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FARR Program 2021

Introducing our latest FARR Program Artists in Residence!the next couple of months, each artist will present their work through the EE social media channels and our website. They will each also host a public presentation that is best suited to their project – artist talks, workshops, maker’s nights, and more. Towards the end of the residencies, there will be a public Community Conversations event – more info coming soon!

There are so many ways for you to get involved, so be sure to follow our social media to catch free events you can join and meet some new people along the way!

Click here to follow along with each artists’ practice

Born and raised in Little Port, Elmastukwek, Ktaqmkuk (Bay of Islands, Newfoundland), Nicole Travers is a Mi’kmaw artist, creating a multitude of inspiring pieces. Nicole draws inspiration from old style beadwork found in museums, hieroglyphs, and petroglyphs. Nicole marries historical styles of beadwork with modern day techniques into contemporary form. More recently she has begun to tan various animal pelts and skins into leather using traditional teachings and has started to utilize home tanned fish skin into her art, creating sought after unique pieces.

Nasim Makaremi is an artist living in St. John’s NL, whose artwork deals with themes of sexuality, women’s experiences, and censorship. Makaremi graduated with a MSc in solid-state physics and has been painting and making artwork for 15 years. She has shown work in group exhibitions and has studied under several painting and drawing professors.

Kevin Melanson is an artist who grew up in the Maritimes and has been living in St. John’s, Newfoundland for the past two years. He has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University, and he loves feeding ducks and pigeons.

Deadline: Friday, February 5th, 2021
Remote Residency Dates: 6 weeks between February – April, 2021 (flexible)We are excited to announce the return of The FARR Program! This remote residency opportunity will be flexible and adaptive to each individual’s needs.This opportunity is meant to support artists who are currently facing barriers within the creation and presentation of their artwork, in any form. While we encourage submissions from emerging artists and artists outside the St. John’s metro area, the program is not restricted to such individuals. EE staff will work with successful applicants to identify how we can best support your practice, and tailor this program to fit!

Eastern Edge is also committed to an equitable selection process, and to removing barriers that are faced by equity-seeking groups (including but not limited to income, race, religion, sexual and gender identity, neurodiversity, physical abilities, education, etc). We encourage (but do not require) anyone facing these barriers to self-identify as such in their application.

Three (3) artists will be selected for a 6-week remote residency between February – April 2021.

Each artist will participate in the following:

  • One Artist Presentation

‘Presentations’ may vary depending on your needs: it could be an artist talk, a workshop, an interview, a studio tour, etc. We will work with you and discover what fits best. It’s important to note that you do not need to start a new project to apply – we are happy to support the continuation of a project.

  • Community Conversation

The FARR Program artists will participate in a public, moderated discussion about your work. You will be encouraged to explore the current barriers to your practice, and share strategies that may have aided you. This is an open dialogue, and encourages community participation – it’s a relaxed chat about art!

Artists will be provided:

  • $322 artist fee for the online presentation of their work & practice
  • $322 artist fee to participate in the Community Conversation
  • $500 stipend to offset material / labour costs
  • Online dissemination of your project across Eastern Edge platforms (website, newsletter, social media)
  • Logistical + professional development support from the EE Team

Submission Requirements:

  • CV / Resume or other document telling us who you are. Please include contact information and your pronouns. (Max 2 pages) *
  • One page* proposal outlining your current project and how you would benefit from EE’s support. If you have an idea for a presentation – great! Otherwise, we can work on that part together.
  • Up to 5 images of previous artwork or works-in-progress

*All submissions must be sent as email attachments (no zip files), and must not exceed 25 MB. Please send images as JPGs and text files as PDFs. You may also provide a video submission instead of written documents as .mp4s or links to Youtube, Vimeo, etc.

This program is open to all artists currently based in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Should there be any barriers to access, comments, or concerns, please email us at so that we can help you proceed with your application.

Submissions will be reviewed and selected by the Eastern Edge Programming committee, made up of artists, arts workers, and community members from across Newfoundland and Labrador.

Please send applications to, and indicate “Eastern Edge FARR Programming 2021” in your subject line by the end of the day on February 5th, 2021.