Fogo Island Arts & Fogo Island Workshop

Fogo Island Arts is a contemporary art and ideas organisation that supports research, production and exchange for artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, curators, designers and thinkers from around the world. Since 2008, FIA has brought some of the most exciting emerging and renowned artists of today to Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada to take part in residencies and to present solo exhibitions at the Fogo Island Gallery. FIA also produces publications and presents programs on the island and in cities across Canada and abroad, including the Fogo Island Dialogues interdisciplinary conversation series, as part of its international outreach. Combining contemporary art, iconic architecture and social innovation in a singular setting, FIA is a world-class organisation that is uniquely rooted in community.

Fogo Island Workshops is a social enterprise based on a regenerative business model that employs only local makers and artisans who make things by hand using local materials. One hundred percent of the net surplus is returned to Shorefast to support Fogo Island, one of Canada’s oldest settlements. Our approach, first applied for the furnishing of the Fogo Island Inn, is to partner local makers with designers who collaborate closely to create design-conscious and joyful furniture, homewares, and textiles. Fogo Island Workshops is a division of Shorefast, a Canadian charity whose mission is to build cultural and economic resilience on Fogo Island, a small outport community off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.