Art Gallery of Guelph announces 2021 Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators call for submissions

GUELPH – The Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG) is asking for submissions for the 2021 Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators.

Founded in 2012, the Middlebrook Prize is awarded annually to an emerging Canadian curator who is under 30 with the aim to foster social innovation and curatorial excellence in Canada.

Hosted and administered by the Art Gallery of Guelph, the winner is selected by a jury of arts leaders and receives a $5,000 honorarium and mentorship in the development of an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Guelph.

Submission deadline

Submissions will be accepted until Jan. 15 at 5pm.

By supporting and mobilizing Canadian creative talent, the Middlebrook Prize aims to inspire positive social change in an era of ongoing and unprecedented economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges.

“Awarded each year now for almost a decade, the impact the Middlebrook Prize has had for both the applicants and the wider cultural sector is clear,” said AGG director Shauna McCabe.

“Supporting young professionals at a critical point in their careers, the recipients are among the country’s best and brightest emerging curators with a clear sense of the public role and transformative potential of the arts.”

The 2021 Middlebrook Prize jury is composed of Nicole Caruth (independent curator and cultural strategist), Sally Frater of the Art Gallery of Guelph, and Denise Ryner of Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

For more information and submission guidelines, visit the AGG’s website or contact

The Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators is made possible through the support of the Centre Wellington Community Foundation Middlebrook Social Innovation Fund,  the Guelph Community Foundation Musagetes Fund, and through private donations.

More information

For more information regarding past Middlebrook Prize exhibitions and recipients visit: