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News in Brief: Edward Burtynsky Creates Photo Grant, Emerging Atlantic Artist Residency Awarded, Ottawa Art Awards Announced

Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news.

In partnership with the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, Edward Burtynsky has established an annual grant that will award an emerging Canadian photographer with $5,000 and help them create a photobook. Burtynsky donated his $25,000 award from his 2016 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts towards the grant. The first grant will be awarded at the end of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival in May 2016.

Halifax-based artist Anne Macmillan has been awarded the inaugural Emerging Atlantic Canada Artist Residency at the Banff Centre. The residency was established last year by the Hnatyshyn Foundation and the Banff Centre, with support from the Harrison McCain Foundation, and offers an eight-week, self-directed residency at the Banff Centre, valued at $30,000.

Nancy Noble, the CEO of the Museum of Vancouver, has announced that she will be leaving her position at the end of July after 10 years at the MOV. During Noble’s tenure as CEO, the MOV has presented exhibitions of work by Ian Wallace, Ed Pien, Stefan Sagmeister and others. The organization recently unveiled a new five-year strategic plan, and the search for Noble’s successor has begun.

The Ottawa Arts Council announced the finalists for the RBC Emerging Artist Award and Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award last night. Visual artist Meredith Snider is among the finalists for the RBC Emerging Artist Award, and Martin Golland has been shortlisted for the Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award. Both prizes award $5,000 to the recipient and $1,000 to each finalist. The recipients will be announced April 26 2016.

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