What we're all about

THIRD SHIFT is a festival of public contemporary artworks presented by Third Space, a not-for-profit artist-run centre in Saint John, New Brunswick. Established in 2015, THIRD SHIFT aims to offer citizens a unique opportunity to engage with contemporary art and re-imagine their city. THIRD SHIFT holds space for new experiences and communal exchange through the exhibition of temporary installations, interventions, performances and projections in the heart of Uptown Saint John. Motivated by the potential for deeper engagement, THIRD SHIFT is proud to announce it has expanded its schedule to include two days of artistic presentations and workshops leading up to our signature nighttime exhibition on Friday, August 17th, 2018. All activities are free of charge and open to the public.

Geographically, THIRD SHIFT takes place within unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq, and Passamaquoddy First Nations and in Canada’s first incorporated city. In preparation for our fourth year, Third Space is now seeking project proposals from artists, collectives and organizations to be included in our one-night-only exhibition of public contemporary artworks. We encourage proposals that reflect our objectives as an alternative, non-commercial, contemporary artist-run centre. We aim to support efforts that are exploratory, challenging and critical in nature. We encourage emerging and established artists to propose projects that have not yet been realized as well as investigations that have been started or completed elsewhere.

Steering Committee

Julie Whitenect is a printmaker living and working in uptown SJ. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Mount Allison University ’14. Julie is employed as the Associate Director of ArtsLink NB, and serves on the board of Third Space Gallery and the Saint John Community Art Board. Julie believes that “the arts” is one of most important tools we have to engage our communities and revitalize our surroundings.

Alex Weaver Crawford is the creative director the Saint John-based design firm Weaver Crawford Creative. She studied fine arts and marketing at Bishop’s University, and has her Masters of Architecture from Dalhousie University. An active member of THIRD SHIFT’s organizing committee since 2016, Alex is looking forward to helping bring this year’s expanded program to life. Alex loves her baby girl Luca, designer chairs, and is passionate about supporting the local art community.

Emily Saab is a multi-disciplinary artist, organizer and musician from Saint John. Her artistic practice revolves around material exploration through sculpture, drawing, video and playing drums as a member of the local experimental music ensemble, Usse. Emily graduated from Mount Allison University in 2011 with a degree in fine arts and holds the position of Executive Director of Third Space.

Luke Tudor is an engaged community member and activist. He can be found cycling around town in all weather patterns. Luke is invested in the growth of Saint John and is constantly reimagining what Saint John can be.

Erin Muir is a musician and English literature student based in Saint John New Brunswick. She first became involved with THIRD SHIFT in the summer of 2016, as a Festival Associate, and has been dedicated team member ever since. Erin also serves on the Third Space Board of Directors, and is actively practicing music with her current project called WROTE.

Hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Nienke Izurieta moved to Saint John five years ago and now calls the port city her home. She spends most of her days taking photos and making music. With a love for visual storytelling and an innate sensitivity to light, she is inspired to create photographs that evoke an emotional response; turning the viewer’s mind inward to reflect on a time and place of their own.

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Media credit (top to bottom): Little Brown Bat by Paula Cowan and Chris Down (2015) photo by Mark Hemmings. All Steering Committee headshot photos were taken by Nienke Izurieta (2018).