Salt Spring National Art Prize: Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada are invited to submit their two- and three-dimensional work for consideration, Submissions open, January 10


$40,000 IN AWARDS

2019/2020 Salt Spring National Art Prize

Submissions for the 2019/2020 SSNAP awards begin on

Jan 10, 2019 and close May 31, 2019.

As director of the Salt Spring National Art Prize, I am excited to welcome all artists who are Canadian citizens and permanent residents to submit their work. I would like to let you know of three improvements we have made for this third biennial event.

Firstly, we have increased the prize money to $40,000 in total, making SSNAP one of the largest visual art prizes in Canada. This has been made possible because of the generous donations of private collectors and visual arts supporters.

Secondly, our national jury has been increased to four looking at the work and choosing the awards. This will further facilitate the diversity of expertise in the selection of our 50 finalists. The jury will be announced before the submissions open in January.

Thirdly, in order to help finalists with the shipping of the work to the exhibition, we have committed $10,000 towards artists' shipping expenses. This money will go directly to artists based on need. We will assist particularly east coast and remote community artists selected in order to guarantee the best work across the country continues to be submitted.

The Salt Spring National Art Prize aspires to engage and celebrate Canadian art. Our four-person jury of national art professionals choose the 50 finalists through a fair, open, blind jury system. The award winners are then named by the jury here on Salt Spring Island and announced at the Gala Awards Night. For dates and information please go to

I would like to thank the Salt Spring Arts Council, our army of volunteers, our sponsors and donors, and the community of Salt Spring for this opportunity to bring you SSNAP 2019/2020. As an artist myself, I have been humbled and amazed at the quality of art entered into our prize competition and wish all the submitting artists good luck.

Founding Director

Ronald T. Crawford

Approximately 50 finalists will be selected by an independent jury from across Canada to participate in the Finalists' Exhibition on Salt Spring Island. All artists' submissions will be anonymous to the jury.

Finalists may be selected to win one of nine awards, five selected by jurors and three selected by public vote. The award winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Night on Saturday October 19, 2019.


$20,000 ($15,000 and a $5,000 Salt Spring Island artist residency)


four awards of $3,000 selected by each juror


three awards determined by a vote of visitors to the exhibition

1st prize - $3,000, 2nd prize - $2,000, 3rd prize - $1,000


for outstanding work by a Salt Spring Artist - $2,000

The intent of SSNAP is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity—resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning.

The exhibition will be open daily from Saturday September 21 through Monday October 21, 2019. All finalists will be featured with their entries in a professional exhibition catalogue. All finalists' works will be available for purchase during the exhibition.

Guidelines and submission details to be found on our website