A glimmer of joy during a tough time, we were excited to learn today that the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation had announced this year’s recipients of four prestigious cultural awards in British Columbia!
Established in 1988, the VIVA Awards were created to nurture the advancement of the visual arts in B.C. and their appreciation by the public. They celebrate exemplary achievement by B.C. artists in mid-career, chosen for outstanding accomplishment and commitment by an independent jury. This year, visual artists Diyan Achjadi and Samuel Roy-Bois are the recipients of the 2021 VIVA Award, granted annually by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Foundation also awarded the biannual Alvin Balkind Curator’s Prize to independent curator Makiko Hara, while art critic and writer Robin Laurence received the Max Wyman Award for Critical Writing, a prize that celebrates critical commentary on the visual, performing and literary arts.
Though the annual celebration, a public ceremony honouring the recipients, was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, the awards will be presented online. Foundation chair Greg Bellerby says, “The lack of a public ceremony does not diminish the value and importance of the awards to the artists and to the art community. This also extends to art curators and critical writers as this year we are also awarding the Alvin Balkind Curator’s Prize and the Max Wyman Award for Critical Writing in the Arts. Together these award recipients exemplify the strength and quality of the work being done by artists, curators and writers in our community. Despite the challenges of our current situation their work continues to inspire and enlighten us.”