Awards

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Congrats to 2017's finalists for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award

Posted By on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 9:27 AM

Ashley McKenzie's Werewolf - SUBMITTED
  • Ashley McKenzie's Werewolf
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Yesterday, the three finalists for the largest annual award to any work of art in Nova Scotia—the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award—were announced. The award was established by the Honourable Myra Freeman in 2005, and is meant to recognize "the excellence of a particular work of art or design from any media." A jury of  five multidisciplinary Nova Scotian artists worked at arm’s-length from the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation to select the short-listed works. The juror identities will be revealed once the winner is announced.

The finalists, Donna Morrissey's novel The Deception of Livvy Higgs, Dinuk Wijeratne's composition Polyphonic Lively and Ashley McKenzie's film Werewolf, will receive a $3000 prize for being shortlisted, and one winner announced at this fall's Creative Nova Scotia Gala will win the grand prize of $22,000. There is a panel discussion open to the public about the works at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on September 18.

Descriptions of the finalists (provided by NS Masterworks) are below:

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The Deception of Livvy Higgs
Creator: Donna Morrissey (writer).
Nominator: Diane Turbide.
The Deception of Livvy Higgs is “well-written, poetic, lyrical,” exclaims the jury. Raised in Newfoundland and now living in Nova Scotia, Donna Morrissey has written five well-received novels. This one is narrated in the first person by an elderly woman who struggles to keep her troubled past from intruding into the present. The story, set partly in World War II-era Halifax, slips seamlessly between the past and the present, with the “disturbing intimacy of a séance.” The story has been described as “haunting...in its portrait of two unforgettable women—Livvy and Gen—whose fates are entwined by a violent act.”

Dinuk Wijeratne's Polyphonic Lively - SUBMITTED
  • Dinuk Wijeratne's Polyphonic Lively
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Polyphonic Lively
Creator: Dinuk Wijeratne (composer).
Nominator: Christos Hatzis.
The jury knew the power and complexity of Polyphonic Lively when they heard it. Polyphonic Lively “is terrific in a visceral way.” This 13-minute large ensemble composition was commissioned by Symphony Nova Scotia to open the orchestra’s 2016-17 season. Wijeratne is “masterful in his art,” integrating an array of multicultural influences, and his incorporation of North-Indian tabla chakradhar rhythms is particularly ingenious. The piece was rapturously received by Nova Scotian audiences upon its world premiere, and praised again at the Newfound Music Festival at Memorial University. The Sri-Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne lives in Nova Scotia, and is the Creator of three previous Masterworks Finalists.

Werewolf
Creators: Ashley McKenzie (director) and Nelson MacDonald (producer).
Nominator: Cory Bowles.
The jury praised the “dark, sparse, and harsh,” aesthetic of Werewolf, and the talent of its director. The fiction feature film Werewolf is about two young methadone addicts in Cape Breton. They push a lawnmower door to door, begging to cut grass for a living. One struggles to escape while the other falls further into ruin. The film is notable for its non-professional cast and stylized visual presentation. Directed by McKenzie and produced by MacDonald as their first-time feature, the film has already won several awards at Canadian film festivals. The Nova Scotian director and producer have previously made several short films together.
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Friday, July 7, 2017

Teto Elsiddique named local shortlister for RBC Canadian Painting Competition

Posted By on Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 9:07 AM

Teto Elsiddique, neckrings, a breezy thing - SUBMITTED
  • Teto Elsiddique, neckrings, a breezy thing
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Fifteen finalists were announced for this year's Canadian Painting Competition, and local artist Teto Elsiddique is among them (and sometime-local Ambera Wellmann. This still counts, right?). Now in its 19th year, the juried competition chose the finalists from 682 submissions.

The winners will be announced on October 17, 2017, and all 15 artists will have their work exhibited at The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario from September 1 to October 22, 2017. A total of $85,000 in prize money will be awarded: $25,000 to the winner, $15,000 to two honourable mentions and $2,500 to the remaining 12 finalists.

The three winning paintings will be added to RBC's Art Collection along with the winners of the previous 18 competitions. RBC’s collection features more than 4,500 works collected since 1929, including original works of art by historical and contemporary Canadian artists.

The full list of finalists is below.

Amanda Boulos, Duckie Wants Water
Angela Teng, Line Dance (Pink and Black for Mary Heilmann)
Ambera Wellmann, Temper Ripened
Cindy Ji Hye Kim, Conspiracy Theory
David Kaarsemaker, Portage 1
Joani Tremblay, The Lure of the Local Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society
Kizi Spielmann Rose, Sun and a Tide Pool
Laura Payne, Enneadec II
Laura Rokas-Bérubé, Paint by Number 7
M.E. Sparks, Hollow Dog
Michael Freeman Badour, Patrick’s Boots
Teto Elsiddique, neckrings, a breezy thing
Tristan Unrau, Nun, After Pasolini
Veronika Pausova, Typography
Wei Li, Obsessiveness and excitement, never growing out of them

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sobey Art Award shortlister Ursula Johnson weaves cultural narratives

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 9:23 AM

Ursula Johnson performing Elmiet - KRISTA COMEAU
  • Ursula Johnson performing Elmiet
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Ursula Johnson could be the first Atlantic Canadian to bring home one of the country’s most distinguished art awards. The shortlist of nominees for the 2017 Sobey Art Award were announced on Tuesday, out of a list of 25 artists from across Canada. Johnson hails from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

The Sobey Art Award is considered among the highest recognitions for Canadian artists under the age of 40. The awards present an opportunity for young artists to exhibit their work at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto and receive a $50,000 grand prize.

