Chairman’s 2021 Message

Statement by Greg Bellerby, Chair of the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation

Again this year the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation Arts Awards will be presented online. The continuing Covid-19 restrictions preclude our ability to present the awards through a public ceremony. We all have had to adjust our lives to deal with the pandemic. 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.

The VIVA Awards continue the legacy of Jack and Doris Shadbolt whose foundation has been celebrating the achievements of B.C. artists since 1988. Also through the generosity of the Estate of Abraham Rogatnick, the Alvin Balkind Curator’s Prize celebrates the achievements of B.C. curators both independent and those working in institutions. The vision of Jack, Doris and Abraham in establishing these awards has had a positive impact on the art community and will for the foreseeable future. 

On behalf of the trustees I would like to congratulate this years recipients of the VIVA Awards, Diyan Achjadi and Samuel Roy-Bois. The jury members were Marian Penner Bancroft, Bopha Chhay, Alison Hrabluik, Cindy Mochizuki and Tania Willard. Their generosity and thoughtful deliberations are greatly appreciated. The trustees would also like to congratulate the Alvin Balkind Curator’s Prize recipient Makiko Hara. The jury was Dana Claxton, Karen Henry and Michelle Jacques and our thanks for their assistance in the selection process. As we did last year we are collaborating on the Max Wyman Award for Critical Writing. We would like to extend our congratulations to this year’s recipient Robin Laurence.

It is hoped that as we move on from the restrictions of Covid-19 pandemic we will once again be able to come together in person and celebrate the achievements of our artists, curators and writers.