Advocacy Projects

2018  Association of  NB Art Centre Directors

From 2018 through to the present, SHMF is a proud supporter of a  pan-provincial networking initiative bringing together nine community based New Brunswick art centres  directors. Linked by their common principles of being cultural stewards, these leaders are working together to collaborate on fiscal strategies to sustain the important contributions of the regional art centres of the province.  They have established an association to share ideas and opportunities in delivering quality progamming, offering professional exhibition experiences and advocating for inclusivity through art.  Funding is being  made available to this collective to support the growth of a lasting professional association.

SHMF takes an active role in fostering collaboration and dialogue in the New Brunswick art community. Arts administrators, curators and donors play a vital role in providing vision, organization and management of cultural assets.   By promoting networking events, SHMF seeks to foster working relationships that will result in growth and development.


The Board of Directors of the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation congratulates the ongoing work of directors at:

Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery – Florenceville
AX – Sussex
Aberdeen Cultural Centre – Moncton
Centre des arts et de la culture de Dieppe
Centre des arts d’Edmunston
Centre culturel de Kent Sud – Buctouche
Charlotte Street Arts Centre – Fredericton
Saint John Arts Centre – Saint John
Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre – St. Andrews

Jack Weldon Humphrey Forum 2013

humphrey-portrait-enNamed in honour of Saint John based painter, Jack Weldon Humphrey, this forum continues the national conversation Humphrey helped establish in the 1940’s about visual art in Canada, The second section is a wide ranging discussion considering the climate of contemporary art in Canada. A panel of well known national leaders will respond to Mr. Landry’s proposition … more

East of There 2013

East of There: Saint John 2013

East of There: Saint John 2013

– a collaborative bilingual conference held by the Atlantic Provinces Art Gallery Association (APAGA), the Atlantic region artist-run centres Association(AARCA) and the nationally based Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference /Conference des collectives et des centres d’artistes autogéres (ARCCC-CCCAA) and the Association des groups en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF) . Representatives from more than 30 public galleries, artist run centres and cultural centres from all four Atlantic provinces met to exchange information and to discuss common concerns … more

Symposium Strathbutler 2010

symposium-frenchIn conjunction with the 20th anniversary celebration of the Strathbutler Award, the Board of Directors of the Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation was proud to present a two day symposium dedicated to examin the current state of the visual arts in New Brunswick. The SHMF is mandated to promote excellence in the visual arts of New Brunswick and this symposium was to provide guidance in our continuing stewardship of Sheila MacKay’s legacy to the province of New Brunswick … more