Located off the coast of Newfoundland in Canada, Fogo Island Arts was established in 2008. Artists-in-residence come to the island to do research and selected artists are invited to present their work in exhibitions at the Fogo Island Gallery, which is located in the Fogo Island Inn. Exhibitions are accompanied by publications produced in collaboration with international imprints, including Sternberg Press (Germany) and with public institutions globally. These initiatives are part of a social enterprise-based business model that supports the economic viability of the Fogo Island Inn and the growth of tourism on Fogo Island.
The programs at Fogo Island Arts provide alternatives to more traditional international residencies and public art galleries in North America — in part due to the resourcefulness and creativity of Fogo Islanders, which provides a vital framework for the organization’s activities. Fogo Island Arts places emphasis on creating meaningful partnerships — locally, nationally and internationally. Collaboration enhances knowledge through the sharing of resources, strengthening capacities and stimulating creative thought. By facilitating collaborations between emerging and established artists, curators, scholars and the public at large, Fogo Island Arts is building a growing national and international network of associates that help to support the organization and its programs.
Fogo Island Arts respectfully acknowledges that the territory on which its operations are based is part of the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, and the island of Newfoundland is the ancestral homeland of the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk. We also recognize the Inuit of Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut and the Innu of Nitassinan, and their ancestors, as the original people of Labrador.
Fogo Island Arts pledges to reflect a diversity of identities and perspectives in our programming, including international residencies, exhibitions, public programs and other initiatives. We commit to continually examine structures of power and decision-making within and beyond our organization with an aim to actively embody the values of inclusivity, equity and accessibility in everything we do.
We welcome conversations regarding how Fogo Island Arts can champion a wide range of practices, ideas and identities; our contact email is [email protected]