14 March 2014

2014 Professional Artists’ Fund To Be Awarded 14 March 2014


Local potter and sculptor Alison Gayton of ‘I Love Saint John Pottery’ will be formally presented with a cheque for $1000 as the recipient of the 2014 Professional Artists’ Fund Award. The presentation will take place at the opening reception for new exhibits of the Saint John Arts Centre and City Gallery, Friday, March 14th, 2014, starting at 5:30pm. Several of Ms. Gayton’s recent works are among those showcased in her exhibit titled, ‘wings and legs’.

In 1997, Alison Gayton started her artistic practice with ceramics while studying at NBCCD in 1997. Ms. Gayton then travelled internationally, completing workshops across Japan, Germany, and Norway in addition to North American venues. In 2006, upon completion of her degree in Political Science at UNBSJ, she founded ‘I Love Saint John Pottery’ with the goal of eventually creating a Saint John ceramic institution. Ms. Gayton served as lead intern in Sculpture Saint John’s International Sculpture Symposium in 2012, and in Fall of 2013, she travelled to Carrara, Italy to study stone carving.

The Professional Artists’ Fund

A group of professional artists and arts supporters (the ‘Tea Towel Team’) in the Saint John region joined forces some years ago to organize a number of highly successful fundraising events: Art in the City Studio Tour (2003) Art and Artifacts (2005) and Whodunit? (2007). The proceeds from these events, as well as private donations, have been used to establish the Professional Artists’ Fund, which is managed through the Greater Saint John Community Foundation. The goal of this fund is to award an annual grant of $1000 to a professional visual artist who needs financial assistance to pursue aspects of their careers (for example: studio rental, exhibit costs, art materials, research travel, etc.)

Beginning in 2014, The New Brunswick Museum and the Saint John Arts Centre will be managing the annual application process and the awarding of the grant. A three-person jury will review all applications to determine the winner based on their five images provided.

For more information, please contact:

Saint John Arts Centre
Andrew Kierstead
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New Brunswick Museum
Jane Fullerton
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