally found stones. Everyone left with a fuzzy, handmade creation and the tools to recreate the process on their own. We loved learning how to wet felt and our wool rocks l...

August 8, 2017

Who is organizing HOLD FAST festival this year? Meet the wonderful Hannah Morgan! 

Where are you from? What brought you to St. John's and Eastern Edge? 

I'm from Prince Edward Island! I grew up in a little community, Marshfield,  in an old farm house and my family still lives there today! It's home. Coming to St. John's was a bit of a quick decision. While doing grad studies at Concordia I was apart of the Indigenous Art Researc...

August 7, 2017

When you're not making art, what are three things you might be found doing?

Summer answer: swimming, watching tv/reading, taking my cat to the park

Do you have any secret talents?

I’m quite good at sleeping in, I know the script to all Hollywood romantic comedies, I can remember numbers and number combinations quite well, I can clean my bedroom and make it messy again in less than two hours, budgeting…

If you could choose any arti...

August 6, 2017

Woven Wires is a collaboration between Vanessa Dion Fletcher and Pearl Marie Salas. 

Where are you visiting St. John's from? 

V: Toronto Ontario 

P: Denver, Colorado 

When you're not making art, what are three things you might be found doing? 

V: Riding my bike.  Spending time with friends and family, 

P: Attending local music events, catching up any overly dramatic tv shows (guilty pleasure), and playing with with my...

August 5, 2017

Where are you visiting St. John's from? Where is your home base?

Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

When you're not making art, what are three things you might be found doing?

This summer it would be: 1) Hanging out with my two young children, Cooper and Freja, (probably at the wading pool) 2) Skateboarding bowls with other not-young, easily hurt friends 3) Working at a local Artist Run Centre called PLATFORM.  

Do you have any secret talents?


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