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Nominate!

Do you know someone who deserves a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts?

You could help determine who is a 2017 laureate by submitting a nomination or by encouraging an eligible nominator to do so (see "Am I eligible to nominate" to see who can be a nominator). Since 1999, the Canada Council has honoured over 100 extraordinary men and women with its national awards – the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

"[I]n terms of reputation and official recognition, the annual Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, doled out by the Canada Council for the Arts, remain the ultimate acknowledgement of a Canadian artist’s career." -- Canadian Art

Information/guidelines: Available April 1, 2016
Nomination deadline: June 1st, 2016


What are the award categories?

  • Artistic career achievements in visual arts and media arts (includes painting, sculpture, performance art, film and video art). Up to six awarded each year.
  • Outstanding contributions to contemporary visual and/or media arts (past winners have included art critics, curators, art administrators, advocates). One awarded each year to an individual or a group.
  • Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts. One awarded each year.Am I eligible to nominate?

Am I eligible to nominate?

In order to nominate, you must be a recognized Canadian specialist in the visual or media arts or fine crafts, such as:

  • the director (current or former) or a member of the board of directors of a Canadian museum, public gallery, cinematheque or artist-run centre
  • a director of an association of professional visual and (or) media artists or fine craftspersons or a national service organization in the visual arts, media arts or fine crafts
  • the dean or principal responsible for studies in the visual and/or media arts or fine crafts at a Canadian university or art college, or a professor at such an institution
  • a Canadian private dealer in visual and/or media arts or fine crafts an established visual and/or media arts or fine crafts critic or curator
  • a professional visual artist, media artist or fine craft artist.

Further information

Jennifer Cherniack
Program Officer
Visual Arts Section
Telephone: 1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5265
TTY: 1-866-585-5559
Fax: 613-566-4432

Ian Reid
Program Officer
Media Arts Section
Telephone: 1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5203
TTY: 1-866-585-5559
Fax: 613-566-4409

José Niaison
Program Officer (Saidye Bronfman Award)
Visual Arts Section
Telephone: 1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. ext. 5269
TTY: 1-866-585-5559
Fax: 613-566-4409

Canada Council for the Arts
150 Elgin Street, PO Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Winners Announcement
February 15, 2017

In Conversation with the GGArts Winners
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6 pm
Auditorium, National Gallery of Canada

Exhibition
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Vernissage: April 7, 2017
April 8 - September 4, 2017