Emerging Artist Award - Guidelines

The awards are not project grants, but designed to support the unique development needs of emerging artists whether it is supplies further study or experiences, funding to travel for auditions, study or work, or even income replacement for non-arts related employment. Each applicant determines the investment need that would most advance his or her career.


Definition of Emerging Artist

Emerging Artists are defined as those, of any age, who have mastered the basic techniques of their art form through education or apprenticeship and are in the early years of launching a professional career. Emerging Artists have completed their formal (college or university)/apprenticeship/education in their chosen field and have been practicing for a minimum of two years. Emerging Artists have created and publicly presented a modest body of independent work and are ready for the next steps in their artistic development.


For the purposes of this award, “Arts” includes:

The Performing Arts, including without limitation: the creators, composers, choreographers, interpreters, and performers in music, dance, theatre and opera.

The Visual Arts, including without limitation: painting, printmaking, sculpture, performance and installation of art, photography, new media and fine craft.

The Cinematic Arts, including without limitations: film and video drama, documentary and art/film video.

The Literary Arts, both English and French, including without limitation: fiction including novel, short story, blended genres, poetry and drama.

Historical Backgrounder to the Red Deer Arts Council Emerging Artist Award

In June 2013, Red Deer hosted the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards Gala. The LGAA event was meant to raise legacy funds.

As it developed, ideas were presented for use of the legacy funds. One such use of funds was an art piece developed by Alysse Bowd and students from the Middle Schools. That artwork is housed in the City of Red Deer Building on the main floor.

A second and on-going use of the funds was imagined by the Red Deer Arts Council for an Emerging Artist Award. As this fitted the mandate of the Red Deer Arts Council and the Lieutenant Governor’s Distinguished and Emerging Artists Award program, the committee awarded the funds to the Arts Council.

The Red Deer Arts Council established this award for emerging artists to support and encourage promising artists, early in their careers, while also serving to raise the Arts profile by stimulating, developing and promoting the arts in Red Deer.

The awards are not project grants, but designed to support the unique development needs of emerging artists whether it is supplies further study or experiences, funding to travel for auditions, study or work, or even income replacement for non-arts related employment. Each applicant determines the investment need that would most advance his or her career.