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2017 EDAA: New Judges, New Partnership, New Art

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Equitable Bank’s Emerging Digital Artists Award has launched its 2017 call for applications. This year we have invited our first judge from Montreal, Erin Gee, who joins Toronto-based Jennifer Chan on the Equitable-led panel that will determine this year’s winner. The winner will follow Colin Rosati and Trudy Erin Elmore as our 2015 and 2016 winners (turns out first and second time’s the charm, too).

We would like to offer a special welcome to our new programming partner, Trinity Square Video, who will host this year’s exhibition of finalist works in October 2017. The winner of the EDAA will receive a spot in Trinity Square Video’s annual Themed Commission program, in addition to a full-year membership to the centre that includes access to their resources. As Canada’s oldest media arts centre, we cannot think of a more suitable partner for the EDAA, and encourage all applicants to visit the Trinity Square Video website for more information about their important and relevant programming. The Themed Commission in particular offers a venue for artists who exceed the EDAA’s “emerging” eligibility requirements.

The artwork you see throughout our website is set of digital animations by Niki Sehmbi, an emerging artist based in Toronto. Learn more about Niki by clicking the link at the bottom right of the page. More details about eligibility and winnings can be found on our Program page, and in the Terms and Conditions; commonly asked questions are in the FAQ. If you have a question about anything you find (or don’t find) on our website, we encourage you to reach out to edaa@eqbank.ca. We can hardly believe this is our third year of programming—thanks to all those who have helped us develop the award since 2015, and to all our present and future collaborators. We can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

EDAA 2016 Finalists Screening

The EDAA’s culminating event took place at Artscape Sandbox on October 26, 2016 where this year’swinner, Trudy Erin Elmore, was presented with the grand prize of $5,000 for her entry, StrandedAssets. Our four finalists received prizes of $1,000 each. Thank you to all the artists for making thisyear such a success.

Launching the Second Annual Emerging Digital Artists Award

Monday, May 30, 2016

Welcome to our new website. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about the EDAA and more, including award criteria and introductions to the esteemed panel of judges who will jury the 2016 award – Rea McNamara, Alex McLeod, and Amber Christensen – as well as the essential “nitty-gritty.”

Most importantly, the website has been designed to feature the work of our media artist partner. This individual – who will change from year to year – is featured across our online and print materials for the year that he or she is selected (helping us to spread the word by making us look oh-so-good). The media artist partnership is another opportunity for us to celebrate excellence in digital art, by Canadian artists. Last year, we couldn’t have imagined a better outfit than one comprised of Toronto-based Adrienne Crossman’s digital GIFs; but thankfully, our change in dress has not led to an error in fashion. Nicolas Sassoon, well-known digital artist currently working out of Vancouver, BC, will shape our public presence for the next year. In the footer, you can find a little more information about Sassoon and a link to his website; what you see here is only a sample of a fantastic practice in digital art-making.

And along that line, giving credit where it’s due, we’d like to extend thanks to all those individuals who made the EDAA successful in its first year. In addition to Adrienne Crossman, this includes past judges Lauren Pelc-McArthur, Aleksandra Kaminska, and Marissa Neave, and all those who applied to the award, with special thanks to our gracious finalists and award winner, respectively: Zinnia Naqvi, Santiago Tavera, Brianna Lowe, Yi Xin Tong, and Colin Rosati. We can’t wait to see what this year holds as we receive another round of applications from across Canada, now including residents of Quebec.

Our second call for applications opens on June 1 (only a couple of days away) and will stay open through the summer and into September, leaving ample time for application submission in between all kinds of summer fun. Because as much as we love digital space, we love IRL activities too.

Here’s to a summer of making, viewing, experiencing, and appreciating art on screen.