SAINT JOHN, N.B. Mar. 18, 2019 – An Anglophone artist, an Indigenous artist and an Acadian artist will spend three weeks in three different communities in New Brunswick working on creation projects as part of the Cross-Cultural Creation Residency. On top of providing a new means to help artists create, while recognizing current debates surrounding cultural and language tensions in New Brunswick, this initiative demonstrates that it is possible to grow by combining strengths rather than advocating division.

The residency with artists Indigo Poirier (Fredericton), Tara Francis (Elsipogtog) and Nicole Haché (Caraquet) will take place March 15th to April 5th, and will include open studios days and artists talks to which the public is invited. The residency will be in three stages, one week in each of the following communities: Caraquet, Saint John and the Metepenagiag First Nation.

Through this residency, artists will have the opportunity to create new work while immersing themselves in the artistic process of fellow artists. The experience of being in another community and creating with people of different artistic backgrounds allows one to go beyond language barriers and discover different cultural environments.

Association Acadienne des Artistes Professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick, ArtsLink NB and Mawi’art: The Wabanaki Artist Collective have teamed up to host a cross-cultural residency between an Acadian artist, an Anglophone artist, and an Indigenous artist. This is the inaugural collaboration between the three provincial artists service organizations.



Open Studio: Mar. 20th, 12-3pm

Artist Talk: Mar 21, 5-7pm


Open Studio: Mar. 27th, 12-3pm

Artist Talk: Mar 28, 5-7pm


Open Studio: Apr. 3rd, 12-3pm

Artist Talk: Apr. 4th, 5-7pm

About the artists:

Indigo Poirier is a Fredericton-based artist specializing in the medium of electronic music. Her solo work under the name Wangled Teb combines intricate drum programming and deep, well-thought-out sound design with a strong sense of melodic progression and passion for experimentation with structure. She is also an avid collaborator, performing in psychedelic rock band Helium Submarine and electronic improv trio Terre Wa, as well as frequently working with artists in other mediums to create interdisciplinary works of art.

Tara Francis is a Mi’kmaq Artist from Elsipogtog First Nation. She attended the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and has been working in her field since 2003. She specializes in Porcupine Quillwork, Silk Painting and Acrylic Painting. She considers her work her spiritual journey and incorporates her teachings into each piece.

Nicole Haché grew up on Lamèque Island before moving to Caraquet, NB. She uses her medical laboratory training to conceptualize her creations that address social habits and focus on human relationships and the planet. Her work offers a vibrant and delicate universe in counterpoint to the fury of modernity. Eminently organic, her paintings and installations weave human relations of quality, to protect the planet or to be anchored in the intimate and collective history.

About ArtsLink NB

ArtsLink NB is a province-wide arts service organization representing artists of all disciplines. We work to help artists build robust careers in New Brunswick by providing professional opportunities, public programming, specialized training, and advocacy work. We are working to grow the arts sector to meet national standards of excellence and enhance the socio-economic status of artists.


The Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick is an Acadian arts service organization for professional artists. The mission of the association is to protect the rights and represent the interests of artists, and to promote the recognition of their contributions to society. aaapnb.ca

About Mawi’art The Wabanaki Artist Collective

Collective of Aboriginal Visual Artists from across Atlantic Canada, creating traditional and contemporary works of art for sale and by commission.

This program is supported by:

The Government of New Brunswick, Canada Council for the Arts, the Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation, the Saint John Arts Centre, and the Metepenagiag Heritage Park.

Media contact:

For additional information, please contact:

Julie Whitenect, Executive Director ArtsLink NB

julie@artslinknb.com      (506) 608-9914

ArtsLink AGM & Atlantic Vernacular Panel to be held in Saint Andrews


ArtsLink NB is hosting their annual general meeting in Saint Andrews Oct. 14th, at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre.


SAINT JOHN, N.B. Sep. 19, 2018 ArtsLink NB is hosting their annual general meeting October 14th in St. Andrews. The AGM will be followed by a panel discussion asking what is the “Atlantic Vernacular”? What are the materials and motifs defining artists of this region? Both events will take place at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, 1 Lower Campus Rd, St. Andrews, on Sunday, Oct.14th, from 10-4 p.m.


