The Winnipeg Arts Council Awards

The Winnipeg Arts Council Awards have been a mainstay of the summer calendar since 2007, until the Covid-19 pandemic forced their cancellation in 2020. However, the awards are back in 2021 and will be presented this summer to Winnipeg artists, arts administrators, volunteers and patrons.

This year we are seeking nominations from the community, as well as looking back through lists of previous nominees to seek out potential candidates. As always, the award winners will be selected by a jury.

Click here to see previous awards winners

Four awards will be up for nomination this year:

  • the RBC On the Rise Award for emerging artists,
  • the Making A Mark for mid-career and senior artists
  • the Making a difference Award for artists, administrators or educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the community
  • the Outstanding Volunteer Award which recognizes a member of the community who has devoted a significant amount of time and energy to the arts in Winnipeg

A special presentation will be made this year for the Arts Champion Award. An online awards presentation will take place this summer the winners of each arts award will receive $5,000, while the Outstanding Volunteer receives a work of art by a Winnipeg artist and a $1,000 donation to the arts organization of their choice.

Nominations are open now!

The deadline to submit someone for consideration is April 16, 2021. For more information please review the nominations guidelines below.

Click here to download the guidelines and nomination form.

Awards to Artists and Arts Administrators

Three awards recognize excellence and creativity in the arts: the RBC On The Rise Award, the Making a Mark Award and the Making a Difference Award.

The RBC On The Rise Award recognizes the demonstrated promise of an emerging, professional Winnipeg artist in any discipline. The award will be presented to someone who is in the early stages of a promising or noteworthy career.

The Making a Mark Award applauds an established professional Winnipeg artist in any discipline, who is receiving critical recognition for excellence in their art practice in Winnipeg and beyond. 

The Making a Difference Award celebrates the contribution of a Winnipeg artist or arts professional to the growth and development of the arts in any discipline in Winnipeg. This award winner will be an artist, arts administrator or arts educator who is well-established in their field.

Outstanding Volunteer Award

The Outstanding Volunteer Award honours an individual who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to volunteerism within the Winnipeg arts community. 

More information

If you have questions about the Winnipeg Arts Council Awards, please contact Dominic Lloyd, Program & Arts Development Manager, at 204-943-7668 or