RELEASE: ArtsNL Professional Project Grants: Spring 2023

Jul 20, 2023


July 20, 2023 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL has invested $901,400 in 95 artistic projects through its Professional Project Grants Program (PPGP). Funding for this program is provided through the annual contribution of $5.2 million from the Provincial Government to ArtsNL to administer grant programs and undertake operations and communications.

“This is historically the highest number of applicants to the Professional Project Grants Program, with $1,898,962 in funding requests from 186 applicants,” says Melanie Martin, Executive Director of ArtsNL. “The demand from professional artists applying for grants through PPGP has been consistently increasing, which indicates how active the provincial professional arts and cultural sector is. Our artists and groups are constantly producing quality work across all disciplines.”

The successful applicants for 2023-24 are:


Robert Azevedo (Corner Brook) $5,150
Andrya Duff (St. John’s) $11,250



Petrina Bromley (St. John’s) $6,000
Roger Gallant (Kippens) $5,877
Kalem Mahoney (St. John’s) $6,000
Ehsan Mohammadi (St. John’s) $6,000
Brianna Russell (Clarke’s Beach) $6,000


Emily Bridger (St. John’s) $15,000
Andrea Dunne (St. John’s) $9,500
Latonia Hartery (St. John’s) $14,874
Luke Lawrence (St. John’s) $11,250
Ruth Lawrence (St. John’s) $11,250
Benjamin Noah (St. John’s) $10,928
Peter Soucy (St. John’s) $11,250
Andrew Tremblett (St. John’s) $15,000



Lukus Oram-Feltham (St. John’s) $5,049



Kailey Bryan (St. John’s) $12,574
Nicola Hawkins (Cape Broyle) $11,250
Jason Wells (St. John’s) $12,573



Shauna Gilpin (St. John’s) $6,000
Aubree Lambe (Mount Pearl) $4,166
Jenny Mallard (Mount Pearl) $6,000
Zara Matthews (St. John’s) $2,084
Nerve Shack (Portugal Cove-St. Phillip’s) $5,550



Angie Bohlke (Placentia) $15,000
Mark Bragg (St. John’s) $14,820
CUERPOS (St. John’s) $11,100
Nick Earle (St. John’s) $14,800
Justin Fancy (Conception Bay South) $15,000
Onelvis Fernandez (Mount Pearl) $10,725
Jeremy Harnum (Winterton) $11,775
Jake Nicoll (St. John’s) $13,806
Denis Parker (St. John’s) $9,300
Quote the Raven (Conception Bay South) $11,250
Andrew Rodgers (St. John’s) $11,250
Sherry Ryan (St. John’s) $9,681
Scott Sheppard (Corner Brook) $11,250
Peter Smith (St. John’s) $11,250
Andrew Staniland (St. John’s) $11,890
Jing Xia (Paradise) $15,000



Xaiver Campbell (St. John’s) $6,000
Jarod Farrell (St. John’s) $4,958
Audrey Gerow (St. John’s) $4,500
Bailey Jackson (St. John’s) $4,373
Melanie Ozon (St. John’s) $6,000
Marie Pike (Mount Pearl) $6,000



Kevin Blackmore (Glovertown) $15,000
Courtney Brown (St. John’s) $12,750
Vanessa Cardoso (Conception Bay South) $7,225
Sandy Gow (St. John’s) $15,000
Amy House (St. John’s) $13,881
Joel Thomas Hynes (St. John’s) $12,665
Edward Riche (St. John’s) $12,070
Melissa Williams (St. John’s) $12,370



Emily Best (Happy Valley-Goose Bay) $5,329
Ethel Brown (St. John’s) $6,000
Lori Deeley (Kippens) $4,500
Jonathan Lush (St. John’s) $5,984
Walter Mackey (St. John’s) $433
Sarah O’Rourke-Whelan (Outer Cove) $5,329
Kayla Walsh (Conception Bay South) $4,500



Vessela Brakalova (Portugal Cove-St. Phillip’s) $11,250
Tia Connolly (St. John’s) $11,250
Jessica Donaldson (Corner Brook) $11,264
Clyde Drew (Saint Alban’s) $8,768
Christeen Francis (St. John’s) $4,034
Susan Furneaux (St. John’s) $7,290
Mike Gough (St. John’s) $11,250
Ashley Hemmings (St. John’s) $10,041
Robert Hengeveld (Corner Brook) $11,211
Jason Hussey (St. John’s) $11,250
Daze Jefferies (St. John’s) $8,876
Nasim Makaremi Nia (St. John’s) $5,930
Drew Pardy (St. John’s) $11,758
Craig Francis Power (St. John’s) $11,250
Nicholas Ryan (St. John’s) $11,250
Ginok Song Lee (Petty Harbour) $10,104
Kelsey Street (Corner Brook) $11,250
Jane Walker (Bonavista) $11,250



Emily Carrigan (St. John’s) $3,265
Cole Hayley (St. John’s) $6,000
Jiin Kim (St. John’s) $6,000
Shell LeDrew (Pasadena) $4,500



Marin Darmonkow (St. John’s) $7,500
Elisabeth de Mariaffi (St. John’s) $11,250
Carmella Gray-Cosgrove (St. John’s) $13,521
Ainsley Hawthorn (St. John’s) $6,000
Sharon King-Campbell (St. John’s) $5,500
Carmelita McGrath (St. John’s) $10,800
Jennifer May Newhook (St. John’s) $8,250
Anna Swanson (St. John’s) $15,000
Susan Taylor (Harbour Grace) $15,000
Agnes Walsh (St. John’s) $15,000
Aley Waterman (Corner Brook) $9,949
Georgia Webber (Tors Cove) $11,250


The Professional Project Grants Program provides grants for artistic projects involving creation, production, or professional development. Practicing artists and groups working in dance, film, multidiscipline arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing are welcome to apply for funding. Grants are awarded through a competitive application process, and assessed by a peer assessment committee, which is comprised of individuals with expertise in the relevant artistic disciplines.

The PPGP has two grant deadlines a year: one in the spring and one in the fall. The next deadline for the program will be Friday, September 15, 2023, and applications can be submitted via ArtsNL’s Online Application System.

Media enquiries:
Charlene Jackson
Communications Officer

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; two community representatives (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual allocation of $5.2 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.


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