Attend the AGM to find out what your provincial professional artist’s association – ArtsLink NB – has been up to. You’ll also have a good look at what programming and projects we are planning for the year ahead. This is a chance to connect with your fellow artists, give the organization feedback, and get more involved with arts initiatives in New Brunswick.


We’ll switch gears in the afternoon, and host both a panel and group discussion about regional identity in the arts. ArtsLink NB is embarking on a multi-year project dedicated to exploring the “Atlantic Vernacular”, and we’d love member input in planning a larger symposium and publication. Come share your experiences will art colleagues from around the province.


Saturday’s multidisciplinary panel features:



The event is free and open to the public. Please register beforehand. 


About ArtsLink NB

ArtsLink NB is a province-wide, membership based organization representing artists of all disciplines. We work to help artists build robust careers in New Brunswick through providing professional opportunities, public programming, specialized training, and advocacy work. We are working to grow the arts sector to meet national standards of excellence and economic output.


For additional information, please contact:

Julie Whitenect, Associate Director

ArtsLink NB


(506) 608-9914


Respectful Workplaces in the Arts Progress on CHRC’s national anti-harassment initiatives

Canada’s performing, literary and visual arts organizations and artists have joined together in a broad initiative called “Respectful Workplaces in the Arts”. This cross-country, cross-sector project is designed to deal with and remove harassment in the sector – including sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination and violence.


Respectful Workplaces in the Arts

Progress on CHRC’s national anti-harassment initiatives

Since the announcement of the Canada Council of the Arts funding to support “Respectful Workplaces in the Arts” for the performing, literary and visual arts, we have been hard at work hiring and otherwise liaising with creative consultants, legal and HR professionals, contractors and sector leaders in order to develop thorough, inclusive and effective anti-harassment resources. Specific updates and timelines for project deliverables follow:

Code of Conduct: A draft code of conduct for the live performing arts is being developed by a Working Group of sector volunteers, chaired by Barry Hughson, CEO of the National Ballet of Canada. It is to be put out for discussion in September and finalized by November.

Reporting Mechanisms: Jeanne LeSage of LeSage Arts Management has been engaged to undertake a report on existing reporting mechanisms for victims of harassment, and systems of investigation for employers. This report will include sector-appropriate recommendations on how to develop these mechanisms and systems of investigation in the performing, literary and visual arts.

Training Resources: New resources are being created! All will be available on the Respectful Workplaces in the Arts website over the coming 4 months. These include:

  • a guide to developing policies and procedures for dealing with harassment will be released in September, as a tool in CHRC’s HR Management Toolkit;
  • training videos from the points of view of the artist/employee, and of the Board/employer are to be released in November;
  • webcasts to explain compliance with provincial and territorial legislation around harassment – to be released in December.

As well, examples of training resources on harassment are being researched and collected for reference on the Respectful Workplaces website.

Consultations with equity-seeking groups: Country-wide consultations are being held with equity-seeking groups in September and October in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Moncton and Halifax. They will provide feedback on the draft Code of Conduct, training needs and resources around harassment, and suggestions for potential reporting and investigating mechanisms.

Website: The website for Respectful Workplaces in the Arts is presently being built, and is to be launched in the fall. It will be the gathering place for all that’s going on under the banner of the project Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA).

Ad campaign: Respectful Workplaces in the Arts materials for the use of arts organizations are to be made available in September. Visual ads (for digital and printed use), video, and other media to which sector organizations can add their logo and share with their members will be included.

Further RWA updates to come in CHRC’s newsletters  and project-specific updates such as this one!

Build the Playhouse 2.0 Project

Can you imagine Fredericton without a live performance venue like the Playhouse? Neither can we. We must make our plan for a new venue a reality before it’s too late. Our community needs it. Our artists need it. Our downtown needs it.

