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Creative NS Gala 2019

About the Gala 

Presented by Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala is a yearly event that celebrates excellence in artistic achievement, notably in the announcements of two major awards, the Portia White Prize and the Lieutenant Governor's Masterworks Award. Winners of the Prix Grand Pré, the Established Artist Awards, the Emerging Artist Awards, the Indigenous Artist Award and the  Creative Community Impact Awards are also honoured. Collectively, the awards are worth $95,000.

Artistic Vision


As artists we all strive to stand our sacred ground and be present. Whatever the choice of medium - on the canvas, on the page, in the gallery, on the screen and on the stage - making way for our individual voices within this massive global world is an integral element of art.

The artist not only takes ownership within the buildings and landscapes surrounding us but of course also within the digital network of news media and press outlets and the multitude of social networks. Most importantly, through these avenues the artist can ultimately leave their mark within our hearts and minds and permeate their presence, thoughts and stories throughout communities.

In a direct attempt to breakdown contrary notions of taking ownership as a selfish act, we believe choosing to stay big and be seen in our commitments to our work and one another is an act of courage and one we are coming together to honour. It has been proven by artists again

and again that, even in such an immensely dense and oversaturated society of voices, one person can and does make a difference.

We need space to create. We need space to think; space to work; space to live. In Nova Scotia our physical and cultural landscape are in flux as new development projects abound at the same time as arts and maker spaces disappear. This celebration will hold space for ourselves and our peers, and especially for those who have been shut out because of cultural differences. It will fill space with diversity of cultures, ideas and opinions. It will make space to acknowledge the past in order to strengthen the future.


M A K E I T O U R S is a call to fight fear and scarcity and to celebrate our achievements together. It’s a billboard that proclaims “There Is Space For You” if you’ll only take heart and step into it. It’s a mantra that affirms that we are exactly who should be here, now, sharing our gifts in Nova Scotia.

Artistic Directors


Aaron Collier: musician/theatre designer/performer, Richie Wilcox: director/singer/performer and Sylvia Bell: Managing Director

HEIST is a live art company committed to creating, producing and presenting innovative, genre-bending and queerly playful performances in Halifax and beyond. An important element to our organization is having a clear and strong commitment to diversity within culture, abilities and gender.


7:30 PM

Pre-Awards Show Performances - Explore the variety of performances and installations within the library

8:30 PM

Awards Show - Recognition is given to the award winners in Paul O'Regan Hall

10:00 PM

Post-Awards Show Party - Celebrate on the first floor of the library with performances, music and more

Please note there will be a cash bar and that this is a 19+ event.



ASL Interpretation will be provided for the duration of the event.

The entrance that will be used for the gala is on the Queen St. side of the building and is wheelchair accessible.

There will be all gender, accessible washrooms.