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2014 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients announced

September 30 2014

“Vancouver is a creative community at heart, and this year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards honourees and emerging artists represent the extraordinary depth and diversity of talent that we have in this city,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

2014 Mayor's Arts Awards logo

Artists who represent the finest talent in Vancouver’s arts and culture community will be honoured for their achievements at the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Awards.

Mayor Gregor Robertson will present the awards at a special ceremony on October 7 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.

Honourees will be recognized in the categories of:

  • Studio Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Support of the Arts (philanthropy, volunteerism, business support, and arts board member of the year)
  • Lifetime Achievement

The winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award will be announced at the event.

“Vancouver is a creative community at heart, and this year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards honourees and emerging artists represent the extraordinary depth and diversity of talent that we have in this city,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

“Support for arts and culture continues to be a top priority at City Hall. On behalf of my colleagues on Vancouver City Council and the citizens of Vancouver, I would like to congratulate the Mayor’s Arts Awards honourees and emerging artists and thank them wholeheartedly for their leadership in making this such an inspiring, creative, and vibrant city.” 

Mayor's Arts Awards recipients

Each honouree in the studio and performing arts categories is invited to select an emerging artist in their discipline who demonstrates the promise of the next generation.

The 2014 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients (emerging artists indicated in parentheses) are:

  • Studio Arts:
    • Mary Lou Trinkwon (Marie Horstead) for craft and design
    • John van der Lieck (Roger Ma) for culinary arts
    • Karin Lee (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers) for film and new media
    • Daniel Francis (Michal Kozlowski) for literary arts
    • Elspeth Pratt (Laura Piasta) for visual arts
    • Al McWilliams (Cedric, Nathan, and Jim Bomford) for public art
    • Paula Jardine (Candice R. Curlypaws) for community engaged art
  • Performing Arts:
    • Jai Govinda (Shay Kuebler) for dance
    • Brad Turner (Matt Choboter) for music
    • Nancy Bryant (Marshall McMahen) for theatre
  • Support of the Arts:
    • Marnie Carter for philanthropy
    • Gladys Lee for volunteerism
    • Lawson Lundell LLP for business support
    • Julie McIntyre for arts board member of the year
  • Lifetime Achievement:
    • Al Neil

Vancouver Book Award finalists

The City of Vancouver Book Award finalists are:

  • Bruce Grierson for What Makes Olga Run? (Random House)
  • Doretta Lau for How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (Nightwood Editions) 
  • Ashley Little for Anatomy of a Girl Gang (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Billeh Nickerson for Artificial Cherry (Arsenal Pulp Press) 
  • David Stouck for Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life (Douglas & McIntyre)

About the awards

The Mayor's Arts Awards juries are convened by the Alliance for Arts and Culture. Honourees in the studio and performing arts categories were chosen by juries of their peers, consisting of previous Mayor's Arts Award recipients. Honourees for business support, philanthropy, and volunteerism are chosen by juries consisting of business and cultural community members active in those fields. The arts board member of the year and lifetime achievement award juries are established by the Society to Bridge Arts and Community. The selection in each award category is made from nominations by individual jurors and from the community at large.

Award recipients have made a significant contribution to their respective disciplines. They have exhibited leadership, innovation, and support for Vancouver's cultural community over the course of their careers.

Each Honouree Artist is invited to select an Emerging Artist in their discipline who demonstrates the promise of the next generation.

The honourees and emerging artists for the Mayor’s Arts Awards receive a $3,000 cash prize. The lifetime achievement recipient receives a $1,000 cash prize. Those recognized in the Support of the Arts categories receive a non-cash prize. The Book Award recipient receives a $3,000 cash prize.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards were established in 2006 to recognize local artists and their contributions to the city. Since 1989, the City of Vancouver Book Award has been awarded annually to recognize authors whose works demonstrate excellence and contribute to an appreciation and understanding of Vancouver’s history, unique character, or achievements of its residents.

Learn more about these awards

City of Vancouver Book Award

City of Vancouver Book Award

Since 1989, the annual City of Vancouver Book Award has been recognizing authors of excellence of any genre who contribute to the appreciation and understanding of Vancouver's history, unique character, or the achievements of its residents.

The Mayor's Arts Awards logo

The Mayor's Arts Awards

Arts and culture play a vital role in the liveability of any city. Our creative future is in our collective hands. Based on the talented, inspiring people we honour through the Mayor's Arts Awards, our future looks bright.