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Salt Spring National Art Prize
Submissions Open for 2017

By DEIRDRE ROWLAND

Pioneering a juried show
that has taken the Canadian art world by storm…

M.E. Sparks, We’d Like to Help

M.E. Sparks, We’d Like to Help, oil on canvas. A Vancouver-based finalist, SSNAP 2015, Sparks received her Masters of Applied Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2016.


On a windswept Southern Gulf Island, organizers of the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) carefully crafted a national art competition with sea legs. That was in 2015. Two years later, the SSNAP executives have heard from Canadian artists living as far away as England and Afghanistan. How did an artist colony create a national buzz and draw the attention of artists from coast to coast as well as internationally?

It all started with local artists on Salt Spring Island and a dream. From there the Salt Spring Arts Council spearheaded the initial idea, bringing SSNAP into existence by offering support trhrough funding, energy and volunteer hours.

For artist and founding director of SSNAP, Ronald T. Crawford, the goal of establishing a juried show on Salt Spring Island was paramount. “It was out of a discussion with artists from the art night group that I realized if we invited other artists from across Canada to compete in a juried competition they would hopefully come to see the show, and thus we would begin to expand the discussion and stimulate more dialogue between local artists and artists from across Canada.”

More than 1,300 submissions and 52 finalists later, eight prizes have been awarded and the conversations have continued. For the SSNAP 2017 competition, $30,000 in prize money is available to be won.

Crawford credits sheer determination, hard work and some luck, as to why the Art Prize has grown faster than expected, “We are expecting a 25 percent increase in submissions this time around, and in the future we do plan to take the Art Prize to other cities to enrich the visual arts across Canada.” He adds, “In this the 150th birthday of Canada, we hope to become a beacon for dialogue for the visual arts from coast to coast.”

Submissions are now open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents 18 years of age and older as of January 1, 2017.

The criteria and submission process can be found by visiting: saltspringartprize.ca

Key dates

Jan 12, 2017: Online submissions open
May 19–21, 2017: SSNAP Art Auction fundraiser
May 31, 2017: Online entries close at midnight PDT
July 19, 2017: Finalists announced
Sep 22, 2017: Gala Opening of Finalist Exhibition
Sep 22–Oct 22, 2017: Exhibition open daily
Oct 14, 2017: The Creative Mind: Creativity in the Arts and Sciences
Oct 21, 2017: Winners announced at Gala Awards Night











Jeff Wilson, Moving Along

Jeff Wilson, Moving Along, acrylic on canvas. Another Vancouver SSNAP finalist, Wilson's paintings are inspired by everyday observations of subjects that illustrate a story or issue distinctive to a given place.



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