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Award to a Nova Scotia Artist to Recognize Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Contributions

Portia White Prize


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Funding Source
Province of Nova Scotia
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Nova Scotia;

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/15/23 Save

Grant Description
Award to a Nova Scotia artist for significant contributions to the province’s cultural life. The award is intended to honor a professional artist who works in any medium and has been recognized by their peers. The recipient will select an emerging artist or cultural organization to receive the secondary prize.

The Portia White Prize recognizes an outstanding professional Nova Scotian artist, who has attained mastery and recognition in their discipline and has made a significant contribution to the province’s cultural life over a sustained career.

This award helps showcase the recipients’ work to residents of the province and to people beyond our borders. This visibility will encourage artistic and economic well-being for the recipients and contribute to the health of Nova Scotia’s artistic sector in support of a well-rounded community.

Applications are assessed according to the following:

  • Demonstration of excellence and mastery of their artistic discipline
  • Provincial, National and International recognitionContribution to Nova Scotia’s cultural life 
  • Connection to Nova Scotia’s cultural community 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Professional artists working in any medium, who either were born in Nova Scotia or who have been a resident of the province for at least the past four years.

Nominations can either come from a cultural organization or business registered or incorporated in Nova Scotia or by three individuals who are all currently residents in the province.

Nominees must:
- Be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants
- Have made an impact on the province’s cultural life
- Be currently active in their artistic practice
- Agree to be nominated
- Not have received the Portia White Prize in the past

An artist cannot be nominated for both an Established Artist Recognition Award and the Portia White Prize in the same year.

Pre-Application Information
Application deadline(s): June 15

The prize will be awarded annually, unless the peer assessment committee determines that there is no suitable candidate.

Only one nomination package can be submitted for an artist in a year.

Nominators may make one nomination per year.

Submitting Your Application Over Email Video Tutorial:

Nominators are encouraged to contact the Program Officer for assistance when completing the nomination.

Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
The recipient of the prize receives $18,000.

The recipient selects a protégé, or secondary recipient, who is an emerging Nova Scotia artist or a Nova Scotia cultural organization. The protégé receives $7,000.

Contact Information
Send your application to Subject line should be: “Portia White Prize for [Nominee]”

If you are unable to submit by email please contact the program officer.

Program contact
Lauren Williams (she/her), Program Officer
(902) 471-5720 |

Arts Nova Scotia
1741 Brunswick St., 3rd Floor
P. O. Box 456, STN Central
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3J 2R5

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