TORONTO, ON – Scotiabank, in partnership with the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada, announced today the inaugural New Generation Photography Award. The prize, designed to support the careers of young artists and to help them reach their infinite potential, will recognize three Canadians ages 30 and under, working in lens-based art.
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“At Scotiabank, we believe in the power of youth. For more than 185 years we have helped to foster a new generation of leaders. We believe that investing in young people is the pathway to community prosperity. The New Generation Photography Award is another big step on that journey. We’re launching it to support the careers of young Canadian artists. Scotiabank’s goal is to help ensure that young people have the necessary skills and resources they need to reach their infinite potential.”
– John Doig, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Scotiabank.
“This award has the power to change lives and careers by offering greater visibility for these young artists. It will open up mentorship and networking possibilities and shine a spotlight on their individual work – we couldn’t be more excited to be involved.”
– Luce Lebart, Director of Canadian Photography Institute
Scotiabank believes the arts make Canadians richer. The New Generation Photography Award is amongst the many ways that Scotiabank acknowledges the importance of photography in Canada. Scotiabank is the title sponsor of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the largest photography festival in the world. In 2010, Scotiabank co- created the Scotiabank Photography Award with Edward Burtynsky, the largest annual peer-nominated and peer-reviewed award in Canadian contemporary photography. The New Generation Photography Award is furthering Scotiabank’s commitment to the arts and to young people in Canada.
To celebrate the announcement of the New Generation Photography Award, Scotiabank is creating an Instagram gallery at Rideau Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. Canadians will have the opportunity for their art to be seen by thousands in a public exhibit by tagging their photographs with #InfinitePotential. The 20-foot double sided exhibit will pull in and rotate through user generated content across 10 digital screens, displayed behind minimal picture frames to replicate a modern gallery. Each photo will include the artist’s avatar and user name. The exhibit will run for two weeks (July 31 – August 14) and will highlight Scotiabank’s continued commitment to supporting young artists by giving them a stage for their expressions. For more information about the New Generation Photography Award, presented by the Canadian Photography Institute and Scotiabank, please visit the website at: http://www.scotiabank.com/arts
At Scotiabank, we aim to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their full potential. Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank's goal is to help ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success. Together with our employees, the Bank supports causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2016, Scotiabank contributed more than $70 million to help our communities around the world.
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About the Canadian Photography Institute
The Canadian Photography Institute is a hub for sharing, collecting, researching and exploring photography in all its forms. The Institute was established in 2015 and officially launched in 2016. Its collections, which are regularly enriched with new donations, are built upon the National Gallery’s Photographs Collection, the collection of the former Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the still photos of the National Film Board of Canada archives. Part of the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Photography Institute receives unprecedented support from CPI’s Founding Partner, Scotiabank, the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC) and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. More information about the Canadian Photography Institution can be found on the Gallery’s website gallery.ca/cpi.
About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada’s premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter @NatGalleryCan
About the National Gallery of Canada Foundation
The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is dedicated to supporting the National Gallery of Canada in fulfilling its mandate. By fostering strong philanthropic partnerships, the Foundation provides the Gallery with the additional financial support required to lead Canada’s visual arts community locally, nationally and internationally. The blend of public support and private philanthropy empowers the Gallery to preserve and interpret Canada’s visual arts heritage. The Foundation welcomes present and deferred gifts for special projects and endowments. To learn more about the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, visit ngcfoundation.ca and follow us on Twitter @NGC_Foundation
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