The Salt Spring National Art Prize

Published On: April 26, 2021Tags:

This is the story of a small community, rich in artistic talent, that dared to dream big. The dream was to amplify Salt Spring’s artistic heart by bringing the creative spirit of Salt Spring Island to Canada, bringing forefront contemporary art to the region and nurturing both Canadian contemporary art and public engagement in the arts. 

Founded by artists, SSNAP is many things – a unique national art prize, educational opportunities for youth, public talks by artists, cultural events, ongoing interactions on social media, public engagement and a target destination for visitors from the region and across Canada. Now in its seventh year, and approaching its fourth major event, it continues to amaze and provoke creativity.   


May marks the Last call for Canadian Artists!

The Salt Spring National Art Prize’s call for Canadian artist submissions is open to May 31, offering $41,000 in awards! 

Canadian artists whose work demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity are encouraged to submit significant pieces with visual impact and depth of meaning. SSNAP will be mounting the finalist exhibition at Mahon Hall from September to October, 2021, respecting all public health protocols in place at that time.

Artists from the Southern Gulf Islands who have submitted to SSNAP are automatically eligible to be selected by a three-person jury for the third biennial Parallel Art Show (PAS), returning to ArtSpring and running concurrently with the SSNAP Finalist Exhibition. 

We are pleased to announce the PAS jury comprising Margaret Day, Artist/Curator of the Point Gallery, Kegan McFadden, Executive Director of the Victoria Arts Council Gallery, and Deon Venter, Artist. 

 With the support of the Salt Spring Arts Council, the popular Parallel Art Show was developed and created by Salt Spring artists and our arts’ community to showcase the amazing talent of the Southern Gulf Islands’ artists during the SSNAP Finalist event. 

The PAS exhibition delivers on one of the goals of SSNAP, namely to showcase to a national audience, the talent that exists here on our islands. Works submitted by artists of the Southern Gulf Islands to SSNAP and selected to be exhibited at the PAS exhibition will be catalogued and promoted in advance, and they will be available for sale during the exhibition. 

For the SSNAP Exhibition, a jury process will determine approximately 50 works from 50 artists for each exhibition. All artists will be anonymous to the jury during the selection process.


SSNAP is offering Canadian Artists the following awards:



$20,000 ($15,000 and a $5,000 Salt Spring Island artist residency)



Four awards of $3,000 selected by each juror



four awards determined by a vote of viewers of the exhibition

1st prize – $3,000

2nd prize – $2,000 

3rd prize – $1,000

Youth Vote – $1,000



for outstanding work by a Salt Spring artist – $2,000


We are committed to continuing our legacy and look toward mounting a live exhibition in September 2021.


Here is to great Canadian Art!

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