The Good Lands Release

On December 3rd in St John’s, at artist Ned Pratt’s studio, the public is invited to celebrate Figure 1’s new art book, The Good Lands — Canada Through the Eyes of Artists. The event will serve as an opportunity to showcase other recent publications by local cultural activists.

The Good Lands has 160 full-colour images of the Canadian landscape — pre-historic to contemporary views. What makes it unique is that for the first time an art book aimed at a general audience combines views of “landscape” by Inuit, Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. Each cultural group has different relationships to land that we all share.

Five curators worked together to select the images: Victoria Dickenson (Montreal), Laurier Lacroix (Montreal), Laura Brandon (Ottawa), Gerald McMaster (Toronto) and Patricia Grattan (St. John’s).

Each contributes a short text, as do BC Indigenous writer Lee Maracle, Quebec Metis writer Naomi Fontaine. Senator Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, offers a foreword. Contemporary Newfoundland artists included in The Good Lands are Christine Koch, Bill Ritchie (St. Michael’s), Ned Pratt, Marlene Creates, Christopher Pratt, Mark Igliolortie (Labrador, now living in Vancouver), David Blackwood. Also featured in the book are works by Gerald Squires and Anne Meredith Barry, views of Newfoundland by Ron Bolt and John Hartman, and an 1838 view by William Gosse.


Pam Hall, with Toward an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge (Breakwater/ISER Books, 2017).

Marlene Creates, with the hardcover catalogue Marlene Creates — Places, Paths, Pauses (Goose
Lane and Beaverbrook Art Gallery, 2017) from the artist’s current retrospective exhibition.

Beth Follett, with Gerald Squires (Pedlar Press, 2017).

Sunday 3 December 2017, 3 to 6PM
19 Brine Street, St John’s, NL

Books will be available for purchase.
For more information: write Patricia Grattan: