Photos: Martin Lipman, Ann Beam
For six years, the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts have recognized outstanding artists who have anticipated the new, adventured into unexplored territories of the imagination, and not stood still. Year after year, the paths of these artists, curators and philanthropists have crossed for a week of celebrations in March. Come and visit with some of the best-known names in the recent history of Canadian contemporary art – and celebrate our culture, its brilliant artistic expression, its fascinating history.
The 2005 Governor General’s Award recipients – artist Carl Beam, photographer Lynne Cohen, sculptor Roland Poulin, painter, dancer and sculptor Françoise Sullivan, video artists Lisa Steele, Kim Tomczak and Paul Wong, and curator Claude Gosselin – have challenged accepted ideas and helped prevent our daily routine from being overtaken by insularity and intractable thinking. They have helped shape the foundations of our society – with an openness of spirit and a commitment to free expression. Each in his or her own way has helped create who we are.