Announcing the Five Winners of the 2021 Emerging Digital Artists Award


Clockwise from top left: Aljumaine Gayle (photo: Car Martin); Erin Konsmo (photo: Melody McKiver); Katelyn Hawley; Olivia Dreisinger; and Shonee (photo: Minelly Kamemura)

Announcing the Five Winners of the 2021 Emerging Digital Artists Award

EQ Bank and Trinity Square Video are pleased to announce the five winners of the 2021 Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA).

The 2021 EDAA received an astounding 175 submissions from digital artists across the country, making it the most competitive award year to date. The shortlist was determined by a jury panel made up of artists, curators, educators, and scholars from the digital arts community—Cat Bluemke, Ashley Jane Lewis, and Suzanne Morrissette—in collaboration with José Andrés Mora from Trinity Square Video and Shannon Linde from EQ Bank.

The Five Winners of the 2021 EDAA are:

Aljumaine Gayle
Erin Konsmo
Katelyn Hawley
Olivia Dreisinger

Learn more about the artists and their award-winning works here.

Each artist will be awarded a $5,000 grand prize. They also receive a one-year Production Membership with Trinity Square Video and are eligible for a spot in the artist-run centre’s 2022 Themed Commission residency program.

The five award-winning works will be featured in a group exhibition at Trinity Square Video and online, September 10-October 2, 2021.

The 2021 EDAA is also pleased to recognize five Honourable Mention artists, who will each receive a $1,000 prize:

Ayam Yaldo
Christina Hajjar
Enna Kim
Ethan Lyric
Marissa Sean Cruz

About the EDAA

The Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA) is Canada’s major award for critical experimentation in digital media, proudly presented by EQ Bank and Trinity Square Video. Established in 2015, the annual award celebrates the contributions of early-career, screen-based artists working exclusively in virtual space. Each year, we seek artwork submissions from across the country that push us in new directions and challenge us to see the world through a different screen.

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For media inquiries and more information, please contact:
Shannon Linde
Art Curator, EQ Bank