Announcement of the Sobey Art Award shortlist

The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada have announced the five artists shortlisted for the 2016 Sobey Art Award 2016, singled out from 25 other artists. Since 2002, this prize has recognised a contemporary artwork by an emerging artist aged under forty years. Every nominee represents one of the five regions in Canada. In this way, the 2016 Sobey Art Award 2016 will be awarded to one of the following artists: Jeremy Shaw (the West Coast and the Yukon), Brenda Draney (the Prairies and the North), Charles Stankievech (Ontario), Hajra Waheed (Québec), William Robinson (the Atlantic Provinces). The five nominees will already be sharing $ 76,426 while the winner will be getting an extra $38,000. The next winner will succeed David Altmejd, Nadia Myre, and Abbas Akhavan. Senior curator at the National Gallery of Canada, Josée Drouin-Brisebois, will be chairing the jury whose members include Nicolaus Schafhausen, artistic director of the Kunsthalle in Vienna, Jonathan Middleton, Or Gallery director and curator, Naomi Potter, Marie-Justine Snider and Pan...

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1.4 billion dollars for culture in Canada

The Canadian government has announced a five-year plan with a budget of 1.4 billion dollars dedicated to arts and culture. The large-scale project introduced by the country’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is set to promote Canadian culture within the nation as well as overseas. The Canada Council for the Arts, the intended recipient of 30 % of this grant between now and 2021, is enthusiastic about this measure that is “a resounding acknowledgement that arts and culture function today as a robust social infrastructure in Canada”. The initiative is expected to double the budget of the institution set up 59 years ago, in charge of distributing grants to Canadian artists. The distribution of this budget namely foresees one-third going to radio broadcasts while the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund will receive 9 % of the budget over 2 years and national museums, 5.5 % over 5 years. The National Arts Centre as well as the National Gallery of Canada, two major institutions, will receive equal shares whose payment will be staggered until 2018. As specified by a government document: “Our cultural industries represent a key sector of our economy and the intersection of art, science and technology offers infinite opportunities to innovate and problem solve. Investing in the Canadian cultural sector helps to create jobs, strengthens the economy and ensures that the unique Canadian perspective is shared with the...

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Geoffrey Farmer will represent Canada at 2017 Venice Biennale

Geoffrey Farmer has been selected to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale in 2017. Throughout his twenty-year career, Farmer has had exhibitions at the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art in Zurich; the Louvre in Paris; Documenta 13 in Kassel; the Tate Modern in London; and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, among other exhibitions and institutions. For the Venice Biennale in 2017, the Canadian artist has selected Kitty Scott, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Carol and Morton Rapp gallery in Ontario, to organize the Canadian...

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Josh Basseches named new Director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, in Canada (ROM) has appointed Josh Basseches as its new director and CEO. Mr. Basseches was previously deputy director of Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum, 35 kilometres northeast of Boston. Mr. Basseches is replacing Mark Engstrom who was appointed to the post in March 2015 after the departure of Janet Carding. Mr. Basseches has two decades of experience in the museum world. Before joining the Peabody Essex in 2004, he was executive director of the Harvard Museum of Natural History, starting in 1998. Earlier, he was a management consultant for various museums and cultural institutions, including Plymouth Plantation in Plymouth; the New Bedford Whaling Museum; and the Lincoln Filene Center at Tufts University. Raised in Washington D.C., he has also been manager of exhibition projects at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and assistant curator of the Kendall Whaling Museum in Sharon, MA. He has a strong interest in 19th century American art and is writing a book, Homer, Whistler, Church and the Paris World’s Fair of 1867. “Josh is a proven leader with a strong vision for museums in the 21st century. We look forward to welcoming him to the ROM and its passionate community, and working with him to realize our ambitious and exciting plans to grow this important institution,” said Bonnie Brooks, Chair of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) Board of...

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“Manual of Museum Exhibitions, Second Edition” awarded 2015 Ontario Museum Association Award of Excellence in Publications

The Manual of Museum Exhibitions, Second Edition (2014) has been awarded the 2015 Ontario Museum Association (OMA) Award of Excellence in Publications. Edited by Barry Lord and Maria Piacente, the Co- and Vice-President of Lord Cultural Resources, the Manual of Museum Exhibitions, Second Edition is a practical guide to the entire process of planning, designing, producing, and reviewing exhibitions for museums of all kinds. It contains definitions, tools, samples, and exhibit case studies from all over the world, and illustrates the evolution of an exhibition and the roles museum professionals play. Every year, the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) awards different accolades to museums and museum professionals who provide outstanding contributions to the Ontario museum community, display innovation, advance the museum profession in the province, and encourage high standards of excellence in the museum field. The Manual of Museum Exhibitions, Second Edition was recognised as an exceptional publication for both its design and content, and as an essential tool for any member in the museum community looking to plan, design and manage exhibition...

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