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Tanja Jacobs awarded Gina’s Prize for 2018

Toronto  – March 10, 2018 – The Gina Wilkinson Prize Committee is pleased to announce that Tanja Jacobs of Toronto, Ontario is the recipient of the seventh annual Gina Wilkinson Prize for an Emerging Female Director.  This annual prize of $ 5,000 honours female theatre artists transitioning to directing.

Tanja Jacobs is an award winning actress and director. Most recently she directed Twelfth Night for the Canadian Stage Company’s annual Shakespeare in High Park. In 2016 she directed The Model Apartment for Harold Green Jewish Theatre. This spring she will co-direct, with Alistair Newton, Caryl Churchill’s highly original Love and Information at the Berkeley Street Theatre for Canadian Stage; she will direct the ferocious comedy La Bete for Soulpepper Theatre; and this coming summer Tanja will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream in High Park for Canadian Stage. For her work as an actress in Toronto, Tanja has received eleven Dora nominations and three awards. This past summer Tanja completed her MFA in Stage Direction at York University in Collaboration with Canadian Stage.

"In making the transition from actress to director, a woman must find courage in the prospect of pleasing herself – and her own rigour – where she used to rely on the ripples of pleasing others to feel artistically whole. Gina Wilkinson’s radiant intelligence and inner fortitude helped her to navigate this as she made a legitimate place for herself as an important director in this country. The wonderful prize that is named for her is a hearty endorsement for the woman artist cultivating a personal vision. I am deeply honoured to have been chosen to receive this prize. I join a list of women of conviction and I am proud to be among them."

Ms. Jacobs was selected from a short list that includes Cristina Cugliandro, (Montreal), Debbie Patterson, (Winnipeg) and Severn Thompson (Toronto). See bios below.

The Committee received nominations from across the country and was thrilled by the calibre of the artists vying for the Prize. The nominations spoke to an incredibly diverse, intelligent and passionate group of artists who, as emerging directors, are clearly dedicated to creating not only a lively, rigorous and positive environment for theatre-making but also to providing audiences in their communities with theatre experiences of the highest order.

Gina's Prize honours a Canadian female theatre artist who is transitioning from one theatre discipline (acting, stage managing, playwriting, administration, etc.) to that of directing. The Prize pays tribute to actor/playwright/director Gina Wilkinson, who passed away in 2010, and whose dedication, vision and indomitable spirit imbued her work and her life. An actor for over twenty years, Ms Wilkinson began turning her attention to both writing and directing and, in the last few years of her too-short life, established herself as a daring, strong, inventive director and collaborator in the Canadian theatre. In the spirit of Ms Wilkinson's appetite for life, the Prize of $5,000 is a gift to be used in any way the recipient chooses.

Cristina Cugliandro is a Montreal based director and co-founder / artistic director of Odd Stumble Theatre's Montreal branch, a company that supports the development of artists by collaborating on workshop productions, innovative site-responsive creations and gatherings, and socially engaged theatre practices. Her directing credits include In Search of Mrs. Pirandello (The Rialto Theatre 2015 / The Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival 2016), Elsewhere (The Rialto Theatre 2017), What Happened after Nora left her Husband (Imago Theatre 2017), Possible Worlds (Bishops’ University 2017). Cristina holds a master’s degree in Text and Performance from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Birkbeck University.

Debbie Patterson is a Winnipeg playwright, director and actor. Trained at the National Theatre School of Canada, she is a founding associate of Shakespeare in the Ruins (SIR), served as Theatre Ambassador for Winnipeg’s Cultural Capital year and as Artistic Associate at Prairie Theatre Exchange. Directing credits include Festen for PTE@PTE, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and Taming of the Shrew for SIR, and a site-specific production of The Crackwalker for Sweet and Salty. In 2014 she was selected for the United Nations Platform for Action Committee’s annual Activist Award and was honoured with the Mayor’s Making a Mark Award in 2017. She is a proud advocate for disability arts through her work with her new company Sick + Twisted Theatre.

Most recently, Severn Thompson directed and co-created The Pigeon King for the Blyth Festival which will be remounted this spring. Other directing credits include a new musical production of Peter Pan for Bad Hats Theatre/Soulpepper (3 Dora Awards, including Outstanding Direction); Madam Mao (SummerWorks/Azure River), Beyond the Farm Show (Blyth Festival), and The Munsch Bunch (George Brown). As an actor, Severn has performed in theatres across the country and is an acting graduate of the National Theatre School as well as Stratford's Birmingham Conservatory.

Severn is Associate Artistic Director at the Blyth Festival and is a current York University MFA candidate in Stage Direction in collaboration with Canadian Stage Theatre. Upcoming projects include directing Wing Night at the Boot for the Blyth Festival this summer.

The past recipients of Gina's Prize are Ann-Marie Kerr of Halifax, Krista Jackson of Winnipeg, Christine Brubaker of Toronto, Valerie Planche of Calgary, Kelli Fox of Toronto, and Kimberley Rampersad of Winnipeg.

The Gina Wilkinson Prize was established through the generous support of Gina's colleagues and admirers from across the country. The Committee (Micheline Chevrier, Bonnie Green, Eda Holmes, Krista Jackson, Jackie Maxwell, Tom Rooney and Bob White) extends its heartfelt thanks to all those supporters. Through their incredible generosity, the spirit of Gina lives on.

