The Travelling Republic

The Travelling Republic
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 12:00 pm to Saturday, July 26, 2014, 5:00 pm

Residency: Wednesday, June 11, to Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ugly stick workshop: Saturday, June 21, 2:00 p.m. 

Breakfast and parade: Sunday, June 22, 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Performance: Monday, June 23, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Screening and opening: Friday, June 27, 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Ugly stick workshop with Ingrid Mary Percy at TD Art Gallery Paint-In: Saturday, July 19, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Exhibition: Friday, June 27, to Saturday, July 26

Genre: Interarts

Place: Open Space, 510 Fort Street

Admission: By donation

Project Youtube Channel:


*We are looking for bottle caps and other jingly things for the ugly stick workshop July 19.*


The Travelling Republic is an interarts, collaborative ode to Newfoundland and Labrador, the creative spirit, collaboration, and outlaw imagination.


Although Newfoundland was never a republic, it was an independent, self-ruling dominion that was stand-alone from Canada until 1949. Likewise, the green, white, and rose tricolour was never an official flag of the province but is commonly known as a symbol of “The Republic of Newfoundland,” signifying the independent and autonomous spirit that is at the heart of what it means to be a Newfoundlander and Labradorian.


Using this renegade icon as a motif, The Travelling Republic is an interdisciplinary collaboration that explores ideas of Newfoundland and Labrador culture and life.


Comprised of events and artworks created individually and collaboratively by Gerri Lynn Mackey, Ingrid Mary Percy, and the late Colette Urban, The Travelling Republicis both celebratory and elegiacal. It was conceived of as a collaboration by all three artists; however, Urban passed away before the project was fully realized at Open Space.


Mackey and Percy live on The Bay of Islands in Western Newfoundland, which was also the home of the Full Tilt Creative Centre, Urban’s privately owned and operated facility that ran from 2008–2013.


An artist residency, gallery, organic farm, and creative centre, Full Tilt inspired collaboration, community, and sustainable living, providing local and visiting artists with a creative retreat within the cultural landscape of rural Newfoundland.


Ex-pat Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, as well as CFAs (Come From Aways) from near and far, are invited to engage with events and works in The Travelling Republic: toutons and molasses, TWO ugly stick workshops, performances, drawings, photographs, a film screening, and a walking Discovery Day parade through the streets of Victoria.


This summer, Open Space will be transformed into an unofficial pop-up embassy of Newfoundland and Labrador. Like the Arctic tern birds’ annual summer migration to McIver’s Island (the location of Urban’s Blanchard House), The Travelling Republic is making a cross-country journey from Atlantic Canada to Vancouver Island.


The artists are also hosting a YouTube channel where they will post videos related to the project until the show opens in Victoria on June 27.


Performance photo:

A Clown Painting Signal Hill: Performance by Gerri Lynn Mackey
at Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John's, NL. August 2011. 
Photo: Ingrid Mary Percy