Call for Submissions: 401 Richmond Career Launcher Prize 2021


2018 Career Launcher Recipient Carol Cheong by Tomasz Adamski

2021 401 Richmond Career Launcher Prize

Deadline: May 14, 2021, 5PM EST

Each year, 401 Richmond Street welcomes an emerging artist into its community through the 401 Richmond Career Launcher Prize. The Career Launcher Prize provides an exceptional opportunity to occupy a coveted 500 ft2 studio for one year at 401 Richmond, one of Canada’s most dynamic arts facilities. The award recipient will become part of a unique community of artists, cultural producers, creative pioneers, passionate activists and social entrepreneurs. The Prize provides space and support for research and experimentation at a critical time in an emerging artist’s career.


401 Richmond Building by Vik Pahwa


  • Priority will be given to recent graduates, although all early career artists (less than 3 years as a professional artist) will be considered.
  • Applicants must have participated in at least one formal exhibition (school-based exhibitions are acceptable).
  • The juried selection process is based on the quality of the candidate’s work but will favour those who are strongly self-motivated, who show originality, and who demonstrate a strong commitment to developing their practice for the duration of the residency.
  • There is no age restriction for this award.


  • 12 months (September 2021 – August 2022)

Past recipients include: Kristine Moran, Emmy Skensved, Gareth Bate, Winnie Truong, Erin MacKeen, Kelly Uyeda, Ellen Bleiwas, Carol Cheong, Miles Ingrassia, and Emily Dicarlo.

Click here for more information on how to apply.


401 Richmond is an early 20th century industrial building that was transformed in 1994 into a vibrant home for artists’, galleries, film festivals, charities, not-for-profits, magazines, architects, theatre groups and design firms. The building’s renewal, over 20 years ago, was inspired by author Jane Jacobs’ observation that “new ideas need old buildings” and the importance of diversity and mixed-uses in the city.

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