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Call for Submissions: 2018 RBC Canadian Painting Competition now open

  • Started in 1999, national competition celebrates 20 years of Canadian talent and diversity
  • New 2018 prize includes prestigious residency at Banff Centre for the Arts

TORONTO, March 9, 2018 - Today, RBC and Canadian Art issued the call for submissions to the 2018 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. To mark the 20th anniversary, the competition is awarding an additional grand prize: a residency at the renowned Banff Centre for the Arts, a global leader in the development and promotion of creative work in the arts.

The jury has been selected and consists of experts from Canada’s art community, as well as a guest international juror from New York. The jury will identify 15 finalists from across the country, and award the winner and honourable mentions. This year’s jury includes:

  • Natasha Chaykowski – Researcher, Writer & Curator, Calgary, AB
  • Mark Igloliorte – Artist & Assistant Professor, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver, BC
  • Crystal Mowry – Artist & Senior Curator, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, ON
  • Erin Stump – Director, ESP I Erin Stump Projects, Toronto, ON
  • Alexandra McIntosh – Director of Programs and Exhibitions, Fogo Island Arts, Fogo Island, NL
  • Julie Trudel - Artist and Assistant Professor at Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, QC
  • Cynthia Daignault – Artist, Brooklyn, NY

The winner of the 2018 RBC Canadian Painting Competition will be announced on September 17 at an awards Gala in Toronto. The top prize includes $25,000 and the residency with Banff Centre for the Arts. Two honourable mentions will each receive $15,000, and the remaining 12 finalists will receive $2,500 each. The paintings by the winner and two honourable mentions will be added to RBC’s extensive art collection, featuring more than 4,500 Canadian works that have been collected since 1929. 

Entries are now being accepted online at and must be received by May 1, 2018. Finalists will be announced on June 27, 2018, and all 15 artists will have their work exhibited at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Ontario. 

Details and rules of the competition can be found at


“We’re thrilled to be celebrating two decades of Canadian artists and their work. Through the competition we’ve been able to expose more Canadians to the visual arts and the emerging artists who are living and working in their communities.”

  • Corrie Jackson, Senior Art Curator, RBC

'The RBC Canadian Painting Competition provided incredible national exposure and introduced me to a wonderful network of emerging artists and peers. I am grateful for the support and the critical dialogue the competition continues to generate around contemporary painting practices.'

  • Ambera Wellmann, 2017 winner

'Canadian Art is pleased to partner with RBC once again for this important national competition, an essential part of our mandate to support emerging artists.'

  • David Balzer, editor-in-chief and co-publisher, Canadian Art

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For more information, please contact: 
Michelle Yao,, 647-618-3792