FAQ

If you have questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to contact St. Michael’s Printshop. We will do our best to reply to all queries, but keep in mind that as the deadline approaches we may not have time to get back to you.

Application process:

  • We know that the creative process is not always linear and that the actual work may change during the year-long project, but it is important for you to have an idea how your time will be broken down into steps to ensure steady progress and timely completion of the work.
  • Our staff is happy to write letters of support for recipients planning on applying for grants or travel assistance from different municipal, provincial, federal funding bodies.

Jury process and considerations:

  •  Jurying is done by the Programming Committee, which is made up of artists at different stages of their careers. We understand that the applicants come from diverse backgrounds and have different experience and skill levels in writing proposals as well as developing their work, and we take that into account in our consideration.
  • The jury considers these aspects of the applications:
    • Writing clarity
    • Image documentation
    • Artistic merit
    • Feasibility of the project plan
    • Impact (artistic and career growth)
  • The jury will select and interview a shortlist of potential applicants

Studio Expectations:

  • The Don Wright scholar is required to familiarize themselves with the studio guidelines and to complete a mandatory studio orientation
  • The Don Wright scholar must be able to work independently
  • All artists are responsible for obtaining and using the personal safety equipment needed for the proper handling of materials (gloves, respirators, etc.)
  • The behaviour of artists must be in compliance with establishing a safe and supportive working environment
  • Year-long personal storage space is available for Don Wright scholars, however, all produced work must be removed upon completion of the scholarship
  • Michael’s provides black and white inks, rags, solvents and chemistries to all studio users
  • Artists are responsible for their own plates, paper, coloured inks, drawing materials etc.

 

Relocating to St. John’s NL

We appreciate that relocating to a new city is daunting and might be prohibitive to some applicants. We’ve put together some links to introduce you to life here in St. John’s and are happy to answer any questions you might have.

  • Memorial University has put together an excellent resource for relocation to St. John’s NL, we encourage you to review it if you are from away and are considering applying
  • SMP is located in the Baird Building, a cultural hub in downtown St. John’s which houses independent artist studios, artist-run centres and collectives.
  • John’s has a small and vibrant arts community hosting many festivals year round including in addition to regular programming by cultural institutions such as The Rooms and Eastern Edge.
    • Lawnya Vawnya – An Exposition of Independent Art & Culture
    • Hold Fast –  a contemporary arts festival organized by Eastern Edge
    • Out of Earshot – A festival showcasing DIY and emerging music and arts