Simon Shaw graduated with many awards and honours, including four Talent Trust scholarships, in the spring of 2007 from the Newark and Sherwood School of Violin Making and Repair, Newark, England. This institution is one of the foremost violin making schools in the world. Simon is now a professional luthier practicing in Halifax.
Marc began his violin studies at the age of six with his father, violinist Philippe Djokic. He has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the Kiwanis Festival of Music Rose Bowl Prize, the Hudson Community Scholarship, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Scholarship Award, and several NSTT Awards, including the prestigious Raymond Simpson Award, and the Lieutenant Governor's Award.
The Nova Scotia Talent Trust has supported me every step of the way, from my earliest beginnings in the study of music to my current pursuit of a master's degree in music composition at McGill. Thanks to their generous support, I have been given the means to realize my dream of making a career in music as a composer and arranger of music. For this, I am deeply grateful.
It is amazing to know that there are so many wonderful people who invest so much time and effort because they truly care about the successful development of our futures as artists. I am so thankful to have such support from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust- it is incredibly encouraging and helpful on so many levels.
Cellist Denise Djokic is one of the most exciting talents of her generation and has thrilled audiences worldwide with the youthful vigour, confidence and passion of her playing.
Charlotte Wilson-Hammond Auction Benefits Nova Scotia Talent Trust
An auction fundraiser of work by Charlotte Wilson-Hammond will be held on Friday, June 5 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax. Wilson-Hammond is a well-known Nova Scotian visual artist and is Chair of the Board of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust (NSTT). All proceeds from the auction of work from her IN/FINITE series will go to the Talent Trust. Christopher Shore, Executive Director of Theatre Nova Scotia, will be auctioneer for the evening.
In 2004, Wilson-Hammond received the prestigious Portia White Prize and created the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) Award, to recognize exceptional students in the field of visual arts. It is one of a series of Special Awards the NSTT bestows annually to emerging artists who apply for Talent Trust scholarships.
Wilson-Hammond, who lives on the Eastern Shore, has this to say about her work, a suite of Giclée monoprints.
Over the last number of years my work has involved an exploration of the physical environment around us - the earth, the ocean, the vastness and the minutiae that make up the infinite whole. This exploration has revealed a spiritual component that has become central to my work. I have always been fascinated with spontaneous mark making, and have used this technique in my work for over 30 years.
Wilson-Hammond has been a long-time advocate for the arts provincially and nationally. She is a founding member of VANS, Eye Level Gallery, and the Coalition for Arts and Culture and has served on the Board of Governors of NSCAD University, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Conference for the Arts and Canadian Artists Representation. In 2006, she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. Besides her work with the Talent Trust, she currently serves on the boards of VANS, the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia and is a life board member of NSCAD.
The Nova Scotia Talent Trust was established in 1944 to assist the career of Truro born contralto, Portia White. Since that time, the Talent Trust has assisted the professional development of over fifteen hundred Nova Scotians furthering their careers in the arts and has awarded scholarships totaling over 1.3 million dollars.
"Tuition fees are so high these days," states Andrea Dymond, the NSTT's administrator. "Because of Charlotte's generous gift, the Talent Trust will be able to continue to support and nurture the vastly talented visual artists from this region as they make their own creative mark upon the world."
The NSTT is supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, RBC, the Craig and Black Foundations, ImmediaC and private donors.
The show opens with a reception on Monday, June 1 at 5:30, with public viewing Tuesday, June 2 to Friday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Anna Leonowens Gallery is located at 1891 Granville Street, Halifax (Gallery 1) and the phone number is (902) 494-8223.