Young Artist Award

Nominations are now closed

The Young Artist Award is a project-based, mentorship-driven youth arts award established for the recognition and encouragement of young Ottawa-based artists, aged 14 – 17 years old, demonstrating exceptional potential and a commitment to excellence in any art form. The award recipients will each receive $500 in support of the creation and presentation of their proposed arts project. In addition, the Young Artist Award includes support by pairing the award recipient with an established and qualified Ottawa-based artist working in the same field.

This award is sponsored by the Artists & Artisans Study Group.

Past Recipients

How to Apply

Make a three-minute video that tells us everything we need to know about you, your art, your project, and what inspires you. Describe these as you like, but most importantly, be yourself. We want to get to know you and your work and can’t wait to see what you can do.

Submit your video and completing the online application form before February 10, 2020 at 4 pm.

To complete the online form, you will need the following:

  • Your contact information (for collectives, select a lead as the contact person)
  • Your recommender’s contact information
  • A download link to your letter of support.*
  • A link to your video.**
  • OPTIONAL, the contact information for a mentor suggestion.


*Use a service such as WeTransfer, Dropbox, or Google Drive to transfer files.
**Videos links can point to YouTube, Vimeo or other similar service.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for this award must:

  • Be between the ages of 14-17 at the time of application.
  • Have lived in the National Capital Region (defined as 75 km from Parliament Hill) for the last two years.
  • Have demonstrated a prior commitment to the art form related to the proposed project.
  • Not have previously received this award.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from someone above the age of majority, such as a parent, guardian, teacher, mentor, or other.

The proposal must:

  • Not be for a commissioned work.
  • Be for a project that is completed after having received the funds.

Evaluation Criteria

  • The applicant(s) fully meets the eligibility criteria.
  • Originality and creativity of the proposal.
  • Quality and potential of the work as documented in the support material.
  • Potential impact of the project on the artist’s development.
  • Potential audience impact.
  • Project timeline viability.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for Applications: February 10, 2020 at 4 pm.
  • Awards Presentation: spring 2020


Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the award?

The Ottawa Arts Council will recognize one project up to a maximum of $500. 

What is the timeline to complete the project?

That’s for you to decide, but you have one year to complete your project once you receive the award. The award results are announced during the Awards Presentation. The recipient will have until May 2021 to complete the project.

Do I have to find my own mentor?

You can suggest a mentor in your application, but it isn’t mandatory. If you do want to include a name, think about someone who would be able to help make your project better. The Council will review the successful project and use our connections to find an appropriate mentor.