2019 ProArt Regional Arts Awards

ProArt announces Matthew Payne, Lindsay Delaronde and Colton Hash, winners of the 2019 Regional Arts Awards

Victoria, Canada (May 9, 2019)—The Professional Arts Alliance of Greater Victoria (ProArt) announces the winners of the 2019 ProArt Regional Arts Awards.

At the awards reception on May 9, 2019, held at the Pacific Opera Victoria – Baumann Centre, members of the Greater Victoria arts community gathered to acknowledge and honour artists working in the region. In the second-year of the annual awards program there were three awards presented:

• A representative of PARC Retirement Living presented the PARC Retirement Living Mid-Career Artist Award to artist Matthew Payne.

Nominated by the Theatre SKAM Board of Directors Payne was the jury’s strong choice demonstrating a comprehensive practice that represents excellence in the Mid-Career category. The jury was unanimous in its support of Payne’s commitment to his performing arts practice and the significant contribution that he makes to local theatre and the regional arts community. Payne’s nomination letter states:

“Matthew dedicates his professional career to dreaming up inspirational and innovative projects that tour the world, to the development of new work (primarily by Victoria writers) and to building community.”

• ProArt invited Carey Newman, the winner of the 2018 PARC Retirement Living Mid-Career Artist Award to nominate an artist for the inaugural ProArt Early-Career Artist Award to recognize an artist who is showing dedication and promise in the early stages of their career. Newman presented the award to Lindsay Delaronde, commenting:

I selected Lindsay for this award to recognize the incredible work she has done as Victoria’s Indigenous Artist in Residence. Her way of raising awareness around critical social issues and engaging community through her art and curation is something to celebrate. The power of her performances and work are a reflection of her strength and resilience and a testament to her potential.

• To recognize the significant impact that artists can have on issues relevant to the Capital Region artist Carey Newman has initiated the Witness Legacy Award for Social Purpose and Responsibility Through Art. Newman presented this inaugural award to artist Colton Hash stating that:

“Colton Hash is doing ground-breaking work combining digital and physical artforms to create installations that bring the forward the reality of data in a visceral manner. His efforts to draw focus to environmental and climate issues through his practice are not only worthy of recognition, they are an excellent example of what it means to use art for social purpose and responsibility.”

ProArt thanks Matthew Payne, Lindsay Delaronde, and Colton Hash for the excellent work that each of them contributes to the regional arts community. Thank you to PARC Retirement Living and the Witness Legacy for sponsoring this year’s awards. And thank you to all of the nominated artists and the community members who put their names forward and provided support letters. We are honoured to in live a dynamic arts and culture community and all benefit from your contributions in many ways.

Media Contact:
Doug Jarvis, ProArt administrator

About ProArt
The Professional Arts Alliance of Greater Victoria was formed to advance the important role the arts play in the life of our community, and to advocate for public sector support. ProArt believes that, by working in partnership with our legislators and government agencies, we can sustain and build our region’s vibrant cultural sector for the benefit of all of our residents and visitors.





Matthew Payne lives and works as a theatre professional in Victoria. Since graduating from the University of Victoria in 1993, he has worked regularly in Canadian Theatre, taking on a variety of roles and spending time in Victoria, Vancouver and Toronto. Matthew currently chooses to make Victoria his home, where is Artistic and Managing Producer at Theatre SKAM. Matthew has worked professionally as a writer, performer, carpenter, director, production manager, stage manager and administrator. Locally he has worked with a myriad of companies, including Theatre SKAM, The Belfry Theatre, Pacific Opera Victoria, The Other Guys, Theatre Inconnu, Story Theatre, Kaleidoscope Theatre, and Giggling Iguana Productions. Nationally he has worked with Nightswimming, Crow’s Theatre, and Production Canada, in Toronto, and a dozen peer companies based in Vancouver. As a carpenter he has built sets for several Pacific Opera Victoria productions. He’s also been nominated by peers and has served on the executive of IATSE Local 168.

Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde. Iroquois Mohawk artist Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde was the City of Victoria Indigenous Artist in Residence from January 2017 to January 2019.

Colton Hash. Hash has received a B.Sc. in Computer Science, Visual Art and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria. Website

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ProArt Regional Arts Awards – 2019


Nomination Submission Guidelines

The second annual ProArt Regional Arts Award will be awarded on Thursday, May 9, 2019, 5-7pm, at the Pacific Opera Victoria’s Baumann Centre, at a gathering to celebrate the regional arts community.

For this second annual event the following prize(s) will be awarded:

  • The PARC Retirement Living Mid-Career Artist Award. The recipient will receive $2,000 monetary prize and a signature plaque (award).

Submission Deadline:

A completed submission package, including the submission form and all supporting materials, must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 12, 2019.

Submissions may be made by email only to info@proartalliance.ca

Rules and Eligibility Criteria:

The ProArt Regional Arts Award is chosen by a jury convened by ProArt and composed of individuals from the Capital Region’s diverse arts, culture and business communities, based on the criteria for the award.

 Who can nominate and submit a candidate for the ProArt Arts Award?

  • Nominations can be made by any individual living in the Capital Region. Nominations may also be made by an arts organization which has an address in the CRD. The ProArt Nominations committee may also make nominations.
  • An eligible individual or organization may make one nomination per year in each award category.
  • Two individuals or organizations may collaboratively make a nomination but not more than two may collaborate on a single submission. Collaborative submissions must designate a single contact person.
  • Candidates may not propose themselves or family members as nominees.

Who can be considered for the ProArt Arts Award?

  • All candidates must be dedicated to the professional practice of art and be recognized by their peers as a professional artist.
  • Only individual artists may be considered for the ProArt Arts Award (at this time).
  • Nominees must be residents of the Capital Regional.
  • The award recipient must be available to receive the award in person on May 9, 2019. If the first selected recipient is not available on May 9, 2019, the award may be given to another selected recipient.
  • A nominee will only be considered for any ProArt Regional Arts Award twice in any four-year period.
  • All nominations will be screened by ProArt for basic eligibility. If a nomination is incomplete or deemed ineligible, it will not be advanced to the jury.

What is required to submit a nomination?

  • A completed submission form signed by both the nominator and the nominee, including a 30-word (maximum) synopsis of the nomination. (This may be edited for use in promotional materials.)
  • A maximum two-page letter written by the nominator, which details why the nominee is deserving of the award. This letter should address the assessment criteria for the award, as well as demonstrate how the nominee excels in the specific discipline and/or community of the nominator. This is for the benefit of jury members who may not be familiar with the nominator and nominees’ professional genre or practice. (See below)
  • An additional maximum two-page letter of support written by a recognized professional artist, arts administrator or arts educator, which details why the nominee is deserving of the award. This letter should address the assessment criteria for the award. (See below)
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume – 3 pages maximum.
  • A high resolution digital photo of the nominee – jpeg format; 300 dpi minimum.

Award Criteria

The PARC Retirement Living Mid-Career Artist Award will be awarded to an artist who self identifies as being in mid-career (this does not necessarily correlate to age) and who demonstrates the following:

  • Artistic excellence in the artist’s body of work.
  • The artist’s contribution to the development and/or recognition of the arts in the region.
  • The artist’s potential to further their practice and achieve success in the future.

Nomination Deadline

A completed submission package, including the submission form and all supporting materials, must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 12, 2019.

Contact Doug Jarvis, ProArt Administrator at info@proartalliance.ca if you have any questions.