Responsible Staff Member

The Artist Recognition Awards are presented annually at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala to artists in three categories: Emerging Artist, Established Artist and Indigenous Artist.  Funded from the Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund, each award carries a cash value of $5,000.


The awards help showcase the recipients’ work to residents of the province and to people beyond our borders. This visibility will encourage artistic and economic well-being for the recipients and contribute to the health of Nova Scotia’s artistic sector in support of a well-rounded community.

The Emerging Artist Recognition Award recognizes artists of any age who are in the early-stages of their professional career, have completed specialized training, and have presented their work publicly. Age is not a determining factor. 

The Established Artist Recognition Award recognizes artists who have emerged from their initial training and development to become recognized, established artists in Nova Scotia.

The Indigenous Artist Recognition Award recognizes artists of Indigenous backgrounds who have emerged from their initial training and development to become recognized, established artists in Nova Scotia.

These are awards of recognition and may be used by the recipients for any purpose.

Application Criteria

Artists may be nominated by individuals or organizations. Nominees must have achieved professional recognition, as recognized within their arts discipline. Eligible disciplines are: Theatre, Dance, Literary Arts, Music, Visual Arts, New Media, Media, Design and Craft.

An artist cannot be nominated for both an Artist Recognition Award and the Portia White Prize in the same year.

Previous recipients of an Artist Recognition Award cannot be nominated for another in the same category.  Previous recipients of the Portia White Prize cannot be nominated for an Artist Recognition Award.

Nominees must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants and have been resident in the province for at least the past four years.

Application Process

The nominator must complete the attached nomination form and supply adequate support material to allow the peer assessment committee to assess the nominee’s achievements and career progress. The nominator also must obtain permission from the nominee.

Application Assessment

Award recipients are chosen by an interdisciplinary peer assessment committee.  Nominators must ensure that their nominees agree that, if they are selected, the support material submitted may be used by Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council for promotion of the Artist Recognition Awards.

Applications are assessed on excellence in artistic achievement, momentum for the future, professional recognition and provincial and national recognition. 

Application Submission

Send your application to according to the instructions below. You can watch our YouTube tutorial Submitting Your Application Over Email for more detailed instructions.

Before Sending Your Email

  • Include your name on all files
  • Number your files in the order they should be opened
  • Ensure your page limits and file sizes are in line with the program guidelines
  • Upload large audio and video files to a streaming service such as YouTube, Vimeo or SoundCloud

When Submitting

  • Address your email to
  • Send one application per email 
  • Subject line should be: “Nominee – Category”
  • Keep attachments under 25MB
  • Do not attach large audio or video files; include a streaming link in the body of the email
  • Do not duplicate your application; do not send an additional hard copy

Only submissions will be accepted to this email address. Please direct all questions to the program officer. 

If you are unable to submit by email please contact the program officer.

Past Recipients

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