2020 MPfYCC Call for Submissions


Founded in 2012, the Middlebrook Prize 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 an honorarium, an exhibition at Art Gallery of Guelph, and mentorship from the curatorial team at AGG and jury members.

The 2020 Middlebrook Prize jury is composed of:

  • DR JULIE CROOKS, Associate Curator of Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario,
  • SALLY FRATER, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Guelph, and
  • DR LISA VOLPE Associate Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts,  Houston, TX.

Submissions will be accepted until January 17, 2020, at 5 pm. Details for Submissions.

The winner will be announced on March 5, 2020 and the exhibition will be presented in September 2020 at Art Gallery of Guelph. By supporting and mobilizing Canadian creative talent, the Middlebrook Prize aims to inspire positive social change through creativity in an era of ongoing and unprecedented economic, environmental, social and cultural upheaval. Proposals should emphasize contemporary Canadian art with attention to audience, community and public.

More information regarding Art Gallery of Guelph.

More information regarding past Middlebrook Prize recipients.

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.