By supporting and mobilizing Canadian creative talent, the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators aims to inspire positive social change through creativity and connectedness in a time of unprecedented economic, environmental, social, and cultural challenges.

The first of its kind in Canada, during an annual call for submissions, the Middlebrook Prize invites curators under the age of 30 to submit an innovative proposal for an exhibition at our gallery partner, Art Gallery of Guelph.

Statement from John Kissick, Prize Co-Founder

kissickThe Middlebrook Prize is unique in that it focuses support and attention on young professionals at a critical point in their careers, when opportunities are few and far between and resources are typically scarce. The applicants, all under 30 years of age, are among the country’s best and the brightest young curators, scholars and artists. They are asked to demonstrate, through a proposal, their intellectual curiosity and considerable creative insights around the construction of an exhibition, and in return the winner is given a venue, an audience and the necessary support to disseminate their ideas to the broader public. The vision is for the Middlebrook to be a national prize with national reach, while maintaining a commitment to community engagement and social innovation.

John Kissick Background on MPfYCC