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Finalists, ArtsNL Hall of Honour inductee, ArtsNL Patron of the Arts, and artwork announced for 33rd ArtsNL Arts Awards

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April 2, 2018 (St. John's, NL) – ArtsNL is pleased to be announcing details on the 33rd ArtsNL Arts Awards. This morning, ArtsNL executive director Reg Winsor shared that the Arts Awards Gala will take place on Saturday, April 28, at 7:00pm in the main theatre of the Labrador West Arts and Culture Centre in Labrador City, NL.

“In just a few weeks the awards gala will return to the Big Land, taking place in Labrador once again, and excitement for the event is rising,” said Winsor. “This year, we are excited to also be incorporating the presentation of the Lawrence Jackson Writers’ Award into the annual gala ceremony, and we will share more on that in the near future. The ArtsNL Arts Awards create an opportunity for both reflection and celebration; they place emphasis on the caliber of professional creative work generated by our province’s artists, groups, and arts organizations. It’s also an opportunity to extol patrons of the arts and cultural sector for their ongoing support.”

Finalists
This annual event is a celebration of the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador. Artists of all disciplines are recognized through the presentation of six awards. Finalists were announced today in four award categories:
               
“Memorial University” Arts in Education 2017 – recognizes an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to arts in education in Newfoundland and Labrador over a number of years. The finalists are:

  • Adam Baxter
  • Eric West

ArtsNL Arts Achievement 2017 – recognizes a practicing artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador over a number of years. The finalists are:

  • Marlene Creates
  • Beni Malone

“CBC” Emerging Artist 2017 – recognizes new and undisputed talent. It is awarded to an emerging artist, group or arts organization that has earned significant recognition for a piece of work or a generally out-sized impact on the scene. The finalists are:

  • Sharon Bala
  • Persistence Theatre
  • April White

“BMO Bank of Montreal” Artist of the Year 2017 – recognizes the art or activity of a person, group or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2017.

  • Duane Andrews
  • Matthew Hollett
  • Steve Maloney

ArtsNL Hall of Honour
Also announced today was the 2018 inductee into the ArtsNL Hall of Honour. This award recognizes a person, group or organization that has made a distinguished lifetime contribution to the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador. The inductee for 2018 is Jacinta Mackey Graham. She will be officially inducted into the ArtsNL Hall of Honour at the Arts Awards ceremony that takes place on April 28 in Labrador City, NL.

In addition to the above awards, ArtsNL also announced this year’s Patron of the Arts which goes to Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union. This award, given to a person, business or organization, recognizes an ongoing commitment to the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador through innovative, community, or sustained support of artistic activity.

Artwork and Prizes
Also announced today was that the artwork, which will be presented to the winners in each of the categories, has been created by visual artist Stephanie Smith. Smith is creating a series of six ceramic tiles inspired by her Clearing the Ashes collection which she did a solo exhibition with at the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador in the Annex Gallery in 2015. The collection of tiles will interlink to form one unified artwork to highlight the interconnectedness of the arts sector and the Newfoundland and Labrador cultural identity. Of the work, Smith says, “every artist being honoured at this awards gala is being recognized for their unique contributions to the arts sector, and through this they are being embraced by a beautiful community of highly skilled, talented, and one of a kind creators.”

The 33rd ArtsNL Arts Awards will take place 7:00pm Saturday, April 28, 2018 in the main theatre at the Labrador West Arts and Culture Centre in Labrador City, NL.  

Media Contact:
Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer, ArtsNL
Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203
Mobile: (709) 746-6531
Toll free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)
jjamieson@nlac.ca

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; one community representative (with an interest in the arts); one business representative (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual grant of $1.9 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.