2021 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 2021 Middlebrook Prize jury comprises:

  • NICOLE CARUTH, Independent curator and cultural strategist,
  • SALLY FRATER, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Guelph, and
  • DENISE RYNER, Director/Curator, Or Gallery and Associate Curator, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

Submissions will be accepted until February 1, 2021, at 5 pm. Details for SubmissionsExhibition dates: September 16 to December 12, 2021.

In light of the changing landscape of the pandemic, please stay tuned for details about the award presentation early in the new year and the exhibition in September 2021 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: Middlebrook Social Innovation Fund, The Guelph Community Foundation: Musagetes Fund, and private donations.