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Newfoundland's Bonavista Biennale: FLOE, August 17 - September 15, 2019

Newfoundland's Bonavista Biennale: FLOE, August 17 - September 15, 2019

BONAVISTA BIENNALE 2019: FLOE provides art-lovers with a Canadian multi-site visual art experience that engages the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the country, and the world. This month-long event happens every two years on the Bonavista Peninsula in Newfoundland, drawing international visitors to this picturesque rural area of the province. BONAVISTA BIENNALE 2019: FLOE will present works by leading contemporary artists from Newfoundland and Labrador, other parts of Canada, and the northeastern U.S. at a variety of locations around the Peninsula. An exhibition map will guide viewers from site to site as they travel through towns, outport fishing communities, spectacular coastal landscapes and into community buildings, historic structures and open fields. Visitors will encounter not only a rich array of artworks, but also the people, culture and sense of place that make up the Bonavista Peninsula.

August 17 - September 15, 2019

2019 Curators:

  • Catherine Beaudette, 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects
  • David Diviney, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • Matthew Hills, Grenfell Art Gallery Memorial University of Newfoundland

The 2017 exhibition included over 150 works by 26 different artists, with more than 20 communities and organizations partnering as site and event hosts. Selected as one of Canadian Art’s “20 Shows We Want To See in 2017”, the Biennale won Hospitality NL’s Cultural Tourism Award for 2017, and advanced the Peninsula’s reputation as a leading international cultural destination.


About Bonavista Biennale

The Bonavista Biennale launched in 2017, inspired by Canadian Heritage’s call for projects to recognize and celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Located on the Bonavista Peninsula in Newfoundland, the Bonavista Biennale is a bi-annual, rural-based art initiative with a unique approach and significant presence in the Canadian cultural landscape. It is committed to bringing high-calibre, professional, national and international contemporary art to the local area. The Bonavista Biennale’s mission is to make a positive cultural, economic and social impact on the Bonavista Peninsula through curatorial excellence in the presentation of contemporary visual art. The Biennale is a unique and inspiring project that provides direct cultural, social and economic benefits to the communities and people of the Peninsula; and contributes to access to and advancement of contemporary art and artists in the province and across the country. Visit or follow @bbiennale.