Neil Forrest named finalist for 2010 Portia White Award
October 27, 2010

Ceramics professor Neil Forrest has been named one of three finalists for the $25,000 Portia White Prize, which promotes excellence, innovation and expression in the arts in Nova Scotia. The award will be presented at the fifth Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala on Friday, October 29 at Pier 21 in Halifax.

A media release from the provincial Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage noted that Professor Forrest’s “approach to ceramics and design, incorporating human form and technology, has brought new ideas into Canada’s leading ceramics program. Mr. Forrest has helped make ceramics a more visible art form through his art and teaching.”

Also nominated for the Portia White Priize were:

  • Mary Jane Lamond,  award-winning singer and Gaelic cultural ambassador from Glendale, Inverness Co., who uses modern instrumentation and arrangements to provide a contemporary framework for Nova Scotia's Gaelic traditions and songs; and
  • John Little, a self-taught blacksmith and sculptor from East Dover, known for his passion for the forging process and his dedication to teaching, mentoring and jurying exhibitions in Canada and New England. Respected members of the international music community have recognized Mr. Little's forged metal sculptures for musical performance as significant accomplishments.
The winner of the Portia White Prize will receive $18,000 and be asked to name an emerging artist or an arts organization to receive the $7000 protégé prize.

The $10,000 Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award, the Established Artist Recognition Awards and the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterwork Arts Award will also be presented at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala. The gala is hosted by the Nova Scotia Arts and Partnership Council.