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People, Mandate, & History

Eastern Edge, established in 1984, is Newfoundland and Labrador’s first artist-run centre for visual arts.

Eastern Edge is committed to exhibiting contemporary Canadian and international art, as well as encouraging dedicated and rigorous activity locally. In providing an alternative venue where artists have greater control over how their work is represented, Eastern Edge facilitates critical dialogue concerning issues in contemporary art and society, actively encouraging emerging and established artists whose work speaks to feminist, multicultural, queer, and other diverse perspectives. Eastern Edge aims to provide a supportive space to develop skills, share information and resources, foster community and create a meaningful context for artistic activity.

Meet the Team:

Philippa Jones, Executive Director –

Philippa Jones is an artist who calls St. John’s NL, home after immigrating over a decade ago. Jones is a mother, visual artist and Executive Director of Eastern Edge Gallery. Central to Jones’ work is the exploration of constructed realities, our relationship to mortality and time, active myth making, wonder and the inquisitive mind. Jones completed a BFA and an MFA at Falmouth University (UK).

Jones’ diverse art practice includes: sculpture, drawing, painting, stop motion animation, art games and interactive installations. 2012 Jones was the recipient of the Excellence in Visual Arts Emerging Artist award, and in 2019 won the Milestone Award. Jones was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2019 and in 2020 was shortlisted for ArtsNL Artist of the Year.

Ashley Hemmings, Operations Manager

Ashley Hemmings is a visual artist and gallery worker currently based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She completed her BFA in Visual Art at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2018, and an MFA in Visual Art at the University of Windsor in 2021. Her practice asks questions about the relationships between humans and the natural world, and draws attention to the exponentially bizarre ways that land and public space are regulated but not protected. Using play and humour as methodology, Ashley’s practice combines locally rooted craft processes with other media such as video, installation, digital drawing, bioart, and collecting. Ashley has worked at a number of art galleries and artist-run-centres including Eastern Edge Gallery, The Grenfell Art Gallery, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, and INCUBATOR Art Lab.

Charlotte May Hobden, Programming Coordinator

Charlotte May Hobden is a multi-disciplinary artist based in St. John’s NL, working mainly in painting, print media, and ceramics. Inspired by the mysterious properties of light, she plays with light and the fluidity of colour through material performances. Charlotte received her BFA in 2020 from Memorial University, Grenfell Campus. During her time at Grenfell, she received several awards for her artistic achievements and her contributions to student life. Currently, Charlotte sits on the Board of Directors of Riddle Fence Magazine and the Board of Directors for Visual Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL). 


Ife Alaba, Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Ife Alaba is a singer-songwriter born in Nigeria, raised in South Africa and currently based in St John’s. She has a strong musical background spanning from being in Choirs, Orchestras, undergoing opera training and undertaking the trombone. She uses life experiences as a muse for her heart-wrenching hooks and creative but subtle melodies while keeping her music relatable and catchy. She is a powerful vocalist whose music style has been influenced by a mixture of pop, afro, and classical music. Ife is also one of the stars of CBC NL’s web series, stuffed, a food show following Ife and her friends as they compare dishes at local restaurants. She is a producer and host of another CBC web series called Being Black in NL. Ife is currently studying for Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Minor in Communication Studies at The Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Rachel Gilbert, Project Lead

Rachel Gilbert was born in Texas with family roots in Newfoundland, moving to the island in 2014 to study for BFA in Visual arts from Grenfell Campus. Working as an interdisciplinary artist, Gilbert specializes in painting and printmaking with subjects ranging from animals and nature to still-life and portraiture. She has been working with the arts community since 2016, starting with the Corner Brook Rotary Arts Centre’s Visual Arts Committee, a Collections Internship at The Rooms, to her work as the Communication & Design Assistant at St. Michael’s Printshop. Rachel recently worked as the Outreach Coordinator at Eastern Edge. She is also one of the lead organizer of the BIPOC Creators Collective of NL. Rachel currently lives and works out of St. John’s, Newfoundland.



