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2024 401 Career Launcher Prize: Call for Submissions

December 15, 2023


Each year, 401 Richmond welcomes an emerging artist into its community through the 401 Career Launcher Prize. The 401 Career Launcher Prize provides an exceptional opportunity to occupy a coveted 500 sq/ft studio for one year at 401 Richmond, one of Canada’s most dynamic arts facilities. The award recipient will become part of a unique community of artists, cultural producers, creative pioneers, passionate activists, and social entrepreneurs. Since 2000, the 401 Career Launcher Prize has offered space and support for research and experimentation at a critical time in an emerging artist’s career.


  • Priority will be given to recent graduates of a post-secondary fine arts programs or equivalent. All early career artists with less than 3 years as a professional artist will be considered. There is no age restriction for this award.
  • Applicants must have participated in at least one formal exhibition, including school-based exhibitions.
  • The juried selection process is based on the quality of the candidate’s work, and will favour those who are strongly self-motivated, show originality, and demonstrate a strong commitment to developing their practice for the full duration of the residency.


12 months (September 2024 – August 2025)


Contact details with phone number and email address,

Artist statement,

Résumé/Curriculum vitae,

One-page Letter of Intent including an overview your expected professional outcomes,

Maximum 15 jpgs and/or mp4s of recent work not totalling more than 5M in file size (no minimum).


401 Career Launcher Prize

c/o Urbanspace Property Group

Studio 111

401 Richmond Street West

Toronto, ON

M5V 3A8


Full/partial submissions via USB are also accepted in-person. All support material will be destroyed after the selection process.


Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 5PM EDT

No applications will be accepted after this date. Prize recipient will be notified by July 2024.


A panel of Toronto arts professionals review all applications. Final decisions are based on the quality of the applicant’s demonstrated practice and the expected value a residency at 401 Richmond would bring to the candidate’s career trajectory.  Consideration is given to how effectively the candidate would integrate into the 401 Richmond community. The assessment panel will also be available as advisors and mentors for the recipient during their year-long tenure in the studio to discuss developments in the work and to share professional insights.


The prize recipient will be asked to sign a lease agreement which clarifies the rules and regulations of tenancy at 401 Richmond Ltd.

Use of the studio is intended for the recipient only and is non-transferable. The studio will be available 24 hours a day for one year, at which point it will be turned over to the next recipient. It is expected that the recipient will occupy the space for the full year.

Studio space is for working only; it is not to be lived in. Activities that require special ventilation or that make excessive noise are not permitted in the building. The recipient must be respectful of the building and its other occupants.

401 Richmond will commission or select a work from the recipient for the 401 Richmond permanent collection (up to $1000). Recipients are asked to host an entrance and an exit exhibition of their work in the space as a way of connecting with the 401 Richmond community. The successful candidate will receive exposure for their work through the 401 Richmond Update newsletter and participation in building-wide events.


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), Miles Ingrassia (2019), Emily DiCarlo (2020), Steven K. Tucker (2021), Lana Yuan (2022), Roda Medhat (2023)


Beanfield Metroconnect is 401 Richmond’s Community Connectivity Partner provides internet support for the 401 Career Launcher Prize studio. Beanfield is about building communities, not just networks.


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, almost 30 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.

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