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2020 Recipient of the 401 Richmond Career Launcher Prize

November 6, 2020

Emily DiCarlo Announced as 2020 Recipient of the 401 Richmond Career Launcher Prize

401 Richmond is pleased to announce Emily DiCarlo as the recipient of the 2020 Career Launcher Prize. Awarded annually, the prize provides an exceptional opportunity to occupy a coveted 500 square foot studio for a full year at one of Canada’s most dynamic arts facilities. The recipient is chosen from a Toronto-wide competition by a panel of visual arts professionals. The Career Launcher Prize has been presented annually since 2000 as a way of providing support for research and experimentation at a critical time in an emerging artist’s career.

“The adjudication process was very challenging, with many exceptional applications to consider, however one candidate was a standout. Not only does Emily DiCarlo demonstrate a remarkable level of sophistication in her practice, she is committed to the spirit of community building,” the 2020 Career Launcher Jury remarked. “As our 2020 prize recipient, we’re confident Emily will be an engaged and dynamic part of the 401 Richmond family.”

“I am honoured and so grateful to receive this year’s Career Launcher Prize. I have always had strong ties to the 401 Richmond community and in many ways, the building has been an integral force in my creative life,” says Emily DiCarlo. “As an interdisciplinary artist working in large-scale installation and immersive video, space is the greatest resource to my practice. Now with the opportunity to test work in a 500 square foot studio, I look forward to pushing my practice during the coming year.”

Emily joins the 401 Richmond community in Studio 260 from September 2020 to August 2021.


401 Richmond

401 Richmond is an early 20th century industrial building that was transformed in 1994 into a vibrant home for artists’, galleries, film festivals, charities, not-for-profits, magazines, architects, theatre groups and design firms. The building’s renewal, over 20 years ago, was inspired by author Jane Jacobs’ observation that “new ideas need old buildings” and the importance of diversity and mixed-uses in the city.

Emily DiCarlo

Emily is an artist and writer whose interdisciplinary work applies methodologies that often produce collaborative, site-specific projects. A recent graduate of the Master of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto, she is a 2019-2020 recipient of the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Scholarship (SSHRC). Emily recently exhibited at SÍM Gallery in Reykjavik, Iceland as part of their artist-in-residence program, and at the 17th Triennial Conference of the International Society for the Study of Time in Los Angeles, California.

Past Recipients

Sarah Blagg (2000), Angie Nishikihama (2001), Sarah Lowry (2002), Emma Shankland (2003), Kristine Moran (2004), Emmy Skensved (2005), Adam Brandejs (2006), Gareth Bate (2007), Nikki Woolsey (2008), Angela Noussis (2009), Winnie Truong (2010), Chelsea Jamieson (2011), Graham Curry (2012), Kerry Zentner (2013), Erin MacKeen (2014), Kelly Uyeda (2016), Ellen Bleiwas (2017), Carol Cheong (2018) and Miles Ingrassia (2019)