Friday, June 9, 2023

Full Shortlist for the 2023 City of Hamilton Arts Awards Now Available

Yesterday, the City of Hamilton dropped its 2023 shortlist for its arts awards. The awards are the city’s primary way to recognize innovation, creativity and the contributions of artists, arts community leaders and organizations to the community.

Each year, citizens nominate individuals or collectives for consideration by an independent jury of arts panels and arts sector experts. Award winners are subsequently selected by a jury of leading arts professionals.

Nominations and awards are not discipline-specific, or divided up by whether an artist is established or emerging. Instead, the awards are distributed through one of three broad categories. One Lifetime Achievement Award will recognize a substantial contribution to the artistic leadership, creativity and vitality of the City; multiple Creator Awards will recognize the innovation and artistic excellence that expresses the cultural vitality and diversity of the Hamilton arts scene; and the Arts Champion Award, a non-monetary award to recognize outstanding volunteers, advocates or board members. All prizes will be awarded in a multi-venue celebration during Hamilton Arts Week, which runs June 8-17.

This year’s event will also recognize the Shirley Elford Emerging Artist Commission Prize. Last year, Tania LaCaria and Alex MacLean were named as prize winners and commissioned to create an artwork to be presented at the 2023 Arts Awards. This year’s Commission Prize winners will also be announced at this year’s Arts Awards, with the winners contributing to next year’s ceremony.

This year’s shortlist has five nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award:

This year’s shortlist has six nominees for the Arts Champion Award:

This year’s shortlist has thirty nominees for the Creator Award:

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