The Salt Spring
National Art Prize
2021/2022

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Offering $41,000 in awards to Canadian Visual Artists, The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is a biennial competition and exhibition of Canadian visual art, with the Finalist exhibition taking place from September 24 – October 25, 2021, at historic Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.


The intent of SSNAP is to advance public appreciation of Canadian visual art and encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity—resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning.

A national jury of four selected 52 finalists from two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork submitted by Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The finalists’ artworks are revealed to the public at the opening of the SSNAP Exhibition on September 24, with the award winners announced at the Gala Awards Night, Saturday, October 23, 2021.

We invite you to vote in the People’s Choice Awards, providing viewers in-person and online the opportunity to cast their vote for their favourite artwork.

Finalists may be selected to win one of ten awards—six selected by jurors and four selected by public vote.

All finalists’ artworks are available for purchase during the exhibition dates, online, or at the exhibition.

In early 2022, the winning artworks will travel to Victoria, BC, for an exhibition at the Victoria Arts Council Gallery and thereafter to Vancouver for an exhibition at The Pendulum Gallery.

This exciting endeavour is produced by the Salt Spring National Art Prize Society. Salt Spring Island is known as Canada’s premier arts community.

Awards$41,000

  • The Salt Spring Prize$20,000

    The Joan McConnell Award
    & Residency for Outstanding Work.
    Donated by Joan McConnell
    ($15,000 and a $5,000
    Salt Spring Island
    Artist Residency)
  • People's Choice Awards$7,000

    Four awards determined by a vote of
    viewers of the exhibition,
    including one Youth Vote of $1,000.
    1st Prize – $3,000
    2nd Prize – $2,000
    3rd Prize – $1,000
  • Jurors’ Choice Awards$12,000

    Four awards of $3,000, each selected by one of the jurors.
    Contributing donors John and Nina Cassils
  • Salt Spring Artist Award$2,000

    For outstanding work by a Salt Spring Artist.
    Donated by John and Nina Cassils

Meet the 2021/2022 Jurors

  • Judy Anderson

    Judy Anderson is Nēhiyaw from Gordon First Nation, SK, Treaty 4 territory and an Associate Professor of Canadian Indigenous Studio Art at the University of Calgary. Anderson’s practice includes beadwork, installation, hand-made paper, painting, three-dimensional pieces, and collaborative projects. Her work is deeply personal with a focus on issues of spirituality, family, colonialism, and conceptualizations of decolonization, while at the same time grounded in Indigenous epistemological and ontological traditions. Anderson is the proud recipient of The Salt Spring National Art Prize and a REVEAL: Indigenous Art Award. She has had residencies at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia, the International Studio and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn, New York, and the Prince’s School of Traditional Art, London, England.

  • David Diviney

    David Divney is the Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in K’jipuktuk/Halifax. His curatorial projects include Jordan Bennett: Ketu’elmita’jik (2018), The Last Art College: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1968-1978 (2016), Eleanor King: Dark Utopian (2015), and Jason de Haan: Noghwhere Bodili is Everywhere Goostly (2014). He co-curated the Bonavista Biennale 2019: FLOE, an exhibition situated in outport communities and historic sites along a 100-kilometre route in rural Ktaqmkuk/Newfoundland. He was also part of the curatorial team that developed Landmarks/Repères, a coast-to-coast-to-coast network of commissioned contemporary art projects staged in Canada’s national parks in 2017. In addition to his background in the museum setting, he has taught courses at the Alberta College of Art and Design, University of Lethbridge, Thompson Rivers University, and Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

  • Ydessa Hendeles

    Ydessa Hendeles is a German-born Canadian artist-curator and philanthropist. She is the director of the Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation in Toronto, Canada.

    Ydessa Hendeles has a distinctive place in the contemporary art world as gallerist, curator, and artist, presenting more than 100 exhibitions internationally before focusing on her own works following her solo debut at Berlin’s König Galerie in 2012. Major institutions and galleries in Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East have shown her work. In summer 2017, Toronto’s Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery mounted The Milliner’s Daughter, the first retrospective survey of her creative practice, and this was remounted with additional works as Death to Pigs at Vienna’s Kunsthalle in 2018.

    Ydessa is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the New School of Art, Toronto, and the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She earned a doctorate cum laude from the University of Amsterdam’s School for Cultural Analysis and is currently Adjunct Professor in University of Toronto’s Department of Fine Art. Dividing her time between studios in Toronto and New York, she is represented by Barbara Edwards Contemporary in Toronto.

  • Michelle Jacques

    Michelle Jacques is a curator, writer, and educator with more than 20 years of experience at major Canadian public galleries. She was recently appointed the Chief Curator at the Remai Modern in Saskatoon. Jacques will direct Remai’s exhibition team, leading work in collections, conservation, exhibitions, research, and publications. Prior to the Remai, Michelle was the Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and facilitated projects with contemporary artists Rodney Sayers and Emily Luce, Gwen MacGregor, Hiraki Sawa, Charles Campbell and Farheen HaQ, and Carol Sawyer; co-curated major retrospectives of the work of Anna Banana and Jock Macdonald; and developed a series of installations that use the AGGV’s collection to evoke cross-temporal and cross-cultural conversations. Before moving west, she held various roles in the Contemporary and Canadian departments of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; was the Director of Programming at the Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax; and taught courses in writing, art history, and curatorial studies at NSCAD University, University of Toronto Mississauga, and OCAD University.

A Message
from the Director

The fourth biennial Salt Spring Island Prize will always be a special exhibition. It represents the difficult and challenging times that all of us have lived through during the Covid pandemic.

From the beginning, and not without adversity, SSNAP wanted to give artists an opportunity to share through a period of time when galleries, shows, and events were being cancelled or postponed.

Canadian artists responded to the call, in force and with vision. SSNAP received 2756 submissions from 1630 artists across the country representing what I believe to be the largest collection of artistic creation gathered during this time.

The four jurors had the incredibly difficult task of selecting only 52 artists to represent this treasure. Artists worked in isolation; we are now ready to share this work on the national stage. It is with great joy, pride, and enthusiasm that I introduce the Finalists of the 2021/2022 Salt Spring National Art Prize.


Ronald T. Crawford