Meet the Project Awards Recipients

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Ottawa Arts Council award four project based awards on the evening of May 9, 2017 at the Arts Awards Presentation. Discover the four projects that the awards will help support.



Anjali PatilCorel Endowment Fund for the Arts Award

The Corel Endowment Fund for the Arts Award is a future-oriented award that encourages evolution, innovation, creativity, and excellence of artists working on new initiatives in all art disciplines in Ottawa and the broader National Capital Region. The award supports projects with the potential to significantly advance the artist’s professional art practice or have an impact on the community.

Anjali Patil

Indian dancer Anjali Patil will create a new contemporary kathak dance inspired by the poet Surdas. With the working title of Arohini, this production will feature five dancers, working together to create a collaborative tapestry and telling the story of where Indian classical dance exists side-by-side within an urban contemporary culture.


Project X, Photography FundPeter Coffman

The Ottawa Arts Council and the former Festival X partnered to establish Project X, Photography Fund to promote and foster photographic excellence in Ottawa. This award provides $1000 to help produce an Ottawa area artist’s photo-based project and its presentation.

Peter Coffman

Inspired by medieval manuscripts, Peter Coffman’s photographic project Gloss reimagines the historical practice of commenting or critiquing manuscripts in the margins of the original text. The project will add a gloss of audio narratives to a selection of his national capital buildings portraits.


Jennifer Lee, A Rambunctious Ode To My Plague, 2016Young Artist Award

The Young Artist Award is a project-based, mentorship-driven award established to support young Ottawa artists 14 – 17 years old. Recipients receive funding in support of the creation and presentation of a proposed arts project. The Young Artist Award will pair the recipients with established Ottawa-based artists to mentor and support their projects. This award is supported by Ian Capstick and Shawn Dearn.

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee’s project is entitled, ‘Odes to My Plague: Vulnerability, Disorder, Recovery’. This interactive room-sized installation aims to raise awareness of the struggles of those who suffer from eating disorders, by which the audience may empathize with those suffering from body dysmorphic disorder.

YYasmine El Mansouriasmine El Mansouri

Yasmine El Mansouri’s project is a short film about the city of Ottawa, aiming to humbly celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and the city that welcomed her. She hopes to create a film that reflects and celebrates Ottawa’s cultural diversity.