COVID Update Feb 2021

Dear St. Michael’s Printshop Community and Members, 

Following the provincial government’s COVID brief SMP will be postponing any in person workshops and events until further notice, to be in accordance with health recommendations:

“Effective immediately, a special measures order is being implemented in the St. John’s metro area for two weeks.

  • Group and team sports and recreation activities where children and/or adults gather in-person and where close contact is required are suspended. This does not include individual activities such as walking tracks, gyms or private lessons.
  • Group arts and cultural activities that involve in-person gatherings are suspended. This includes bands, choirs, dance and music classes. Solo performances and individual lessons are still permitted.”

SMP will continue to be available to key holding members. If you are a key holder and plan to use the shop you will have to complete the Covid 19 assessment form linked here, and follow the Covid 19 Health and Safety Protocols available here and posted in the shop. If you are a member who is currently renting without keys the shop will be available by appointment. Please get in touch about your plans to work in the shop.

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 4th as 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 members and community informed of changes as we move forward. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date. You can do so on our website here. Please reach out to  if you have any questions.

Xo Christeen, and Team SMP

Screenprinting with MIMI!

SMP is excited to announce the second of our screenprint workshop series: One Color Print on Fabric, taught by member and co-founder of the Screenprint Pilot Project, Mimi Stockland. It will take place over three weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6pm-9pm on Nov 3rd, 10th, 16th. This will be an intro workshop that focuses on the basics of screenprinting on fabric. Participants will come away with a knowledge of coating and exposing screens, preparing a file for printing, printing and cleanup, as well as a one color print on fabric. This series will be taught in person but is limited to 4 participants to ensure everyone can safely distance while also participating fully. To register fill out the google form linked here, and we will follow up to confirm your participation and arrange payment. SMP will provide ink, screens, and test fabric. However, participants should bring any special fabric they would like to print on. Register here

Studio Rental Survey

SMP is currently reviewing our fee schedule and we would like your input! We are looking to hear feedback from past and present members on our current rental fees and to get a general idea on when and how members use the space. You can also respond if you are not a member but are interested in renting in the future! Based on your responses we will be building a new fee schedule that will be presented at our AGM in November.
Survey Link:
We thank you for your input!

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:…/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.  


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 or

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…


* 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.
* 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.
* 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.


How to apply:

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

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