Union House Arts (UHA) is a new community artspace operated through the Sir William F. Coaker Heritage Foundation. UHA is committed to supporting work being produced by artists and craftspeople in Newfoundland and Labrador through place-specific dialogues and collaborative programming in Port Union. Our building is home to an art gallery, screening room, community kitchen, workshop space, studios, and artist accommodations.
We respectfully acknowledge that the land in which we are occupying is on the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, and that Ktaqamkuk (the island of Newfoundland) 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 and present. Union House Arts strives to be an art space that works 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).