Nellie McClung was a social innovator who challenged the thinking of a generation and empowered Canadian women. Her creative efforts ranged through humanitarian endeavours, oratory, and writing.

The Arts Legacy Award was created in 2013 to honour the vision and advance the legacy of Nellie McClung, by recognizing the contributions women make to social justice through the arts. The Nellie McClung Foundation is working in partnership with the Manitoba Arts Council (MAC) to administer the Foundation’s Award.

 

As one of Canada’s first, and perhaps best-known feminists, Nellie McClung became a voice for the voiceless and the defender of the vulnerable. She was unique in her writing of both fiction and opinion pieces, and her speaking and campaigning efforts, in that she balanced her advocacy and sense of justice for all with an innate sense of humour.

Award Details

The Award of $2000 recognizes a woman who is emerging in her artistic practice, or a collective of emerging women artists, whose artistic work seeks to engage with community in social justice issues.

The Nellie McClung Foundation is working in partnership with the Manitoba Arts Council to administer the Award.

The Award will be given to assist in the development of new work. The work must be completed within two years. The award decision will be based on assessment according to the published purpose of the award: to support artistic work that engages with community in social justice issues. One award will be made.

The deadline date is December 15, 2017. The Award decision will be announced to all nominators and applicants and posted on the website of the Nellie McClung Foundation and/or the Manitoba Arts Council, date TBD.

Once the Award is announced, a cheque for $2000 will be issued to the artist. A brief final report when the work is finished is required to be submitted to the Nellie McClung Foundation.

Eligibility

A woman, or an artistic collective of women, working in any artistic genre is eligible if she/they meet the following criteria:

Manitoba residency; emerging artistic practice; and the proposed artistic work engages with community to explore or illuminate social justice issues.

PROCESS (CHOOSE ONE)

If you would like to nominate an artist:

  1. Complete the nomination form (A. Nomination Form Download). This form requires a description of the proposed project and a brief biography of the artist.
  2. Ensure the artist has signed the nomination form agreeing to be nominated for the award.
  3. Include two letters of support for this nomination.
  4. Mail or submit the nomination form and two letters of support to the Manitoba Arts Council by the deadline of December 15, 2017. Faxed or emailed nomination forms are not accepted.

If you are an artist and would like to apply:

  1. Complete the application form (B. Application Form Download). This form requires a description of the proposed project.
  2. Include two letters of support for this nomination.
  3. Mail or submit the application form, with two letters of support, to the Manitoba Arts Council by the deadline of December 15, 2017. Faxed or emailed nomination forms are not accepted.

Questions about the award or application may be directed to the Nellie McClung Foundation at communications@ournellie.com//

 

Past Recipients

Jaime Black

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.

“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.” – Jaime Black

Megan Krause

Visual artist Megan Krause became the first recipient of the award in 2014. Megan’s project proposal, which recognized the link between human rights and environmental justice, was both timely and challenging.