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Edmonton | Call for Indigenous and New Canadian Visual Artists for a 7 Month Mentorship Program

Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC logoVisual Arts Alberta – CARFAC is looking for Experienced Edmonton Visual Artists either Indigenous or New Canadian that want to learn more in a one-on-one learning environment. This opportunity will not cost any money – just your time. At the end of the program, the selected artists will participate in an exhibition that pays CARFAC exhibition copyright fees.

This is an opportunity for those who want to become more professional in their art practice, and who want to learn different ways artists can succeed. Artists will meet with their teacher (mentor) 2 times per month over a period of 7 months, starting in March 2018 for a total of 18 – 20 hours. There will also be twice a month meetings (sharing sessions) where the group of 6 Indigenous / New Canadian Visual Artists will meet together with the program coordinators on Wednesday evenings between 6:30pm and 8:00pm.

To be considered for one of these positions, please email your resume and a letter by January 20th, 2018 at 4pm to

Successful candidates will be experienced artists that require knowledge on how to make Visual Arts their career. Candidates will be selected based on their need and willingness to learn. Please let us know why you feel this program would benefit you in your art career by explaining your current situation:

  • How long you have you been making art?
  • Have you achieved any degree of success as an artist?
  • What languages do you speak and understand?
  • Where you were born?
  • When did you arrive in Edmonton (you must be a resident of Edmonton to participate)?
  • Were you born in Canada or when did you arrive in Canada?

Most importantly tell us what you expect to learn and why you want to succeed as a Visual Artist. Interviews will take place during the first week of February 2018 for those artists being considered for one of these six positions.

If you require more information about this program, please phone Sharon at 780.421.1731 (Wednesday to Friday between 10am and 4pm) or email. send  by email to Email us your questions.

LONG LIST for the Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize

May 03rd, 2017. In alphabetical order, the LONG LIST for the Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize are:
Paul Bernhardt (nominated by Brenda Barry Byrne, Strathcona Art [email protected])
Sean Caulfield  (nominated by DC3 Art Projects + the Art Gallery of Alberta)
Clay Ellis (nominated by Peter and Camille Robertson, Peter Robertson Gallery)
Brad Necyk (nominated by Emily Baker and Jenny Willson-McGrath , Art Gallery of St. Albert)
Jill Stanton (nominated by Angel Karosi , Harcourt House Artist Run Centre)

Paul Bernhardt

Read more about the Paul Bernhardt’s nominated piece here
Read about who Paul Bernhardt is here

Sean Caulfield

Read more about Sean Caulfield’s nominated piece here and here
ead about who Sean Caulfield is here

Clay Ellis

Read more about the Clay Ellis nominated piece here
Read more about who Clay Ellis is here

Brad Necyk

Read more about Brad Necyk’s nominated piece here
Read more about who Brad Necyk is here

Jill Stanton

Read more about Jill Stanton’s nominated piece here
Read more about who Jill Stanton is here

The SHORT LIST of three artists will be announced on or just before May 27th, 2017. There will be a ceremony to announce the winner of the 6th annual Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize at 7:15pm on THURSDAY June 22nd at Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC Project Space (10215 112 Street, 3rd floor, Edmonton, AB T5K 1M7).

The Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize was established with the generous support of the Eldon + Anne Foote Fund at Edmonton Community Foundation and in partnership with the Edmonton Arts Council and Visual Arts Alberta Association. This Visual Arts Prize celebrates the brilliance of Visual Artists in Edmonton.

New “Has The Artist Been Paid?” T-shirts available

Has the artist been paid tshirtWe are happy to announce that this year’s “Has The Artist Been Paid?” T-shirts have arrived and are availalbe for sale. Make your beliefs known with pride on a premium cherry red v-neck t-shirt with slogan in orange. A bold design for a bold statement.

Sizes s-m-l-xl $25 and 2xl $30

To order, email, phone 780.421.1731 (toll-free 1.866.421.1731 – we will ship anywhere in Canada) or drop by the Visual Arts Alberta Gallery during our office hours, Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 12-4pm.

Model: Chris W. Carson, Executive Director of Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC

Tattoo Speaks: project at Visual Arts Alberta Gallery: Edmonton


DL4ao you have a tattoo?

Does your tattoo have an interesting story behind it or was inspired by something special? Does it represent a significant time in your life?

On October 3rd 2015, Wachira will be hosting a photo shoot from 12pm to 4pm at the Visual Arts Alberta Gallery, 3rd Floor, 10215 – 112 Street NW Edmonton, AB T5K 1M7. Those who would like to share their tattoo pieces and the stories behind them are welcome to drop by. Additional sessions will be held on November 14 and December 5. For further information please contact:

Through photography, Tattoo Speak will capture the deeply personal stories behind these beautiful pieces of body art while deconstructing the negative stereotypes associated with them. The project by Karue Wachira, an Alberta photographer, will take place over the next year.


Visual Arts Alberta~CARFAC Has A Brand New Facebook Page


Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC has a brand new facebook page and we invite you to LIKE it.

