Business & Arts NL invites you to the launch of the Quidi Vidi Art Search.
Friday, May 19 at 11:00 AM
The Quidi Vidi Art Search is a public art effort championed by artists, community partners, and business owners. The Quidi Vidi Arts Search features work by Newfoundland and Labrador artists Vessela Brakalova, Robert Hengeveld, Ian Gillies, Marc Fiset, Julie Lewis, and Kevin-Barry Martin. Each remarkable piece reflects its distinct location and celebrates the past, present, and future of Quidi Vidi Village.
Art Search locations and community partnerships include Sugarloaf Path, Quidi Vidi Village Artisan Studios, The Wharf, The Inn by Mallard Cottage, and Quidi Vidi Brewery.
Come explore the Quidi Vidi Art Search and rediscover all that Quidi Vidi Village has to offer.
For this piece, the style of sedimentary rock and whimsical desserts is tied into one as a functional sculpture. Incorporating berry picking, relaxing, slowing down, and having “family time at the table” outdoors, capturing the local culture and ecosystem. Learn more here.
Quidi Vidi Village Artisan Studios
Two lengths of steel pipe are bent and twisted to create three unique knots. The twirling yellow forms of Altogether Knotty are reflective of the yarn, netting, or ropes that contribute to the livelihood of so many who work off the Quidi Vidi wharf and in the surrounding area. Learn more here
Moratorium Cod Drying
The Inn By Mallard Cottage
I wanted to represent the rich history of Quidi Vidi’s fishing village by linking it to the present. Moratorium Cod is more than a sculpture. It is a statement on the food fishery that was the heartbeat of our island not so long ago. Learn more here.
Ian Gillies and Marc Fiset
This sculpture was born at the inaugural Burning Rock Festival on Fogo Island in 2021. This annual festival, created by Ian and Marc, brings together artists of many mediums for a two-week summer event of creating art and food. Learn more here.
Iceberg in a Bottle
Quidi Vidi Brewery
Quidi Vidi Brewery needed a permanent docking gate for aesthetic and operational functions. Quidi Vidi Brewery is associated with many brands, but none more recognizable than the iconic blue bottle of Iceberg Beer. Iceberg in a Bottle is a playful interpretation of that. Learn more here
This project has been coordinated by Lynn Panting, Business and Arts NL’s Program Coordinator with additional support from external consultant, Jane Walker.
Jane Walker, Public Art Consultant
Jane Walker is a visual artist and arts administrator based in Bonavista, NL. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts (2015) from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University and a Masters of Research in Creative Practice from The Glasgow School of Art (2017) where she studied rural art supports in Scotland and Newfoundland
Jane works in a variety of media and has shared her work in exhibitions, publications, and talks in Canada, the UK, Iceland, Ireland, France, and Singapore. She collaborated with a small team to establish Union House Arts, an artist-run centre on the Bonavista Peninsula (2017-2022), and has also worked with various other arts organizations in the province including Bonavista Biennale and Riddle Fence.
More recently, Jane has worked with Business and Arts NL in a Public Art Consulting role for projects including St. John’s International Airport, the New Mental Health and Addictions Facility, and the Quidi Vidi Art Search.
The Quidi Vidi Art Search is made possible through funding by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Rediscover Main Streets initiative, which supports the economy by helping Atlantic Canadians re-experience their main streets, downtowns and neighbourhoods. The initiative aims to breathe new life into local economies affected by the global pandemic.