Open Studio Night

UPDATE: Registration is now full, but don’t worry, there will be more events like this one!

We are having an in-studio event!

St Michael’s is starting to get up and running again, finally! We had such a great time at Print in the Park that we are doing it again. We are super excited to be a part of Eastern Edge Gallery’s HOLD FAST Contemporary Art Festival 24hr art marathon. We will be set up with the mobile press on the main floor at 72 Harbour Drive, and will print for the afternoon of October 3rd, (times may change). We will have the blocks we carved for the last event, in case you missed it, but we are also inviting you to come carve a block the week before at our first Open Studios since the shutdown. To ensure everyone’s safety this event will be limited to 7 participants. If you’re interested please fill out the google form linked here and we will be in touch with the details. The open studio will take place Thursday September 24th from 6-9pm.

Google registration form:

https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSes87LYkJL-LCVbVr…/viewform

photo in left side of image taken by Dee Ramadan (@dee_ramadan)

Submission Guidelines

Complete applications must be submitted by 11:59 on September 15, 2020.

Each year St. Michael’s Printshop invites applications from international, national and provincial artists who wish to come and work at the Printshop for a one-month period. A total of six residencies are offered during the year (April 2021 – November 2021).

In order to be considered for the Visiting Artist program, interested artists must submit the following:

The following support materials are part of the online application form, we recommend compiling and editing this information in a word processor and then copying and pasting into the form fields when you are ready to submit everything.

  • Artist Bio (150 words max)
  • Summary (75 words max) – please provide a clear and concise overview of your project
  •  A detailed project proposal (250 words max) that includes the following:
    • A project description explaining what you plan to make and the creative direction or goals you have for the project
    • Print medium(s) and materials you intend to work with
    • Significance to your creative practice/career – how this project will support your development as an artist
    • How you propose to engage with the SMP and NL arts communities
  •  Artist Statement (250 words max)
  • 1-2 workshop proposals (250 words max)
    • preferably beginner-friendly workshops
  • Artist’s CV (3 pages max) – an updated resume that confirms a professional arts practice. Please include contact information: email, phone number, address, province of residence
  • Image list (include title, medium, size, year made)
  • 12 Support images maximum
    • Image Submission Requirements:
    • Up to 12 support images maximum, each file formatted at 72dpi, 1mb each, jpeg format
    • please label your files numerically to correspond with your image list and use the following format: 00_Lastname_Title_year
  • For video support materials include a separate PDF with a video link
    • Clips can be no longer than 5 minutes max
    • specify the start/end times for the clip you’d like watched
    • Video links will count as one of your support images

To Submit

Completed application submitted via the official SMP Visiting Artist Program Google Form found here.  

Notification

The deadline to apply is by 11:59 pm on September 15, 2020

All submissions will be juried by the SMP programming committee and notifications will be sent out within 8 weeks of the deadline.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome.

Print in the Park

St. Michael’s Printshop is hosting a live printing event in Harbourside Park

Date: August 29th, 2020

Time: 1-6pm

Location: Harbourside Park (across from the War Memorial)

Free, beginner friendly, learn about printmaking, make a print, socialize

Print in the Park will be a pop-up, live printing, physical distanced extravaganza! St. Michael’s Printshop is going mobile: we are bringing our moveable printing press to Harbourside Park, along with printmaking supplies and a selection of stunning prints to display. We will have five printmaking stations set up so participants can walk through while safely maintaining physical distancing as they learn about the magic of printmaking and even make their own lino-block print composition. Come see printmaking in action and support artist-run culture! 

COVID-19 Protocols: Everyone is required to wear a mask at this event (unless certain health conditions prevent you from wearing one). Masks will be provided at the entrance of the event if you don’t have a mask already. Upon entering the event, visitors will be asked three self-health evaluation questions and be requested to sanitize their hands at the sanitization booth. Instructions from staff/volunteers as well as markings at the event will help visitors navigate the event safely, keeping 2m apart from others. 

Artist-Run Art Fair

St. Michael’s Printshop and Eastern Edge Gallery are partnering to offer an Artist-Run Art Fair

Date: August 23rd, 2020

Time: 1-6pm

Location: The parking lots surrounding Eastern Edge Gallery and St. Michael’s Printshop

Entrance: All participants and visitors must enter through the parking lot that is on Clift’s Baird’s Cove Road (which intersects Water St. and Harbour Drive). 

Come to our Artist-Run Art fair: meet some seriously talented artists, buy something for yourself or a friend, support local, and support artist-run culture! The Artist-Run Art Fair is a chance for artists to display and sell their own work in a safe (physically distanced) environment. SMP and EE will be selling their own wares and merch as well as Art=Work t-shirts and hats for the Mary McDonald Foundation . 

COVID-19 Protocols: Everyone is required to wear a mask at this event (unless certain health conditions prevent you from wearing one). Masks will be provided at the entrance of the event if you don’t have a mask already. Upon entering the event, visitors will be asked three self-health evaluation questions and be requested to sanitize their hands at the sanitization booth. Instructions from staff/volunteers as well as markings on the ground will help visitors navigate the event safely, keeping 2m apart from others. 

Guidelines for participating artists:

  • Artists are in charge of how they set up their table. One table per artist (or collective/collaboration). Tables are approximately 2.5′ x 6′. There will be a chair provided as well and both the table and chair will be freshly disinfected on the morning of the event. 
  • There is no cost for a table. 
  • Artists will handle their own sales. We suggest you have a float/cash box, and some sort of digital means of conducting sales (ie. Square, PayPal, e-transfer, etc.)
  • Be mindful this is an outdoor event, (ie. bring masking tape should you need to tack artworks to the table if it’s windy). 
  • Masks are mandatory (unless health conditions prevent you from wearing one), if you do not have a mask we can provide you one. There will be hand sanitizer at the event, but feel free to also bring your own to have at your table.

  The event will be postponed if there is rain.

If there are any questions or barriers to access feel free to contact either stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com or easternedgegallery@gmail.com

We are working on the formation of an Anti-Oppression Committee

In light of recent events, and as a step toward goals to diversify, which SMP has long held but not yet delivered on, the board and ED propose the formation of a committee that will be dedicated to dismantling white supremacy and other forms of oppression within the organization. This requires research and action on the part of the committee and enthusiastic cooperation of staff, board, and members. Below is a short list of what some first steps could look like.

1. Set up a committee to work on an anti-oppression mandate as well as to come up with ideas on how to identify and make structural changes to institutional racism in our organization. This could look like a code of conduct in the short run, that will be posted in the shop and sent to members, and will eventually develop into a more in-depth basis of unity document that we will center all our activities around, that will be posted on our site, and that members will have to sign on to.

2. Actively work to centre and support BIPOC and 2SLGBTQIA artists. This will be done (with the programming committee) by programming artists from these communities as well as inviting artists in to the shop to give (paid) workshops and talks. This could also look like a BIPOC specific Artist in Residence program (paid according to CARFAC fees).

3. Organize and hold events that are designed to educate our members as well as the public at large at identifying racism and white supremacy and working to dismantle it. This could take the form of informal events in the shop such as an anti racist book club, discussion group, political print club etc…

Purpose:

* To develop and implement strategies to dismantle white supremacy and other oppressive systems within the organization while centering on QTBIPOC folks through programming.
* Be a safe place for members, staff, public, etc. to voice concerns about SMP space/people/etc. and work towards resolutions in such instances.
Composition
* A minimum of five members appointed by the Board of Directors.·
* One of these members shall be Chairperson of the committee.·
* The Chairperson shall also be a member of the Board of Directors.
Meetings·
* The Anti-Oppression committee will meet bimonthly or more as needed.
* The Chairperson will call meetings at least one week in advance.
* The Anti-Oppression committee can report to the Board of Directors during in camera sessions if needed.
* Quorum will constitute 3 members of the committee or half of members +1, whichever is less.

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How to apply:

If interested, contact stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com or attend our Special General Meeting on Aug 6th, 7-9 NL time.

Eventbrite Link:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/special-general-meeting-tickets…

The Board of Directors and Executive Director of St Michael’s Printshop would like to call a Special General Meeting of the membership to address several exciting and important matters. This Special General Meeting will take place on August 6th from 7-9pm NL time over the online meeting platform ZOOM. Members will be asked to register on eventbrite where they will be provided with a link to the Zoom meeting. A link to register will be added below and will also be made available on the website.

Eventbrite Link:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/special-general-meeting-tickets-110811913416

At the Special General Meeting we will:

* Give an update on exciting things happening at SMP
* Approve a method for creating a Code of Conduct for the shop, members, staff and board.
* Discuss and/or nominate candidates to the board to fill vacancies
* Form an anti-oppression committee made of members, staff, and board, that will work on decolonizing St Michael’s
* Approve wording changes to our bylaws (wording to be sent to membership two weeks prior to meeting)

Questions? Email stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com

* Treasurer
* Secretary
* Member at Large
* Fundraising Committee Chair

** Deadline: July 31st, 2020

St. Michael’s Printshop (SMP) is currently seeking board members to serve a two or three year volunteer term (renewable) who will bring dedication, energy, and experience to the organization. We are seeking folks with a broad range of knowledge and skills, including accounting, fundraising and development, human resources, communications and marketing, and who have a strong interest in printmaking practices. We especially welcome applications from artists at all stages of their careers, writers, curators, cultural workers and those with previous board experience. We would also love to have more representation from the wider community not involved in the arts sector but that have an interest in supporting the arts. Knowing about printmaking is not necessary, rather an excitement for print and arts in general as well as a willingness to learn about all things print, art and community!

SMP values diversity and inclusivity in our communities. We highly encourage applications from visible minority group members, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We invite you to make a note of that in your application if you would like to.

We are looking for a member to be on the nominating committee. Please let us now if you’re interested!

For more info keep reading or contact:
stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com
chairstmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com

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GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
* An interest in printmaking, visual art, and commitment to the work of the organization.
* Willingness to serve on committees.
* Attendance at monthly board meetings and committee meetings.
* Support of, and participation in, SMP activities (fundraising, programming activities, etc.).
* Ability to contribute specific skills and attributes in one or more areas of board governance.

TREASURER RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Help SMP staff with keeping full and accurate accounts of all assets, liabilities, receipts and disbursements of the Printshop.
* Meet with the executive director on a monthly basis to ensure financials are in order .
* Gain a full understanding of SMP’s finances and give financial reports at board meetings and provide a statement of the financial position of SMP at Annual General Meetings or Special General Meetings.

SECRETARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and act as clerk thereof and record all votes and minutes of all proceedings in the books to be kept for that purpose.
* Give or cause to be given notices of all meetings of the Board of Directors.
* Be custodian of the seal of the Printshop, should the Printshop adopt one, which seal shall be delivered only as authorized by the resolution of the Board of Directors and only to such person or persons as may be named in the resolution; and..
* Perform other such duties as may from time to time be directed by the Board of Directors.

MEMBER AT LARGE:
* The Member at Large is an active member of the printshop who joins the board to help govern SMP.
* They will chair at least one committee.

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE CHAIR:
* The fundraising committee chair will work closely with the board, ED and committee to raise funds for SMP.
* Part of this involves outreach to members of the community and developing relationships with past, and possible future, donors.
* The new fundraising chair will work with the ED to develop a subscription based donation system wherein donors can choose to support SMP on an ongoing monthly basis.

GENERAL DUTIES:
Board directors are fully informed on organizational matters and participate in the board’s deliberations and decisions in the matters of policy, finance, programs, personnel and advocacy, including:
1. Approve, where appropriate, policy and other recommendations received from the board, its standing committees and staff.
2. Monitor all board policies.
3. Review the bylaws recommend bylaw changes as appropriate.
4. Review the board’s structure, approve changes, and prepare necessary bylaw amendments.
5. Participate in the development of SMP’s organizational plan and annual review.
6. Approve the annual budget.
7. Approve hiring and release of staff and develop appropriate job descriptions and contracts for staff.
8. Assist in developing and maintaining positive relations among the board, committees, staff members and the community to enhance SMP’s ability to achieve its goals.
9. Be a public voice and advocate for SMP.

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How to apply:

The nominating committee invites expressions of interest (max. one page) and resume/CV from members of our community to serve on the SMP board of directors. The nominating committee, in consultation with the board and staff, will evaluate applications and invite successful applicants to the SGM for a formal vote from our membership.

Please send your applications to SMP’s current Chair, Andrew Testa, at chairstmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com. Potential applicants are invited to contact the SMP Chair in advance of submitting their applications if they have any questions regarding SMP and/or board member requirements and duties. The deadline for nominations is July 31st 2020. Individual roles will be assigned and voted on at that board meeting.

SMP is committed to accommodating applicants with barriers to the recruitment procedures outlined above. The cover letter can be submitted via video, audio recording or in a phone/video chat but a cv is still required. Please notify us if you require accommodation in respect to the materials or procedures used at any time during this process, and we will work with you to determine how to meet your needs.

Social Media Campaign: Printer of the week!

SMP will be featuring printmakers every week, highlighting the work of social justice activists, BIPOC artists, 2SLGBTQIA artists, and members/friends of the printshop! Keep an eye on our e-newsletter, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see. And if you would like to be featured send an email to socialstmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com! Or send us a message with a few images, your social/website, and a bit about yourself and your work!

St. Michael’s Printshop Community and Members,

Following with the Federal Government’s news brief, SMP will be temporarily closing until further notice and encouraging all its members to stay home and practice social distancing. SMP will be postponing complimentary print month events and other events/workshops hosted at our studio. Those participating in our visiting artist program will be contacted this week in regards to the status of their upcoming visits. 

We will be available via email and social media to respond to any questions our members may have. Those wishing to take advantage of our free membership are encouraged to email SMP with the subject ‘complimentary membership’ (the end date for sign up will still be April 4thas this will be done online). Complimentary memberships are valid until the end of 2020. 

As this situation is constantly developing we will be sure to keep our artists informed of changes as we move forward. Please reach out to stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.comif you have any questions. 

Best,

Team SMP