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About Turn : Newfoundland in Venice | Will Gill & Peter Wilkins
Galleria Caí Rezzonico
Dorsoduro 2793
30123 Venice

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Will Gill & Peter Wilkins


55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
Collateral Events
Artists: Will Gill & Peter Wilkins
Curators: Mireille Eagan & Bruce Johnson
Video, Paint, Photography

Galleria Caí Rezzonico, Dorsoduro, 2793 - 30123 Venice

May 29th to November 24th 2013

The Terra Nova Art Foundation is pleased to announce that two Newfoundland artists will participate at the Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia titled ABOUT TURN: NEWFOUNDLAND IN VENICE, WILL GILL & PETER WILKINS. About Turn presents new bodies of work by Will Gill (St. Johnís, NL) and Peter Wilkins (Clarkeís Beach, NL) contemporary artists based in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The exhibition is co-curated by Mireille Eagan and Bruce Johnson, and will be on display in Venice from June - November, 2013.

Taking their place beside the official state pavilions, Gill and Wilkins embrace an unprecedented opportunity to represent their province's unique, confident and contemporary culture on the biggest of world stages. Each is developing a major, collaborative installation of new work to be presented within Galleria Caí Rezzonico, a gothic palazzo on Venice's historic Grand Canal.

Their practices, which span video, photography, and painting, deftly play within the boundaries of abstraction and narrative, the recognizable and the intangible. Gillís works blend a feigned naÔvetť with formal control, lifted from family life and fleeting dreams. Wilkinsí images bridge the art historical and contemporary, employing subtle, distilled abstractions of duration and form.

The project is developed and realized by the Terra Nova Art Foundation (TNAF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to sharing Newfoundland & Labrador's visual culture with the world. The foundation's directors are composed of volunteer curators, academics, business people and patrons, all dedicated to promoting contemporary artists of Canadaís most easterly province on the international stage. TNAF is thrilled to have its vision endorsed by the curatorial panel of the 55th International Art Exhibition in its initial venture; the first in an ongoing, multi-year plan to present a range of Newfoundland & Labrador artists at future Biennales and international venues.

About the Artists:

William Gill (Will Gill) studied sculpture and printmaking at Mount Allison University and graduated with a BFA in 1991. He moved to St Johnís, Newfoundland in 1997. Gill was named as a national semi-finalist for the Sobey Art Award for the 2004 and 2006 (Canadaís premiere award for contemporary art for artists under 40). His work is in private and corporate collections throughout Canada and the United States. Recent exhibitions include a well-received installation at Torontoís Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festival in 2012.

Peter Wilkins is a British multimedia artist living in Newfoundland, Canada. Wilkinsí various bodies of work have been exhibited in public and private galleries across Canada, from The Rooms in Newfoundland to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in B.C. His portrait and landscape artworks are held in public and private collections in Canada, UK, US, Germany, France and Greece. In 2009 Peter Wilkins was the inaugural artistin-residence at Memorial University in St Johnís, Newfoundland. In May 2011 new works based on the architecture of Toronto were exhibited as a featured exhibition of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival in Toronto. In 2013, Wilkins is the subject of a solo exhibition at Canada House in London, England.

For further information, contact:
Terra Nova Art Foundation
3 Harbour Drive
P.O. Box 111
Clarke's Beach, NL, A0A 1W0
++1 709 683 8472

About Terra Nova Art Foundation
The Terra Nova Art Foundation was initially formed in 2010 to showcase Newfoundland & Labrador artists on the international stage, in particular at Venice Biennale. In 2012 the Terra Nova Art Foundation (TNAF) was incorporated as a not-for-profit art foundation to fulfil this aim.The Terra Nova Art Foundationís Board of Directors is made up of curators, academics and patrons and were appointed by a group of founding members.

Board Members:
Jennifer Dyer
Bruce Johnson
Mireille Eagan
Deborah Inkpen
Sharon Pippy
Jim Price
Founding Members:
Jennifer Dyer
Bruce Johnson
Mireille Eagan
Deborah Inkpen
Sharon Pippy
Jim Price
Sheila Perry
Michelle Mahoney
Anita Singh
Will Gill
Peter Wilkins
Lisa Moore

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