The Rewilding Arts Prize
The inaugural Rewilding Arts Prize showcases Canadian artists who are creating innovative art that communicates the importance of nature in our communities.
The prize is open to Canadian artists and groups creating art about rewilding communities.
Access the application form here, which will be open until November 29, 2022.
Art can be a powerful tool to educate, advocate and inspire. Given the climate and biodiversity crises, we need the ingenuity and creativity of artists more than ever to help meet the profound challenges we face. The inaugural Rewilding Arts Prize will celebrate artists who are using artistic means to creatively visualize and bring attention to issues of rewilding in our lives and communities.
The 2022 Rewilding Arts Prize is being presented by the David Suzuki Foundation, and the competition is open to artists and groups in Canada. Selected artists will be awarded $2,000 and their artwork will be profiled and shared by the David Suzuki Foundation and Rewilding Magazine.
The first Rewilding Arts Prize recipients will be chosen by a jury of artists, including visual artist, author and advocate Christi Belcourt; printmaker and visual artist Edward Fu-Chen Juan; visual artist and educator Charmaine Lurch; visual journalist and author Sarah Lazarovic and multidisciplinary street artist Nick Sweetman.
Who can apply?
Applicants for the Rewilding Arts Prize must live in Canada and be at least 18 years of age. Arts groups and collectives that apply must have a primary applicant who lives in Canada and is 18+. We encourage artists of any gender, ethnicity or ability to apply.
The submissions must include original works of art and can be any medium, including, but not limited to, painting, drawing, sculpture, illustration, mural, photography, video, landscaping, architecture and textiles.
We invite artists to submit work relating to the theme of Rewilding Communities. This theme is open to artists’ interpretations. Members of the Rewilding Arts Prize jury will select the successful applicants.
The deadline for applying is November 29, 2022. For more information, please contact Jode Roberts, manager of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Rewilding Communities program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Art can be a powerful catalyst to raise issues in surprising ways and can truly inspire us. The Rewilding Arts Prize will celebrate artists using a variety of artistic means to visualize and bring attention to the challenges we face in bringing nature home to the places we live, work and play.”
– Jode Roberts
Rewilding Arts Prize Jury
Christi Belcourt (apihtâwikosisâniskwêw / mânitow sâkahikanihk) is a visual artist, designer, community organizer, environmentalist, social justice advocate and avid land-based arts and language learner. Like generations of Indigenous artists before her, she celebrates the beauty of the natural world and traditional Indigenous world views on spirituality and natural medicines while exploring nature’s symbolic properties. To learn more about Christi Belcourt’s visual arts practice and activism, please follow her on Facebook (@ChristiBelcourt), Twitter (@christibelcourt) or Instagram (@christi_belcourt).
Edward Fu-Chen Juan is a contemporary visual artist based in Vancouver, B.C., on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. He identifies as a queer Taiwanese Canadian with ethnic roots from the Hakka and the Plains Indigenous people of Taiwan. His art practice is printmaking on paper with water-based ink extracted from plant and insect ingredients. He has recently expanded his process to papermaking with unconventional plant fibres of significant cultural importance. You can follow his journey on Instagram (@edjuandraws) and his blog (www.edjuan.com).
Charmaine Lurch is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work draws attention to human-environmental relationships. Lurch’s paintings and sculptures are conversations on infrastructures and the spaces and places we inhabit. Working with a range of materials and reimagining our surroundings — from bees and taxicabs to The Tempest and quiet moments of joy — Lurch subtly connects Black life and movement globally. Follow Charmaine on Instagram (@charmaine.lurch) and her website (clurch.com).
Sarah Lazarovic is a climate artist, writer and communicator. She writes the not-depressing climate newsletter Minimum Viable Planet, is head of communications for Rewiring America and co-created Talk Climate to Me, a climate education program that has trained more than 1,300 women. Follow Sarah on Instagram (@sarahlazarovic) and Twitter (@sarahlazarovic).
Nick Sweetman is a multidisciplinary artist from Toronto. He holds an MFA from OCAD University’s Art, Media and Design program and completed the Mural Routes Leadership Training. Since 2014, he has been working in public space on mural projects, often in collaboration with other artists and organizations. He has worked primarily in Toronto, but has also been invited to paint throughout Canada and internationally. Many of his projects raise awareness about social and environmental issues, and he is best known for painting enormous bees and butterflies towering over city streets to highlight the importance of pollinators. Follow Nick on Instagram (@nick_sweetman) and Twitter (@nsweetman).
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