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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic we are working at a reduced capacity until further notice. This might mean we are slow to respond to your emails and offering reduced programming. Please join our newsletter below for updates on calls-for-proposals and other opportunities. To enquire about studio or space rentals please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay safe!
Board of Directors
Michael Flaherty is an artist living in Port Union where he has operated his business, Wild Cove Pottery, since 2015. He makes a distinctive line of functional pottery that can be found at his studio and at craft shops across the province. He also makes experimental contemporary art which has been shown internationally in public and artist-run galleries. Flaherty is currently on the Board of Directors of The Sir William Ford Coaker Heritage Foundation, and has been actively volunteering as an organizer of the Cultural Craft Festival since its inception in 2017. He formerly acted as a director for a long list of not-for-profit organizations in the arts, environmental, and recreational sectors: A1C Gallery, MUN, BikeShare, Mile Zero Ultimate, Eastern Edge Gallery, Canadian Craft Federation, and others. Flaherty teaches in the Ceramic Arts program at Haliburton School of Art and Design where he has been on faculty since 2014, and has previously taught at Memorial University of Newfoundland – Grenfell Campus, University of Regina, and NSCAD University.
Emily Jan is a Canadian-American artist and writer currently based in Edmonton, AB. Her biophilic sculptures and installations combine the found with the fabricated to evoke the faraway and the fantastical. As a wanderer, naturalist, and collector of objects and stories, she is guided in her work by the spirit of exploration, kinship, and curiousity.
Jan has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, and has written and illustrated three books: still life (2014), A Denali Book of Hours (2017) and Glory of the Seas: A Shell Collector’s Journey (2019, with Stephen H. Kawai).
Stephanie Lipp is a maker, design creative and entrepreneur living and working in Bonavista. Since moving to Newfoundland from Toronto, Stephanie has been developing a commercial gourmet mushroom farm with her partner and getting involved in rural agriculture as a director on the NL Young Farmers Forum board while also engaging in the wonderful art and maker community as owner of Cape Shore General Store, selling jewelry, weaving, textile art and sculpture.
Robyn Love is an artist who lives and works in Elmastukwek, Ktaqmkuk (Bay of Islands, Newfoundland), Canada. She received a BFA from Cooper Union in New York City in 1988. She has exhibited at galleries and museums internationally and has received numerous project grants to create new work from foundations and public agencies. Her site-specific projects include a New York City Percent for Art commission for the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Jamaica, Queens, NY, a five km-long handmade installation in Cheongju, South Korea, and a large-scale, multimedia installation titled The House Museum in Ktaqmkuk. The House Museum explored cultural tourism and museology as instruments for building community and equity. In 2017 the space transitioned into BARDO-29, an experimental contemporary art space hosting residencies and annual public programs.
K. Claire MacDonald is an artist and jewellery designer based in Bonavista, NL. She is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where she completed a BFA with a Major in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing. Her work is characterized by a mix of organic forms and soft, graceful lines, often serving as a tiny mementos of the coastal landscapes of Atlantic Canada. Claire owns and operates a studio and shop in Bonavista called Kind Seas.
Michelle MacKinnon is an artist and educator living in Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador. MacKinnon graduated with an MFA (2015) and BFA (2013) in Visual Arts from York University. She has participated in residencies at Union House Arts (NL), Grenfell Art Gallery (NL),The Banff Centre for the Arts (AB), The Hermitage (RU), and Spark Box Studios (ON). She has exhibited in various galleries nationally and internationally, including The Grenfell Art Gallery (NL), The Rooms (NL), Eastern Edge (NL), Modern Fuel (ON), and the The Hermitage (RU), has received funding from ArtsNL and the Ontario Arts Council, and is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant.
MacKinnon is currently an instructor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus and has previously taught at York University (ON) and Algoma University (ON).
John Weber is a pharmacologist/neuroscientist and Professor in the School of Pharmacy at Memorial University. He splits his time between St. John’s and Catalina, NL. He has been actively involved in the arts community for several years as a volunteer and previously served on the Board of Directors at Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, where he currently serves on the programming committee. He is a member of a group that founded Homes for Syrian Families Inc., which raises funds to bring Syrian families to St. John’s. He is an active member of the Social Justice Co-operative of Newfoundland and Labrador and is particularly interested in addressing mobility rights within the province.