Johnson’s Indigenous heritage serves as inspiration in her work. She is the first Mi'kmaq woman to graduate from the Nova Scotia college of Art and Design. Her multidisciplinary performance and installation art explores the ideas of identity, ancestry and cultural practice through a combination of contemporary artform and traditional Mi’kmaq techniques like basket weaving.

Other nominees on the 2017 shortlist include performance and video artist Bridget Moser (Ontario), multimedia artist Divya Mehra (Prairies and the North), photo and text-based artist Raymond Boisjoly (West Coast and the Yukon) and photo artist and videographer Jacynthe Carrier (Quebec).

The 2017 Sobey Art Award winner will be announced on October 25, 2017.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

2017 Atlantic Book Awards winners

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 9:46 AM

Sky Pig, by Jan L. Coates, illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo - VIA PAJAMAPRESS.CA
  • Sky Pig, by Jan L. Coates, illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo
  • via pajamapress.ca


Here's a bit of good Canadian literary news for once: The ten winners of the 2017 Atlantic Book Awards were announced last night in a gala ceremony held in Paul O’Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library. Hosted by CBC Radio’s Angela Antle, the gala concludes this year’s Atlantic Book Festival, which ran from May 11-19 in all four Atlantic Provinces.

The winners are:

1. Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction

Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush by Kerry Lee Powell, published by HarperCollins Canada

2. Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

Into the Wasteland, by Lesley Choyce, published by Red Deer Press

3. Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award

Goose Lane Editions for Lucy Jarvis: Even Stones Have Life by Roslyn Rosenfeld.

4. Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing

Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control by Alex Marland, published by University of British Columbia Press

5. The Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction),

Viola Desmond’s Canada: A History of Black and Racial Segregation in the Promised Land by Graham Reynolds with Wanda Robson, published by Fernwood Publishing

6. Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

Sable Island in Black and White, by Jill Martin Bouteillier, published by Nimbus Publishing

7. Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction)

Advocate, by Darren Greer, published by Cormorant Books

8. Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration

Suzanne Del Rizzo for Sky Pig, written by Jan L. Coates, published by Pajama Press

9. Margaret and John Savage First Book Award

Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life by Erin Wunker, published by Bookthug

10. Atlantic Book Awards’ Pioneer Award

Errol Sharpe, owner and founder of Fernwood Publishing. Sharpe worked with Rocky Jones before his death to make sure his story would be shared, and is now working with Mi’kmaw Elder Doug Knockwood to bring his life to the printed page.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sobey Art Award longlist announced

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 2:37 PM

Melanie Colosimo: Transmission Tower I, 2016 - Air mesh fabric, cut-out, 457.2 x 295.74 cm - Installation view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia via sobeyartaward.ca - STEVE FARMER
  • Melanie Colosimo: Transmission Tower I, 2016Air mesh fabric, cut-out, 457.2 x 295.74 cmInstallation view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia via sobeyartaward.ca
  • Steve Farmer


The longlisted artists for the $50,000 Sobey Art Award—Canada's pre-eminent contemporary art award—have been announced and of course we are celebrating extremely hard on behalf of the five Atlantic artists: Eleanor King, Graeme Patterson, Lisa Lipton, Melanie Colosimo and Ursula Johnson (complete list of artists below).

The prize is given annually to an artist aged 40 or under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. A $50,000 prize will be awarded to the Sobey Art Award winner, along with a $10,000 prize to each of the shortlisted artists, and a $500 prize to each of the remaining longlisted artists.

This is the award's 14th year, and in case anyone out there is listening, an Atlantic artist has NEVER WON the Sobey Art Award. And yet we are the only region to call all plastic bags "Sobeys bags". Anyway, I've said it before but I have a good feeling about this year.

ATLANTIC
Eleanor King
Graeme Patterson
Lisa Lipton
Melanie Colosimo
Ursula Johnson

QUEBEC
Annie Baillargeon
Dan Brault
Jacynthe Carrier
Kim Waldron
Ludovic Boney

ONTARIO
Bridget Moser
Erika DeFreitas
Jean-Paul Kelly
Nadia Belerique
Sameer Farooq

PRAIRIES & THE NORTH
Amy Malbeuf
Divya Mehra
Erica Eyres
Kara Uzelman
The Ephemerals

WEST COAST & YUKON
Babak Golkar
James Nizam
Jeneen Frei Njootli
Raymond Boisjoly
Rebecca Brewer

The shortlist of five artists will be announced  June 6, and the winner will be announced October 25 in Toronto. Trust me, I shall be hitting the Canadian art meme accounts hard this afternoon.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May the fourth be with you: watch this local Star Wars fan film

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 2:48 PM

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In March, we posted this Jedi mind trick (i.e. casting call) for actors to audition for a local Star Wars fan film to be entered in the 2016 Star Wars Fan Film Awards. Today, from a galaxy not that far away, director David Connellan presents his official entry, The Mask of Leia. 

