The Canada Council funds and administers the awards and promotes them in collaboration with its partners: the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, the National Gallery of Canada, The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation, the Independent Media Arts Alliance, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Canadian Museum of History, and Air Canada.
What is this prize?
The Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts are granted to artists in recognition of remarkable careers in either of those fields.
Up to eight awards of $25,000 each:
How to qualify
Nominations must be submitted to the Council by a recognized Canadian specialist in the visual or media arts or fine crafts.
A peer assessment committee will select the recipients from among all nominations received.
For eligibility criteria, the nomination form and further information on these prizes, see the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts Guidelines and the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts website.
Who created this prize?
These awards were created in 1999 by a partnership between the Canada Council for the Arts and Roméo LeBlanc, then Governor General of Canada, who committed Government House to hosting in perpetuity the annual ceremony that honours the recipients at Rideau Hall.
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