Residencies, initiatives, and programs

Residencies, initiatives, and programs

Fogo Island Arts

Kate Newby, Let the other thing in, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Hopkinson Cundy, Auckland.
March 1, 2013
Residencies, initiatives, and programs

Fogo Island Arts
Highway 334 – Suite 100
P.O. Box 102 – JBS
Fogo Island, NL A0G 2X0

T +1 709 266 1083 ex 112
F +1 709 266 1089

Fogo Island Arts and its parent organization, the Shorefast Foundation, believe that the arts play a key role in helping to secure the future sustainability of Fogo Island and Change Islands, located off the northeast coast of Newfoundland in Canada.

Led by Strategic Director Nicolaus Schafhausen, Fogo Island Arts pursues this vision with a multifaceted approach.

Fogo Island Arts Residencies provide opportunities for artists and thinkers from a wide range of disciplines to live and work on Fogo Island for varying periods of time. All artists-in-residence live in heritage houses and work in one of four off-the-grid studios designed by architect Todd Saunders. Situated at different locations around the island, the studios and artists’ homes help connect artists-in-residence with the day-to-day lives of the Island’s local communities. 

Artists-in-residence often undertake collaborations with Island residents. Recent projects have included films made with the participation of Fogo Islanders, and international designers and local craftspeople working together to create furniture designs informed by Outport ways of life. In many cases, these Design Initiatives are a source of income generation for artists, designers and the Island’s communities, helping to fulfill the social enterprise mission of the Shorefast Foundation and Fogo Island Arts. 

Selected artists-in-residence present their work in the Fogo Island Gallery. A purpose-built 1200 square foot contemporary art space, the Gallery is housed in the Fogo Island Inn, opening in March 2013 with an exhibition by the New Zealand artist Kate Newby. Exhibitions at the Gallery provide an important opportunity for artists toshare their work with the local community and international audiences. Our Publications program, created in collaboration with Sternberg Press (Berlin) creates a further discursive context for Gallery exhibitions. 

The Fogo Island Dialogues are a roving series of conferences, held on Fogo Island and other locations. Featuring leading thinkers in their respective fields, the Dialogues address critical questions faced by the global community in the 21st century. The initial series of conferences, scheduled for July 2013, looks at the topic of “the livelihood and renewal of remote communities.”  

Fogo Island Cinema presents film screenings related to various initiatives on the island. Using film to bring communities together and foster discussion has deep roots on Fogo Island and Change Islands. The National Film Board of Canada (NFB), an important partner for Fogo Island Arts, is a pioneer in the use of participatory media to initiate community dialogue. 

What’s known today as the Fogo Process was an NFB project carried out in the late 1960s, in partnership with the Fogo Island Improvement Committee and Memorial University. Interviews with Fogo Island and Change Islands residents, focusing on the problems facing their communities, were filmed and subsequently used to foster dialogue amongst themselves and with government officials. Today, the Fogo Process is recognized around the world as a model for the way media can be used to promote the exchange of ideas leading to social change.

The spirit of the Fogo Process continues with the Fogo Island Arts Education program. Educational initiatives include art and filmmaking workshops for Island residents of all ages, led by artists-in-residence and other educational professionals associated with Fogo Island Arts. 
Important dates:

Fogo Island GalleryExhibitions
Kate Newby: March 21–June 2
Kevin Schmidt: June 27–September 8
Zin Taylor: September 26–December 8
Silke Otto-Knapp: December 23–March 9, 2014

Performance / Discussion Forum
Lucy Pawlak and The Institute of Immaterialism present:
Arriving Without Leaving (Guaranteed Happy Ending) Researching Critical Distance in Augmented Reality
March, 27, 6:30–8:30pm Toronto, 8–10pm Fogo Island
Experiments in video conferencing co-hosted by Fogo Island Arts and Art Metropole, Toronto.
For more information contact [email protected]

Fogo Island Dialogues
“Belonging to a Place”
Fogo Island Arts, Fogo Island
11–13, 2013

Call for Proposals
For its 2013–14 residencies, Fogo Island Arts is seeking proposals from curators for projects to be presented within the context of the organization’s Education Program. For more information contact [email protected]. Deadline: June 1, 2013, for residencies starting September 1st, 2013.

Further Information:

Press Contact:
+ 1 206 266 1083
[email protected]




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