The Rewilding Arts Prize

The inaugural Rewilding Arts Prize showcases Canadian artists who are creating innovative art that communicates the importance of nature in our communities

The prize is open to Canadian artists and groups creating art about rewilding communities

Art can be a powerful tool to educate, advocate and inspire. Given the climate and biodiversity crises, we need the ingenuity and creativity of artists more than ever to help meet the profound challenges we face. The inaugural Rewilding Arts Prize will celebrate artists who are using artistic means to creatively visualize and bring attention to issues of rewilding in our lives and communities.

The 2022 Rewilding Arts Prize is being presented by the David Suzuki Foundation and the competition is open to artists and groups in Canada. Selected artists will be awarded $2,000 and their artwork will be profiled and shared by the David Suzuki Foundation and Rewilding Magazine.

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

Below is the application form, which will be open until November 29, 2022.

Who can apply?

Applicants for the Rewilding Arts Prize must live in Canada and be at least 18 years of age. Arts groups and collectives that apply must have a primary applicant who lives in Canada and is 18+. We encourage artists of any gender, ethnicity or ability to apply.

The submissions must include original works of art and can be any medium, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, illustration, mural, photography, video, landscaping, architecture and textiles.

We invite artists to submit work relating to the theme of Rewilding Communities. This theme is open to artists’ interpretations. Members of the Rewilding Arts Prize jury (below) will select the successful applicants.

Deadline

To apply for the Rewilding Arts Prize, please fill out the form below. The deadline for applying is November 29, 2022. For more information, please contact Jode Roberts, manager of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Rewilding Communities program at jroberts@davidsuzuki.org.

“Art can be a powerful catalyst to raise issues in surprising ways and can truly inspire us. The Rewilding Arts Prize will celebrate artists 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.”

Jode Roberts, Manager, Rewilding Communities

Rewilding Arts Prize 2022 application

The Rewilding Arts Prize will showcase artists in Canada who create innovative art that communicates the importance of nature in our communities. We invite artists to submit work relating to the theme of Rewilding Communities. This theme is open to the artists’ interpretations. Submissions must be original works of art and can be any medium, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, digital and textiles.

Selected artists will be awarded $2,000 and their art will be shared by the David Suzuki Foundation and Rewilding Magazine.

Rewilding Arts Prize Jury

Christi Belcourt

Christi Belcourt (apihtâwikosisâniskwêw / mânitow sâkahikanihk) is a visual artist, designer, community organizer, environmentalist, social justice advocate and avid land-based arts and language learner. Like generations of Indigenous artists before her, she celebrates the beauty of the natural world and traditional Indigenous world views on spirituality and natural medicines while exploring nature’s symbolic properties. To learn more about Christi Belcourt’s visual arts practice and activism, please follow her on Facebook @ChristiBelcourt, Twitter @christibelcourt or Instagram @christi_belcourt.

Edward Fu-Chen Juan

Edward Fu-Chen Juan is a contemporary visual artist based in Vancouver, BC, the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. He identifies as a queer Taiwanese Canadian with ethnic roots from the Hakka and the Plains First Nation People of Taiwan. His art practice is printmaking on paper with water-based ink extracted from plant and insect ingredients. Presently, he has expanded his process to papermaking with unconventional plant fibres of significant cultural importance. You can follow his journey on Instagram @edjuandraws and his blog www.edjuan.com.

Charmaine Lurch

Charmaine Lurch is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work draws attention to human-environmental relationships. Lurch’s paintings and sculptures are conversations on infrastructures and the spaces and places we inhabit. Working with a range of materials and reimagining our surroundings — from bees and taxi cabs to The Tempest and quiet moments of joy — Lurch subtly connects Black life and movement globally. Follow Charmaine on Instagram @charmaine.lurch and her website clurch.com.

Sarah Lazarovic

Sarah Lazarovic is a climate artist, writer and communicator. She writes the not depressing climate newsletter, Minimum Viable Planet, is head of communications for Rewiring America and co-created Talk Climate to Me, a climate education program that has trained more than 1,300 women. Follow Sarah on Instagram @sarahlazarovic and Twitter @sarahlazarovic.

Nick Sweetman

Nick Sweetman is a multidisciplinary artist from Toronto whose practice has explored painting and its intersection with photography, video, installation, mixed media, and urban intervention. He has been working in public space on mural projects in partnership with various artists and non-profit organizations, including the David Suzuki Foundation. He has dedicated many projects to raising awareness about the importance of pollinators, painting giant bees towering over busy city streets and filling laneways with butterfly-themed murals. Follow Nick on Instagram @nick_sweetman and Twitter @nsweetman.

Rewilding Arts Prize FAQ

  • A: Rewilding is a term first used widely in the 1990s. It usually applies to efforts to restore ecological function and natural processes to an area. For the purposes of this prize, we are applying the term “rewilding” to the human-dominated landscapes we call home: our yards, neighbourhoods and communities. How do we rewild a neighbourhood or bring nature home to a community? We have a few ideas, but we’re also excited to showcase interpretations of this theme from artists throughout the country.

  • A: Applicants for the Rewilding Arts Prize must live in Canada and be at least 18 years of age. Arts groups and collectives that apply must have a primary applicant who lives in Canada and is 18+. We encourage artists of any gender, ethnicity or ability to apply.

    The submissions must include original works of art and can be any medium, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, illustration, mural, photography, video, landscaping, architecture, performing arts, creative writing and textiles.

  • A: The Rewilding Arts Prize is open to any artists and groups working in any medium, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, illustration, mural, photography, video, landscaping, architecture, performing arts, creative writing and textiles. Submissions must include original works of art. We invite artists to submit work relating to the theme of Rewilding Communities. This theme is open to artists’ interpretations.

  • A: Applicants will be evaluated for any past and current work submitted, not for new or proposed projects. Applications must include original works of art. The David Suzuki Foundation and Rewilding Magazine will only use submitted content with the permission of the artist(s) and for promotional activities related to the Rewilding Arts Prize.

  • A: The winners will receive $2,000. Their work will be promoted through the David Suzuki Foundation and Rewilding Magazine’s web and social media accounts and through media relations and outreach.

  • A: Each selected artist and group will commit to participate in a series of two online networking workshops. The workshops will allow the participants to connect, share and learn more about each artist’s work. Each winner will be expected to share stories and digital copies of relevant art with the David Suzuki Foundation and Rewilding Magazine for outreach and promotional purposes. Artwork will not be shared without the consent of the artist(s).

  • We will be accepting applications from October 25 to November 29, 2022. All applicants will receive notification from the David Suzuki Foundation by early December. Winners will be announced December 13.