Shortlist announced for second annual Peterborough Arts Awards

Eighteen artists and art advocates up for six awards to be presented at the Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts on May 24

Eighteen artists and art advocates have been nominated for six Peterborough Arts Awards, including musician Washboard Hank, one of three nominees for Outstanding Senior Artist, and The Theatre on King and Fleshy Thud founder Ryan Kerr, one of three nominees for Arts Catalyst. (Photos courtesy of Washboard Hank and Andy Carroll for Public Energy)
Eighteen artists and art advocates have been nominated for six Peterborough Arts Awards, including musician Washboard Hank, one of three nominees for Outstanding Senior Artist, and The Theatre on King and Fleshy Thud founder Ryan Kerr, one of three nominees for Arts Catalyst. (Photos courtesy of Washboard Hank and Andy Carroll for Public Energy)

The Electric City Culture Council has announced the shortlist for the second annual Peterborough Arts Awards.

Six awards of $2,000 each will be presented for outstanding achievement in the arts in Peterborough, as well as two Bierk Art Fund bursaries (from the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, established to honour the memory and celebrate the life of Peterborough resident Liz Bierk, wife of renowned artist David Bierk).

Nominations for each award were accepted until April 9th, and the shortlist was revealed on Friday (May 3).

The nominees in each category are:

Outstanding Emerging Artist

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  • Niambi Tree

Outstanding Achievement By An Indigenous Artist

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  • Drew Hayden Taylor
  • Hilary Wear

Outstanding Mid-Career Artist

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  • Lester Alfonso
  • Beau Dixon
  • Justin Million
  • Patti Shaughnessy

Arts Catalyst

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  • Geoff Bemrose
  • Ryan Kerr
  • James McKenty

Outstanding Senior Artist

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  • Ursula Pflug
  • Washboard Hank
  • Alice Williams

Arts Champion

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  • Peer and Lori Christensen
  • David Goyette
  • Charlie Werger

The winners of each award will be announced on Friday, May 24th at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the McDonnel St. Activity Centre (577 McDonnel St., Peterborough).

Award-winning author Charlie Foran is the guest speaker at the Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts. (Photo: James Lahey)
Award-winning author Charlie Foran is the guest speaker at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts. (Photo: James Lahey)

As well as the awards presentation, the luncheon will feature guest speaker Charlie Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life & Times, which won both the Governor General’s Literary Award for nonfiction and the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction in 2011.

There will also be performances by Dreda Blow, Justin Millon, Curtis Driedger, and more, as well a three-course meal provided by BE Catering.

Tickets are $40, available at eventbrite.ca.

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