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Chapter III: The Middle River


Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge (ELK) is an ongoing collaborative project initiated by St. John’s based artist Pam Hall in 2010. The Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge harvests intangible forms of knowledge and skill through rigorous collaboration and community-based engagement. Chapter III: The Middle River is a collaboration with Mi’Kmaw artist, Jerry Evans, researched in partnership with Miawpukek First Nation (MFN) and the people of Miawpukek/Conne River. The encyclopedia’s intent is making visible the many forms of knowledge possessed by the people and places in and of rural Newfoundland. Traditional understandings of knowledge, position science-based ways of knowing as authoritative and all-encompassing, this collaborative project works to expand, deepen and make visible, other forms of knowing. These forms of knowledge are often locally-based and can make significant contributions to planning sustainable futures for marginalized rural communities in our province.

Chapter 3: The Middle River is based on more than three months of research in Conne River Newfoundland, collecting and recording place-based knowledge by more than 70 collaborators. These pages graphically record and reveal rich locally based understandings of ecology, fishing, food preservation and harvesting, as well as some traditional Mi’Kmaw customs, cultural values and ways of being. This chapter follows on chapters based in communities on the Northern Peninsula, Bonne Bay, Fogo and Change Islands, Newfoundland. 

Pam Hall’s practice and work in rural Newfoundland has been ongoing since the late 1980s. Compelled to register the obscured nature of labour she has worked with and around Newfoundland and Labrador knowledge holders, especially in the Fisheries for many years.

Jerry Evans is a senior Mi’Kmaw visual artist, curator, and filmmaker. His work explores his Indigenous heritage through painting, printmaking, and film. The Middle River is his first major collaboration with another artist and represents his ongoing exploration and celebration of Mi’Kmaw and other indigenous experiences in Newfoundland.

Join us Thursday 26 September at 4 pm for a directed discussion featuring artists Pam Hall and Jerry Evans. The discussion will be followed by a reception with light snacks and refreshments. As always, all are welcome.

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As a teenager in the 1960's, I was passionate about art. I spent every lunch hour in the school library pouring over art books. None of these books were about or even included women artists. On my own, I discovered Emily Carr and Georgia O'Keefe. What struck me at the time was their passion and determination to make art in what was then an almost totally male-dominated art world. Where did that strength come from? How could I find it in myself?

    • Shawn O'Hagan

Tintinnabulation is the lingering sound of a rung bell, soundwaves emanating from a central point washing over the listener.


Each of the twelve pieces presented in Tintinnabulation by west coast artist Shawn O'Hagan, represents a communion with iconic women artists who preceded and influenced her own work. In this series, O'Hagan reflects on respective artists' materials, their palette, and the critical essence of their thought as a radiant centre.

O'Hagan returns to these creative women to pay homage and revisit their powerful influence, asking in the process what they mean now and how they remain relevant to young artists today. She draws on textile techniques such as beading, stitching and embroidery—processes historically associated with the domestic and marginalized labour—mingling them with the language of painting.

Shawn O'Hagan is the 2019 Grenfell Art Gallery artist in residence. She has been based in Newfoundland since 1975. She lives and works on the west coast, dividing her time between her house in Corner Brook and her cabin in the Bay of Islands. She has a BFA from the University of Guelph, a B.Ed in Art from the University of Toronto and an MFA, with a specialization in painting, from the University of Waterloo.  

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Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: Fine Arts Building, 2nd Floor
Phone: (709) 637-6209