Call for Submissions: RBC Award for Glass 2022

The RBC Award for Glass is a national award for emerging glass artists. Thanks to the ongoing partnership between RBC and the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, this award is presented annually to a practising emerging glass artist who works professionally and is in the early stages of their career. The Award is intended to allow the artist to undertake a period of independent research or other activities with the goal of advancing their artistic and professional practice.

The winner of the RBC Award for Glass will receive $10,000. The winner and up to five finalists will have their work featured in a group exhibition at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery from September 2022 to January 2023. The exhibiting finalists will each receive a prize of $1,000 to assist the development of their practices. The Award will be presented at the opening reception, held at the Gallery in Waterloo on Sunday, September 26th at 2:00pm. Transportation and accommodation will be provided to the winner, as required. In order to be eligible for the Award, applicants must be available to attend the reception on September 26th and be prepared to make a brief artist talk. All details related to the exhibition and reception are subject to change according to relevant COVID-19 restrictions including dates, attendance, location, and possible online formats. The winner and finalists will be notified in February 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply to the RBC Award for Glass, you must be a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You must also meet our definition of an emerging professional artist, which is an artist who meets all or most of the following criteria:

  • maintains a professional practice and is between the ages of 18 and 35 as of the deadline date
  • has developed skills through training and/or practice in the field;
  • operates or has consistent access to a glass studio;
  • has a body of work that incorporates a public presence and peer recognition; and
  • seeks payment for their work and has an active and engaged practice

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery accepts applications for the RBC Award for Glass in English or French. The Gallery is committed to equity and diversity. We encourage applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of our audience, including from artists of colour, Indigenous artists, deaf artists, artists with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+ artists.

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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