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Harbourfront Centre Announces Commissioning Call for Canadian Artists

TORONTO, February 25, 2008 – William J.S. Boyle, Chief Executive Officer of Harbourfront Centre today announced that Fresh Ground new works, Harbourfront Centre’s national commissioning awards available to artists in Canada to assist with the creation of new multi-disciplinary collaborative works, has launched its third annual nation-wide call for proposals. Canada’s artists working in all disciplines are eligible to submit. Ten previously commissioned major works from the first two competitions have already graced (or will soon) Harbourfront Centre’s stages and exhibition spaces.

In the second year of the awards programme, Harbourfront Centre received over 130 submissions from across Canada, from which five collaborations were awarded $20,000 each. Submissions included proposals in theatre, dance, architecture, visual art, community arts and music. “The enthusiastic response and innovative range of the submissions from artists to the first two proposal calls indicates the significance of initiatives that support Canadian creativity and cultural invention,” says William Boyle. “As Canada’s leading Centre for contemporary cultural explorations, Harbourfront Centre is proud to directly assist in the creation of new interdisciplinary artistic works through the Fresh Ground new works national commissioning programme.”

To qualify for one of up to five commissions, each with a monetary award up to a maximum of $20,000, the lead applicant must be a professional artist, a Canadian or landed immigrant, and must fulfill the criteria of creating a new, collaborative work which incorporates more than one discipline or field. The work must be original, never before presented or performed, and ready for presentation or installation at Harbourfront Centre in the 2009-2010 season.

Fresh Ground new works commissioning awards are made possible by the generosity of several individual donors who have actively assisted in the creation of new Canadian art works: Peter Allen, Robert and Anne Marie Canning, Lionel Conacher and Joan Dea, Gail Drummond and Robert Dorrance, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Wil and Judy Matthews, George Myhal, Sandra and Jim Pitblado, Anonymous, and a grant from Imperial Tobacco Canada Foundation.

The deadline for Fresh Ground new works submissions is Friday, April 18, 2008. Full criteria for qualification and instructions for applicants can be found at the Harbourfront Centre website, www.harbourfrontcentre.com/freshground or by emailing freshground@harbourfrontcentre.com.

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Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
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