Programs / William and Meredith Saunderson Prizes for Emerging Artists


The prizes consist of three awards of $5,000 each to support three young emerging visual artists whose practice shows great potential.

Artists cannot apply for these awards. Candidates are nominated by an independent panel of jurors.



  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada under 30 years of age as of December 31 of the current year.
  • Emerging professional artist (3 to 7 years of practice) whose body of work incorporates specialized training (not necessarily gained at an academic institution), a public presence and peer recognition.
  • Emerging artist who has the determination and talent to contribute to the legacy of art in Canada