This is a huge gain for the artists in question, as many galleries and arts organizations from coast to coast remain shuttered and unsure of what's next, leaving creators of art without easy access to an audience or funding. In simple terms, more money to more creatives means more art keeps getting made.
More great news? Halifax and Nova Scotia cleaned up, with five of the 25 artists living and creating here—including Halifax-raised artist D'Arcy Wilson, whose work focuses primarily on colonial interaction with the natural world; Halifax-based multi-disciplinary artist Lou Sheppard, who is making the long list cut for the second year running; Halifax interdisciplinary artist Melanie Colosimo; and, of course, the region's top vis art power couple—Jordan Bennett and Amy Malbeuf—rep Terence Bay with a nod each (Bennett's 2019 Art Gallery of Nova Scotia show, Ketu' elmita'jik, blended mural work with historical artifacts to bring Mi'kmaq history and artifacts home).
Next up: How do we convince the jury that this new way is better, anyhow, as it helps more artists keep going?