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CARFAC Supports LGBTT2Q Community in Campaign Against Jordan Peterson at the National Gallery of Canada

OTTAWA- March 9 2017- Trans, two spirit, intersex and gender diverse folk, and LGBTT2Q advocates across Canada have asked that the National Gallery of Canada cancel an upcoming public speaking engagement featuring Prof. Jordan Peterson. Queer, trans, two spirit, intersex and gender diverse folk and allies regard Peterson’s consistent, public invalidation of trans identities as transphobic. Following their lead, Canadian Artists’ Representation (CARFAC National) is now urging the National Gallery of Canada, to reconsider their position and to revoke Prof. Peterson’s invitation to speak at the gallery on Thursday March 9th.

CARFAC National is the voice for visual artists in Canada and the official bargaining unit for artists working at the National Gallery of Canada under the Status of the Artist Act. We stand as an advocate for all artists, including LGBTT2Q artists and we believe that artists’ rights and human rights intersect. Inviting Prof. Peterson into our National Public Gallery has the potential to render the gallery an unsafe workplace for our members. While the subject of Mr. Peterson’s talk is not publicized to be on transgender rights, giving him a public platform carries with it his very public views on these issues.

Under these circumstances, to protect the interests of patrons and artists alike, the National Gallery of Canada should listen to these serious concerns and cancel Mr. Peterson’s speaking engagement.

For more information contact:
Darrah Teitel, Director of National Advocacy and Communications

Call for submissions

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is launching a call for submissions for its project to integrate within its collections new works by the country’s Indigenous and culturally diverse contemporary artists.

Proposals could be developed in relation to any one of the world cultures represented in the Museum for a total budget of approximately $30,000 per submission.

We invite you to review the details in the attached call for submission, and thank you for contributing to raising awareness of this call of submissions.

Project’s Organizing Committee

Collections, Connections and Reconnections

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

CARFAC Maritimes representative on National Board

CARFAC Maritimes is very pleased to announce the nomination of Annie France Noël as representative on the National Board.

Annie France Noël is an artist and a photographer from Caraquet (NB). She studied analog photography at the Université de Moncton.

Visceral in nature, Annie’s work explores themes of vulnerability and isolation. She is also interested in dynamics surrounding the creation and consumption of images in a digital era as well as the emotionality associated to the photographic object.

She has exhibited in a number of venues such as the Beaverbrook Provincial Art Gallery (2015) following a residency in Finland. Annie France is an active member of the cultural community of Moncton and sits on the board of directors of the FICFA and of CARFAC Maritimes. She is currently co-director of Galerie Sans Nom.

ChChChCh – Changes

I often wonder if I am the only one who listens to radio while writing and has these serendipitous collisions.  My theme for this Post is about change.  And guess what is playing on the radio?  David Bowie’s Changes and I’m flummoxed again. “Time may change me, but I can’t change time.”

As I recently went through my annual, winter process of clearing out the old and welcoming the new, I came to realize that I have neglected to introduce myself to you properly. So by way of introduction, I am Nancy Cole, a contemporary visual textile artist living a happily reclusive existence on the shore near Summerside, PEI.

As Chair, CARFAC Maritimes, my focus is to strengthen our membership. Working together, we can make a difference.  The Maritimes is bursting with incredible artists but sadly, many are compelled to leave in search of a living wage.

We have recently made a big step by appointing our first Executive Director, CARFAC Maritimes.  This is something for us to celebrate.  Anna Rail from Dieppe NB, is a positive and powerful force of nature.  She comes to CARFAC firstly as a volunteer assuming the responsibility for processing memberships and has quickly embraced the responsibilities of Executive Director.   We have a lot to do and I am really excited about working with Anna to move us forward, raising our profile and embracing new members.

CARFAC Maritimes has become an important part of my practice.  Being part of a collective of like minded professionals has given me hope that someday things will change and the Maritimes will embrace artists with fair pay for the valuable work we do.  I actually think this is the start of exciting times for us.  PEI is developing a cultural policy; NB already has developed its policy in 2002 and NS has a cultural and heritage policy but policies need continuous scrutiny and CARFAC Maritimes should be there; lobbying, educating and supporting the professional needs of our artists.  It takes time and patience and our governments are listening.  Public events such as Art in the Open and Nocturne are huge economic boosts and the numbers show that the public wants this stuff.  And the public is the vote. When I discuss the ‘paid by exposure’ mentality to politicians, organizations and the general public, there is a glimmer of understanding that essentially, this isn’t fair.

As for my work as a fellow artist, I don’t maintain a website or participate in social media.  Orwell had a bigger influence than I expected when I first read Animal Farm and 1984. But one must have an online presence so if you would like to see what I do, here is a link.  This will take you into my portfolio folder on dropbox.  If you take a moment to see my work, I invite you to leave a comment on my guestbook file.

Anna will also welcome your comments, questions and suggestions at this email address:

p.s.  my email is just in case you want to chat.