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Call for submissions: SAW Prize for New Works—deadline August 7, 2020

By Greggory Clark on July 15, 2020

Artists and makers from Ottawa-Gatineau and the surrounding First Nations are invited to submit their applications for the SAW Prize for New Works.

Altogether, 25 artists from the region will be supported through this production program, which will lead to public presentations at SAW in 2021.

The SAW Prize is geared toward artists who wish to expand their practice and explore new ideas during an extended period. This program is a rare opportunity for local artists to create new works with both financial and organizational support. Professional development opportunities will be offered though SAW’s Free School initiative, such as workshops and master classes.


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Successful applicants will receive an artist fee of $1,500, as well as $500 for equipment and/or materials. They will also gain access to SAW staff and office resources, including a full day with a gallery or sound/lighting technician. The funds will be immediately disbursed upon signature of the contract. Successful applicants will have a period of six months to complete their projects.

When SAW reopens to the public, selected applicants will have access to the centre’s various spaces for rehearsals and testing out new ideas, including its exhibition spaces, the Nordic Lab screen printing and production studios, and the Club SAW performance venue.

Selected Ontario-based applicants working in visual arts and crafts will have the possibility of additional funding through the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance program.

The submission deadline is August 7, 2020. Click here for more information about how to apply.