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. 


  • Sunshine Coast Resident
  • Active in any arts discipline
  • Demonstrate long-standing achievement, innovation and recent growth in his/her field.

How to Apply:

  • Applicants may be self-nominated or nominated by others.
  • Complete the Application Form and email it to
  • 2 Letters of Support


Applications can be filled out digitally or by hand. Links to both versions are provided below:

SCAC Application Form (digital)

SCAC Application Form (printable)


If you would like to support building this endowment, please follow the link below to donate and make sure to specify the Award you are supporting


Past Winners


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.