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  3. Saidye Bronfman Award

NOTE: We have extended the deadline for submitting nominations for this prize due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We will be accepting nominations until June 30, 2020. We have also enabled nominations to be submitted electronically through a dedicated email address: ggarts@canadacouncil.ca

Saidye Bronfman Award

Anna Torma

2020 Winner

Anna Torma

Anna Torma is a visual artist working in textile. Her work draws inspiration from folk art, anatomical sketches, gardens and graffiti, methodically composing fantastical stories. She has exhibited her work internationally and is represented in many public, private and corporate collections.


What is this prize?

As Canada's foremost distinction for excellence in the fine crafts, the Saidye Bronfman Award recognizes the exceptional work of individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of the fine crafts in Canada.

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.

The award is adjudicated by a peer assessment committee comprised of craftspeople from across Canada.

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.




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.

For more information

Jennifer Cherniack

Program Officer, Prizes


1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5265

Next Deadline

June 2020

Prize Amount


By Nomination

Note that the updated guidelines will be posted two months prior to the deadline.

Cumulative list of winners

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