Pamela Allen 
Lily Yung Memorial Award for $1,000

Originally a painter and mixed media artist, since 2001 Pamela Allen has focused her practice on fibre art. Throughout her career, Pamela has explored many aspects of the arts community. In international exhibitions, writing articles for magazines, proposing solo exhibitions to galleries and museums, and teaching, she has become an active member of the arts community. She has been a full time artist since 1981.

Pamela has taught art at all levels of education, from grade school to university. She began conducting fibre art workshops in Canada, the United States, and South Africa. She loves teaching and traveling, and both have informed her practice throughout her career. Many experiences soothed the angst and assuaged the competitive spirit, thus today Pamela finds great pleasure in expressing her own personal voice with her own personal style. She is confident that scale, colour, and spatial logic can be arbitrary if she wishes it. Pamela’s interest in Folk and Outsider art has persuaded her that sincerity of intent carries more impact than sensational technique. Abandoning linear thinking has opened up infinite possibilities for visual expression. She allows the work itself to direct the progress of its own development: for her, this is the most creative aspect of art making.

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