Capture Writing Prize

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Capture Writing Prize, a juried award to support emerging writers and broaden the discourse on lens-based art.

The winner of this competition will be commissioned to write a 1,000 word text for Capture’s annual catalogue on a current issue in lens-based art for which a $2,000 CAD prize will be awarded. The winner’s work will be featured alongside the writing of established contemporary thinkers in the field. Applicants must self-define as an emerging writer, be 18 years of age or older, and have a limited publishing history; applications are open to both Canadian and international participants. Capture is committed to amplifying underrepresented voices and encourages applicants from these communities.

Capture’s annual catalogue features editorial writing from a range of writers, curators and artists–past issues have included texts by Katie Belcher, David Campany, Douglas Coupland, Dean Daderko, Cliff Lauson, Kimberly Phillips, Cheyenne Rain LeGrande, Tania Willard, and Jayne Wilkinson. Past issues of Capture’s catalogues can be viewed here.

The inaugural jury will consist of Candice Hopkins, Senior Curator, Toronto Biennial of Art, Sarah Milroy, Chief Curator, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and Capture’s Executive Director, Emmy Lee Wall.

Application Guidelines:

Due Date:  Monday September 14, 2020, 5 PM PST

Please submit an unpublished sample of your art writing (max. 1000 words) and a c.v. or bio in PDF format to [email protected] with the subject line Capture Writing Prize 2020. Any questions can be directed to the submission email address, [email protected]. While the winner will be commissioned to write about lens-based art, the writing sample may be about art in other media.

The winner will submit writing samples that are original, thought-provoking, and with a clear point of view. Capture values writing that is challenging but accessible and that connects art to ideas that permeate contemporary society.

The winner will be announced in early October, 2020 and will be commissioned to submit their text for the 2021 Capture catalogue by November 23, 2020.

Inaugural Jury

Candice Hopkins is an independant curator, writer, and researcher. She is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Toronto, Ontario. Her writing and curatorial practice explores the intersections of history, contemporary art, and indigeneity. She works as senior curator for the 2019 and 2021 editions of the Toronto Biennale of Art and was part of the curatorial team of the Canadian Pavillon of the 58th Venice Biennale, featuring the work of media collective Isuma. She is co-curator of the notable exhibitions Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices 1950s to Now; the 2018 SITE Santa Fe biennial, Casa Tomada; documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany, Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada and Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years in Winnipeg, MB. Her writing is published widely and recent essays and presentations include “The Gilded Gaze: Wealth and Economies on the Colonial Frontier,” for the documenta 14 Reader, “Outlawed Social Life” for South as a State of Mind and “Sounding the Margins: A Choir of Minor Voices,” at Small Projects, Tromsø, Norway. She has contributed articles and reviews for Artforum, Mousse, C Magazine, Momus, and Canadian Art. She has lectured internationally including at the Witte de With, Venice Biennale, Tate Modern, Dak’Art Biennale, Biennial of Sydney, Liverpool Biennial, Artists Space, Tate Britain, Yale University, Cornell University, and the University of British Columbia. She is the recipient of the Prix pour un essai critique sur l’art contemporain 2016 by the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monace, Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art, Hnatyshyn Foundation (2015); the Joan Yvonne Lowndes Award (2014) and the Ramapo Curatorial Prize (2004).

Sarah Milroy is Chief Curator of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, near Toronto, where she is steward of one of Canada’s most significant collections of Canadian art. The former editor and publisher of Canadian Art magazine, she served as lead art critic of the Globe and Mail from 2001 to 2012. With Ian Dejardin, Milroy curated From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK, followed by Vanessa Bell in 2017 and David Milne: Modern Painting in 2018. In 2019, Milroy and Dejardin curated the exhibition Into the Light: Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald. She will be presenting her next major project, Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment, at the McMichael in June, 2021.

About Capture

Based in Vancouver, Capture Photography Festival is Western Canada’s largest photography festival and is dedicated to celebrating local and international photography and lens-based art. The Festival aims to showcase critically acclaimed artists, foster emerging talent, encourage active community participation, and initiate public dialogue about lens-based art. Every April, Capture features dynamic public installations, exhibitions from Vancouver’s leading galleries and institutions, and a comprehensive set of public programs including talks, tours, workshops, and film screenings.

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