Global Mural Conference 2018

Botwood, Newfoundland and Labrador

Global Mural Conference 2018 Featured Guests

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Julian Beever



Born in Cheltenham, UK in 1959, Julian Beever grew up in Melton Mowbray from the age of two and attended state schools and studied Art at Leeds Met. University in UK, 1979-83. He is a British artist who began pavement art as a busker, drawing in different countries including the USA, Australia and Europe to fund his travels. He began anamorphic pavement illusions in early 90's. Julian has worked in a range of different jobs including a photographer’s assistant, tree-planter, carpet-fitter, an art teacher, English teacher (TEFL), street entertainer and Punch and Judy Man. He created a 10-part TV series, "Concrete Canvas" with ElectricSky Productions in 2007. Julian has also written a book, "Pavement Chalk Artist" (published by Firefly), featuring his pavement art in 2011. His earlier drawings were portraits of well-known people which worked best in getting immediate attention from passers-by. Julian developed his 3-dimensional, or "anamorphic", pavement drawings out of curiosity and a love of the medium. These became well-known in the early 2000’s and commercial commissions followed.

"I got started when I was in a pedestrian street in Brussels where an old garden had been removed. This left an unusual rectangle of paving slabs which gave me the idea to convert this in to a drawn swimming pool in the middle of the high street! It worked so well I tried other variations such as a well with people falling in. I soon realized that if you could make things appear to go into the pavement you could equally make them appear to stand out of it." says Beever.

Some have dubbed him "the Pavement Picasso" but he says that although this is flattering, his work has little in common with the Spanish Master except perhaps in the fact that Picasso too was interested in 3 dimensionality in his Cubist period. Beever is now in great demand from corporate business and has worked in 28 different countries. He still finds time to do drawings for his own satisfaction and for their own sakes. Each drawing must be seen from one special viewpoint and if the viewer moves from it the illusion is lost and the drawing becomes an unrecognizable distortion." My work appeals literally to the man (and woman) in the street and is not confined in galleries or limited by the gallery system". It is the internet that has brought it to the attention of the world.

Craig Goudie



Craig Goudie has been working as a visual artist for over 35 years. In that time he has been steadily producing work for galleries, serving on local and provincial arts-related boards and also taught art in several of the area’s high schools. For twelve of those years Craig held a teaching position with CDLI (the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation) wherein he developed and delivered the online art content for the Province’s high school distance education program. This unique opportunity gave Craig the experience of being the first online art teacher in Canada.

Craig works in a broad range of art media including pencil, watercolour, acrylic, charcoal, pastel, lithography, photography and digital media and he frequently mixes his media when he feels that it suits a piece of artwork. Over the years he has worked on several murals in the central Newfoundland area. Recently he has illustrated a collection of children’s books. His art work hangs in numerous government, corporate and private collections.

Cim MacDonald



Born in Scotland, Cim MacDonald came with her family to Victoria when she was seven. She completed her schooling with a Major in Art. After working for the Provincial Government in Victoria, she took a job in Crofton, where she spent the better part of 20 years.

MacDonald remembers painting greenware in post-war Scotland, sitting around the kitchen table with her mother, aunts and grandmother. When her father joined a seniors’ art class, he inspired MacDonald to try her hand at painting again. A number of courses later, she began to exhibit her art to teach others to paint. She also hosted a beginner course in watercolour for television.

Because of her long affiliation with the lumber industry, MacDonald is known for her commissions of industrial and marine themes. Her paintings can be found in corporate collections including Rivtow and Fletcher Challenge Canada. IBM and Domtar have also included her work in their Canada-wide exhibitions.

MacDonald is a fine artist and photographer. Working from her home-based studio, she is surrounded by the ever-changing vistas that inspire her art. MacDonald’s photography is now recognized as much as her fine art. She wishes to share her knowledge of ways to achieve this artistry and is currently wiring a how-to book called Hand On – A Practical Guide to Creating Your Own Photo Artistry.

MacDonald has been the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society curator since 1996.

John Pugh



John Pugh is an American artist known for creating large trompe-l'oeil wall murals giving the illusion of a three-dimensional scene behind the wall. Pugh has been creating his murals since the late 1970s. He attended California State University Chico, receiving his BA in 1983 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. He has received over 250 public and private commissions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Barbados, Japan, Taiwan, and New Zealand. He currently lives and works in Truckee, California. His particular style of trompe-l'oeil painting has been called "Narrative Illusionism."

