Awards to Saskatchewan emerging, established, Indigenous, and women artists to support new artwork and works in progress. The award is intended to support artists in a range of disciplines, including visual, performing (music, theater, and dance), literary, and multidisciplinary arts.
Literary Award; supported by The Colleen Bailey Memorial Endowment Fund - This award supports and assists emerging Saskatchewan writers in developing their craft. Eligible activities include fiction (adult or children) and art or photographic books.
The Dick & Jane Endowment Fund Awards - This fund supports the following awards:
Indigenous Literary Award; supported by The Dick & Jane Endowment Fund This award supports and assists an emerging Indigenous writer in any literary arts genre.
Indigenous Traditional Craft Award; supported by The Dick & Jane Endowment Fund This award is open to all Indigenous persons. Activities may include beading, biting, leather, sculpture etc., with the focus on keeping traditional and cultural art forms alive.
Indigenous Multi-Media Language Arts Award; supported by The Dick & Jane Endowment Fund This award is open to all Indigenous persons. Activities may include audio, visual, digital, literature with a focus on keeping Canadian Indigenous languages visible/alive.
Multidisciplinary 2SLGBTQ+ Artist/Art Award; supported by The Dick & Jane Endowment Fund This award is open to emerging Artists that self-declare / identify as 2SLGBTQ+, with priority given to artists with intersecting identities that have been historically underserved. Activities may include multidisciplinary artistic project is open to all creative disciplines that will help to showcase the recipients’ work to residents of the province and to people beyond provincial borders. This visibility should encourage artistic and economic well-being for the recipient and contribute to amplifying the presence of 2SLGBTQ+ artists of Saskatchewan.
Female Arts Entrepreneur Award; supported by The Dick & Jane Endowment Fund This award is open to self-declared, identify as female, mid-career or established artists. Activities may include support for business development to enable growth as an artist. Includes tools and/or development of professional skills, business planning, strategic planning, marketing & social media.
Prairie Folk Arts/Craft Award; supported by The Dick & Jane Endowment Fund This award is open to a mid-career or established craftsperson (as defined by the Saskatchewan Craft Council ‘Craftsperson’). Activities may include historically and culturally traditional “Prairie” craft works in fibre, wood, pottery, glass, photography and jewelry. Artist must make an argument for the project’s suitability regarding both the terms “Traditional” and “Prairie”.
Regina Artist Award; supported by The Harry Nick Kangles Endowment Fund - This award supports established artists living in Regina and who are working in the visual or performing arts.
Visual Award for Female; supported by The Jane Turnbull Evans Fund for the Arts - This award supports emerging Saskatchewan female artists working in the visual arts.
Visual Award; supported by The Shurniak Endowment Fund - This award supports Saskatchewan artists working in the visual arts.
Indigenous Artist Award; supported by The Cameco Endowment for Indigenous Artists - The award supports arts activities that are causally related to the costs of the art project or practice, and for activities that reflect Cameco’s values – safety and environment, people, integrity and excellence.
Creation of new work or development of a work-in-progress within 1 calendar year of receiving the award.
As defined by Endowment Award criteria outlined by donor.
Activities required to continue with a work-in-progress.
The Saskatchewan Foundation For the Arts Awards provide financial assistance to individual artists. Applicants must be residents of Saskatchewan and involved in arts activities within the province.
- Emerging Artist – An artist who has moved beyond training into professional practice and has begun to produce a body of independent work.
- Established Artist – An artist who has been practicing art professionally for some time and has produced a significant body of work.
Emerging or Established Professional Artists who are:
- Current Saskatchewan residents (one year minimum) & Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
- Graduate students working on a project that is not being submitted for academic credit (as confirmed by a letter from their department head).
- Saskatchewan residents absent from the province for a period of up to one year for an artistic residency, arts education, or related opportunity, who intend to return at the end of the term.
- Presenters or agents applying on behalf of an artist
- Undergraduate students, except where an applicant has developed an artistic practice prior to enrolment at an educational institution, and providing the project is not being submitted for academic credit (as confirmed by a letter from their department head).
- Activity undertaken prior to the application deadline or after the one-year project term.
- Activity undertaken for academic credit or for professional development.
- Commissioned work.
The Colleen Bailey Memorial Fund: Research, technical manuals and audio books are not eligible.
The 2023 Awards Applications will close on Monday October 16th at 11:59pm.
You may apply for as many awards for which you meet the eligibility criteria. However, please note that no applicant will receive more than one award in any given year.