Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards Increased. Nominations Now Open.

Halifax, N.S. – Ronald Bourgeois, Chair of The Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation, announced today that the total value of prizes for The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s Masterworks Arts Award is increased to $37,000 for 2011. Finalists will each receive $3000 with the winner being awarded $25,000. Nominations are now open.

Acknowledging the call for nominations, Her Honour, the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, O.N.S., said “During my tenure and travels in the past five years, I have seen and experienced the incredible talent of Nova Scotians. Art enriches people’s lives across this province and country, but its strength goes beyond just economics and culture. Art helps us to understand and appreciate the rich tapestry and heritage that surrounds us.”

Now in its sixth year, the multidisciplinary award celebrates all forms of contemporary art including design, theatre, landscape art, dance, visual arts, literature, film, music, new media and more. The list is extensive. The main criteria are that the entire work have had its first public presentation within the past five years, and that it have a strong connection to Nova Scotia. The finalists and the winner are selected by an arm’s length jury of artists over the summer with presentation of the award in the fall.

The nomination form, with detailed guidelines updated for this year’s competition, is available from the website at Submissions must be postmarked on or before April 29, 2011.

The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award is made possible by major funding from the Province of Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Masterwork Awards Foundation also gratefully acknowledges the support of The Craig Foundation, Scotiabank, Stewart McKelvey and The Coast.

Celebrate, participate and nominate for 2011.


For further information:
Hannah Beck, Strategic Arts Management, 902-407-8884