Name of Residency: Sharon Pippy

Artist retreat and residency, bareneedstudios is located in Bareneed on the raw and natural Port de Grave Peninsula, a one hour drive west from St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

The year-round dual studio space offers artists, curators and creative types a getaway from their everyday existence – an experience framed within a unique geographic and cultural context.

bareneedstudios encourages cultural exchange through local, provincial, national and international artists-in residence for durations of one to six months. It will accept artists of all kinds, but with some exceptions based on the materials used.

Art modalities sustained by bareneedstudios but not limited to include: visual arts, small scale sculpture, writing, film-making, theatre arts, music, craft, dance.

Built inside the former Greenland General Store (The Shop) there are two studio spaces, each with its own sleeping loft and clean-up area. There is shared kitchen, eating area, lounge and full bathroom. The open concept is designed to encourage social interaction, knowledge and artistic exchange.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation: Bareneedstudios offers an independent creative experience on Canada’s extreme east coast. The community of Bareneed sits halfway along the Port de Grave Peninsula on the Newfoundland east coast, and is a one-hour drive from the provincial capital, St. Johns. The studio spaces share common living areas and an expansive view of  Bay de Grave, a part of Conception Bay in the Atlantic Ocean.

Sharon and her family have long been supporters of the local arts community. Her mother Florence was born in Bareneed and helped her parents who owned and operated the community general store. Florence was an early art collector when Newfoundland was  a new Canadian  province.

Bareneed is just one spot among many along the Avalon Northeast of Newfoundland that have inspired local artists and those from away. While the weather is unpredictable, even in summer, you can be sure of the wind.

Now the General Store has been transformed into 2 studio spaces separated by a common living room kitchen and bathroom. Each studio space has a wash up sink and a loft bedroom with a queen-size bed.

There is room for messy work as well in the basement, which is accessible by ladder in the larger North Studio.

Sharon, the Proprietor, encourages long stays and will be very happy to help artist guests and their significant others settle in and explore the local natural and cultural offerings.

Organisation founded in: 2015
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Private company
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Library/research resources
  • Networking
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Yes
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): $600 CAN per studio per week, or $600 CAN per studio per month: extended stays are encouraged
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    • Teaching
    Selection process: Other
    If other, please specify: First Come
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: YYT
    How to reach by plane: Arrive St. John’s Airport, one-hour drive to Bareneed
    How to reach by car: St. John??s Airport find Trans Canada Highway west for 45 minutes. Left onto Veteran??s Memorial Highway to Bay Rober??s exit.Right onto Lt. Stick Road to first set of lights at the T intersection. Turn left at light for supplies in Bay Roberts. Turn right at second set of lights onto Bareneed Road.Drive for about 7 minutes, through Coley??s Point, across the barachois and up the hill towards St Mark??s Church, now the home of the Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society. Follow past the church, down the hill and it is the second white building on the right, past the 2 wharves.White building with dark blue trim and red roof. Parking on water side or in lane across the street.
    Street & Number: 51 Newtown Road
    Postal Code: A1C 4E3
    City: St. John’s
    Country long: Canada
    51 Newtown Road
    St. John's A1C 4E3 NL Canada
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