Protest Art Contest for All Ages—$20,000 in prizes

Submit by May 31

We are seeking artwork from across Atlantic Canada to display on the outside of the theatre where Viola Desmond took her stand.

The artwork should be inspired by Viola's act of protest.

However, it is not limited to depictions of that particular event. Other than the piece being 2D, there are no limitations on the form or substance of your work.

 
 
 
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VIOLA’S PROTEST

Viola Desmond was a businesswoman from Halifax. She owned and managed several hair salons across the province. On November 8, 1946, she decided to attend a film at the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow.

When she refused to leave her seat in the “whites only” section of the theatre, she was arrested, jailed overnight, convicted and fined.

Viola was found guilty. She appealed to the Halifax Court but lost that too. The Court tried to say that Viola's lawyer filed the wrong paperwork. Her act of spontaneous non-violent protest inspired others and continues to do so.

 
 
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Protest Art Contest

MacGillivray Law’s Jamie MacGillivray is restoring the theatre where Viola made her stand. One wall was exposed when a neighbouring building was demolished.

The winning pieces of art will be photographed in a high resolutionand imprinted onto architectural panels. This process will be done by the manufacturer of the panels. The panels will be permanently placed on the building.


 

 

AWARDS

$20,000 in cash prizes available.

Top Awards:

Atlantic Canada 1st Place
$2,500
Atlantic Canada 2nd Place
$2,500
Atlantic Canada - 12 to 18
$2,500
Atlantic Canada - Under 12
$2,500

Plus $10,000 in awards for remaining selections


Contest Rules:

Eligibility:

All Ages

Artwork:

  • Will accept all 2D mediums that can be shipped
  • Minimum size is a single sheet of paper (8½”x11”) to a maximum size of 4’x8’ 
  • If artist prefers to work on a small canvas we may choose to enlarge it on the panel

Possible Art Mediums:

  • Paint
  • Pencil
  • Crayon
  • Marker
  • Canvas
  • Wood Panel
  • Paper
  • Poster

Design Theme:

Artwork should be inspired by Viola's act of protest. However, it is not limited to depictions of that particular event. Other than the piece being 2D, there are no limitations on the form or substance of your work.

SUBMISSION DETAILS:

Submission Deadline:
May 31, 2018

Submission Instructions:
Artwork must be submitted in its original form, not as a digital copy. Artwork can be submitted in person to one of our offices or by mail or by courier. 

In person:
  • 5777 West Street
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • 134 Provost Street
    New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

  • 279 Duckworth Street
    St. John’s, Newfoundland
By mail:
  • MacGillivray Law Office
    134 Provost Street
    P.O. Box 753
    New Glasgow, NS  B2H 5G2

If you do not live near one of our offices and you are unable to mail or courier your artwork, we can also make special arrangements for collection in Sydney, Moncton, Fredericton, Saint John, Corner Brook, and Charlottetown. Please contact us to make arrangements.

Email: protestartcontest@macgillivraylaw.com
Phone: 1-888-434-0398
 

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