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EVENTS

The Walrus Talks: The Art of Conversation. September 25, 2014. For information click here.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Programs run daily on week-days starting Tuesday, July 1 and run until Friday, August 29, 2014.

MONDAYS

1:30 and 3:30pm
FILM: GRENFELL OF LABRADOR: The Great Adventure (1977, 57 min)

Drop by the theatre on Level 2 to see Grenfell of Labrador: The Great Adventure, a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary doctor who devoted his life to helping the people of Labrador and Northern Newfoundland.
Show times are 1:30pm and 3pm in the Level 2 theatre.

2 – 4pm
DEMONSTRATION: Rug Hooking

For more than a century, Grenfell hooked rugs have adorned homes around the world. Stop by our programming space, located in the Level 4 Museum Gallery, From This Place: Our Lives on Land and Sea, for an introduction to rug hooking and to try your hand at an age-old craft.
Demonstrations are ongoing from 2 – 4pm on Level 4.

2 – 4pm
FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITY: Images of the North

Landscapes, animals, snow houses, and northern lights are iconic images often associated with Sir Wilfred Grenfell’s Mission in Labrador and Northern Newfoundland. Bring your imagination and creativity to create a print or postcard all about Newfoundland and Labrador. Use a stencil or design your own. Stay for a story about life in the north.
This hands-on activity takes place from 2 – 4pm on Level 3.

2:30 and 3:30pm
GUIDED TOUR: MORE THAN A DOCTOR: The Legacy of Sir Wilfred Grenfell

Join us on a guided tour to learn how Dr. Grenfell’s Mission tended to the needs of the people of northern Newfoundland and the coast of Labrador. Explore more about the Grenfell industries as the tour continues on to the Level 4 Museum Gallery, From This Place: Our Lives on Land and Sea.
Tours start at 2:30pm and 3:30pm and last approximately 25 minutes.
Visitors are asked to meet outside the Provincial Archives reference room on Level 3.

TUESDAYS

2 – 4pm
FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITY: Printmaking

Stop by and explore the world of printmaking. Create your own original pieces of art in this hands-on drop-in workshop geared for every member of the family, and come back to learn different printmaking techniques throughout the summer.
This hands-on activity takes place from 2 – 4pm on Level 3.

2:30 and 3:30pm
GUIDED INTERPRETED TOUR: POINTED NORTH: Rockwell Kent in Newfoundland and Labrador

Tours will speak to Kent’s artwork, his time in Brigus, and share some of the artist’s own words from his autobiographical book N by E.
Tours start at 2:30pm and 3:30pm and last approximately 25 minutes.
Visitors are asked to meet outside the Art Gallery on Level 4.

WEDNESDAYS

2 – 4pm
FILM: FIRST WORLD WAR Archival Film Footage

View archival film footage of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians during the First World War.
Ongoing showings from 2 – 4pm in the Level 2 theatre

2 – 4pm
DEMONSTRATION: Sock Knitting

In just two years, the women of Newfoundland and Labrador knit 62,685 pairs of socks for the troops in the First World War. Come to the Collecting the Great War: Enlisting Your Help exhibition to watch a pair of grey socks being made and try your hand at knitting.
Demonstrations are ongoing from 2 – 4pm on Level 2

2 – 4pm
FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITY: Pansies for the War Effort

To raise funds for the First World War, children sold pansies in the streets of St. John’s. Come make your own bouquet of pansies and dedicate them to your hero.
This hands-on activity takes place from 2 – 4pm on Level 3

2:30 and 3:30pm
GUIDED TOUR: GETTING READY FOR WAR

In 1914, Newfoundland and Labrador was getting ready for war. Money was being raised, soldiers were being recruited, and socks were being knit. Come with us on a tour of the exhibition Collecting the Great War: Enlisting Your Help and Pleasantville: From Recreation to Military Installation to learn about First World War recruitment in Newfoundland and Labrador and the young men who became known as the “First 500”.
Tours start at 2:30pm and 3:30pm and last approximately 20 minutes.
Visitors are asked to meet near the elevators on Level 2.

THURSDAYS

2 – 4pm
FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITY: Building a Village

Drop by and make a house of your own. Using simple materials, you can personalize your house to define what community means to you. Take your house with you or add it to our village.
This hands-on activity takes place from 2 – 4pm on Level 3.

2:30 and 3:30pm
GUIDED INTERPRETED TOUR: Pam Hall HouseWork(s)

Join us for a thought provoking tour of Newfoundland and Labrador artist Pam Hall’s HouseWork(s), a socially engaging exhibition that represents the past 10 years of the artist’s work.
Tours start at 2:30pm and 3:30pm and last approximately 25 minutes.
Visitors are asked to meet outside the Art Gallery on Level 3.


Thursday, July 24
Thursday, August 21
NATURE NOOK: ASK THE EXPERT WITH NATURE NL
1 – 4pm

Do you have questions about our natural environment? Would you like to get your hands on some real specimens? Visit our Nature NL volunteers to feel pelts, bones and feathers, and ask questions about our Province’s wild plants, animals and spaces.


FRIDAYS

2 – 4pm
DEMONSTRATION: NET MENDING AND FISH SPLITTING

The work of a fisher was never done. There were always fish that needed tending and nets that needed mending. Come to the programming space in From This Place: Our Lives on Land & Sea and try your hand at splitting fish and mending nets. Ongoing from 2 – 4pm on Level 4

2 – 4pm
FILM: SALT COD (1954, 13 minutes, BW)

Salt Cod, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, shows the work of splitting, salting, drying and grading fish in one of the province’s prime berths for codfish, Bay de Verde.
Ongoing showings from 2 – 4pm in the Level 2 theatre

2 – 4pm
FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITY: Make your own fish

All sorts of sea creatures call the waters of Newfoundland and Labrador home. Join us to create your own fish friend while learning more about ocean life.
This hands-on activity takes place from 2 – 4pm on Level 3.

2:30 and 3:30pm
GUIDED TOUR: WHEN COD WAS KING

For over 400 years, the salt fish industry was the backbone of Newfoundland and Labrador life. Generations of fishing men, women and children spent their lives “making fish”. Come with us on a tour of the exhibitions From This Place: Our Lives on Land & Sea and Here, We Made a Home to learn more about the salt fish trade in the province.
Tours start at 2:30pm and 3:30pm and last approximately 20 minutes.
Visitors are asked to meet near the elevators on Level 4.

WORKSHOPS

YOUTH ART WORKSHOPS
July 7 to 11

1:30 – 4:30pm
PUT IT IN PRINT

Explore the wide world of printmaking in this hands-on artful afternoon camp. Participants will create their own original artworks using multiple printmaking techniques, including mono-printing, calligraphic printmaking and linocut printing. Students will also have the opportunity to tour our permanent collection and discuss the work of printmakers such as Christopher Pratt, David Blackwood and Rockwell Kent.

July 28 to August 1
1:30 – 4:30pm
MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURES

Explore different ways of creating sculptures. Using a variety of techniques, we will discover ways to join materials together, including hand sewing, paper and glue, wire and string. Learn about installation art, elements of design and the role of artists in society.


EVENTS for HOUSEWORK(S)

May 13 – 23
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10am - 1pm
Wednesday 5 - 9pm
PERFORMANCE: Building The Work House

Anne Troake, Lois Brown and Pam Hall will silently sew and iron hundreds of aprons collected by the artist – exploring ideas of repetitive work, women’s work, housework, intensive manual labour, the “sweatshop” and “dressing up.” The resulting artwork, The Work House, will be installed in the gallery
once the performance is complete.

Wednesday, June 18, 7pm
PANEL DISCUSSION: Performing Art

Three unique visual artists, Pam Hall, Kailey Bryan and Evelyn Donnelly, discuss how their own individual art practice involves performance to engage its audience. Panel discussion moderated by Mary MacDonald.
Presented in collaboration with the Eastern Edge Gallery


 

EVENTS for POINTED NORTH

Friday, May 30
7:30pm
POINTED NORTH: ROCKWELL KENT IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Public Opening Reception

Friday, May 30 and Sunday, June 8
1pm
DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: ROCKWELL KENT (2005, 173 min)

Producer and director Frederick Lewis in attendance. For more than ten years, producer/writer Frederick Lewis retraced the artist/adventurer’s many travels, shooting footage in Greenland, Newfoundland, Alaska, Ireland, and Russia. The result is a definitive documentary that puts Kent’s myriad achievements in perspective.

Sunday, June 1
10am - 4pm
ROCKWELL KENT – LARGER THAN LIFE

Join us at The Rooms for a series of presentations and discussions that examine Rockwell Kent’s art and life. Participants include Kevin Major, Constance Martin, Peter Neary, Edward Roberts, Will Ross, Caroline Stone, Richard West and Jake Wien.
Tickets are available for purchase from The Rooms Admissions Desk or by calling 757-8090.
$25 per person (10% off for Rooms members). This is Day 2 of a two day Kent symposium.
Day 1 is Saturday, May 31 in Brigus.

Wednesday, June 4
7pm
PRESENTATION: THE HOUSE OF DREAD

Rockwell Kent’s The House of Dread is based on his experiences living in Brigus, Newfoundland.
Dr. Dennis Costanzo, professor of art history at the State University of New York, will discuss The House of Dread’s unique nature within Kent’s body of work, and the influences on its creation.

Wednesday, July 23
7pm
LITERARY PANEL: KENT’S APPEARANCE IN FICTION

Authors Michael Winter, Jane Urquhart and Mack Furlong discuss the appearance of Rockwell Kent as a character in their works of fiction. Moderated by Eleanor Wachtel.
Tickets are available for purchase from The Rooms Admissions Desk or by calling 757-8090.
$15 per person (10% off for Rooms members). This is Day 1 of a two day Kent symposium.
Day 2 is Saturday, July 26 in Brigus.

Wednesday, July 30
7pm
READINGS FROM ROCKWELL KENT’S BOOKS AND EXHIBITION TOUR

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