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Joan Lowndes Award

Current winner: Kim Nguyen

2016 winner: Kim Nguyen

Photo: Erik Hood


The Joan Lowndes Award is made in recognition of critical or curatorial writing in contemporary visual and media arts.

What is this prize?

The Joan Lowndes Award is given to an independent professional critic or curator in contemporary visual and media arts in recognition of the outstanding quality of his or her work.

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How to qualify

Independent professional critics or curators who submit an eligible application to the Explore and Create program are automatically considered for this prize. The winner is selected based on the assessment of the grant application.



Who created this prize?

Joan Lowndes developed an interest in modern art while employed as a translator at the American Office of War Information. After working as an independent journalist, she became an art critic for the Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province, where she established an excellent reputation.

Further Information

Jennifer Cherniack

Program Officer, Prizes

E-mail: jennifer.cherniack@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 5265

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 5265

TTY: 1-866-585-5559


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