Nominations for the 2019 Lacey Prize are now open. This newly established prize recognizes the activities and impact of small arts organizations and artist-run spaces in Canada.
Every two years, a cash prize of $50,000 will be awarded to a first-place winner, and cash prizes of $20,000 will be awarded to two runners-up. Additionally, a contemporary art curator from the National Gallery of Canada will travel to the city of the winning organization for in-person site and studio visits.
The Lacey Prize celebrates these small centres and the important work they do in supporting visual arts in Canada — in particular their contributions to emerging and experimental practices, and the role they play within their local communities.
The Lacey Prize is made possible thanks to the support of the Naomi and John Lacey Family, and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation.
The Lacey Prize is based on my belief that a national art conversation begins at the local level. In communities across Canada, artist-run centres and small galleries play a vital role in providing a place for artists and curators to create and present new work and exchange ideas. The Prize we have created in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada also supports the Gallery in its mandate to be the national visual arts institution for all Canadians. I can’t wait to see the impact that the prize has on the Canadian art scene.
An independent jury oversees the selection process. The National Gallery of Canada accepts nominations for the 2019 Lacey Prize from artists, community members, and institutions. The National Gallery of Canada will notify the sender by email upon receipt of nomination package.
Please send nominations to:
2019 Lacey Prize Nominations
c/o National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
P.O. Box 427 – Station A
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9N4
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