Acorn Arts Award

Award Criteria

Oak Bay’s Acorn Arts Award is an honorary artistic achievement award that recognizes a living individual, group or institution who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to, and significant impact on the arts in Oak Bay. Individuals or groups that are active in Oak Bay or those who live here but are active elsewhere are eligible to apply.

The purpose of the award is threefold:

The purpose of the award is:

  • To acknowledge and celebrate outstanding artistic merit in Oak Bay.

  • To enhance awareness of the arts and their role in nourishing Oak Bay's economic, social & emotional well-being.

  • To acknowledge persons, organizations, or businesses who have contributed to an enlivened, healthy, and meaningful community through the arts.

Arts include but are not limited to: 

  • Visual arts, craft, design, film, new media, music, dance, writing, public art, theatre arts, philanthropy, business supporting the arts, volunteerism in the arts, culinary arts, landscape art, or architecture.

The award is adjudicated by the Oak Bay Arts Laureate's Public Art Advisory Committee and is administered by Oak Bay Municipality through the Department of Parks, Recreation & Culture. Although the award is honorary and has no monetary value, the honoree receives a bespoke acorn keepsake and is publicly recognized. The Acorn Arts Award is only awarded when a suitable candidate is identified.

How To Apply

Complete the nomination form online or in hard copy (download below) and send to the Awards Committee by the deadline (January 15, 2019).

2 references must be included. These references must be able to speak about the nominee and their eligibility for the award, including their connection to Oak Bay.

Feel free to include additional supporting documentation like exhibition lists, catalogue raisonnes, or press clippings. 
Contact Us:
ArtsAlive Acorn Arts Award Committee
Attn: Arts & Culture Programmer, Recreation Oak Bay
1975 Bee St, Victoria, BC V8R 5E6
email: phone: (250) 370-7908
Application Deadline: January 15, 2019

Inaugural Acorn Arts Award Recognizes Oak Bay Artist Pat Martin Bates

The Acorn Arts Award recognizes a living artist, group, institution, or business which has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Oak Bay. The Award is administered by Oak Bay Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture, and is adjudicated by the Oak Bay Arts Laureate and the Public Art Committee. By a unanimous vote, the Committee decided to present the first Acorn Award the Arts to Oak Bay artist Pat Martin Bates. While the Acorn Arts Award has no monetary value, the honoree will be recognized for their achievement at a ceremony with the Municipal Council, and receive a bespoke Acorn keepsake.

Pat Martin Bates, a long-time resident of Oak Bay, is at the summit of a distinguished career and is recognized both locally and internationally. Her innovative print-making techniques, involving deep embossing and piercing of the paper, brought her many honours, including the Gold Medal at the International Biennale of Prints in Fredrikstad, Norway. In places as far afield as Yugoslavia, India, and Japan, she is known as “Lady Print”.

Mrs. Bates was a formative teacher in the first years of the University of Victoria, and founded the Signal Hill Creative Centre (now XChanges Gallery) and also the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria. Her long career as an educator culminated in the first Excellence in Teaching award (1991) and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, both in recognition of her long service at University of Victoria.

With many thanks to Robert Amos for contributing biographical writing about Pat Martin Bates in this announcement. Photo also by Robert Amos.

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