Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 20, 2009 09:47 ET

A Week of Visual and Media Arts at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 20, 2009) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will preside over the 10th annual Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts ceremony, at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at 6 p.m.

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, will be posted on the Canada Council Web site (www.canadacouncil.ca/prizes/ggavma) on March 24, 2009, at 10 a.m.

Art Matters: Igniting an electrifying and unifying atmosphere around the visual and media arts

Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond, will host a public Art Matters forum at Rideau Hall, on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at 7 p.m. This discussion will bring together laureates of the 2009 GGAVMAs, as well as members of the arts community, and will focus on "igniting an electrifying and unifying atmosphere around the visual and media arts". Visit www.arts.gg.ca for more information.

From 6 p.m. onwards, participants are welcome to attend special performances and take part in tours of the residence's art collection.

For every ceremony honouring the talents of Canadian artists, Rideau Hall-on

His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond's initiative-organizes a forum called Art Matters. This event brings laureates, artists, academics and administrators together to discuss and examine the challenges facing culture in our society. More than 30 forums have already been held in Canada and abroad during official visits. The public is invited to take part in the discussion through the online forums at www.citizenvoices.gg.ca.

Spirit of Place: BC Young Artists Exhibition Opening

Rideau Hall, in association with the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD), is proud to present the work of 15 young artists from across British Columbia.Under the mentorship of senior artists of ECUAD, the youths-aged 6 to 16-have created works that reflect the characteristics, spaces and spirits of their respective regions, along with the pillar themes of the Olympic Games: culture, sport and sustainability. Spirit of Place: BC Young Artists will also feature 16 photographs of children from around the world. This collection of images was assembled in collaboration with Save the Children Canada, and serves to reinforce the organization's mission to protect children against negligence, cruelty and exploitation.

Spirit of Place: BC Young Artists encourages creative interaction among groups and individuals, and would not be possible without the ongoing efforts of ECUAD, Arts Umbrella and Save the Children Canada. Spirit of Place: BC Young Artists opens on March 25, 2009, at 10 a.m., and will continue until September 27, 2009.

ATTENTION MEDIA

Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts ceremony-March 25, 2009: Media who wish to attend the ceremony should arrive no later than 5:45 p.m.

Art Matters-March 24, 2009: Media who wish to cover this event are also invited to tour the residence's art collection as of 6 p.m.

Opening of Spirit of Place-March 25, 2009: Media who wish to cover the opening, as well as the Governor General's speech, should arrive no later than 9:45 a.m.

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