2018 City of Hamilton Arts Awards

The Tourism and Culture Division at the City of Hamilton is pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 City of Hamilton Arts Awards. This annual program promotes the City of Hamilton’s pride in its arts community by inspiring success, fostering growth and celebrating the talent that drives this vital part of our city. Citizens nominate artists for consideration by independent juries who choose 20 Emerging and Established artists to honour for their excellence in 11 arts disciplines. Each successful nominee is presented with a cash award and civic recognition.

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Nominations for Arts Awards are now being accepted, and we are encouraging nominations from communities across Hamilton.  

Nominators can go online at www.hamilton.ca/artsawards to complete and submit an online nomination form. Hard copies are available at the Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre, Lister Building, 28 James St. North, Ground Floor. 

New for 2018:

The Shirley M. Elford Artist's Fund at the Hamilton Community Foundation is presenting the Shirley Elford Emerging Artist Prize in conjunction with the Arts Awards program. The Prize recipient, selected by a jury, will receive a cash prize as well as civic and media recognition. In 2018, the Shirley Elford Prize will be presented in the Fine Craft category, open to those working in the following mediums: beadwork, book arts, ceramics, textiles, fashion and wearable art, furniture, glass, jewelry, metal, and wood. The prize category will change annually.

The Arts Awards will be presented at a public event in June as part of Hamilton Arts Week. Members of Council will have the opportunity to present an award. A Save the Date invitation will be forwarded to you as soon as the citizen committee has finalized the event venue.

If you have questions about the Arts Awards Program, contact Jen Anisef, Cultural Projects Specialist, Tourism and Culture Division at 905-546-2424 ext. 7612 or jen.anisef@hamilton.ca. Thank you in advance for your support of the 2018 Arts Awards.