Call for Submissions: 2022 Middlebrook Prize


2022 Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators – Call for Submissions

The Art Gallery of Guelph is accepting submissions until Monday, January 24, 2022, at 5 pm ET for the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators

Founded in 2012, the Middlebrook Prize is awarded annually to an emerging Canadian curator under 30 with the aim to foster social innovation and curatorial excellence in Canada. Hosted and administered by the Art Gallery of Guelph, the winner is selected by a jury of arts leaders and receives a $5,000 honorarium as well as mentorship in the development of an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Guelph. The 2022 Middlebrook Prize jury is composed of Darryn Doull (Curator, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery), Jaimie Isaac (Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria), and Bushra Junaid (Independent Curator).

Submissions are assessed based on artistic quality as well as conceptual strength of the proposed exhibition. The successful applicant’s exhibition will be presented as part of the Art Gallery of Guelph’s fall 2022 season. By supporting and mobilizing Canadian creative talent, the Middlebrook Prize aims to inspire positive social change through creativity in an era of ongoing and unprecedented economic, environmental, social, and cultural upheaval. Proposals should emphasize contemporary Canadian art with attention to audience, community, and social relevance.

Applications must include:

  • Letter of introduction: applicants should articulate their curatorial values and philosophy as well as the meaning of the Middlebrook Prize in terms of their career
  • Two-page exhibition proposal: proposal must include curatorial statement, list of artists/artworks supported by a clear, compelling case for their inclusion, and description of potential outreach programming
  • Exhibition budget up to $10,000 including: artist fees (per 2022 CARFAC fee schedule for Category II institutions), estimated shipping via an accredited art transportation company, any special equipment requirements for the exhibition, a description of unique or unusual installation requirements, and projected travel/accommodation expenses for artist(s)/curator
  • One sample of critical writing: curatorial essay or published article/review, for example
  • Curriculum vitae: current, maximum 3 pages
  • Support images (10): with descriptions (artist name, title, date, medium, dimensions) including 5 images supporting exhibition proposal and 5 images documenting past curatorial work
  • Floor plan: carefully consider the scale of the space and detail the proposed layout of works in the floor plan (download the floor plan)

Applications are to be submitted in a single PDF document, with the subject line Middlebrook Prize, to


  • The award winner must be under 30 years of age by December 31, 2022 and is required to demonstrate proof of age on signing of the exhibition contract
  • The Prize is open to Canadian citizens, as well as non-Canadians currently living and working in Canada
  • If the Prize is awarded to a non-Canadian curator, they must be resident in Canada for the full term of the Prize (March 1 through December 31, 2022)

We welcome and encourage submissions from applicants who are BIPOC, LGBTQ2S, women, and persons with disabilities.

Important dates:

  • Call for Submissions: December 3, 2021 – January 24, 2022
  • Award Presentation: March 2022
  • Exhibition Dates: Fall 2022

In light of the changing landscape of the pandemic, please stay tuned for details about the award presentation and exhibition dates. The Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators is made possible through the support of the Centre Wellington Community Foundation Middlebrook Social Innovation Fund, The Guelph Community Foundation Musagetes Fund, as well as private donations. For more information about the prize as well as past winners and their projects, please visit

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