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Union House Arts VS The Open Road: Outreach Tour!

We’re Hitting the Road!

This year UHA is travelling across the island to connect with you! Thanks to support from Year of the Arts, we plan to connect with organizations and artists from across the island in order to bridge the gap of distance to strengthen our organizations relationships, build resilience within our community, and ensure inclusivity, diversity, and decolonization practices are a core navigator in the ways we network and connect with others. 

An Island-Wide partnership tour that will enable us to visit organizations that are unable to travel to the Bonavista Peninsula to connect with UHA. As an organization we strive to serve not only our direct community on the Bonavista Peninsula, but the broader arts community across Newfoundland and Labrador. Our rural position in the province means that many artists, organizations, and individuals are unable to partake in our programming due to the distance and time it takes to travel to our location, and vice versa. By conducting a partnership tour, we will be able to visit and connect with organizations to discuss potential projects, and ways to break down the barriers of distance between urban and rural centres across the island.

We will be heading EAST from July 15-20th to meet with folks in St. John’s and their surrounding areas, and then some September we’ll be heading WEST to hit a number of rural communities over the course of two weeks! Keep reading to find out more!

We’ve Got Special Guests!

Keep an eye out! We are partnering with IsumaTV to bring a very special film that will touch your heart and turn it to jelly!

ISUMA, meaning ‘to think,’ is a collective of Inuit-owned related companies based since 1990 in Igloolik, Nunavut with a southern office in Montreal. In January 1990 four partners Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Apak, Pauloosie Qulitalik and Norman Cohn incorporated Igloolik Isuma Productions Inc. to produce and distribute independent Inuit-language films and media art from an Inuit point of view, featuring local actors recreating Inuit life in the Igloolik region in the 1930s and 1940s. Over the next ten years Isuma helped establish an Inuit media arts centre, NITV; a youth media and circus group, Artcirq; and a women’s video collective, Arnait Video Productions. In 2001, Isuma’s first feature-length drama, Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, won the Camera d’or at the Cannes Film Festival; Isuma’s second feature, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, opened the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2004 Isuma incorporated Isuma Distribution International and in 2008 launched IsumaTV, the world’s first website for Indigenous media art now showing over 7,000 films and videos in 84 languages. In 2010, Igloolik Isuma Productions closed and re-opened as Kingulliit Productions; in 2012 Kingulliit and Isuma Distribution produced Digital Indigenous Democracy, an internet network to inform and consult Inuit in low-bandwidth communities facing development of the Baffinland Iron Mine; and in 2014, My Father’s Land, a non-fiction feature about what took place during this Baffinland intervention. Recent projects include the feature drama, Maliglutit (Searchers), the TV series, Hunting With My Ancestors, and the world’s first Haida-language feature film, SGaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife). Isuma’s 30-year media art project represented Canada at the 2019 Venice Biennale with its newest feature, One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk, which then screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and won Best Canadian Film at the 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival. Contact

Screening Dates TBA, keep an eye out!

Want to Connect?

We hope to connect and chat with as many organizations as possible over the course of our outreach tour activities! If you’ve been wanting to connect with us, send us an email at so we can arrange a way to get in touch.