Halifax, N.S. – The nominations deadline for the 2016 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award is March 1, 2016. The Masterworks Arts Award is the largest cultural award based in Nova Scotia, with up to $37,000 awarded annually. The Creators of up to five Finalist works receive $3,000, and the Creator(s) of one Winning work receive an additional $22,000, for a total of $25,000.
Eligible nominators include those with recognized expertise in the field of the nominated work, or those who can argue credibly for the merit of the work. Creators and their relatives are ineligible to nominate. The 2016 nomination form, with detailed guidelines updated for this year’s competition, is available from the website at www.nsmasterworks.ca. Submissions must be postmarked on or before March 1, 2016. The Finalists will be announced by early summer and the Winner is announced in the fall at an annual arts awards evening.
Established by the Honourable Myra Freeman in 2005, the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award recognizes excellence in all creative media and highlights works that have a strong connection to Nova Scotia in the context of national and international achievement. Up to five Finalists and one Winner are selected by an arm’s-length peer jury of artists.
Past Winners include Ocean, a collection of poems by Sue Goyette, nominated by Stephanie Domet; Range Light Borden-Carleton PEI 2010, a cast latex sculpture by Kim Morgan, nominated by Jan Peacock; 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein (to be played with the left hand), a digital web work by David Clark, nominated by Bruce Barber; and Responsio, a composition for solo bass clarinet and vocal quartet by Peter-Anthony Togni, nominated by Jeff Joudrey. These Masterworks have made a significant impact in their public presentation and have contributed to the historical development and contemporary practice of their varied art forms.
The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award is sponsored and supported by Arts Nova Scotia, The Craig Foundation, McInnes Cooper, and individual donors.