It’s week two of Eastern Edge’s 30th Birthday blitz, and their gift to you is something artful to stimulate the right half of your brain every single day in November. Here’s the rundown:
Monday, November 10th; 7:00-11:00 p.m.
Benjy Kean hosts a tournament of ROX, a board game that was featured on Dragon’s Den (spoiler alert: it did not go awesome). The tournament, however, promises fun for players of any skill level.
Wednesday, November 12th; 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Get collaborative! Help Katie Vatour build a wall of “I Love You” Post-it Notes.
Thursday, November 13th; 12:00p.m.-5:00 p.m.
On Thursday, VANL-CARFAC is asking artists and art lovers to catch up on their written correspondence by participating in a letter-writing campaign to change what is seen by some as a great injustice in the Canadian art world.
In 2013, Bill C516 was proposed by MP Scott Simms, and it would bring an artist’s resale right to Canada. If passed, this law would make it possible for an artist to receive a percent of the profits when their artwork is resold.
Currently, artists receive no royalties on a new sale of their artwork. Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak sold her piece Enchanted Owl in 1960 for $24. It was later resold for $58,650. Ashevak received nothing from the resale.
The group is rallying support for the bill by reaching out to their members of parliament to make sure that they are aware of what the Artist Resale Right is and its potential impact on the wellbeing of Canadian artists.
“Our letter writing session will give visual artists a chance to learn more about the proposed Artist Resale Right and provide an opportunity to write to their member of parliament directly to express their support.
“The establishment of the Artist Resale Right will allow artists to achieve a more sustainable living income based on the value of their own work,” says Executive Director Dave Andrews. “It’s so common for visual art to appreciate in value over time, and that increase in value is usually based on the experience and reputation of the artist. The ARR will allow visual artists to share in the ongoing commercial successes of their work by entitling them to a percentage of the sale price each time their work is resold through an auction house or commercial gallery. An implication of the ARR is that it allows for a significant income potential for Canadian artists, who rely primarily on other sources of income to make a living, and secondly on sales and exhibition fees.”
Friday, November 14; 7:00-11:00 p.m.
Writers take notice! There’s a salon on! Crossroads Society of Art Writing Salon at 11 Newtown Road: a gathering of professional and aspiring art writers regarding art writing in the province and beyond. Bring an article for inspiration.
Saturday, November 15; 10:00 a.m, 1:00 p.m, 3:00 p.m.
EEG Members free, VANL Members $5, Regular $10/workshop
This week, there’s three more weekend workshops for artists.
At 10 in the morning, Ingrid Mary Percy talks about artist rights and defining value.
At 1 in the afternoon, Victoria curator Michelle Jacques explores the broader art world and its complexity.
At 3:00 p.m., Will Gill and John McDonald teach tips, tricks, and best practices for framing and installing.
At 8 in the evening, Eastern Edge is hosting “Sounds, Spells, and Song”, featuring the work of Peter Wilkins, Marlene Creates & Elizabeth Zetlin, Jenny Brady, Bridget O’Gorma, Farheen HaQ, Matthew Hollett, Monika Frycová, and Michelle Hannah.
Sunday, November 16; 12:00-5:00 p.m.
A pop up exhibition, hosted by Grenfell art collective The Homeless Gallery, showcasing new work from students in the Visual Arts Program at Grenfell Campus at Memorial, including Philip McIlroy, Isabel Cohlmeyer, and Amber-Lynn Thorne.