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Four Finalists Announced for the 2019 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award

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Four Finalists Announced for the 2019 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award

Halifax, Nova Scotia/K‘jipuktuk,Mi’kma‘ki – Four works have been selected as Finalists for the 2019 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award: Africville (Shauntay Grant & Eva Campbell), In/Visible (Charlotte Wilson-Hammond), Moose Fence (Ursula Johnson) and Niche (Basma Kavanagh).   Established in 2005, the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award is given to a work of art. This year, four Nova Scotian artists formed a multidisciplinary jury working at arm’s-length from the Foundation to select the...

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Niche

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Niche

Creator: Basma Kavanagh Nominator: Self-nominated   Niche is a collection of poetry described as “layered, clever, and accessible” by the 2019 jury members. The highly-original work by Kavanagh features poetry and writing punctuated with field journal, encyclopedia-style imagery, making “startling connections” between human civilization and the larger ecological system we seek to categorize yet simultaneously destroy. The work evokes feelings of immediacy and urgency as it delves deeply and unrelentingly into the undeniable reality of our...

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In/Visible

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In/Visible

Creator: Charlotte Wilson-Hammond Nominator: Ted Lind, ARTsPLACE   In/Visible is a series of fourteen thematically linked large-scale drawings described as “painstaking, impressive, and extensive” by the 2019 jury. Wilson-Hammond’s creative process involved meticulously recolouring near-life-sized, de-saturated Mylar-printed photos of her own shadow on landscapes with coloured pencils seamlessly. The jury commended the relationship of the medium of the work to the thematic elements at the heart of its inspiration: one’s impermanence compared...

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Ursula Johnson

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Ursula Johnson

Ursula Johnson has exhibited work nationally and internationally since graduating from NSCAD in 2006.  A major focus of her practice is based in performance and installation. Johnson describes her work as “changing mediums based on who I am talking to and what conversation I am trying to have”.  Much of her work employs cooperative didactic intervention and is place-based while incorporating various mediums often collaborating with others. Ursula has also been collaborating with her wife, Angella Parsons, under the collaborative duo KINUK....

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Basma Kavanagh

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Basma Kavanagh

Basma Kavanagh is a poet, visual artist, and letterpress printer who lives and works in Nova Scotia, in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. To make her work, she spends time outdoors, attending to the diverse and complex organisms and forces that animate our living world. Her artwork has been exhibited across Canada, in the US, and the Arabian Gulf. She has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and the Penland School of Craft. She produces artist’s books under the...

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Moose Fence

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Moose Fence

Creator: Ursula Johnson Nominator: Sarah Fillmore, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia   Moose Fence is a large-scale multi-media sculptural installation combining a large galvanized gate and cage with operatic lighting and additional visual elements to create an immersive experience that compels viewers to choose how they interact with the structure. Physically, the work asks observers to consider the tangible realities of manufactured interventions on nature. Mentally, the work confronts systemically imposed traumatic treatment of Indigenous...

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Charlotte Wilson-Hammond

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Charlotte Wilson-Hammond

Charlotte Wilson-Hammond, RCA* In 1971, Charlotte Wilson-Hammond, aged thirty, emerging as a professional artist with work in an avant garde Toronto gallery, forsook her home in Toronto to move with her husband and young family to Clam Harbour on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. Fifty years later, she is able to look back on a long, exploratory and successful, but not yet ended career as an artist and arts advocate. In 2004 she won the Portia White Award “in recognition of her outstanding artistry, honouring her many contributions to arts and...

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Africville

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Africville

Creators: Shauntay Grant (Author) and Eva Campbell (Illustrator) Nominator: Annick MacAskill, Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia   Africville is a vibrant children’s book celebrating the community of the same name as it was and its legacy that remains. The jury felt the originality of this work lies in the ways in which it is presented: the book does not treat the Africville community as a tragedy, a relic of the past, or as a cautionary tale – instead it offers a profound child’s voice seeing the beautiful parts of her culture and community....

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Eva Campbell

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Eva Campbell

Eva Campbell is an artist and illustrator who teaches visual art at Lester B. Pearson College UWC. She has exhibited her work in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Barbados and Ghana. Eva won the Children’s Africana Book Award for her illustrations in The Matatu by Eric Walters. She lives in Victoria. evacampbell.ca

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Shauntay Grant

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Shauntay Grant

Shauntay Grant is a writer, storyteller, and former poet laureate for the City of Halifax. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University, and has shared her work internationally at festivals and events. An award-winning author of children’s literature, her most recent publication Africville (Groundwood, 2018) was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award. Her other honours include a Best Atlantic Published Book Prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, a Poet of Honour prize from Spoken Word Canada, and a Joseph S. Stauffer...

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