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$650,000 awarded to 21 Chalmers Arts Fellowship recipients

$650,000 Awarded to 21 Chalmers Arts Fellowship Recipients

The Ontario Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2007 Chalmers Arts Fellowships.

“These 21 recipients of our Chalmers Arts Fellowships represent a remarkable range of artists both emerging and established.  Thanks to this program, these poets, dancemakers, musicians, filmmakers and others will be able to explore or move on their next creative projects”, said John Brotman, Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council.

This year’s recipients are: David Anderson, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Allison Cameron, Layne Coleman, Susan Crean, Jean Mohsen Fahmy, Ellen Flanders, Christy Garland, Christopher House, Luis Jacob, JonArno Lawson, Sarah Lazarovic, Popo Leboy, Laurie McGauley, Colleen Murphy, Quinsin Nachoff, David Oiye, Beatriz Pizano, Amin Rehman, Vivine Scarlett, Rina Singha.

The Chalmers Arts Fellowships provide support for the careers of artists and arts professionals when a concentration on artistic growth or renewal is most likely to have the greatest impact on their long-term artistic and career development.

The jurors for this year’s Chalmers Arts Fellowships were: Samir Baijal, Guelph; Michel Bénac, Ottawa; Ron Benner, London; Marie-Josée Chartier, Toronto; Eric Coates, Blyth; Mela Constantinidi, Ottawa; Melchior Mbonimpa, Sudbury; Bruno Moynié, Toronto; Kerri Sakamoto, Toronto; and Mitra Sen, Toronto.

Established in 1979, the Chalmers Family Fund at the Ontario Arts Council has grown to a $19.3 million (March 31, 2006) endowment fund supporting a variety of activities. The awards were re-launched as the Chalmers Arts Fellowships and Chalmers’ Professional Development Grants program in February 2002. The Chalmers family has a well-known history as one of Canada’s premier patrons of the arts. Long associated with the founding and support of a number of arts institutions, the family has also shown an extraordinary interest in honouring, through awards, prizes and grants, the individual artists who contribute to Canada’s culture.

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For further information

Hamal Docter, Communications Coordinator
Ontario Arts Council
416-969-7434 / 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434


The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the province of Ontario’s primary funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians.

Chalmers Arts Fellowships – 2007 Recipients

Community Arts

Laurie McGauley ($15,875), community artist and artistic director of Myths and Mirrors (Sudbury), will travel to four communities in Canada to explore other community-based art practices with the goal of developing an outline for a book.

Project duration: 4 months

Location: Vancouver, Regina and Montreal


Christopher House ($30,000), choreographer and artistic director of Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto), will undertake travel and research for a new cycle of choreographic work.

Project duration: 3 research periods over 12 months

Location: USA, Europe and India

Vivine Scarlett ($33,750), dance curator, choreographer, arts educator and artistic producer of dance Immersion (Concord), will research and develop an arts education program using dance to explore Africa through the eyes of youth.

Project duration: 6 months

Location: Ghana

Rina Singha ($35,000), choreographer, dancer and teacher (Toronto) and one of Canada’s dance pioneers will research and analyze over 50 years of personal archives to develop a collection of works (live and recorded) to pass on to the next generation.

Project duration: 9.5 months

Location: Toronto and India


Layne Coleman ($30,000), writer, playwright, theatre director, actor and screen writer (Toronto) will dedicate one year to completing a full-length work of prose.

Project duration: 12 months

Location: Kingston

Susan Crean ($40,000), writer (Toronto), will research a book combining biography, historical fiction and journalism based on the Crean’s birth city, Toronto.

Project duration: 12 months

Location: Toronto, Ottawa, China and Ireland

Jean Mohsen Fahmy ($50,000), writer (Ottawa), will undertake research exploring the meeting of East and West, in archives and sites in Europe and the Middle East.

Project duration: 17 months

Location: Paris, London, Seville, Granada, Cairo

JonArno Lawson ($30,000), writer (Toronto), will conduct research to study the rhythms, themes and dramatic movements of lap and finger rhyme games belonging to non-English languages and cultures.

Project duration: 12 months

Location: Toronto

Media Arts

Ellen Flanders ($25,000), media artist (Toronto) will research and experiment with mixed media and performance based on the daily routines and the effects of living in the walled-in city of Ramallah.

Project duration: 12 months

Location: Ramallah

Christy Garland ($17,000), filmmaker (Toronto), will conduct research and collect preliminary footage in Guyana and undertake a broad exploration of birdsongs and the way we relate to them from a number of different perspectives: ornithological, cultural, ecological and the aesthetics of music theory.

Project duration: 4 months

Project location: Toronto, Guyana, Suriname

Sarah Lazarovic ($36,000), filmmaker (Toronto), will focus on a one year project that will extend Lazarovic’s animated documentary practice that includes twelve animated media experiments/exercises.

Project duration: 12 months

Location: Toronto


Allison Cameron ($32,100), composer (Toronto), will explore and integrate improvisation techniques in art rock, musique actuelle, noise improvisation and various forms of jazz to develop a large-scale music composition.

Project duration: 12 months

Location: Toronto

Popo Leboy ($30,000), musician and composer (Gatineau) born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, will build on a strong base in hip-hop by exploring Brazilian music and how it has been influenced by Congolese music.

Project duration: 8 months

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Quinsin Nachoff ($35,000), composer, musician (Toronto), will spend one year immersed in New York’s jazz community.

Project duration: 12 months

Location: New York City


David Anderson ($35,450), theatre director; playwright and artistic director of Clay and Paper Theatre (Toronto), will research the Wild Man theatrical tradition and explore the specific forms of community arts practice he has been pioneering.

Project duration: 6 months

Location: Portugal and Georgia

Colleen Murphy ($20,000), playwright (Toronto), will develop a historical stage play set in Carthage between 227 – 250.

Project duration: 6 months

Location: Toronto and Montreal

David Oiye ($28,000), theatre director, playwright and artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto), will explore and observe creation models during residencies and visits to Teatro Sottterraneo, Theatre Replacement, PS 122, Next Wave Festival, Performance Space, Chapter, Gender Bender Festival, and Four + Four Days in Motion.

Project duration: 18 weeks

Location: Canada, USA, Czech Republic, Italy, Australia, Wales

Beatriz Pizano ($38,500), theatre director, playwright (Toronto) will spend a year experimenting with a variety of theatrical techniques and approaches towards the development of three projects.

Project duration: 12 months

Location: Toronto and Columbia

Visual Arts

Mary Anne Barkhouse ($37,000), visual artist (Minden), will examine how both place and time European locales have affected Aboriginal culture in Canada. Barkhouse’s work addresses the imagery of power, authority and colonization through representation of large scale painted works and sculpture.

Project duration: 12 months

Location: Minden; Paris, France; Milan, Italy; Netherlands; Belgium

Luis Jacob ($26,000), visual artist (Toronto), will explore and develop new large-scale works for upcoming exhibitions. His recent practice extends to orchestrated public sculptures, architectural space and performances to organized reading groups.

Project duration: 12 months

Location: Toronto and Germany

Amin Rehman ($25,000), visual artist (Toronto), will travel to collect stories to document the current environmental issues surrounding the ship-breaking industry.

Project duration: 9 months

Location: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh