Congratulations to Blinkers Art and Project Space, winner of the 2021 Lacey Prize!
In its current nascent form, Blinkers is a genre-non-specific not-for-profit project space for the arts and beyond. It is entirely run by a big-hearted cohort of volunteers. With deep respect, empathy, and consideration we recognize and learn from the antipathies that have taken place on this land and waters we live and settle on. Blinkers Art and Project Space stand on the land space marked as Treaty One Territory also known as Winnipeg, in Manitoba.
“The jury was struck by the breadth and strength of the nominations for the 2021 Lacey Prize. The stories of resilience and critical responses to the pandemic speaks to the importance and impact of this country’s vibrant network of artist-run spaces. Among a very competitive field of applicants, Blinkers Art and Project Space distinguished itself by the development of its infrastructure which has successfully committed to bring a range of artistic voices from across Canada to the vibrant cultural community of Winnipeg.”
The Khyber Centre for the Arts (est. 1995) is a queer-led artist-run centre located in downtown Halifax NS, which is Kjipuktuk, unceded Mi’kmaq territory. The centre presents non-commercial artwork, offers a self-led platform for artists and their practices, and aims to disrupt systemic causes of exclusion, tokenism, and power imbalances in the arts.
UNIT/PITT Society for Art and Critical Awareness is situated on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, in Vancouver BC. UNIT/PITT supports art and critical awareness by offering the tools, space, resources, and mentorship for emerging artists and members of their neighbouring communities to engage in experimental creative work that advances a more expansive, inclusive reality for art and cultural production.
The jury for the Lacey Prize 2021 was composed of Eunice Bélidor, Curator of Quebec and Canadian Contemporary Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Jonathan Shaughnessy, Director, Curatorial Initiatives at the NGC, and Louise Lacey-Rokosh, artist, and representative from the Lacey family. They identified two centres which they felt merited honourable mentions for the important work they are doing in their respective communities. Congratulations to: