For Immediate Release WINNIPEG—On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, multidisciplinary artist Jaime Black became the second recipient of The Nellie McClung Foundation Arts Legacy Award.
The Nellie McClung Foundation Arts Legacy Award recognizes a woman who is emerging in her artistic practice, or a collective of emerging women artists, whose artistic work seeks to engage with the community in social justice issues. The $2,000 award is given to assist in the development of new work within a two-year period.
Perhaps best known for her internationally recognized installation The REDress Project, Jaime Black’s work explores themes of gender, identity, place and resistance through installations, photography and performance. Black’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is currently on display at The Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
This biennial award was created in 2013 to honour the vision and advance the legacy of Nellie McClung and to recognize the contributions women make to social justice through the arts. “Nellie McClung was a pivotal leader in the struggle for women’s and human rights and I am humbled to receive a prize in her name, I hope to honour and to continue her struggle through my own work as an artist.” says Black.
The Nellie McClung Foundation works in partnership with the Manitoba Arts Council to administer the Award.
Jaime Black has worked creating arts education curriculum for Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art, as a board member for Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA), as Education coordinator at Martha Street Print Studio, and is currently focused on a full time studio art practice.
ABOUT THE NELLIE MCCLUNG FOUNDATION
The Nellie McClung Foundation has a two-part mandate: to raise funds to create and erect a memorial, now on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative building, commemorating the work of Nellie McClung; and to educate the public about her passion and achievements in the pursuit of women’s and human rights.