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ArtsNL Patron of the Arts Award


The ArtsNL Patron of the Arts Award recognizes a person, group or arts organization that demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador through innovative, community, or sustained support of artistic activity. The Award comes with a piece of original art.

Residency Requirements

There is no residency requirement for the ArtsNL Patron of the Arts Award, and the nominee does not have to be a native Newfoundlander or Labradorian.


Accredited Newfoundland and Labrador arts organizations and members of the general public can nominate one person.

Nominees will be considered only for the category in which they are nominated.

Each year a request for nominations (along with official nomination forms) is mailed to accredited arts organizations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Nominations are also solicited from the general public through print media advertising and the ArtsNL e-mail list. Nomination forms may be requested from ArtsNL, and are available here.

Permission from the nominee is mandatory.

Deadline: nominations must be received or postmarked by Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Submission of adequate support material (slides, photographs, compact discs, manuscripts, scores, CD-ROMs, DVDs, recent reviews, etc.) is OPTIONAL from the nominator. It is strongly recommended that the nominator seek letters of support for the nomination however, which can be submitted at the time of nomination or be forwarded to ArtsNL before the nomination deadline by the letter author.

ArtsNL will contact the nominees requesting support material, which will inform the Council's discussions.

Please Note: Original artworks cannot be accepted as support material. ArtsNL is not responsible for damage to or loss of any submitted support material. If you require support material to be returned please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your nomination package OR arrange to pick it up from the ArtsNL office. Support material will not be returned until after the Arts Awards ceremony. Any support material that has not been picked up after one year will be sent to the provincial archives.

Voting and Selection

The recipient of the ArtsNL Patron of the Arts Award is selected by members of Council who vote by secret ballot. In the event of a tie vote, the Chair has a second vote.

If there are no nominees, or if those nominated do not qualify under the specified criteria, no award will be presented that year.

The ArtsNL Patron of the Arts Awards is given posthumously only if the nominee dies after being selected as the winner.