The Sheilas … in honour of Sheila Mackay’s philanthropy …
Since 2012, Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation has contributed 500,000 in annual facilitation grants to arts organizations and collectives serving the New Brunswick visual arts community. These grants, affectionately known as “the Sheilas” build on Sheila Mackay’s early program of small seed grants to emerging artists. Based on the recommendations of independent jury panels, the Board of Directors offers yearly grants for projects that promise to enhance the creation, interpretation or appreciation of the visual arts in New Brunswick. Based on available resources in any given year, SHMF is committed to investment in projects that adhere to the following principles:
- A credible concept or idea that is innovative in nature and unrelated to regular operating costs
- Measurable goals, implementation strategies and evaluation criteria
- Leadership and expertise
- Viable financial plans
- Understanding of contemporary art issues in New Brunswick
Based on a 2022 strategic review, the Board of Directors remains dedicated to supporting impactful, timely initiatives that advance opportunities in exhibition, education and art appreciation. In 2023, SHMF invites grant requests for projects within the range of 10,000 to 20,000 dollars.
The Board of Directors, with the goal of investing in the long-term sustainability of visual arts organizations or collectives, calls for applications in one of two major categories selected as a foci for 2023.
- Infrastructure projects that will build the long-term capacity of organizations offering visual art programming in New Brunswick
- Youth-centered projects to support and encourage the development of young artists seeking professional training and careers in visual art.
The Sheila grants are competitive. The most compelling proposals, adjudicated by independent jury panels, will be selected for 2023 investment by our foundation. Organizations may apply in only one category.
The submission deadline for all proposals was February 10, 2023. No late submissions will be accepted.
Note: Individuals do not qualify for the Sheilas. Groups with out-standing reporting are not eligible for additional funding.
2020 – Publication
2019 – Enhance the careers of NB artists through exhibitions
2018 – Meaningful networking and educational opportunities
2017 – Infrastructure
2016 – Critical and Documentary Writing
2015 – Infrastructure
2014 – Creation, installation and exhibition of public art
2013 – Development of creation and education projects