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ARCCO Announces the Winners of the 2015 ARCCO Emerging Cultural Leader Award

Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 ARCCO Emerging Cultural Leader Award:

Holly Cunningham
Jenna Faye Powell
Lora Northway

ARCCO’s inaugural ECL Award is intended to celebrate and acknowledge exceptional, emerging, creative champions (such as artists, cultural workers, curators, writers, and activists) who demonstrate initiative, generosity and excellence within Ontario’s artist-run centre community. ARCCO congratulates Holly, Jenna and Lora for their outstanding work.

The ARCCO Emerging Cultural Leader Award will be presented during the 2015 ARCCO Achievement Award Presentation and Reception. Please come join us during this special occasion and raise a glass to celebrate Ontario's artist-run centre community.

ARCCO Achievement Award Presentation and Reception / Prix d'excellence de l'ARCCO présentation et réception
Location: Gallery TPW, 170 St Helens Ave
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Generously hosted by Gallery TPW
Sponsors: Intact Insurance (Lead Sponsor), Cinnamon Girls Catering and Mill Street Brewery

Photo Credit: Jewell Goodwyn

Recipient Biographies:

Holly Cunningham
Holly Cunningham is an arts administrator, educator, and musician based in North Bay. After graduating from Sheridan College’s Media Arts program, she completed a Fine Arts degree from Nipissing University, which prompted her move to Northern Ontario. Working as the Managing Director of the Near North Mobile Media Lab (N2M2L) for the past five years, Holly has worked to establish programs that aim to increase media arts participation in the Near North region. Facilitating large-scale community projects like Ice Follies and Doc North Film Festival, she has worked to increase the profile of arts and culture in the North Bay area. Since 2013, Holly has been pursuing research to extend media arts access to underserved communities in Northern Ontario through exploring means of empowering youth through media production. She also sits on the board of directors of the Media Arts Network of Ontario and the Independent Media Arts Alliance and is also a member of the advisory committee of Cultural Industries Ontario North.

Jenna Faye Powell
Jenna Faye Powell is an emerging artist and arts administrator with experience in both the not-for-profit and charitable sectors. Powell received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (2009) from the University of Western Ontario and her Masters of Fine Arts (2012) from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. Powell also serves on the Board of Directors at London Fuse and at ARCCO (Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario). In 2012 Jenna was a finalist in the prestigious RBC Canadian Painting Competition. She recently exhibited at Museum London, the Art Gallery of Windsor, DNA Artspace as well as various other galleries nationally. Powell is the current Executive Director of Forest City Gallery in London, Ontario.

Lora Northway
Lora Northway is a multi-disciplinary artist in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is an exhibiting artist, arts educator, curator, graffiti artist, and youth outreach co-ordinator. She received her HBFA from Lakehead University, with a focus on mixed-media installation and a minor in Women’s Studies. She has also obtained a Certificate in Arts Education from York University.

Alongside her studio practice she is a coordinator for Definitely Superior Artist Run Centre (Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts Winner 2013). She is the founder of three youth collectives; Die Active Graffiti Art Collective, Neechee Studio Aboriginal Youth Arts Collective, and inVISIBLEink, an LGBTQ art and writing group. For 10+ years she has delivered dozens of workshops to groups of all ages and sizes. Most recently she developed and delivered a conference on youth engagement and arts programming in the North, for Aboriginal youth leaders from northern reserves. She recently spoke on a panel for Emerging Ideas at the Northern Conference for Arts, in the North Bay. She has participated on several Ontario Arts Council Juries, has received two Northern Arts grants, an Emerging Artist grant, and was the recipient of the Cultural Educator Award for the City of Thunder Bay, 2015.

Recipient of the 2015 ARCCO Achievement Award: Clive Robertson
Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) is pleased to honour artist, curator, critic, publisher and educator Clive Robertson with the 2015 ARCCO Achievement Award in recognition of his longstanding contribution to artist-run culture and cultural production. Robertson’s ongoing commitment to artist-run culture and advancement of contemporary art is demonstrated by his longstanding and formative relationships with artist-run centres and publishing houses across the country, such as with ANNPAC, Galerie SAW Vidéo, Parachute, W.O.R.K.S., Centrefold and Fuse Magazine. He was influential in making the decentralized and democratized artist-run model a national objective. He participated in ANNPAC’s inaugural meetings, and later served as their first national president. Robertson has been teaching performance art praxis, contemporary art history and cultural policy studies at Queen's University, Kingston since 1999.

2015 Recipient: Clive Robertson

To learn more about Clive and his lifetime of exceptional work, please visit ARCCO’s website:

Artists at the Center: Moving from the Margins to Inclusion
This year’s ARCCO Achievement Award Presentation and Reception will be presented during the final day of ARCCO’s national conference, Artists at the Center: Moving from the Margins to Inclusion.

Artists at the Center: Moving from the Margins to Inclusion
National Conference
Thursday, November 12 – Saturday, November 14, 2015
Ryerson Student Centre | 55 Gould Street, Toronto, Ontario

Register Now! Space is limited!


Axl T. Ernst
Membership Coordinator
Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario






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