The trompe l’oeil murals of John Pugh are not merely ornamental or curiously clever.They are thought-provoking, substantial, and sometimes even philosophical or spiritual. What separates the murals of John Pugh from their less consequential cousins is that he goes beyond trompe l’oeil by combining techniques of illusion with narrative or conceptual elements and thereby not only "fools the eye" but captures the imagination and engages the mind as well.

Dr. Gerard Curtis

Dr. Gerard


Dr. Gerard Curtis ("Gerard") is Professor of Visual Culture and Art History in the Department of Visual Arts at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University. He has published a number of articles and book reviews on 19th and 20th century art, visual culture, literary culture and maritime art, and a book on word/image studies. He is currently engaged in a funded book-length study on issues in maritime/environmental art. His studio-art interests are in traditional and inter-media/time-based work, video, and performance art, and he has taught demonstration workshops on the history of graffiti art, along with showing how to use tagging and stencil art for political, social, and environmental activist purposes.

Gerard has also developed a highly successful twelve-week overseas immersion study program in England for Visual Arts students at Memorial University's Harlow Campus, with tours of mural and street art in both London and Bristol. In 2009 he was awarded the Memorial University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, and in 2012 a Canadian Association of University Teachers Service Award.

Karin Eaton



Karin has been involved in arts management with a focus on community engagement for over 30 years. During that time she has developed extensive knowledge and global contacts in the field of mural art production and is recognized as a leader in the field of community mural production in the City of Toronto. In addition to providing advice and consultation to many artists, organizations and municipalities, Karin has been invited to speak at four Global Mural Conferences (in California, Nevada, Scotland and Georgia) and has presented papers at the Modern Mural Experts Meeting at the Getty Center in California and the Modern and Contemporary Mural Paintings Conference in Valencia, Spain.

Since 1990, Karin has managed the production of more than 50 murals in Toronto and has consulted on a variety of mural art related topics with artists, organizations, municipalities and community groups.In 1995 Karen developed the National Mural Symposium (Canada) and since that time has produced 17 symposia in towns across Ontario. Since 2001, she has managed a range of mentorship and mural art education programs and learning opportunities, which evolved into the (mobile) Mural Art Learning Institute funded through an Ontario Trillium Foundation GROW grant.

Karin has volunteered on numerous arts and community committees including several City of Toronto’s Public Art Committees. She was a board member of Harbourfront Centre for nine years and is currently on the Board of Directors of the International Festival of Authors.Karin was responsible for the publication Mural Production: A Resource Handbook, in 2005 and the 2nd Revised Edition in 2015.Her paper “The Disappearing Murals of East Toronto” was published in Conservation Issues in Modern and Contemporary Murals by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2015. In February 2013 Karin was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee for her contribution in the arts and service to Canada and received an Urban Hero Award from the Mirror Newspaper in 2014.

Dr. John Harries

Dr. John


John Harries is a senior teaching fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. For more than ten years he has been conducting research into the ways in which the people of Newfoundland, Canada, remember the Beothuk, a native people of that island who may have became "extinct" (or were exterminated) in the early 19th century. This is a work of memory, our recollections being fashioned as we create museum exhibits, plays, poems, public art, or, as is often the case, simply tell stories to each other. More broadly, his research addresses questions of how we may theorize the presence of the past and how the past may hold us to account, calling forth responses, artistic and otherwise, in the present. This is particularly a concern with the material traces of past lives, be they human bones or scratches on stones, and how these traces are enfolded into the work of individual and collective memory. This work is presently being prepared as a monograph entitled Beothuk Ghosts: Memory, Materiality and the Politics of Postcolonial Regret in Newfoundland. Dr Harries has also contributed a chapter to the forthcoming volume Tracing Ochre: Changing Perspectives on the Beothuk, edited by Fiona Polack.

Darren Cranford



Darren Cranford is the Director and Co-Founder of Keyframe Digital Productions, Inc. Darren oversees the creative development and production of inspiring visual effects and animation for feature and broadcast television projects. With over 20 years' experience, Keyframe is one of the major players in visual effects and animation in Ontario, Canada.

Cranford’s strength as a VFX Director is based upon the unique vision he brings to every project he works on. He lends a cinematic eye to animation, and thinks outside of the box in the creation of visual effects. Cranford is dedicated to creating the highest quality work while promoting an environment where people enjoy working. Cranford recently directed 26 episodes of "Ollie: The Boy Who Became What He Ate" for CBC and Sprout, is currently working on a new series for BBC, and has directed many internal animated projects. Cranford also directs the VFX work for Keyframe, including most recently "Christmas Horror" a feature film for Copperheart Pictures, the fifth and final season of "Warehouse 13" for NBC Universal, and the fifth and final season of "Lost Girl" for SyFy. Keyframe is currently going into its third season of "The Expanse" for SyFy.

Sharon Pippy



Sharon D. Pippy purchased back her grandparents' family home, barn and shop in 2001, when she moved back to Newfoundland. Exposed and steeped in visual art thanks to her art collector and painter mother Florence, Sharon has inherited a love of art and a longing for the rocky wild and windy ocean landscape of Bareneed, NL. Creating an artist residency in the old Shop is an on-going challenge. Hopefully exploring the history and process of developing Bareneed Studios will help others who may be considering transforming the built heritage of Newfoundland.

Dylan Toymaker



Dylan Toymaker is a Light Design & Installation artist in Edmonton, Alberta. He creates and curates art for the Flying Canoe Volant festival, and designs and builds Lantern installations for a variety of Alberta festivals including the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and the Jasper Dark Sky Festival. Lantern work has been central to his art for the last 10 years, from community lantern workshops and parades, from the 100 Lantern Parade for the U of A Alumni Association's 100th anniversary, to large scale festival site and city park interventions such as the Edmonton Iceway.

Maureen Power



Maureen Power is the Curator of History at The Rooms Provincial Museum Division. After completing a diploma of Costume Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she went on to complete a degree in Folklore and a diploma in Heritage Resource Management at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Maureen went on to receive her Masters in Fashion Curation at the University of Arts in London, England. Although she began working on exhibitions while at Dalhousie it was at the University of Arts where she had the greatest exposure to work as a curator and has worked on exhibits at the Venice Biennale, the Victorian and Albert Museum, and Selfridges Department Store.

Maureen returned to Newfoundland to pursue her PhD in Folklore. Here she got the opportunity to work on The Battery: People of the Changing Outport with Jerry Pocius and the History Unit at The Rooms. From this she was hired on at The Rooms Provincial Museum Division where she has worked on many exhibitions including “Here We Made a Home” and “From this Place: Our Lives on the Land and Sea.” She has a particular interest in Military History and was the Curator on the First World War exhibition. Since it opened, she has worked on a compatible website and an exhibition catalogue.

Susan Cull



Susan is originally from Shoal Bay, Fogo Island. She holds a BA (honours) in History and Political Science from Memorial University, where she focused on Canadian and Newfoundland history and politics, after which she obtained a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from York University. Susan worked with the Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency in St. John’s for 8 years on a variety of projects primarily focused on health research and population demographics, and her team received a Public Service Award of Excellence for their work in health research. Susan’s husband, David McKenna, is from Joe Batt’s Arm, and while both enjoyed pursuing great careers away from home, their hearts stayed on Fogo Island.

In 2014 they decided to return to Fogo Island with their 3 children to raise them there. Since that time, Susan worked as the Chief Administrative Officer at the Town of Fogo Island before joining the Shorefast team as Operations Manager in February 2017.

Sandra Hewitt-Parsons



Sandra Hewitt-Parsons is an art psychotherapist who opened the West Coast's first private practice (Safe Harbour Expressive Therapies) shortly after graduating from Kutenai Art Therapy Institute in 2015. A survivor of a childhood stroke, Sandra knows only too well the frustration that comes with the inability to verbalize thoughts and emotions. She has travelled throughout Canada and Europe, promoting art as a healing modality. Sandra is also passionate about educating her home province, advocating for those individuals who find it difficult to express themselves in words. She continues to pioneer art therapy events and workshops as well as working one-on-one with clients in local communities. Sandra is currently the national advocacy chair for the Canadian Art Therapy Association. She is also setting up Newfoundland’s first art therapy social enterprise organization for art therapy initiatives and art-based community development.