The Committee would also like to thank Alan Walker and the Ontario Arts Foundation for their administration of the Gina Wilkinson Prize. Anyone wishing to donate may do so at www.ontarioartsfoundation.on.ca.

 

For further information, on the Gina Wilkinson Prize:
Tom Rooney
ginasprize@gmail.com

Ontario Arts Foundation contact:
Alan Walker
Executive Director
Ontario Arts Foundation
T. 416-969-7413
awalker@arts.on.ca

 

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Daniel Hutchinson Receives the 2018 Laura Ciruls Painting Award

Toronto – February 12, 2018 – Hamilton artist, Daniel Hutchinson is the 2018 recipient of the Laura Ciruls Painting Award. The $5,000 award is given annually to recognize an Ontario based mid-career painter.

Palm Reader, 2018, oil on gouache on canvas over panel

Daniel Hutchinson received his BFA from the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver and his MFA from NSCAD University in Halifax. He has mounted solo shows at YYZ ArtistsOutlet (Toronto) and Saint Marys University Art Gallery (Halifax), and was featured in the national survey The Painting Project: A Snapshot of Canadian Painting at LUniversité du Québec à Montréal, and More Than Two (Let It Make Itself) at The Power Plant (Toronto).

Accolades include two-time semi-finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, the Brucebo Foundation Residency (Sweden) and project grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Hutchinson teaches painting and drawing at OCAD University and the University of Guelph. Hutchinsons exhibition Tin Vision can currently be seen at Angell Gallery in Toronto.

Hutchinson was selected by a jury of visual artists comprising Jason Baerg (Toronto), Christian Bernard Singer (Georgian Bluffs), Erika DeFreitas (Toronto), Jamelie Hassan (London), and Gavin Lynch (Wakefield, QC). The jury members were enthusiastic and unanimous in their selection and stated, Hutchinsons works are making real contributions to painting in Canada. They are about the process of painting, focusing on the physical consideration of light and pushing our understanding of the medium. Hutchinson is continually exploring, never satisfied with his accomplishments and hungry for more discovery. In addition, he is an active member of his community and is adding to the impact of his work through his work as a teacher.

The Laura Ciruls Painting Award was established by Laura Ciruls, a professional graphic and web designer, as well as an acrylic and watercolour painter. Through a bequest, Laura set up the Laura Ciruls Painting Award, to recognize artists like herself, who were contributing to the development of painting in Ontario. The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award. The Ontario Arts Council administers the nomination and adjudication process. Previous recipients of the Laura Ciruls Painting Award include: Dorian FitzGerald (2017), Steven Volpe (2016), Sasha Pierce (2015), Melissa Doherty (2014), Andrew Rucklidge (2013), and Jinny Yu (2012).

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 For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@arts.on.ca

 Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.2 million in endowment income and $325,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2016-2017 the  OAC funded 1,657 individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.8 million.

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YAO Receives the Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award

Toronto, January 15, 2018 – Yaovi Hoyi (YAO) is the recipient of the $10,000 Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award. The award is given annually to an Ontario resident who exemplifies excellence in arts education, demonstrates a unique approach to their arts education practice, creates meaningful learning experiences for young people, inspires connections to the arts beyond the classroom and continues to maintain an active arts practice.

Based in Ottawa, YAO is a Franco-Ontarian artist of Togolese descent, born in the Ivory Coast, who succeeds in differentiating himself through a soft blend of spoken words, soul, pop and funk, thus bringing a new flavour to French urban music.

Since 2009, Yao has been giving writing workshops in schools across the province and country, working with students from Grade 5 to Grade 12. He also takes part in “Jamais Trop Tôt”, a program stemming from a collaboration between le Réseau national des Galas de la chanson (RNGC), le Festival international de la chanson de Granby (FICG) and more than forty collaborators across Canada. Through this program, Canadian Francophone students aged 14 to 17 are invited to compose lyrics for a song with the assistance of a professional artist.

YAO is an avid promoter of cultural diversity and the pursuit of knowledge. He is a troubadour spreading the values and ideals of courtly society, seeking simply to gain freedom through culture, especially literature and music.

YAO was selected as the winner from an outstanding group of nominees. This year’s jury consisted of Elizabeth Buset, artist educator, visual arts (Thunder Bay), Katia Café-Fébrissy, artist educator, media artist, literary artist (Toronto), and Rhonda Doxtator, artist educator and dancer (Ottawa). The jury was unanimous in their choice and stated, “Yaovi Hoyi is a tremendously experienced artist and educator who has clearly identified his role in the community and how he can contribute. Having been inspired by his own experience with educators, YAO validates his learners’ work, encourages self-expression and exposes them to life-changing opportunities. His passion and love for arts education are crystal clear and result in meaningful, life-long impact on the learners.”

The Ontario Arts Foundation established and manages the endowment that funds the Artist Educator Award. The Ontario Arts Council administers the nomination and the adjudication process for the award. OAC juries nominate artists from the list of applicants to the current year’s Artists in Communities and Schools and Indigenous Artists in Communities and Schools programs. Previous recipients include Jamaal Rogers and Lorrie Gallant.

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 For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@arts.on.ca

 Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.2 million in endowment income and $325,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2016-2017 the  OAC funded 1,657 individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.8 million.

 Ce document existe ègalement en français.

 

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