Untitled Art Awards is Kaputz (For Now)
After an awesome scotiabank Nuit Blanche, and a kick-ass year in the Toronto Art's community, today's announcement that the Untitled Art Awards (UAA) will be on hiatus for 2006 after three stellar years of operating will be received as a low blow kick to the stomach, an irony not overlooked by many of us.
For those of you not in the know, art is largely a labour of love. The UAA not only presented much needed and well received cash prizes, it also provided long overdue recognition to the "more than 180 of Toronto's leading artists, curators, art writers and supporters" awarded in the past events, with pats on the back all around for the Toronto Art's community.
The reason, as always: strapped for cash now that their presenting partner, the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art (CCCA), can no longer sustain their contributions to the gala event.
While the UAA has quite a few wonderful contributing sponsors, they really are in need of a corporate sponsor to step up to the plate and fill in the shortfall.
So I would like to remind any would be corporate sponsors out there that Nuit Blanche proved Torontonians love their artists and cultural producers, now you can love us too. Why not get in on that? It's a win-win-win situation.
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