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Art Crawl

HOLD FAST 20th Anniversary – ART CRAWL

The Art Crawl is the highlight event of HOLD FAST Contemporary Art Festival taking place in downtown St. John’s on the evening of Saturday, September 21, from 4-8pm. At this event downtown St. John’s comes alive with artistic performances delivered at various outdoor and indoor locations across the city. Featured festival artists and locals alike present performances, exhibitions, video screenings, interventions, and more!!! Check out the projects by our featured festival artists below!


Teresa Connors – From the Edge

Location: MUN Signal Hill Campus, 100 Signal Hill Road
Time: ongoing starting at 4pm

From the Edge is one of a series of audiovisual installations that explores the environment of East Coast Newfoundland. The work expands on my use of environmental data-sets as an artistic device to create nonlinear artworks for public engagement. The creative system is coded to live-stream data off the Smart Alantic St. John’s Buoy, which is located just north of Cape Spear and 1 kilometre offshore. The buoy is capable of measuring and transmitting a variety of atmospheric and surface conditions including: surface temperature; wind speed and direction; wave height, period and direction; as well as current speed and direction. From the Edge live-streams, then parses these data-sets to trigger and shift parameters of the audio visual work, which continually evolves depending on the transmitted measurements.


Lucas Morneau – Werk Out

Location: Bannerman Park
Start Times: 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm

Using the aesthetics of camp and comedic satire that references camp icon Richard Simmons, Werk Out is a series of 20-minute jazzercise classes hosted by The Queer Mummer. As the instructor, The Queer Mummer uses over-the-top dance moves to queer public spaces, forcing the public to confront queerness.


Craig Francis Power – White Trash Diner

Location: TOSLOW, 183A Duckworth Street
Time: ongoing starting at 4pm

FRANKIE PEE’S FOLK ART EMPORIUM AND WHITE TRASH DINER: WHAT’S BETTER THAN FOLK ART AND WHITE TRASH FOOD TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE? NOOOTHING!!!!!–ACTUALLY THAT’S NOT TRUE BC THERE’S MUSIC TOO BUT NOT LIVE MUSIC THO (MOSTLY MERLE HAGGARD AND ELVIS PRESLEY). COME ENJOY SOME SMALL PLATES FROM OUR MENU INSPIRED BY FRANKIE’S (AND HIS FRIENDS’) UPBRINGING(S) WHILE CHECKING OUT THE HOOKED RUGS AND VIDEOS FRANKIE PUT TOGETHER WHILE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT EASTERN EDGE GALLERY. SODA POP, COORS LITE, JIM BEAM, AND COLD WATER AVAILABLE TO DRINK. WHITE TRASH SMALL PLATES (NOTHING OVER LIKE 5 BUCKS OR SO)–INCLUDING NAN’S BALONEY TACOS –BUY SOME ART TOO IF YOU LIKE EVERYTHING MUST GO


Ethan Murphy – What’s Left and What’s Gathered

Location: Eastern Edge Gallery, 72 Harbour Drive
Time: ongoing starting at 4pm

What’s Left & What’s Gathered is an exchange between my deceased father and I that explores the relationship between identity and loss through collaboration with the absent body. This photographic series examines a conversation between us ten years after his death by visualizing various strategies that create a dialogue between us. This body of work operates around two central questions; What is left physically to observe that informs the way you think about a person once they are gone? How does the gathering of objects, ideas and values impact your perception of them? I am interested in how loss can lead to creativity and resilience over time.


Arianna Richardson – Consumption Therapy Demonstration Chamber

Location: Park outside of Eastern Edge Gallery
Start Times: 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30

In a brand new performance work, ‘The Hobbyist’ will be presenting a hypothetical and absurdist new self-help technology: The Consumption Therapy™ ChamberConsumption Therapy™ is an adult-sized, inflatable plastic ball that is half-filled with plastic recycling that has been collected by the community.  It aims to cure an individual of the drive to consume goods at the rate encouraged by our plastic-obsessed, klepto-capitalist society.  ‘The Hobbyist’ will be immersed in plastic detritus, demonstrating this new technology throughout the night.


Art Crawl Map
(some locations to be confirmed)

Map Key

1. Eastern Edge – Ethan Murphy: What’s Left and What’s Gathered
1. St. Michael’s Printshop – POP UP – Megan Wells: Don Wright Scholar Exhibition
1. St. Michael’s back hallway – POP UP – Charlotte Hobden: Bend, Wave, Scatter
2. EE Park – Arianna Richardson: Consumption Therapy Demonstration Chamber
3. Other Oceans – POP UP – VR Performance, details tbd
4. TOSLOW – Craig Francis Power – White Trash Diner
5. NIFCO – POP UP – Nickel Film Screening, more info tbd
6. Christina Parker Gallery – POP UP – Will Gill: Foundation of Ash
7. Bannerman Park – Lucas Morneau: Werk Out
8. Signal Hill Campus – Teresa Connors: From the Edge


Interactive Map