Call for Submissions: 401 Richmond Career Launcher Prize 2023

2019 401 Career Launcher Prize Recipient Carol Cheong, photo by Tomasz Admaski

2023 401 Career Launcher Prize
Call for Submissions

Deadline: May 15, 2023, 5PM EDT

Each year, 401 Richmond welcomes an emerging artist into its community through the 401 Career Launcher Prize. The 401 Career Launcher Prize provides an exceptional opportunity to occupy a coveted 500 sq/ft 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. Presented annually since 2000, the 401 Career Launcher Prize has been as a way of providing space and support for research and experimentation at a critical time in an emerging artist’s career.

Who is Eligible?

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


  • 12 months (September 2023 – August 2024)

Past Recipients:
Sarah Blagg (2000), Angie Nishikihama (2001), Sarah Lowry (2002), Emma Shankland (2003), Kristine Moran (2004), Emmy Skensved (2005), Adam Brandejs (2006), Gareth Bate (2007), Nikki Woolsey (2008), Angela Noussis (2009), Winnie Truong (2010), Chelsea Jamieson (2011), Graham Curry (2012), Kerry Zentner (2013), Erin MacKeen (2014), Kelly Uyeda (2016), Ellen Bleiwas (2017), Carol Cheong (2018), Miles Ingrassia (2019), Emily DiCarlo (2020), Steven K. Tucker (2021), Lana Yuan (2022)

Click here for more information on how to apply.

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About 401 Richmond
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 25 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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