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.
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.
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.
$20,000 in cash prizes available.
Plus $10,000 in awards for remaining selections
- 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:
- Wood Panel
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.
May 31, 2018
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.
- 5777 West Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 134 Provost Street
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
- 279 Duckworth Street
St. John’s, Newfoundland
- 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.