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Apply to The Yukon Prize for Visual Arts

The Rules

The prize recognizes excellence by Yukon visual artists.  It recognizes artists whose work demonstrates technical proficiency and reflects a unique artistic “voice” in theme, method or practice, referencing traditions and/or the contemporary realm.

In order to be eligible, artists must be residents of the Yukon for at least two years immediately prior to the application date deadline (March 31, 2021) and be engaged in creating and producing original works of art on a part-time or full-time basis. Yukon First Nations artists who are not Yukon residents but who have maintained a significant connection to the Yukon are also eligible.

Eligible art submissions must have been produced after March 31, 2016.  They must be original works of art such as (but not limited to): painting, carving, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, electronic media, photography, textiles, glass, regalia, jewelry and drawing, and should reflect the artist’s best work.

Application Form

The application form is available on our application form page. For those who prefer, a paper form can be requested by contacting us.

To get ready to apply, please read the Rules.

Deadline for Applying

The deadline for applying is March 31, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I get help with photographing my art?
Yes – the Yukon Government is making available free professional photography services for applicants to the Yukon Prize for Visual Arts in Whitehorse and Dawson.

WHITEHORSE:
Photography sessions will be held at the Yukon Government Photo Unit at 100 Hanson Street, Whitehorse.

You must make an appointment. Appointments are available between 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, on February 11, 18, 25, and March 8, 18 and 22.

Set up your appointment by calling Rob Bales at 867-667-5394 (office) or 867-334-1205 (cell) or by email: Rob.Bales@yukon.ca

DAWSON:
Contact KIAC at 867 993-5005 to set up an appointment for either February 21 or March 14.

Reminder: the application deadline is March 31.

How do I know if I qualify as a Yukon artist?

You will be considered a Yukon artist for the purposes of the Yukon Prize application if you have been a resident of the Yukon for at least two years as of March 31 2021.  Being a Yukon resident means that you consider the Yukon to be your primary place of residence and you would usually have at least one piece of government issued ID with your Yukon address on it.  It is not necessary to submit the ID with your application but you may be asked for verification.

Yukon First Nation artists who are not currently Yukon residents but who have maintained a significant connection to the Yukon are also eligible. A significant connection might be, for example, regular visits to the Yukon, participation in cultural events, etc.

 

How do I apply? Does it cost money to apply?

There is no cost to apply. The application form will be online on January 1, 2021. The Prize Rules are available on the website now and provide all the information you need to start planning your application.

Can I submit a paper application if I don’t have access to a computer?

Yes, paper applications may be delivered or sent to Mary Bradshaw, Yukon Arts Centre, Box 16 / C.P. 16 Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5X9 or emailed to paper-submissions@yukonprize.ca. Any non-digital material will be scanned for the jury.

What is the definition of professional artist?

You do not need to be a “professional artist” to apply.  Any artist, whether working full-time or part-time, is welcome to apply for the Yukon Prize.

I need help filling out the application, who can I contact?

There is a list of people at the end of the Prize Rules who you can contact for advice.

Does the art work need to be new work?

The work does not have to be new work created just for the Yukon Prize. It can be existing work, including work that has already been exhibited or that has won an award elsewhere, as long as the work is your original work and created after Mar 31, 2016.

Will I get a confirmation that my application has been received?

Yes, you will receive an automatic confirmation once you submit your application.

Where can I get advice on how to write an artist's statement?

Check out the Blog posts on this website.  One of the Blog posts is called How to write a Bio and an Artist’s Statement and has a link to a webinar and other useful resources.

Which artworks should I include in my submission?

You can submit 4 to 8 original works, produced since March 31, 2016.  Choose works that represent your best work, keeping in mind that the award recognizes “excellence by Yukon visual artists”.  See the criteria which are set out in the Rules.

I have a series of related works. Should I group them together as one artwork or is each a separate artwork?

Whether the pieces are considered one artwork depends on how closely related the artworks are.

Could each work live independently or is it only complete when they are shown together?

If you think the piece is only complete when all are together, then you would probably consider it to be one work of art.

This is a subjective question for you to answer.

If you are entering multiple pieces as one artwork, you might want to explain the relationship between the pieces and how they form one artwork in the “about artwork” section of the application. You are only allowed to submit a maximum of 3 photos per artwork, so if you are submitting several items as one artwork, you would likely want to submit at least one photo showing all of the pieces together, and use the other 2 photos to highlight details of the component pieces.

Jurors

Three outstanding Canadian arts professionals have agreed to serve as jurors for this competition.

Ryan Doherty

Ryan Doherty is a curator, writer and administrator who joined the staff of Contemporary Calgary as Chief Curator in 2019. He received his MA from the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York (2007) and his undergraduate degree at the University of Lethbridge (1997). He worked at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) as Curator beginning in 2008 and as Director since 2013. He has curated a wide range of solo and group exhibitions across the county and has contributed to numerous catalogues and public programs. He has participated on multiple national juries including the Sobey Art Award and the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and recently spearheaded Field Trip: Art Across Canada, a national platform for collaborative arts engagement.

Candice Hopkins

Candice Hopkins Candice Hopkins is an independent curator, writer and researcher. She is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her writing and curatorial practice explores the intersections of history, contemporary art and indigeneity.

She works as senior curator for the 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art and was a part of the curatorial team of the Canadian Pavilion of the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019, featuring the work of the media art collective Isuma. She is co-curator of notable exhibitions including Art for New Understanding: Native Voices 1950s to Now; the 2018 SITE Santa Fe biennial, Casa Tomada; documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany; Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada and Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years in Winnipeg, MB. Her writing is published widely and recent essays and presentations include “The Gilded Gaze: Wealth and Economies on the Colonial Frontier,” for the documenta 14 Reader, “Outlawed Social Life” for South as a State of Mind and Sounding the Margins: A Choir of Minor Voices at Small Projects, Tromsø, Norway. She has lectured internationally including at the Witte de With, Tate Modern, Dak’Art Biennale, Artists Space, Tate Britain, Yale University, Cornell University, and the University of British Columbia.

Gaetane Verna

Gaetane Verna has been the Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery since 2012. Previously, she was Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art de Joliette (2006–12). From 1998 to 2006, she was the curator of the Foreman Art Gallery at Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, while also teaching in the Art History department of both Bishop’s University and the Université du Québec à Montréal. Gaëtane Verna holds an International Diploma in Heritage Administration and Conservation from the Institut National du Patrimoine in Paris, France, and received a DEA and a Master’s degree in Art History from the Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne. Verna has years of experience in arts administration, curating, publishing catalogues and organizing and presenting exhibitions by emerging, mid-career and established Canadian and international artists. She is the President of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Arts Council. In 2017 she was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) by the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Canada to spotlight and recognize her significant contribution to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.