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The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is thrilled to announce the return of the RBC Award for Glass in 2022, supporting the best emerging Canadian glass artists.

“The RBC Award for Glass is an ideal complement to the Gallery’s Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics, an award that has been supporting emerging Canadian ceramic artists for nearly 25 years. Together with the Gallery’s Emerging Talent Series of Exhibitions, these awards demonstrate the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery commitment to supporting and fostering emerging talents in ceramics and glass, and our desire to encourage the innovative and creative development of these mediums in Canada.” Executive Director & Chief Curator, Denis Longchamps,

The $10,000 prize makes it possible for an emerging artist to undertake research, residencies, or creative exploration to advance their artistic and professional practice at a critical point in their career.

Additional prizes of $1,000 will be awarded to up to 5 finalists to support the development of their practice.

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery will exhibit prize winners alongside the winner and finalists of the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics—a rare opportunity for emerging artists to share their work with the public on a larger scale while helping to build their careers.

Details about the submission process for the 2022 RBC Award for Glass will be announced in the coming weeks.

About the RBC Award for Glass:

The RBC Award for Glass is presented annually by the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery and is supported by the RBC Foundation. This prestigious $10,000 award allows practising early career glass artists to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities that advance their artistic and professional practice. Up to 5 finalists will each receive a $1,000 award to support the development of their practice. Each year, the winners and finalists of the RBC Award for Glass and Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics will have their work presented alongside the winner’s in an awards exhibition held at the Gallery each fall.

Recipients of the award represent some of the best emerging glass artists in Canada. To learn more about the previous winners, click here.

About the RBC Emerging Artists Project:

At RBC, we care about investing in the places where we live and work. Our support of the arts has been a long-standing priority as we recognize that the arts play an important role in building vibrant communities and strong economies.
In 2013, the RBC Foundation committed $6.7 million to arts and cultural organizations, supporting local, national, and international initiatives. The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance their career trajectory.


For additional information, contact Peter Flannery, Curator, at 519.746.1882 x235 or