Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts 2021

The opening of the exhibition will take place on Friday October 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria presents the 2021 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts. The exhibition features the work of the 2021 winners and is curated by AGGV Chief Curator Jaimie Isaac.

“AGGV is honored to have been selected by the Canada Council for the Arts to curate and host the 2021 exhibition,” said Nancy Noble, CEO/Director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. “It’s a rare opportunity to see the work of these artists, who live in all parts of Canada, brought together in one place.”

A Doors open all day October 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.., the events are free and open to the public. The winning artists will participate in a round table between 10:30 a.m. and noon during the open house.

The prestigious Governor General of Canada’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts is a lifetime achievement award recognizing an artist’s career, body of work and contribution to the visual arts, media arts or to crafts in Canada. In 2021, eight artists and arts professionals were celebrated in recognition of their exceptional careers. Six of the awards recognize artistic achievement, won by Germaine Arnaktauyok, Lori Blondeau, Dempsey Bob, Luc Courchesne, Bonnie Devin and Cheryl L’Hirondelle. An award recognizes excellence in fine crafts, the Saidye Bronfman Award, won by Lou Lynn and an award for outstanding contribution to contemporary visual arts, media arts or crafts, won by Bryce Kanbara. The winners each receive a medallion produced by the Royal Canadian Mint and a cash prize of $25,000.

On Sunday, October 16, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Cheryl L’Hirondelle is the special guest of this first Family Sunday of the fall. Families are invited to enjoy Cheryl’s captivating stories and teachings of buffalo hide, the four directions and more. Sunday with the family is included in the entrance to the AGGV. For more information visit:

The Governor General’s Awards were created in 1999 by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General of Canada to celebrate Canada’s vibrant arts community and recognize outstanding careers in the visual and media arts. Over the past two decades, nearly 200 contemporary artists and arts professionals have been honored.

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