Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is THIRD SHIFT: TRAVERSE? Where is it?
A: Geographically, THIRD SHIFT: TRAVERSE takes place on the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq, and Passamaquoddy First Nations and in what is colonially known as Canada’s first incorporated city, Saint John. THIRD SHIFT: TRAVERSE aims to activate underutilized spaces throughout the city, allowing for the communal exchange of ideas inspired by public artworks. We hope to provide an opportunity to re-imagine and engage with the natural and built environment in what we now know as Saint John. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq Peoples first signed with the British crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources but, in fact, recognized Indigenous sovereign title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing, equitable, reciprocal, and respectful relationship between nations—a relationship that THIRD SHIFT: TRAVERSE strives to uphold.

There are three types of exhibits at THIRD SHIFT. First, there’s the THIRD SHIFT Constellation Art Trail: these are outdoor exhibits you can visit any time over the course of the festival (24/7 outdoor art gallery!). Next, there are THIRD SHIFT Happenings: these are pop-up art installations that are only viewable at a certain time, so don’t miss them! Finally, THIRD SHIFT Virtually Everywhere is a series of events that are accessible from the comfort of your laptop or home computer. Mix and match these three types of events to get the full THIRD SHIFT: TRAVERSE experience!

Q: Wait – what is Third Space Gallery? Is that the same as THIRD SHIFT?
A: Not quite. Third Space Gallery is an itinerant artist-run centre located in Saint John, NB, committed to facilitating the education, understanding, and appreciation of contemporary art. It operates year-round, putting on members’ shows, art sales, exhibitions, book launches and much more in various locations throughout the Uptown area. THIRD SHIFT is one of its many, many projects.

Q: Can I become a member of Third Space?
A: Of course! Find more details here.

Q: Back to THIRD SHIFT: TRAVERSE. When does it happen?
A: This year’s festival happens Thursday, August 19th (beginning at noon) through August 22nd (until late) in beautiful Uptown Saint John.

Q: And what’s this TRAVERSE business all about?
A: In the beginning, there was THIRD SHIFT, originally conceived as a one-night-only annual art festival which then grew into several days of programming with the signature event on the last night. Last year, we decided to extend the festival itself over several days, allowing small COVID-friendly bubbles a greater opportunity to explore our artworks. In 2021 we thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to mix things up by choosing a theme for the first time in THIRD SHIFT history and maintaining the “stretched-out” THIRD SHIFT experience. In 2021, the theme is “TRAVERSE” which grew out of our artist-in-residence Indigo Komiwonuhke Poirier’s installation, Being Without.

Q: And TRAVERSE means…what, exactly?
A: TRAVERSE means “to travel across or through”. It refers to movement, space, and change. THIRD SHIFT: TRAVERSE was designed to encourage the creation of art projects that transcend boundaries, create intersections, relate to space and movement, and exist at the margins.

Q: Fantastic! Where can I find a map?
A: Hold your horses! Maps, times, locations, details on artist talks and other information will be made available closer to the festival. You will be able to find it on this website and in our beautiful festival guides. In the meantime, you can find information about what to expect right here. As the festival approaches, we’ll update the site to show works-in-progress and more! Follow @thirdspacegallery on Instagram to stay in the loop. We also have a Facebook event that you can join here.

Q: What about accessibility notes?
A: We strive to make THIRD SHIFT as accessible as possible. In the weeks leading up to THIRD SHIFT: TRAVERSE, we will update this page and each individual installation with detailed notes regarding wheelchair access, washrooms, closed captioning, digital accessibility and more.

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