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City of Ottawa: Karsh awards

City of Ottawa
2023-2026 Karsh award

The City of Ottawa is now accepting nominations for the 2023-2026 Karsh awards.

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at 4pm.

Every four years, in honour of the enduring legacy of Yousuf and Malak Karsh, the City of Ottawa recognizes a local mid-career or established artist for their outstanding body of work and their significant contribution to the artistic discipline in a photo/lens-based medium.

Between 2023-2026 the Karsh laureate will:

receive an award of $7,500
be invited to exhibit their work in 2024 at the Karsh-Masson Gallery located in City Hall. The laureate will be paid an exhibition fee, as outlined in the 2024 CARFAC fee schedule, and can choose to either:
select an independent curator for their exhibition or
increase the size and scope of their exhibition catalogue
be invited, in 2025, to participate as a paid mentor to:
mentor and/or engage the local photographic or lens-based community by leading one or more activities, such as a workshop, portfolio evaluations, lecture, etc. or
mentor the selected exhibiting artists of the 2026 Karsh Continuum exhibition
be invited, to participate in the 2026 Karsh Continuum exhibition, by either:
o selecting up to 3 local photo or lens-based artists who will receive an award of $2,000 each and the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Karsh-Masson Gallery or
assisting in the selection of an independent curator to mount an exhibition celebrating local photographic and/or lens-based art/artists

All exhibiting artists will be paid associated CARFAC fees.

Please visit the Karsh award web page for more information:

For further information, please contact:

Marie-Christine Feraud