2019 Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators – 
Call for Submissions
Founded in 2012, the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators is awarded annually to an emerging Canadian curator who is under 30...

Founded in 2012, the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators is awarded annually to an emerging Canadian curator who is under 30 with the aim to foster social innovation and curatorial excellence in Canada. Hosted and administered by the Art Gallery of Guelph, the winner is selected by a jury of arts leaders and receives a $5,000 honorarium, an exhibition at Art Gallery of Guelph, and mentorship from the curatorial team at the AGG and jury members.

Submissions will be accepted until February 14, 2019, at 5 pm. The winner will be announced in early March 2019 and the exhibition will be presented from September to December 2019 at the Art Gallery of Guelph. Proposals should emphasize contemporary Canadian art with attention to audience and public relevance.

Applications must include:

  • Letter of introduction: applicants should articulate their curatorial values and philosophy, as well as what the Middlebrook Prize means to them as a career-building opportunity
  • One-page exhibition proposal: proposal must include contact information, curatorial statement, list of artists, and description of potential outreach programming
  • Exhibition budget up to $10,000: budget must include artist fees (per CARFAC fee schedule for Category II institutions), shipping via an accredited art transportation company, any special technical or equipment requirements for the exhibition, a description of unique or unusual installation requirements, and projected travel/accommodation expenses for artists/curator
  • One sample of critical writing: curatorial essay or published article/review, for example
  • Curriculum vitae: current, maximum 3 pages
  • Support images (10): with descriptions (artist name, title, date, medium, dimensions) inclusive of 5 images supporting exhibition proposal and 5 images documenting past curatorial work
  • Floor plan: detailing the proposed layout of works (download the floor plan)


  • The award winner must be under 30 years of age by December 31, 2019 and is required to demonstrate proof of age on signing of the exhibition contract
  • The Prize is open to Canadian citizens, as well as non-Canadians currently living and working in Canada who are residents in Canada for the full term of the Prize (March through December 2019)

Important Dates:

Call for Submissions: January 4 – February 14, 2019
Winning Curator Announcement: March 2019
Exhibition Dates: September 12 – December 15, 2019

Applications are to be submitted in a single PDF document, with the subject line Middlebrook Prize, to:

The Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators is funded by the Centre Wellington Community Foundation’s Middlebrook Social Innovation Fund, The Guelph Community Foundation: Musagetes Fund, and by private donations.

For more information about the prize as well as past winners and their projects, please visit

Art Gallery of Guelph
358 Gordon Street
Guelph, ON N1G 1Y1