Pam Hall is a visual artist, author, filmmaker and scholar whose work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally, and is represented in many corporate, private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada. Her practice is interdisciplinary, including installation, drawing, object-making, print-making, photography, film, writing and community- engaged practice and performance. Her work has explored the fisheries, the body, female labour, place-making, the nature of knowledge and notions of the “local”. Hall was the Inaugural Artist-in-Residence in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland and almost twenty years later was Memorial’s Inaugural Public Engagement Postdoctoral Fellow. Her work is often collaborative and for more than a decade Hall has undertaken socially-engaged projects with communities in locations distant from the pristine space of the gallery, the studio and the museum.
In rural Newfoundland and Alberta, on wharves in Canada and in Japan, in local fish plants and distant farmers’ fields, Hall has made work that involves many participants and collaborators. These include doctors and medical students, fishers in Newfoundland and on Haida Gwaii in B.C., food service and fish plant workers, and knowledge-holders in rural Newfoundland. She was the only artist on an interdisciplinary team of scholars studying the marine fisheries crisis in Canada, and was, in 2013, one of the first graduates of the Interdisciplinary PhD Program at Memorial University. She has won awards for her work as a filmmaker, an author, an artist, a children’s book illustrator and was the first recipient of the Director’s Guild of Canada Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production Design. She was inducted into the Royal Academy of the Arts (RCA) in 1992 and taught graduate students for sixteen years in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Goddard College in Vermont. Hall’s work has been supported by Arts NL, the City of St. John’s, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Memorial University and the Shorefast Foundation. She has lived and worked in St. John’s for more than forty-five years. For more about Pam Hall, please contact her for a CV.