Winner and Finalists

Canvas 5 x 5

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Canvas 5 x 5

Winner of the 2016 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award Creators: Tedd Robinson (choreographer), Jacinte Armstrong, Rhonda Baker, Susanne Chui, Ruth-Ellen Kroll-Jackson (dancers), Mocean Dance (producer). Nominator: Don Rieder. Created and produced by Mocean Dance, Canvas 5 x 5 was first presented by Live Art Dance in Halifax in 2012. It includes notable improvised passages. The four female dancers enact the imagined origins of Celtic dance, accompanied by recorded Celtic music. Throughout the performance, the dancers...

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Concerto for Tabla & Orchestra; or, Tabla Concerto

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Concerto for Tabla & Orchestra; or, Tabla Concerto

Creator: Dinuk Wijeratne (composer) Nominator: Bernhard Gueller The Concerto for Tabla and Orchestra received its premiere from Symphony Nova Scotia in 2012. It is a symphonic composition for a non-Western solo instrument and Western classical orchestra. Creator Dinuk Wijeratne’s notation is innovative in its scoring of an Indian instrument, the tabla, within the Western concerto form. The composition combines Eastern and Western forms without compromise. The Jury is proud to acknowledge the composition’s Nova Scotian origin. The Concerto for...

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Lounge Chair No. 2

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Lounge Chair No. 2

Creator: Jonathan Otter (woodworker) Nominator: Suzanne Allen-Bastow This is the second Masterworks Finalist by Creator Jonathan Otter, whose J Class Lounge Chair and Footstool was selected in 2012. Lounge Chair No. 2 (2015) is composed of black walnut and white ash, with strikingly fluid legs-to-seat joinery. As a handmade object the chair demonstrates breathtaking technical skill. Its form is sculpturally conceived—a masterful example of fine craft and design. The chair’s design is visibly rooted in Nova Scotian forms, and encompasses...

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Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember)

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Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember)

Creator: Ursula Johnson (visual artist), Nominator: Jan Peacock This complex work by a leading Indigenous artist, Ursula Johnson, was exhibited at Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery in 2014. Johnson’s decolonizing presentation of Mi’kmaw basket-weaving blends performance, craft and a conceptual approach. In it the artist pays tribute to her great-grandmother Caroline Gould, a renowned Mi’kmaw basket maker who influenced generations of basket makers, including her great granddaughter. The multi-part installation also expands the discourse on...

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What a Young Wife Ought to Know

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What a Young Wife Ought to Know

Creators: Hannah Moscovitch (playwright), Christian Barry (director), Nominator: Roberta Barker Produced by 2b theatre company and presented at Neptune Theatre in Halifax, What a Young Wife Ought to Know is a new play by the distinguished Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch. Set in the 1920s, the play deals with women’s sexuality and abortion. Moscovitch’s bold drama is staged with 2b’s typical technical precision, enhanced by exceptional lighting and set design. This theme is handled in a courageous, engaging fashion, with a high level of...

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