Eastern Edge

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Eastern Edge Gallery is an artist-run centre based in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Eastern Edge Gallery was established in 1984 as the first artist-run centre in the province. In 1987, it moved out of the LSPU Hall in to Flavin St, where City Building inspectors posted "stop-occupancy orders." Eastern Edge Gallery moved to its current Harbour Dr. location on November 5, 1988.[1]

Eastern Edge promotes contemporary art and practices, supporting both established and emerging artists through exhibition opportunities, performances, screenings, panel discussions, and special programming.

In addition, the ARC founded HOLD FAST Contemporary Arts Festival; the province’s first and longest running festival dedicated to contemporary art.[2] In 2017 Eastern Edge launched Identify: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts and Culture, "to create space for Indigenous voices and expression, bringing together Indigenous arts and culture professionals from the theatre, film, literature, visual, culinary and textile art communities of Newfoundland and Labrador while giving time and space to reinforce their history and current experience."[3] Eastern Edge Gallery is also the home of the Rogue Gallery, which supports projects by artists who have a connection to Newfoundland and Labrador.

An influential director of Eastern Edge was Mary Florence MacDonald, who held the role of Executive Director between 2012 and 2015. To continue the legacy of MacDonald, Eastern Edge helps to facilitate initiatives of the Mary MacDonald Foundation, which supports independent curatorial initiatives.

As of March 2018, the current Director of Eastern Edge is Philippa Jones, Daniel Rumboldt is Assistant Director, and Hannah Morgan is Fundraising and Outreach Coordinator.

Exhibitions in Eastern Edge's main space have presented the work of Meagan Musseau, Logan MacDonald, Emily Jan, Marcia Huyer, Bushra Junaid, Jane Walker, Vivian Ross-Smith, Heather Goodchild, Naomi Yasui, Jordan Bennett, and Ursula Johnson.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gabriella Estrada and Mary MacDonald. "Eastern Edge Gallery 1984 - 2009: Time After Timeline Project" (Prepared on the occasion of the gallery’s twenty-fifth anniversary January 2010)
  2. ^ http://easternedge.ca/hold-fast/about-the-festival/
  3. ^ "Identify: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts and Culture". easternedge.ca. March 23, 2018. Archived from the original on 20 April 2018. Retrieved 2018-03-23.