The Marie Hélène Allain Fellowship is a biennial award of $10,000 available to New Brunswick visual artists who have distinguished themselves in the last ten years of professional practice and who propose a significant body of new work to be undertaken in a fellowship year. It is given based on the recommendation of a professional independent jury.
The creation of the Marie Hélène Allain Fellowship in 2014 was a response to the articulated needs of established artists during stakeholder consultations. It is designed both to celebrate career achievements and to support professional artists in the realization or presentation of a new body of work. At the core of this award is the belief that artists need creative freedom to explore new ideas through such opportunities as travel, mentorship, networking and dedicated time to artistic exploration
It was named in honour of Acadian artist Marie Hélène Allain. After being selected as a Strathbutler artist, Allain was appointed as a director of the foundation by Sheila Mackay and was a leader in its development. Allain, whose career exemplifies creative exploration, pursuit of excellence and life-long learning, was a champion for professional artists throughout her three terms of leadership. This award is a lasting tribute to Marie Hélène Allain whose work has enriched the cultural fabric of Canada.
Cumulative List of Marie Hélène Allain Fellowship Recipients: