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.
MAKE IT OURS
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 Direction and Event Management
HEIST is comprised of Artistic Director Richie Wilcox, Managing Director Sylvia Bell and Technical Director Aaron Collier
Protégé: The Halifax Music Co-op