Union House Arts (UHA) is a community artspace in Port Union. UHA is committed to supporting new work by artists and craftspeople through place-specific dialogues and collaborative programming in Port Union. Our building is home to an art gallery, community kitchen, workshop space, studios, and artist accommodations.
We respectfully acknowledge that the land we occupy is on the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, and that Ktaqamkuk (the island of Newfoundland, part of Mi’kmaki) is the ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk. We would also like to recognize the Inuit of Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut and the Innu of Nitassinan, and their ancestors, as the original people of Labrador. We recognize the colonial context of our settlement and its impact on our past, present, and future. Union House Arts strives to build awareness, understanding, and allyship with Indigenous peoples and settlers across the province and Turtle Island (the land mass also known as North America).
UHA aims to build a thoughtful space for community residents and artists to work and share together; to expand ideas about what art can be, how and where it can be shown, and to create an environment that is accessible to people of all experiences and educations. The space is experimental in nature with a focus on place-based programming and knowledge building and sharing.
We are grateful for funding towards the restoration of our building from The National Trust for Canada for awarding the Union House Arts project with the regional prize in its 2017 “This Place Matters” competition, as well as our restoration funding partners Canadian Heritage, Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency (ACOA), and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation). From 2017 to 2020 Union House Arts operated as a sub-committee of the Sir William Ford Coaker Heritage Foundation – our founding partner and ongoing collaborator. We are forever grateful to the Coaker Foundation for their support.
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