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York Wilson Endowment Award

Cell (2010), a large-scale sculptural installation by Anishnawbe artist Frank Shebageget

Photo: Meaghan Eley

Current Winner

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has received the 2018 York Wilson Endowment Award, which funded the acquisition of Cell (2010), a large-scale sculptural installation by Indigenous artist Frank Shebageget. “Made of 49 nylon fishing nets, steel hooks, aluminum angles and rods, this minimalist work evokes the luminous underwater world of fish and the act of fishing. For Shebageget, the work also recalls his childhood growing up in Upsala, a small, unincorporated community 144 kilometers north of Thunder Bay,” wrote the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in its acquisition statement.


What is this prize?

The York Wilson Endowment Award enables art museums and non-profit public art galleries to purchase original works by living, contemporary Canadian painters and sculptors.

Prize amount

Up to $30,000

How to qualify

Apply to the Council.

A peer assessment committee will select the recipient from among all applicants.

For eligibility criteria, the application form and further information on this prize, see the York Wilson Endowment Award Guidelines.



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Who created this prize?

This award is provided thanks to investment proceeds from the York Wilson Endowment. The endowment was established at the Canada Council for the Arts in 1997 by a generous donation from the late Lela Wilson and the late Maxwell Henderson to honour the contribution of Canadian painter York Wilson (1907-1984) to the field of visual art by encouraging and promoting artworks created by Canadian painters or sculptors.

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

Next Deadline

April, 2019


Prize Amount

Up to

By Application

Cumulative list of winners

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