P.E.I. student wins art competition

Published on September 3, 2014
Laura Jean Forrester

NSCAD student Laura Jean Forrester has been named the winner of the RBC Royal Bank Art Competition.

The North Rustico, P.E.I. native has been commissioned to create her proposal for a ceramic flower garden and cornucopia vase for RBC Waterside Centre, the new home of RBC’s Atlantic Canadian headquarters and flagship branch which will be built to the bank’s new retail design standards.

“This is such a great opportunity for me,” said Forrester, reached at the family flower farm in North Rustico. “It was an important learning process to go through, from the research stage to making a proposal and building an idea. And now to have been given this showcase — I am grateful to RBC and the jury for selecting my submission. Wow, it’s very exciting for my career.”

Offering a $10,000 prize, the RBC Art Competition was open to NSCAD students and recent graduates, with the aim of acquiring an artwork to celebrate the bank’s move to RBC Waterside Centre.

Twenty-four submissions were reviewed by a jury comprised of Robin T. Anthony, art curator for RBC; Anthony Kawalski, artist/designer and arts educator; Eleanor King, director of the Anna Leonowens Gallery at NSCAD University; Robin Metcalfe, director/curator of Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery; and Lori Smith, manager of Public Affairs for RBC Royal Bank.

The art competition was co-ordinated through NSCAD’s Office of University Relations.

“The jury was incredibly impressed with the high caliber of proposals received for the competition which speaks to the depth of talent in this region,” says Smith. “Laura’s work is very eye-catching and its three-dimensionality will suit the space really well and we are looking forward to proudly displaying it at the entrance to our new retail store.”  

Besides Forrester, the other artists shortlisted and invited to submit more detailed proposals were Alexis Bulman (BFA 2013) and Alistair Rance (MFA 2010).

The new RBC Waterside Centre is located just across Hollis Street from NSCAD University’s historic Granville campus. Its unique, LEED Gold design combines new construction of a nine-storey tower behind restored historic facades.  

An unveiling of the sculpture will take place mid-September.