The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts 2023

Launched in 1999, the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts (GGArts) celebrate the exceptional careers of Canadian artists. Administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Awards are this country’s most prestigious distinction for the artists, curators and craftspeople who make up Canada’s vibrant visual and media arts community.

Up to eight prizes are awarded each year: six for artistic achievement, one for artistic merit in the fine crafts (the Saidye Bronfman Award), and one for an outstanding contribution to the contemporary visual arts, media arts or fine crafts.

To celebrate this year’s Awards, the winners will be displaying their work throughout the Gallery’s contemporary and historical collections. From installations in the Gallery’s public spaces to interventions disrupting narratives within the permanent collection, the eight laureates offer a new and unexpected take on art today.

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts.

Canada Council for the Arts



Friday, December 8, 2023 Sunday, March 3, 2024


National Gallery of Canada Lower Contemporary, Indigenous and Canadian, Upper Contemporary, European and American
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GGArts 2023

Winners installed in the Permanent Collection Galleries

FFastwürms - B108

Mulmur, Ontario

Artistic Achievement Award

DGDavid Garneau - A104

Regina, Sakatchewan

Outstanding Contribution Award

Recognizes an outstanding contribution to contemporary visual arts, media arts or fine crafts. 

GKGermaine koh - Rotunda

Vancouver, British Columbia

Artistic Achievement Award

SWShannon Walsh - A112

Vancouver, British Columbia

Artistic Achievement Award

NWNettie wild - B109

Vancouver, British Columbia

Artistic Achievement Award

EEvergon - C220 + C206

Montréal, Québec

Artistic Achievement Award

GNGrace Nickel - B201

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Saidye Bronfman Award

Recognizes the exceptional work of artists who have made significant contributions to the development of the fine crafts in Canada. 

TWTim Whiten - C214

Toronto, Ontario

Artistic Achievement Award


Map of the National Gallery of Canada with the locations of artworks by the Governor General's Award winners.



Meet the 2023 Winners

Throughout their exceptional careers, these eight remarkable artists have contributed to the vitality of visual and media arts in the country. Discover this year’s winners in the short video portraits below.

Portrait of Grace Nickel, #GGArts2023 winner

Grace Nickel
Visual Artist

Portrait of David Garneau, #GGArts2023 winner

David Garneau
Visual Artist, Curator, Critical Art Writer

Portrait of Evergon, #GGArts2023 winner

Gay Politico and Eroticist Working in Lens-Based Art

Portrait of FASTWÜRMS, #GGArts2023 winner

Visual Artists

Portrait of Germaine Koh, #GGArts2023 winner

Germaine Koh

Portrait of Shannon Walsh, #GGArts2023 winner

Shannon Walsh

Portrait of Tim Whiten, #GGArts2023 winner

Tim Whiten
Image Maker and Creator of Cultural Objects

Portrait of Nettie Wild, #GGArts2023 winner

Nettie Wild