David Suzuki Foundation seeking artists showcasing nature in their communities

TORONTO | Traditional territory of many nations — including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples — and now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples — The David Suzuki Foundation today announced the inaugural Rewilding Arts Prize. In partnership with Rewilding Magazine, the Foundation is offering five $2,000 prizes for Canadian artists creating innovative art that expresses the importance of nature in their communities.

“Art can be a powerful catalyst to raise issues in surprising ways and can truly inspire us,” said Jode Roberts, manager of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Rewilding Communities program. “The Rewilding Arts Prize will celebrate artists who are using a variety of artistic means to visualize and bring attention to the challenges we face in bringing nature home to the places we live, work and play.”

The first Rewilding Arts Prize will be chosen by a jury of artists, including: visual artist, author and advocate Christi Belcourt; printmaker and illustrator Edward Fu-Chen Juan; visual artist and educator Charmaine Lurch; visual journalist and author Sarah Lazarovic and multidisciplinary street artist Nick Sweetman.

“Through my art, I try to raise awareness about the interconnectedness of every living thing that sustains life on Earth,” said juror Christi Belcourt. “I’m excited to see how other artists are interpreting the theme of rewilding and the importance of nature in our lives and communities.”

“Rewilding isn’t just about restoring landscapes, but about restoring the human relationship with nature too,” says Rewilding Magazine co-founder Kat Tancock. “We’re thrilled to have the chance to showcase the work of artists playing this important role.”

Winners will participate in networking workshops and have their works profiled by the David Suzuki Foundation and Rewilding Magazine.

Applicants must live in Canada and be at least 18 years of age. Arts groups and collectives must have a primary applicant who lives in Canada. The application must include original works of art and can be any medium, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, illustration, mural, photography, video, landscaping, architecture and textiles.

The application deadline is November 29, 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by email and required to participate in networking webinars. Interested artists can apply at www.davidsuzuki.org/artsprize.

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For more information or a media interview, please contact:

Stephanie O’Neill, soneill@davidsuzuki.org, 780-964-1192

The David Suzuki Foundation (DavidSuzuki.org | @DavidSuzukiFdn) is a leading Canadian environmental non-profit organization, founded in 1990. We operate in English and French, with offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. We collaborate with all people in Canada, including First Nations leadership and communities, governments, businesses and individuals to find solutions to create a sustainable Canada through scientific research, traditional ecological knowledge, communications and public engagement, and innovative policy and legal solutions. Our mission is to protect nature’s diversity and the well-being of all life, now and for the future.

Rewilding Magazine (Rewildingmag.com |@Rewildingmag) is an independent publication dedicated to exploring the people, places, ideas and debates connected to the global rewilding movement. We are a resource for those seeking inspiration on how to improve the human relationship with the natural world, and a community for those who want to make the planet a better place for all.