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Announcing the 2022 Recipient of the 401 Career Launcher Prize: Lana Yuan

September 9, 2022

L: Lana Yuan; R: Constructed Situation series

Lana Yuan Announced as 2022 Recipient of the 401 Career Launcher Prize

401 Richmond is pleased to announce Lana Yuan as the recipient of the 2022 401 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 401 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 2022 401 Career Launcher Prize jury remarked, “‘We were very excited by Lana Yuan’s ambitious and unusual use of found objects, manufactured components and technology to create evocative mashups that are equally bizarre, humorous and complex. Not only is her practice deserving of this recognition, but we are confident that she will make excellent use of the awarded studio space in the creation of future work that both confounds and amuses.”

“I am certainly honoured to be this year’s 401 Career Launcher Prize recipient and also very excited about the prospect of producing new work in the studio space. The 401 environment is artistically rich and remarkably dynamic. I look forward to becoming part of a community where I can learn from my peers while at the same time contributing to a place that means so much to the arts in Toronto and beyond. I also hope to spark further discussion at 401 Richmond about human-machine interactions in relevant contemporary circumstances and possible futures,” says Lana Yuan.

Lana will join the 401 Richmond community in Studio 260 from September 2022 to August 2023.


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) and Carol Cheong (2018), Miles Ingrassia (2019), Emily DiCarlo (2020), Steven Tucker (2021)

Lana Yuan’s An Education, 2022, at yyz artists’ outlet (detail)