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Taking on Water Project (2021 - 2024)

In November of 2021, Integrated Work Package 4 (IWP4) Lead Dr. Barbara Neis organized and conducted a fieldtrip with filmmaker Barbara Doran, videographer, Jerry McIntosh, and playwright/actor Robert Chafe. The intention of the excursion was to record conversations between playwright Robert Chafe and people familiar with diverse ocean and coastal changes impacting communities along Newfoundland's shores. In addition, Barbara Doran and Jerry McIntosh gathered landscape footage for the development of demo documentary video, Living on the Edge (2022), developed about ocean change and coastal community sustainability.

In addition, the fieldtrip interviews lead to the development of the script for Taking on Water. The much anticipated production included performances by Robert Chafe and documentary-dancer Louise Moyes, with musical score (Wonder, Taking on Water, Kraken) by composer Randolph Peters, performed violinist Nancy Dahn and pianist Timothy Steeves founders of Duo Concertante and Tuckamore Music Festival. The Taking on Water tour swept across Newfoundland and Labrador in August and September of 2023 and included 13 performances at several venues including Arts and Cultural Centres and up to 10 school performances followed by workshops. 

Final paragraph about the completion of the documentary with a youtube link image to the photos to the right of the text.

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Melody and the Fishes Project (2022 - 2024)

Melody and the Fishes puppet production under development, featuring original script and puppets. School tour will take place in May 2024.

King-Campbell, S. Melody and the Fishes. Script [in progress] for FOCI IWP4 performance.

Skidmore, J. Melody and the Fishes. Puppets (in progress) for FOCI IWP4 performance. 


Gros Morne Puppetry  (2022)

In August 2022, artists, students and scholars gathered in Norris Point, Newfoundland and Labrador on the shores of beautiful Bonne Bay for a 10 day puppetry workshop and residency. A partnership between FOCI, David Lane co-director of the New England Puppet Arts and co-founder of the Newfoundland Puppet Collective, and the Bonne Bay Aquarium and Research Station (BBARS), the Gros Morne Puppet Workshop and Residency created an opportunity for new and established puppet artists to link art with science, culture and place. The program was facilitated by David Lane with the support of visual artist Clelia Scala, and focused on performance, design, and collective creation. Regional collaborators, Michael Burzynski, Anita Best and Tara Manuel, augmented the program with field visits and interactive sessions that included local ecology, storytelling and puppetry arts. The unique ecosystem, cultural history of the region, research, and intimate access to organisms available in and around the BBARS inspired and informed the resulting work. Integrating artistic methods and science-based concepts, a series of original puppetry vignettes was created to share stories of coastal communities and the changing ocean environment with visitors to the Station.


The Gros Morne Puppet Workshop was profiled by James Grudic in a CBC program last August. David Lane produced a short documentary film, Gros Morne Puppetry Workshop - Artistic infrastructure for navigating ocean and coastal change, with filmed and photographic materials from the workshop. The documentary captures some of the resulting artistic works and reflections of participants on how the arts, such as puppetry, can be used to engage audiences in new ways of experiencing science-based themes. 

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PULP Student Art Gallery Exhibitions and Programming (2021 - 24)


Starting in the summer of 2021, PULP - the first and only student-run gallery in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador - mounted two public art exhibitions, Soft.Power and Picturing Community ( details below), in the City of Corner Brook. Each installation showcases the work of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Grenfell Campus Visual Arts students and was envisioned and prepared by Alli Johnston, Curator in Residence and Guest Programmer, as well as Emily Anderson, Curator of Engagement alongside FOCI co-investigator and PULP Director, Visual Arts Prof. Marc Losier


​​​​Soft.Power (July-August 2021) displayed on the exterior of Swirsky’s on Broadway. The show explored the idea that the coastal areas can be both soft and powerful, depending on the weather, tides and sea state. This exhibition examines this dichotomy as it relates to the ocean and its impact on coastal areas and communities including Indigenous perspectives, shared public spaces, and transportation links.


Picturing Community (July 2021-April 2022) is a public exhibition displayed on the exterior of Corner Brook City Hall and the Corner Brook Public Library of photographic portraits depicting the residents and spaces at Western Health’s Long Term Care Home in Corner Brook. The project fostered community connections and explored the theme of community-based infrastructures.

Hosted a series of community art studio / art hive workshops in Corner Brook and Northern Peninsula, engaging local community members, artists, etc.

3 week artist residency with Lou Sheppard hosted at BBARS and Grenfell Campus & Extended Site field course (description attached for background).


Documentary in development -  exploring how artistic process can contribute to our collective engagement with the effects of ocean and coastal community change.

Exploring Arts Role in Sustainability Transition workshop – organized by Grenfell Campus; supported by multiple units, FOCI.  Goal was to imagine how art can support transformational thinking and increase sustainability in Western Newfoundland; a coastal region.

Read more about the community project here:


PLACE Dialogues Videos 

The PLACE Dialogues bring together Memorial University researchers and community leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers and academics from across Newfoundland and Labrador to build a supportive network and discuss challenges and opportunities for rural development. In 2022 and again in 2023, two PLACE Dialogue events were held was held in Gros Morne and St. Anthony, Newfoundland. A video for each event was produced ...

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Pilgrim, R. (Director), Green. K. (Editor), Wilton, G. (Sound Recording). (2022). Place-Based Solutions in a Challenged World: The Role of Social Enterprises and Communities [Film].

Pilgrim, R. (Director), Green. K. (Editor), Wilton, G. (Sound Recording). (2023). The PLACE Dialogues 2023: Co-creating Community Entrepreneurship [Film].

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