Peter Honeywell Council Mid-Career Artist Award

Applications for 2019 Awards are now Closed.

New deadline will be announced this fall

The Peter Honeywell Mid-Career Artist Award was established to recognize and encourage the achievements of Ottawa artists of all disciplines who have evolved beyond the emerging stage in their career to become recognized professional working artists contributing to the community. 

This award is sponsored by GGFL and Mann Lawyers LLP. The recipient will receive a $5,000 award; two other finalists will receive $1,000 awards.



Meghan Lindsay in the title role of Alcina, Opera Atelier Toronto

Meghan Lindsay

2019 Recipient of the Peter Honeywell Mid-Career Artist Award

Meghan Lindsay is a Canadian opera singer and creator. She has performed to critical acclaim in Canada and internationally, with The Harris Theatre Chicago, Opera Atelier, Odyssey Opera Boston, The Royal Opera Versailles, The Glimmerglass Festival, Carnegie Hall, and Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Winner of Ottawa’s Brian Law Competition, Meghan was nominated for a Dora award for Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble and has recorded for Grammy-nominated ensemble Ars Lyrica. She has hosted music education programs for various Canadian nonprofit organizations, has curated and moderated panel discussions on the status of arts in Canada, and is a OGS recipient for her ongoing research on classical music organizations in North America.

The finalists:

  • Christos Pantieras
  • Renata Soutter

More Past Recipients

How to Apply

An individual may apply for the award by filling out this form and gathering the required supporting documents, including a letter of recommendation and other materials. The completed package should be submitted to via, before the deadline.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for this award must:

  • Be in the mid-career stage of their career, they would typically:
    • Be recognized as a mid-career artist, as evidenced by their body of work.
    • Be practising professionally for 9 to 18 years.
    • Have received local, national, and international recognition.
    • Been recognized as a mid-career artist by other groups or organizations.
    • Have received mid-career level funding.
  • Be recommended by an individual or group who may only endorse one applicant per category each year.
  • Have lived in the National Capital Region (defined as 75 km from Parliament Hill) for the previous three years.
  • Be involved in Ottawa’s professional arts community and work as a professional artist.
  • Have received public exposure where selection was carried out by an objective arm’s length body.
  • Not have previously received this award.
  • Not have been shortlisted for this award in the previous year.
  • Not be currently enrolled in full-time training.

Important Note

The jury may assign applications to RBC Emerging Artist Award if they deem that category more appropriate.

Evaluation Criteria

  • The applicant is clearly recognized as established, having developed beyond the emerging stage of their career.
  • The value of the applicant’s body of work. Greater weight will be given to the recipient’s achievements and activities that have taken place in the last three years.
  • The applicant demonstrates involvement in Ottawa’s arts community.
  • The breadth of the applicant’s exposure and recognition at the local, national and international level.

Important Dates

  • Application deadline: February 24, 2019
  • Shortlist Announcement: April 8, 2019 at 4 pm via Facebook Live

  • Awards Presentation: May 7, 2019

Support Documents

These documents will help the jury better understand you, your artistic practice, your commitment to pursuing a career as an artist and your involvement in the city’s arts community.

Your Applications and Support Documents must be submitted via to Incomplete or late packages will not be reviewed by the jury.

Please include the following documents in the application:

  • hort Biography
    A short bio describing your career as an artist in 100 words or less.
  • Artist Statement
    A text of up to 2 pages that explains your art practice to the jury (formed of experts in a variety of art disciplines).
  • Artist’s CV
    A CV of up to two pages maximum that demonstrates your achievements as an artist, your participation in art projects (such as exhibitions, performances, recordings, published works, etc.), and your formal and informal training.
  • Letter of Recommendation
    Your Recommender must provide a letter that explains why you should receive this award. It should describe your professional artistic development and your involvement in the Ottawa arts community.
  • Additional Letters of Support
    You may also include up to five pages of additional letters of support to strengthen your application.
  • Support Materials
    Include up to 10 pieces of support material that is appropriate to your artistic practice and strengthens your application. Be sure to fill out the Support Materials List for any materials included in the application. Your support materials can include any combination of the following up to a total of 10 pieces:
    • Images
      Up to 10 JPGs, at least 1920x1080 px, no more than 5 MB per file. 
    • Audio
      Up to 3 files (or links), 3 minutes each or  a maximum total running time of 9 minutes.
    • Video
      Up to 3 files (or links), 3 minutes each or a maximum total running time of 9 minutes.
    • Text
      A single document (DOC, TXT, or PDF) containing one, or more, excerpts of your writing (poetry, creative writing, original composition, script, etc.) with a maximum length of 10 pages.


Download the Application Form

Please use Adobe Acrobat to complete the PDF form.