Blank Canvas: 351 Indoor Art Commission Information Session

When: October 20, 2012, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Gypsy Tea Room, 315 Water Street, St. John’s, NL.

Lunch will be provided.

Teleconferencing will be available, with details posted on October 19.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to learn about preparing proposals, hear first-hand experiences, see what others around the world have been doing, and be able to ask lots of questions.

The speakers for the day are:

Emily Blumenfeld, Partner, Via Partnership, LLP
Emily has fifteen years of experience as a public art consultant, curator, and art historian. She has significant expertise in strategic planning, artist selection, media relations, and working with artists to ensure the maximum impact of their work. To learn more about Emily, visit:

Ilan Sandler, Ilan Sandler Studio Inc.
Ilan is a cross-disciplinary artist who works with industrial materials and digital media to create public art and media installations. His projects are designed for built environments, and invite viewers to interact with site-specific installations in settings not usually designed for artwork. To learn more about Ilan and view his recent work, visit:

Strat Barrett, Stantec Architecture
Founded in 1954, Stantec is the builder of 351 Water Street. Continually striving to balance economic, environmental, and social responsibilities, Stantec is recognized as a world-class leader and innovator in the delivery of sustainable solutions. To learn more about Stantec, visit

RSVP for the Information Session by Wednesday, October 17 to Please identify if you will be joining by teleconference or in person.

Blank Canvas: A Juried Call for Public Art Commission

Commissioned art installation for 351 Water, the first new office building
in downtown St. John’s in more than 25 years

St. John’s, NL – Today, members of the arts community witnessed the announcement
of Blank Canvas: A Juried Call for Public Art Commission. Blank Canvas is the first
private sector art commission in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The piece, commissioned by East Port Properties, will be an indoor public art installation
permanently displayed in 351, a building in downtown St. John’s set to open in 2014.

“East Port Properties is proud to be involved in a project that provides a significant
opportunity for learning and growth in the visual arts community,” says East Port
Properties President John Lindsay. “It also represents the opportunity of a lifetime for the
chosen artist to create a lasting legacy.”

The chosen artist will have a budget of $100,000 for the commissioned piece. The call
is open to all artists who demonstrate a significant affiliation to the province but is not
limited to those currently residing in Newfoundland.

Proposals will be rigorously screened by a jury comprised of the project conceptual
architect, well-respected members of the arts community, as well as an East Port
Properties representative.

“This call will not only provide artists the chance to experiment with media and
techniques, but the chosen artist will also receive provincial and national recognition for
their piece,” says Director, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and Blank Canvas steering
committee member, Sheila Perry. “This is a rare opportunity for the arts community and I
cannot wait to see all of the wonderful submissions.”

The call for proposals, which opens today, closes Nov. 16. For more information contact us via the form below or download the Request for Proposals [PDF].

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351 Traffic Notification

Starting May 21 at 7am and ending on June 22 at 5pm, there will be lane narrowing for both east and west vehicular traffic on Harbour Drive from east of Water Street and Harbour Drive to Pier # 7. Traffic controls will be in place for the duration of this interruption. Please heed signs and control personnel.

Lanes will be open to traffic in both directions, but for the safety of drivers and control personnel, speeds will be restricted to a maximum of 40km/h.

Expect delays when truck deliveries are being made to local vendors and facilities.

This interruption in traffic flow is necessary to accommodate the final stages of the precast installation of the parking garage at 351 Water Street, to allow the installation of a tower crane to begin the work on the office building above, and to dismantle the precast crawler crane currently on site.

We appreciate your patience for this temporary inconvenience.