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REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards

The program was closed as of June 1st, 2016.


The Awards are intended to recognize emerging and established Indigenous artists working in traditional or contemporary practices. The awards will be given in six artistic categories including dance, music, theatre, literature, film/video (media arts), and visual arts/fine craft.

Artists selected to receive an award may use the proceeds of the award at their own discretion.

Award recipients will be selected by a jury of peers. Awards will be given at the sole discretion of The Hnatyshyn Foundation. All decisions are final.


To be eligible to apply, you must

  • Be of Indigenous descent.
    For the purposes of these awards, Indigenous people include First Nations, Inuit and Métis people of Canada.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
  • Define and describe yourself as a practising artist.

Other Requirements

The awards are intended for practising artists as performers and creators. Contemporary and traditional practices are eligible.

Artistic Disciplines
Dance, Music, Theatre
For applicants in dance, music and theatre, the awards are intended for performance. Oral traditions, storytelling, spoken word, pow wow and hip hop are included in these categories. Choreographers, arrangers, composers and directors are not eligible.

The awards in literature are intended for writers in fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as playwrights.

Film/Video (Media Arts)
The awards in film and video are intended for creators working in film and video (analog or digital), including animation, who retain creative control of their work. Producers and screenwriters are not eligible.

Visual Art & Fine Craft
The awards in visual art and fine craft include conventional visual art practices (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, mixed media). Installation, performance art and conceptual art are also eligible.

In fine craft, contemporary and traditional practices are eligible, including, carving, jewellery making, ceramics, glass work, bead work, fiber, textile and fashion, and include other traditional/culture-based materials such as fish scale, caribou hair tufting, and quillwork.

Jury Members

  • Victoria Henry (Chair)
    Chair of The Hnatyshyn Foundation
  • Barry Ace
    Visual artist
  • Denise Bolduc
    Creative producer, programmer and arts consultant
  • Christine Lalonde
    Curator and art historian
  • Daniel David Moses
    Poet, playwright, author and teacher
  • Florent Vollant
    Composer, performer