Special Projects

Fogo Island Arts Week: October 4 – 9, 2022

Fogo Island Arts Week
October 4-9, 2022

Initiated in 2019, Fogo Island Arts Week is an ideas-focused program of special events and exhibitions involving a diverse group of community members, local organizations and invited guests. This year, FIA puts forward the notion of the Year 2067 as a tool to explore and imagine the future of Fogo Island and further afield. The theme seeks to spark radical curiosity in all participants and their communities surrounding the narrative for the future, not only on Fogo Island but for the wider collective and importantly, the planet it inhabits.

Central to the Arts Week are two days of open studios, with over 15 local artists, designers and makers sharing their recent work alongside galleries, workshops, and shops opening to the public. See program map for details and locations.

The Arts Week will see the launch of Liam Gillick’s A Variability Quantifier (aka the Fogo Island Red Weather Station) in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada. The artwork, located off the Waterman’s Brook trail in Fogo, is intended to function as an operational weather station and is a place for education, reflection, and discussion.

The week will also mark the opening of Glimpse (2017) & Workers (2019), a new solo exhibition by Polish artist Artur Żmijewski at the Fogo Island Gallery.

The Children of Fogo Island, an exhibition of work by local children and youth artists, will be on view at Iceberg Arena during the annual Partridgeberry Harvest Festival.

Two exciting workshops will be offered by Newfoundland-based artists: Memory Mapping and Place, presented by Marlene Creates and Grenfell Art Gallery’s Print Shop in a Box, presented by artist Alli Johnston.

Hosted by FIA Strategic Director, Nicolaus Schafhausen and FIA Director, Claire Shea, the Arts Week will feature a selection of speakers including Artistic Director of the Bonavista Biennale, Rose Bouthillier; Fogo Island Inn Executive Chef, Timothy Charles; woodworker and entrepreneur, Kevin Coffin; Producer and Senior Manager, National Outreach, National Gallery of Canada, Josée Drouin-Brisebois; Winds and Waves Artisans Guild members, Lillian Dwyer and Millicent Dwyer; Principal at Fogo Island Central Academy, Kristen Gill; artist Liam Gillick; artist Erin Hunt; artist and President of the Board of Art Metropole, Gareth Long; Associate Professor of Art History at Bingham University, Tom McDonough; independent curator, Fadzai Muchemwa; Anthony Engi Meacock, Joe Halligan and Adam Willis of the multidisciplinary collective ASSEMBLE with Joe Kellner; Vice President of Fogo Island Workshops and Design Initiatives, Michael Murphy; and Jelena Pančevac, of Belgium-based architecture firm OFFICE.

Please find the full program on our website.

Studio locations indicated on the Arts Week maps, available at the Welcome Reception. All events are free and everyone is welcome!

Fogo Island Arts Week is generously supported by: Come Home 2022 – Newfoundland & Labrador.