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Art is about ideas, and the experience can be enriched through discussion. Artists and others will discuss themes that arise from the Biennale artworks.


Thursday, August 17, 7:00 p.m.
Coaker Foundation, Port Union
Artists: Catherine Blackburn, Marlene Creates, Peter Von Tiesenhausen


Sunday, August 20, 2:00-5:30 p.m. Trinity

Most Holy Trinity Church, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Artist: Sara Angelucci—Participatory birdsong performance

Lester-Garland House, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Artist: Elizabeth McIntosh—Painting exhibition

The Twine Loft, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Musician: Pamela Morgan Host: Marieke Gow


Thursday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.
Duntara Hall, Duntara
Folklorist: Peggy Bulger
Artist: Pam Hall


Thursday, August 31, 7:30 p.m.
Fish Store at Ryan Premises, Bonavista
Architect: Robert Mellin
Built Heritage Consultant: John Norman, Bonavista Living


Thursday, September 7, 5:00 p.m.
Port Rexton Brewing Co.,Port Rexton
Writer and Curator Gloria Hickey discusses tattoos in the work of Ned Pratt.



Note that some workshops have limited capacity and require sign-up in advance. Sign-up is by email only. Send your request to Include “Sign-up” in the subject line and the event name and date in your email. We will respond to all requests with confirmation or position on the waiting list.

All workshops are free.

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THE KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE: An Interactive Community Project

Monday, August 21 to Sunday, August 27, noon-5:00 p.m., with artist Pam Hall
Monday, August 28 to Sunday, August 31, noon-5:00 p.m., on-site host TBC

Keels Community Hall, Keels

While in residence in Keels with her on-going project Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge, artist Pam Hall will be collecting knowledge specific to the Bonavista Peninsula while she shares already-gathered knowledge from Bonne Bay, Great Northern Peninsula, Fogo and Change Islands. Anyone with “local knowledge” about building houses or wooden furniture, raising bees, casting jiggers, building rock walls and other practices is invited to drop by. See what other knowers have shared, and leave some of your knowledge behind. Add to the Encyclopedia’s next “chapter”.


(requires advance sign-up)

Tuesday, August 22, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Up to 12 adult participants. Participants provide their own drawing tools and lunch.

Fishers’ Loft Conference Centre and outdoors, Port Rexton

Artist: Susan Wood

Map a personal response to space with this noted Halifax artist and teacher. Participants will take a gentle hike, stopping along the way for visual “note-taking” with their camera phones, their own drawing tools and an accordion-folded sketchbook (provided). They will learn how to scan the landscape, pinpoint detail, and respond through drawing, writing, collage and other mark-making. Workshop begins and ends at Fishers’ Loft Conference Centre, where John Hartman’s works on display include his accordion-fold sketchbooks.

Susan Wood taught drawing at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for over 20 years. This workshop was inspired by her participation in Open Books – International artists explore the Chinese folding book, Library and Archives Canada, 2016. Her solo exhibitions have included: Earth Skins, Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery (shown at The Rooms, St. John’s, 2012); Taxonomies, Confederation Centre Art Gallery; Devil’s Purse, Memorial University Art Gallery.


(requires advance sign-up)
Tuesday, August 22, 2:00- 5:00 p.m.
Up to 12 participants, ages 7 to 11.

Location: TBC

Artist: Omar Badrin
Facilitator: Jane Walker

With Jane Walker and Biennale artist Omar Badrin, whose knitted fibre masks and figures are on display at Home From The Sea Sealers’ Memorial in Elliston. Workshop includes a discussion with Omar about his work, a beach walk to find materials, and mask-making.

Omar Badrin was born in Malaysia, grew up in Elliston, and is now based in Toronto, where his Biennale sculptures and masks first were exhibited. Jane Walker is a graduate of Memorial University (BFA, Grenfell Campus) and in June received her Master’s degree from Glasgow School of Art. Now a Bonavista resident, her interest in art production in rural areas is being honed through her work as the Biennale’s Curatorial and Community Outreach Assistant.

PLAYING THE ROCKS: Sound workshop for the experimentally inclined of any age

Wednesday, August 23, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Community Hall, Duntara

Artist: Gayle Young

Gayle Young is one of Canada’s leading contemporary music artists, involved in electro-acoustical composition and sound sculpture, and the inventor of two microtonal percussion instruments: the amaranth and the columbin. She has been involved with Newfoundland’s International Sound Symposium since its beginning in 1983. Young’s Biennale audio installation in Duntara features pre-recorded audio derived from underwater recordings made on Fogo and the Bonavista Peninsula, and four lithophones made from highly resonant red and blue slate from Keels and played as percussion instruments. The workshop will engage participants in “playing” the rocks with various found materials and mallets.
NOTE: Additional workshops involving a shoreline walk may be scheduled as weather permits. Check website for updates.


(requires advance sign-up)
Saturday, September 2, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Up to 10 adult participants.

Coaker Factory Building, Port Union

Artist: Mimi Stockland

The context for this workshop is Biennale artist Doug Guildford’s large-scale crocheted sculptures, made with fisheries materials, evocative of sea and shoreline forms. Participants should be familiar with basic crochet stitches. They will learn how to use yarn to create 3-D objects more in the realm of art than craft. Instructor Mimi Stockland is from St. John’s, and has exhibited crocheted artworks in a solo show at Eastern Edge Gallery and group exhibitions at Centre des Textiles Contemporains in Montreal. Her latest work is part of The Station House, a current indoor/outdoor installation created with Pepa Chan and Kailey Bryan in a nearby Coaker Foundation building, not as part of the Biennale but as an independent project supported by ArtsNL.


Weather-dependent: dates/times to be announced
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Union Electric Building, Port Union

Artist: Michael Flaherty

Depending on forecasts for strong, prolonged sunshine, ceramicist and Biennale artist Michael Flaherty will assemble his experimental outdoor solar-powered kiln, and fire ceramic “planets” in a fusion of science, craft and art.



Thursday, September 14, 8:00 p.m.
Garrick Theatre, Main stage, Bonavista
Koop directed by Katherine Knight (on artist Wanda Koop)
Pretend Not to See Me directed by Katherine Knight (on artist Colette Urban)
Nikamowin by Kevin Lee Burton
Summoning by Amalie Atkinson


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