Written by Ian Wilson, and starring Halifax actors Britney Canzi as Princess Leia and Fox Lidstone as a remarkable Han Solo lookalike (check him out in our 2015 Hal-Con photos), the five-minute short is set after the battle of Endor. It's a dramatic piece with an impressive use of digital effect and Jabba the Hut. I've got a good feeling about this. May the fourth be with you!





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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Photos: The Sobey Art Award Gala at AGNS

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 11:44 AM

Last night at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax and Canada's artists and art patrons gathered for the announcement of this year's Sobey Art Award winner, a $50,000 prize that recognizes the best in contemporary Canadian art each year since 2002. Born in Tehran, raised in Toronto, representing Ontario, Abbas Akhavan was awarded the prize among his competitors Raymond Boisjoly (West Coast), Sarah Anne Johnson (Prairies/North), Jon Rafman (Quebec) and Lisa Lipton (Atlantic) AKA Frankie. According to the jury, Akhavan's work is rich in "generosity and empathy" in both domestic and natural spheres. Each artist's work is on view at the AGNS until January as part of the Sobey Art Award Shortlist Exhibition. I took photos.


The 2015 Sobey Art Award finalists - ADRIA YOUNG
  • The 2015 Sobey Art Award finalists
  • Adria Young

2015 Sobey Art Award winner Abbas Akhavan - ADRIA YOUNG
  • 2015 Sobey Art Award winner Abbas Akhavan
  • Adria Young

Atlantic nominee Lisa Lipton (right) & friend - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Atlantic nominee Lisa Lipton (right) & friend
  • Adria Young

Patrons at the AGNS - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Patrons at the AGNS
  • Adria Young

ADRIA YOUNG
  • Adria Young

Kate Walchuk (Anna Leonowens Gallery) & Coast copy editor Laura Kenins - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Kate Walchuk (Anna Leonowens Gallery) & Coast copy editor Laura Kenins
  • Adria Young

Hugh Stewart, Melanie Colosimo (director, Anna Leonowens Gallery) & Sarah Fillmore (chief curator, AGNS) - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Hugh Stewart, Melanie Colosimo (director, Anna Leonowens Gallery) & Sarah Fillmore (chief curator, AGNS)
  • Adria Young

Halifax Liberal MP Andy Fillmore & Jennifer Fraser (BDCBC) - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Halifax Liberal MP Andy Fillmore & Jennifer Fraser (BDCBC)
  • Adria Young

Coast cartoonist Paul Hammond (left) & friends - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Coast cartoonist Paul Hammond (left) & friends
  • Adria Young

Fred Fountain CM & Andrew Neville - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Fred Fountain CM & Andrew Neville
  • Adria Young

Hannah Guinan (centre; director, Khyber Centre for the Arts) & friends - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Hannah Guinan (centre; director, Khyber Centre for the Arts) & friends
  • Adria Young

Andrew Mazzerole & Allison Higgins - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Andrew Mazzerole & Allison Higgins
  • Adria Young

Paul Pettigrew (AGNS Young Patrons Circle) & other guy - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Paul Pettigrew (AGNS Young Patrons Circle) & other guy
  • Adria Young

Merray Gerges, Emerging Critical Art Writer-in-Residence, AGNS/VANS - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Merray Gerges, Emerging Critical Art Writer-in-Residence, AGNS/VANS
  • Adria Young

Danika Vandersteen & Scott Grundy - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Danika Vandersteen & Scott Grundy
  • Adria Young

2014 Sobey winner Nadia Myre & 2015 Sobey winner Abbas Akhavan - ADRIA YOUNG
  • 2014 Sobey winner Nadia Myre & 2015 Sobey winner Abbas Akhavan
  • Adria Young

Shortlist Exhibition - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Shortlist Exhibition
  • Adria Young

Shortlist Exhibition (Abbas Akhavan) - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Shortlist Exhibition (Abbas Akhavan)
  • Adria Young

Shortlist Exhibition (Abbas Akhavan) - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Shortlist Exhibition (Abbas Akhavan)
  • Adria Young

Shortlist Exhibition (Lisa Lipton) #greysville - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Shortlist Exhibition (Lisa Lipton) #greysville
  • Adria Young

Shortlist Exhibition (Lisa Lipton) #greysville - ADRIA YOUNG
  • Shortlist Exhibition (Lisa Lipton) #greysville
  • Adria Young

DJ Festive Special (Andrew Neville), after-party at The Seahorse - ADRIA YOUNG
  • DJ Festive Special (Andrew Neville), after-party at The Seahorse
  • Adria Young

It's me in a bathroom, after-party at The Seahorse. - ADRIA YOUNG
  • It's me in a bathroom, after-party at The Seahorse.
  • Adria Young

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