We have put together all of the information we have on the state of the current Playhouse building as well as our plans for our future in a clear and current website called Build the Playhouse 2.0: https://buildtheplayhouse2.ca

Please have a look, follow along, and please SPEAK UP! If you think this project is important, your community needs to hear from you now. You ca subscribe to project updates through this link too!




Click photo to see plans

For arts & culture supporters at election time in NB, read the unified message from from ArtsLinkNB, AAAPNB and artsnb. / Pour les gens qui soutiennent les arts et la culture pendent les élections in N-B, voici le message unifié émis par ArtsLink, AAAPNB, et artsnb. 

For arts and culture supporters at election time in NB, read the unified message from from ArtsLinkNB, AAAPNB and artsnb. / Pour les gens qui soutiennent les arts et la culture pendent les élections in N-B, voici le message unifié émis par ArtsLink, AAAPNB, et artsnb.


Fredericton Arts Alliance’s Provincial Election Forum on Arts Issues

Fredericton Arts Alliance’s Provincial Election Forum on Arts Issues, September 6 at 7pm in the Charlotte Street Arts Centre

The Fredericton Arts Alliance has organized a town hall forum on arts issues. All provincial political parties have been invited to send one candidate to discuss things cultural and artistic, party policies on the arts, and plans or projects to encourage the arts. Susanne Alexander of Goose Lane Editions will moderate the forum.

The format will consist of opening statements (order of speaking to be determined by a draw), followed by questions directed to the various candidates. There will be an opportunity for closing remarks in reverse order of the opening statements. We are asking Arts News readers to highlight issues they would like raised at the forum. If you have something you want the candidates to address, please send an email with your suggestions to us at: president@frederictonartsalliance.ca.

We would like to circulate five questions to the candidates in advance of the forum to start the discussion rolling, and to ensure that most of the key questions are addressed. Further questions from the floor will round out the evening. Light refreshments will be served. The Fredericton Arts Alliance has organized election forums for every federal, provincial, and municipal election since 1999.

AiR 10: Writing and painting the focus of the final residency

Writing and painting projects will be created during the final week of the Artists in
Residence program in the Garrison District Aug. 28 – Sept. 3.

Established author Mark Jarman and Fredericton High School student Megan Murphy
will work on two separate creative projects in Casemate #11 at the Soldiers’ Barracks.

Jarman, whose novel “Salvage King Ya!” is on Amazon’s list of 50 Essential Canadian
Books and is number one on their list of Best Hockey Fiction, will be writing about
Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula and the Shanghai River in China, and how the two bodies of
water compare and contrast. He will also do a public reading of the piece.

Murphy, who was cast as Belle in Theatre New Brunswick’s recent production of Beauty
and the Beast, will be working on a large painting depicting Fredericton as an
underwater ruin, symbolizing the catastrophe that the recent flooding brought. She will
also paint bustling sea life and a shining sun, which will symbolize the life that comes
from loss in light of Fredericton’s sense of community during such difficult times.

The artist residencies, organized by the Fredericton Arts Alliance, encourage visitors to
interact with the artists. The studio is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday
and noon – 5 p.m. Sunday.


More info at the Fredericton Arts Alliance website here!

NB Literary Arts and Publishing SURVEY DEADLINE JUNE 8

Start your survey now to have your voice be heard! The survey deadline is Friday, June 8th at midnight.

The Government of New Brunswick is working with Nordicity to develop a growth strategy for the province’s literary arts, publishing and booksellers sectors.

Why is the survey important for you? 

  • It is your chance to have your voice be heard by government and other policy and funding decision-makers and influencers.
  • This study will help us assess the size and needs of the sector, and to develop a strategy to support its growth.
  • The final report will provide information that will be helpful to you, other industry members and government alike.

Who should complete this questionnaire?
Every individual person, company and organisation that is involved in New Brunswick’s literary arts sector, including:

  • Writers
  • Publishers
  • Booksellers
  • Freelancers
  • Literary festivals & events producers
  • Illustrators
  • Translators
  • Support bodies and other literary service providers

It should take you approximately 20 minutes to complete the survey.

Please respond no later than Friday, June 8th, 2018 at midnight.

If you have any questions, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact: