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Saidye Bronfman Award

Pamela Ritchie

Current Winner

Pamela Ritchie

She is able to seamlessly combine centuries-old techniques with cutting-edge technology to create works of exquisite beauty laden with meaning.


What is this prize?

The Saidye Bronfman Award is an honorary distinction a Canadian craftsperson can receive for excellence in the fine crafts.

Prize amount

$25,000 and the acquisition of works by the recipient by the Canadian Museum of History for its permanent collection.

How to qualify

Nominations must be submitted to the Council by a recognized expert in the fine crafts.

A peer assessment committee will select the recipients from among the nominations received.

For eligibility criteria, the nomination form and further information on this award, see the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts Guidelines and the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts website.



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Who created this prize?

In 2007, the Saidye Bronfman Award was placed under the banner of the Governor General’s Awards as a result of a $1.5 million endowment made to the Canada Council by the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation. It is the only prize reserved for artists and artisans working in the fine crafts.

Further Information

Sarah Brown

Program Officer

E-mail: sarah.brown@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 6004

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 6004

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

Next Deadline

June, 2017


Prize Amount


By Nomination

Note that some guidelines are not up to date, and reflect the previous Prize administration processes. Guidelines will be gradually updated over the coming months.

Cumulative list of winners

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