The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.
Please refer to the complete Prize Guidelines [PDF, 375.4 KB].
The York Wilson Endowment Award enables Canadian art museums and public art galleries to purchase original works by living, contemporary Canadian painters and sculptors. This award of up to $30,000 will be given, through a Canada Council for the Arts competition, to an eligible Canadian institution to allow it to purchase an original artwork, or a series of artworks by the same artist, which would significantly enhance its collection of contemporary Canadian art.
The award is drawn from the investment returns of the York Wilson Endowment. This endowment was established at the Canada Council for the Arts in 1997 through a generous donation by the late Lela Wilson and the late Maxwell Henderson to honour the contribution of Canadian painter York Wilson (1907-1984) in the field of visual art by encouraging and promoting works of art created by Canadian painters or sculptors.
30 April, 2016
If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
The York Wilson Endowment Award provides an amount of up to $30,000.
By application only
Canadian public art galleries and art museums (including university art galleries) with professional curatorial staff that have, for a minimum of five years, demonstrated a commitment to the collecting, displaying and maintaining of a contemporary Canadian art collection may apply.
The work(s) must be purchased directly from the artist or from the Canadian art dealer with whom the artist has placed the work(s) on consignment.
Visual Arts Section
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613‑566‑4414, ext. 5269
For a complete list of past winners, please contact Prizes.