Peter Honeywell Council Mid-Career Artist Award

Deadline: February 10, 2020 at 4:00 pm

The Peter Honeywell Mid-Career Artist Award, which was renamed in 2019 to honour the legacy of the long-time Council Executive Director, 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.

Career Level Guidelines

The following guidelines are intended to guide the artist in identifying their level of art practice. For the purpose of this award, we consider a mid-career artist as:

  • Having a body of work they feel reflects the accomplishments of a mid-career artist.
  • Having practiced professionally for at least nine and no more than 18 years.
  • Having received local, national, and international recognition for their work.


Should the applicant not fully meet these criteria but still wish to apply, they are asked to provide a brief statement (100 words) to contextualize their decision to identify at this level of practice.

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

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for this award must:

  • Nominate themselves or be nominated by an individual or group who may only endorse one applicant in each category per 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 that seeks payment for their work.
  • Be recognized by artists working in the same artistic discipline and has a history of public presentation or publication.
  • 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.

Evaluation Criteria

  • The applicant is clearly recognized as an established professional artist, having developed their arts practice beyond the emerging stage of their career.
  • The artistic merit of the applicant’s body of work. Consideration 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.

Support Documents

These documents will help the jury better understand the nominee’s artistic practice and contributions to the Ottawa 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 in 12 pt font:

  • Completed Form
  • Short Biography
    A short bio describing the nominee in 100 words or less.
  • Artist Statement
    A text of up to two pages that explains the nominee’s art practice to the interdisciplinary jury.
  • Artist’s CV
    A CV of up to three pages that demonstrates the nominee’s achievements as an artist, their participation in art projects (such as exhibitions, performances, recordings, published works, etc.), and their formal and informal training.
  • Letter of Nomination
    The application must include a letter that explains why the nominee should receive this award. It should describe their professional artistic development and their 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 the 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 with a maximum total running time of 9 minutes. Video
    • Up to 3 files (or links), 3 minutes each or with 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.