Congratulations to Matthew Hollett for winning the Excellence in Visual Arts Award for the most exceptional piece of critical writing on a Newfoundland-based artist. Matthew’s contribution to Art North magazine, which appeared in issue 1 and highlighted the works of Jane Walker (Newfoundland) and Vivian-Ross Smith (Shetland) secured for him the award of best example of critical writing in print or online worldwide, with a prize of $2000 (CAN). Two other critics – Eva Crocker and Kate Lahey – were shortlisted for this year’s award.
The EVA Awards are the only awards initiative dedicated to celebrating the visual culture of Newfoundland and Labrador, but clearly show that there is real potential for transatlantic collaboration to result in much-deserved recognition. We were honoured to have such an article in the first issue of Art North, and we are really pleased for Matthew that his contribution has been justly rewarded in this way. The EVA Awards consider jury reviewed submissions and this was the 14th year of the Awards. Matthew’s contribution was recognised publicly at the awards ceremony at The Rooms, Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest public cultural space on 14 June 2019.