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News in Brief: Hamilton Funding Increase, Governor General’s Awards, CARFAC Changes

Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news.

On Tuesday, for the first time in 15 years, Hamilton city councillors voted to significantly increase arts funding. The increase will boost funding levels, set currently at about $3.08 per capita, by an additional $3 per household. This will amount to an increase of about $500,000.

The winners of the 2015 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, seven artists and one curator, were announced on Tuesday in Ottawa. Robert Houle, Micah Lexier, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Louise Déry were among the recipients.

The Art Gallery of Windsor received a $45,000 donation from furniture and appliance retailer Tepperman’s on Wednesday. The donation will fund the “Look Again! Celebrating the AGW Collection” project, which includes an exhibition of works from the gallery’s permanent collection that were previously in storage.

Saskatoon artist Zachari Logan was selected on Wednesday for the inaugural three-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn, New York. The residency, funded by Creative Saskatchewan and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, will begin this spring.

Gabrielle Peacock finishes her tenure as CEO of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery this week. Peacock held the position for five years, during which time she introduced numerous community programs, added to the institution’s collection and boosted membership by 68%.

After 14 years working with the organization, Kristian Clarke is leaving his position as executive director of CARFAC Ontario. In his time at the organization, Clarke saw membership levels double. He will be joining the Canadian Actors Equity.

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