The saying ‘Creativity takes courage’ originally came from the famous French artist, Henri Matisse, and it certainly rings true in the art world. It takes courage to pursue artistic endeavours. The process of creating art is deeply personal and provides an opportunity for true self-expression. We all view the world through a different lens, and it takes bravery to share our views and beliefs, especially where it can be judged by others.
The life of an artist also goes against societal norms. A career in The Arts isn’t considered to be a safe or stable path. Artists need courage to continue pursuing their passions, especially during tough times like the COVID-19 pandemic. With less opportunities to display and sell their work through the pandemic, many artists have been struggling and have had to be extremely resilient. The National Capital Art Prize is a way to support artists and reignite their passion and courage.