And please ask all your visual and media art friends to LIKE OUR PAGE. We started our page on Sunday January 25th and we have over 200 LIKES already.

The more LIKES we get, the more people see our POSTS so if you believe that ART has value and that ARTISTS should be paid for their labour, you should LIKE our page…

Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC “we are CARFAC in Alberta.”

Visual Arts Alberta~CARFAC 2014-2015 New Board Announcement

AGM in CAlgary

At the Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC AGM in Calgary that took place on Saturday October 18th, the new board for 2014 – 2015 took office. They are Sydney Lancaster President; John Maywood Vice President; Jean Lindsay Treasurer; Carli Castle Secretary, Paddy Lamb CARFAC Board Representative; Gisa Mayer Calgary Director; Joe Clare Director, Heather Huston Director, Jeff Jean-Francois Rodier Director, Ruby J. Mah Director, Sara McKarney Director and Bruce Watson Director. Congratulations!

Brenda Draney wins Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize

Brenda Draney became the third winner of the Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize Brenda Draney SUSPENDat a short ceremony last night (June 19th, 2014) at Visual Arts Alberta Gallery. The prize is worth $10,000 and is awarded to a visual artist from the greater Edmonton region for an artwork exhibited in the 2013 year. Brenda Draney was nominated by the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) for an exhibition called SUSPEND exhibited there between December 14th, 2013 and March 9th, 2014.

Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC along with our partners the Edmonton Arts Council and the Edmonton Community Foundation would like to congratulate Brenda Draney. The Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize is the result of the generosity of the Foote family. The award is meant to celebrate the vitality of the visual arts scene in the Edmonton area and Edmonton has many great artist to recognize.

Allen Ball (nominated by the Multicultural Public Art Gallery) along with Sean Caulfield + Royden Mills (nominated by Strathcona County Art Gallery @ 501) were awarded cheques for $500.00 for being part of the short list for the Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize.The jurors for this year’s Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize were Tina Martel (artist and professor at Grande Prairie Regional College), Vincent Varga (Museum Director of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff) and Renato Vitac (Executive Director of TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary).

The two previous winners of the Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize were Paul Freeman (last year) and the late Arlene Wasylynchuk (winner of the inaugural award in 2012).

The Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize is clearly a major arts award that recognizes and promote talent in the municipality of Edmonton. Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC is proud to administer this prize for greater Edmonton’s Visual Artists.

Short List for the Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize

The Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize was established with the generous support of the Eldon + Anne Foote Fund at Edmonton Community Foundation and in partnership with the Edmonton Arts Council and Visual Arts Alberta Association. This Visual Arts Prize, now in its third year, celebrates the brilliance of Visual Artists in Edmonton.

An independent jury composed of three art professionals from outside the Edmonton area evaluated submissions and a short list of three Edmonton Visual Artists emerged. from the long list composed of five artists announced at the beginning of May (Note: the names of the three jury members will be announced and acknowledged on June 19th with the announcement of the winner of the Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize).

The announcement of the short listed artists applauds the vibrancy of the Greater Edmonton Art Scene). The short listed artists for the third Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize in alphabetical order  with the nominating gallery in brackets are : Allen Ball (MCPAG, Stony Plain, AB), Sean Caulfield / Royden Mills (Strathcona County Gallery @ 501, Sherwood Park, AB)  and Brenda Draney (Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton) . 

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Allen Ball

Read Allen Ball’s CV

Read about Allen Ball’s artwork


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Sean Caulfield / Royden Mills

Read Sean Caulfield’s CV
Read Royden Mills’ CV
Read about their artwork



Brenda Draney

Read Brenda Draney’s CV

Read about Brenda Draney’s artwork

Join us for the awards ceremony at Visual Arts Alberta Gallery (3rd floor, 10215 112 Street NW, Edmonton) on June 19th, 2014, at 7:30pm when the winner of the $10,000 Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Award will be announced along with the two runners-up (they will receive $500 for being shortlisted).

The Arts & Entertainment PlanR: Plan Update

The Arts & Entertainment PlanDrug, Health, Dental, Life AD&D And Travel Protection.

Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC invites you to consider AFBS’ The Arts and Entertainment Plan. Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC members in good standing may apply for this extended health plan (photocopy your current membership card when applying).



See below for the latest updated materials that reflect the latest rates  (which have decreased again – keeping  pretty much flat for the past 5 years).


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Serpentine Gallery, London and Unpaid Internships

“Sydney Lancaster (Advocacy Director) recommends the following article…

A story about a protest against the Serpentine Gallery in London regarding unpaid internships … thankfully, this is not the usual way things are done in our Edmonton arts community, but there are many places in which this is not the case, and young artists and arts administrators feel pressured to take unpaid positions on the promise of ‘future benefit’ in the industry. Another case of ‘dying of exposure’. 

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Chris W. Carson (Executive Director) visited the Sepentine Gallery in December and was impressed by the retrospective exhibition of the work of Jake and Dino Chapman but was also equally disappointed in their use of unpaid internships…