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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, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Artist: Sara Angelucci—Participatory toy bird whistle performance

Be at Church of the Most Holy Trinity at 2:00 p.m. sharp to participate! We have spaces for 15 people. Rehearsal starts at 2:00, public performance is from 3:00-3:30. Everyone welcome!

Exhibitions 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Artist: Elizabeth McIntosh at Lester-Garland House
Artist: Frank Lapointe at Hiscock House

The Twine Loft, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Happy Hour with musician Pamela Morgan
Limited capacity. First come first served. Patrons must purchase drink tickets at the Twine Loft, and are welcome to purchase them earlier in the day to avoid long waits and lineups.


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: “Perfecting Newfoundland’s Cultural Landscape”
Built Heritage Consultant John Norman, Bonavista Living: “Historic Built Landscape, Placemaking and the Belonging Trend”


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 Thursday, August 31, noon-5:00 p.m., with on-site host Daniel Fitzgerald

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”.

Sunday, August 27, 6:00-7:00 at Fishers’ Loft, Port Rexton

Pam Hall will be reading from her new book Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge—Excerpts from Chapters l and ll. From boat-building to berries, from knitting socks to mending nets, Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge vividly presents the rich, place-based knowings and doings of more than one hundred knowledge-holders from rural Newfoundland.


(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, 1:00- 4:00 p.m.
Up to 12 participants, ages 7 to 11.

Elliston Rec Centre, Elliston (across from Sealers Interpretation Centre)

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.


Friday, August 25, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Drop in

Keels Hall, Keels

Artist: Vivian Ross-Smith

As part of The Knowledge Exchange, visual artist Vivian Ross-Smith is offering a drop-in workshop based on her experience of using fish skin in her artwork. Ross-Smith lives and works in the Shetland Islands. As a child she and her family relocated to Britain’s most remote inhabited island, Fair Isle, a place that greatly influences her artistic practice. Ross-Smith’s process-based practice spans painting, textile and sculpture. With a focus on traditional skills such as preserving fish skins, net making, knitting and metal work, she embeds stories and traditions of island life into the materials and imagery of her works. She works closely with rural arts organisations such as Scottish Sculpture Workshop, and co-founded and runs Visual Artist Unit, an artist-led organisation based in Glasgow that supports emerging artists across Scotland. Ross-Smith currently lectures at University of the Highlands and Islands, Shetland College.Ross-Smith holds a BA (Hons) in Painting from Gray’s School of Art (2013), with her degree being partly awarded by Turku Arts Academy, Finland. 


Saturday, September 2, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

UPDATE: “Walking, Seeing, Writing” has changed to a


Drop-in  Sunday, September 3, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Coaker Factory Building, Port Union

Artist:  Jennifer Morgan

As part of the Bonavista Biennale, The Advocate Press, in the Factory at Port Union, will be open between 10:00 a.m. and  5 p.m. for a letterpress demonstration. Interested visitors are welcome to typeset their own names and print them on the proofing press. Jennifer Morgan will guide participants in typesetting and printing their names using the old Fishermen’s Union Advocate letterpresses housed at The Factory.


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, 7:00 p.m.
Garrick Theatre, Main stage, Bonavista   Tickets $8.00 at the door
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
The Summoning by Amalie Atkins


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