About the Awards

The Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts are Canada's foremost distinctions for excellence in these artistic disciplines. They were created in 1999 by the Governor General of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. The Canada Council funds and administers the awards.

The prizes are awarded annually to visual and media artists for distinguished career achievement in visual arts, architecture, independent film and video, or audio and new media. The awards include the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts. One prize is also awarded annually for outstanding contribution to the visual and / or media arts in a volunteer or professional capacity. Each prize is valued at $25,000. The 2010 winners will also receive an original drawing (ink and watercolour) from the series Box Fantasy, by Tony Urquhart, winner of a 2009 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

This year's independent peer jury for the artistic achievement and outstanding contribution awards consisted of artists Bruce Elder, Garry Kennedy, Peter Krausz, Shelley Niro, Michka Saäl and Renée Van Halm. The jury for the Saidye Bronfman Award consisted of Lee Brady, Steven Heinemann and Sylvie Lupien.

The Canada Council for the Arts acknowledges the valued roles played by The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation, the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in the celebration of these awards.

Artist photos / videos: Martin Lipman