Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 26, 2010 10:14 ET

Media Advisory: Their Excellencies Celebrate Visual and Media Arts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond will host the 11th Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts, on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at 6 p.m., at Rideau Hall. The evening before the event, Mr. Lafond will participate in a public Art Matters forum on Tuesday March 30, 2010, at 7 p.m., at the Canada Council Art Bank, in Ottawa.

The Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts (GGAVMA) recognize distinguished career achievements by Canadian artists in these particular fields, as well as outstanding contributions made to the visual and media arts community through volunteerism, philanthropy, board governance, community outreach or professional activities. These prestigious awards are funded and administered by the Canada Council for the Arts.

The names of the laureates, together with biographical information and downloadable images of the artists and their works, are available on the Canada Council Web site at

Art Matters forum

Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond will host the 48th public Art Matters forum on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at 7 p.m., at the Canada Council Art Bank, 921 St. Laurent Boulevard, in Ottawa. This discussion will bring together laureates of the 2010 GGAVMAs, as well as members of the arts community, and will focus on the theme "Visual Literacy: Which tools and skills can we develop to grasp a work of art?"

Robin Metcalfe, director and curator of the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery will moderate the discussion. Guests panelists will be Dominique Blain, visual artist; Vicky Chainey Gagnon, curator of the Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop's University; Pat Durr, visual artist; Frédéric Loury, owner of the Galerie [SAS], founder and curator of Art souterrain; and Marc Mayer, director of the National Gallery of Canada.

For the past four years, Rideau Hall—on Mr. Lafond's initiative—has organized forums on culture and society called Art Matters. The forums offer wonderful opportunities to bring citizens, artists, academics and administrators together to discuss the challenges facing culture and to examine these issues in our society. More than 40 forums have already been held across Canada and abroad. For more information on these forums, please visit

The 11th GGAVMA Annual Ceremony

The Governor General of Canada will present the 2010 Awards at a ceremony on Wednesday March 31, 2010, at 6 p.m., at Rideau Hall. In addition to a $25,000 prize, the winners will each receive a work created by Tony Urquhart, winner of a 2009 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

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