Past Team Members

Joe Fowler

Joe Fowler is a visual artist from Corner Brook, Newfoundland. His art deals with themes of resourcefulness and adaptability through ad-hoc objects and interactive installations. He creates projects that expand on the rich Newfoundland tradition of creating things – tools, furniture, shelter, vehicles – from whatever is lying around. He holds a BFA from Memorial University and an MFA from the University of British Columbia. He has a strong passion for artist-run centres, woodworking, sound performance, and community initiatives.


Daniel Rumbolt

Daniel Rumbolt is an artist and arts administrator living in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He received his BFA from Memorial University of Newfoundland, is the Assistant Director of Eastern Edge Gallery, the Secretary on the National Board of Directors for Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC), and the Chair of Visual Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL). His multidisciplinary art practice is informed by his experiences as a queer artist raised in rural communities throughout the Great Northern Peninsula of the island, and through earnest contemplation of memory and mourning. Through his advocacy work, he aims to discover and establish tangible connections between rural and urban creators, fostering interconnectivity on a provincial, national, and international scale.

Anna Murphy

Anna Murphy is an artist from St. John’s, NL who primarily works with watercolours and acrylics. After spending a semester in England and receiving her International BBA from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2019, Anna spent seven months in Germany where she worked in the headquarters of a global fashion brand.


Eastern Edge Gallery is built upon a foundation of all its past board members, a list of names who span more than 30 years.

Emily Finch • Jenne Nolan • Nicole Boggan • Shelby Millwater • Graham Cox • Devin Shears • Matthew Hollett • Emily Pittman • Joel Finnis • Gobhina Nagarajah • Diana Chisholm • Mia Penney • Liam Penney • Jason Wells • John Weber • April White • Gloria Hickey • Kailey Bryan • Jesse Wardell • Louis Atkinson • Andrew Harvey • Graham Kennedy • Mireille Eagan • Todd O’Brien • Virginia Mitford • Kyle Bustin • Dona Bulgin • Susan Eddy • Anne Fagan • Candace Fulford • Sarah Hillock • Sarah Laing • Jillian Murphy • Craig Francis Power • Leisha Sagan • Michael Waterman • Jennifer McVeigh • Tia McLennan • Charissa Reeves • David Kaarsemaker • Kay Burns • Ingrid Mary Percy • Cyril Butler • John McDonald • Zea Cline • Darren Whalen • Rachel Harding • Anne Fagan • Robbie Thomas • Norah Pendergast • Sarah Hillock • Maris Murphy • Sarah Joy Stoker • Marilyn Koop • Sharon Puddester • Rhonda Buckley • Mandy Jones • Chandra Chopra • Michael Venart • Audrey Hurd • Amanda Larner • Patti Broughton • Roberta Thomas • John Haney • Christina Steele • Corey Gorman • Peter Wilkins • Michelle Bush • Kym Greeley • Karen Channing • Jennifer Dyer • Andria Hickey • Monique Tobin • Kate Wolforth • Susie Taylor • June Walker-Wilson • Pheilm Martin • Mike Flaherty • Elayne Noble • Laura Sheppard • Judy Taylor • Debbie Collingwood • Greg Bennett • Will Gill • Kelly Bruton • Gabrielle Kemp • Beth Stewart • Glen Bartlett • Janet Peter • Joan Fitzgerald • Ilse Hughes • Jeff Boone • Joan Blackmore – Thistle • Jack Eastwood • Jennifer Pohl • Helen Gregory • Joan Thistle • Grant Boland • Francis Lyons • Tara Bryan • Joanna Strong • Di Dabinett • Bonnie Leyton • Ned Pratt • Jim Ellison • Beth Oberholtzer • Debra Kuzyk • Jeanette Laaning • Mona Rossiter • John Trahey • Roberta Buchanan • Christine Koch • Aileen Gamberg • Katherine Pittman • Jennifer Clouter • Jay Barry • Kathleen Knowling • Janice Udell • Don Wherry • Heather Moore • Mannie Buchheit • Doug Townsend • Steve Payne • Gerald Pisarzowski • Caroline Stone • Peter Walker • Susan Wood • Julia Pickard • Marlene Creates