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Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA)

Awards to Canada Rising Artists
for Excellence in Digital Media

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Equitable (EQ) Bank and Trinity Square Video

Deadline Date:

06/15/21 11:59 PM EST


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Awards to Canada rising artists for excellence in digital media. Submissions will be judged based on originality, concept, aesthetics, technique, and relevance. Artwork must have been completed within five years of the submission deadline date. The purpose of this award is to foster experimentation in the work of emerging artists and create opportunities for those working in digital media.

Each year, EDAA seeks artwork submissions from across the country that push EDAA in new directions and challenge EDAA to see the world through a different screen. Whether digital images, videos, animations, GIFs, websites, games, apps, artificial and virtual realities, or holograms (that’s right, EDAA's hopeful), the EDAA is here to recognize it, support it, and help it grow. 

Your submission must take the form of ‘Digital Art’, defined as a screen-based artwork that demonstrates an engagement with digital technologies in the process of its creation. Analogue processes may be part of the work’s production, but the output must be digital. Digital documentation of traditional media will not be considered.

  • Artwork must:
    • Rely on the digital to exist, taking advantage of and experimenting with its immaterial qualities
    • Have a visual component (i.e. cannot solely be sound-based)
    • Stand on its own when viewed on a single screen or projection (i.e. if the work is part of a larger interactive or physical installation)
  • Digital submissions may include, but are not limited to:
    • Images, videos, animations, and GIFs
    • Websites, games, and applications
    • Augmented and virtual realities

For information on assessment criteria, see "How to Apply" in Pre-Application Information below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196299

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Each Winner will receive $600 dollars payment for the exhibition of their work at Trinity Square Video as well as online, as per CARFAC.
- The Award Winners will each be awarded a $5,000 monetary prize. The prizes are in addition to the $600 paid to each artist for the exhibition of their work.
- The Award Winners will be offered, in addition to the monetary prizes awarded, a year-long membership to Trinity Square Video in Toronto, ON, which will begin on the date that prizes are awarded.
- One of the Award Winners will be offered, in addition to both the monetary prize, exhibition payment, and a Trinity Square Video membership, a space in Trinity Square Video’s annual Themed Commission program.

Term of Contract:

The work must be dated no earlier than five years prior to the submission deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, you’ll need to be:
- A resident of Canada
- At least 18 years of age
- An emerging artist

An emerging artist is considered to be someone within the first five years of their professional career, beginning with their first solo or group exhibition in a museum, public or commercial gallery, or artist-run center.

Applicants are not required to be current students or to have completed a degree in Fine Arts. All emerging artists matching the definition, above, are encouraged to apply.

Previous winners of the Award are not eligible to participate.

Employees of Equitable Bank, members of the Judging Panel, and persons with whom such persons are domiciled, are not eligible to participate.

Digital documentation of artwork created using traditional media—such as oils, acrylics, watercolors, graphite, and ink—will not be accepted.

Pre-Application Information:

To be considered for the 2021 Award, please submit a completed online application form by 11:59 PM EST on June 15, 2021.

Only one work per applicant can be considered.

For submission requirements, see How To Apply, link below.

Winners will be notified via email. Unsuccessful Entrants will be notified via email prior to August 15, 2021, 5PM EST. Award Winners are asked to refrain from publicizing they have won the award until Equitable Bank officially announces this to the public on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

Entrants must be able to attend the award ceremony which will be held virtually on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 6:30 PM EST if selected as an award winner. If an Entrant is unable to attend the award ceremony, they may be disqualified.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


EQ Bank - Digital Banking
30 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 700
Toronto, ON
M4V 3A1
1-844-437-2265 Toll-free (within North America)
1-416-551-3449 Outside of North America

Trinity Square Video
Trinity Square Video
401 Richmond Street West, Suite #121
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8 Canada

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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