Curator impressed with level of support
buildings in daily use. It’s about building new audiences.
“The notion is that people will be encountering the artwork. They’ll also be encountering this place and the people in it. Every encounter gives the opportunity for growth and change. “
Grattan explained that without support from communities, the Biennale would not be possible.
“We started by trying to identify spaces in the community and organizations that would let us use them, and I’m still astonished that so many were supportive. That helped us flesh out the idea and apply for funding,” said Grattan.
The idea for the project germinated in discussions between Grattan and Catherine Beaudette, director of 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects in Duntara, and also curator of the Bonavista Biennale.
“This is the impetuous for the Biennale - this is the base,” said Beaudette of 2 Rooms Contempory Art Projects, as funding for the Biennale is channeled through the registered, not-forprofit organization.
Beaudette says projects such as the Bonavista Biennale promote art as an economic stimulator.
And will the Bonavsita Biennale, as the name indicated, be returning to the Bonavista peninsula in two years time?
“That remains to be seen,” said Grattan. “But at the very least, it’s drawing attention.”
Laura St. Pierre and Jon Bath’s “Spectral Garden” in Bonavista.
2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects in Duntara.