The Gillian Lowndes Memorial Award was created in 1981 to honour the life and talent of Gillian Lowndes, a promising young Sunshine Coast dancer and vice-president of the Arts Council. Gillian died of cancer in 1981.

The $1,500 cash award is financed by the Government of Canada bonds donated by Gillian’s parents and by a smaller donation from the Arts Council.

Recipients are selected by an Advisory Committee made up of local arts and culture community members and SCAC Board members.


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Past Winners


Awarded to: Nadina Tandy


Awarded to: Jessica  Silvey


Awarded to: Mieke Bray


Awarded to: Mardi Coeur de Lion


a7Awarded to: Timothy Niebergall and presented by brother in arts, Cody Chancellor


Awarded to: Janice Williamsaward3


Awarded to: Dean Schutz Dean Schutz

Muralist, Dean Schutz was awarded the coveted Gillian Lowndes Award recognizing long standing achievement in his chosen art’s discipline.