… chosen for their promise to make a meaningful contribution to the growth of visual arts …
In 2017, SHMF invited applications for projects that would enhance the infrastructure of organizations serving the visual arts in New Brunswick. Selected on the recommendation of an independent assessment panel, the following projects have been chosen for their promise to make a meaningful contribution to the growth of visual arts in the province.
Restigouche Regional Museum Association
The town of Dalhousie has acquired a decommissioned courthouse and is establishing a museum complex on site. Under the leadership of Ann Babin, a new cultural programming centre “Le Studio” is being created in response to the work done by Symposium Baie de Chaleur. SHMF will provide financial support to assist in establishment of a resource centre to support the needs of artists in the north-eastern regions of New Brunswick.
Andrew and Laura McCain Art Studio’s River Arts Centre
Creation of a pre-professional Print Making Studio is a developmental goal of the River Art Centre and Studios founded in 2014. Providing infrastructure to support artist practices in the Saint John River Valley area has been identified as a need by the Director and curator, Jennifer Stead “ A significant goal for the Studio is to support the artistic growth and development of our art students, emerging and professional artists alike through an artist in residence program and by offering a varied and professional facility for artistic exploration and production” .The Sheila grant is dedicated to the acquisition of an etching press and associated equipment for printmaking capability.
Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre
As the principal exhibition and community art center of Charlotte County, Sunbury Shores continues to invest in studios for creation and education. In 2017, a new kiln and secure storage facilities were identified as key priorities for the continuing evolution of artist studios at the centre. SHMF is pleased to support this project, which will enhance the centre’s capacity to offer advanced capabilities in ceramic art for local and visiting artists. Board Chair Caroline Davies explained that Sunbury Shores continues to extend the long history of arts and craft education.
Charlotte Street Arts Centre
The creation of a fully accessible Community Arts Room to serve as the hub of CSAC’s community outreach program is a key element in a current expansion and upgrade to the historic school building. SHMF is proud to sponsor this important element of renewal led by Executve Director, Jared Peters.
Third Space Artist Run Centre
Funding is being provided to assist in the creation of a workshop/exhibition space for this 15 year old artist run centre in Saint John. The jury praised the collective’s sustained efforts in programming despite the lack of a permanent location. The recent strategic partnership with ArtsLinkNB has allowed the group to acquire a home base for artist programs and residencies. SHMF is proud to assist this vibrant collective in its evolution as a centre of excellence.
A 2017 Sheila Grant to ArtsLink is dedicated to augmenting the technical capabilities of this provincial advocacy group. Executive Director Gillian Dykeman explains “ArtsLink NB is purchasing professional documentation equipment for member use. This equipment both supports our upcoming Start to Finish professional development workshop series, and expands our capacity to support artists’ needs. By making it available for artist members to borrow, this equipment will help them to best represent their artistic output when applying for opportunities or showcasing their work.”
The Board of Directors is grateful for the professional advice and recommendations of the following members of a 2017 review and selection committee: Marc Braithewaite, President NBCCD; Rosalind Rosenfeld, writer, critic and ARC organizer; Maurice Henri, photographer and arts community builder; Kelly Evans, Executive Director of the Greater Saint John Community Foundation and Elizabeth O’Hara, deputy mayor of Quispamsis.