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Equitable Bank’s Emerging Digital Artists Award 2017 for early-career artists.

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Application Deadline: July 10th 2017

Equitable Bank’s Emerging Digital Artists Award celebrates early-career artists doing exemplary work in digital media, reflecting the banks interest in creating opportunities for digital innovation.

The EDAA focuses on emerging artists, which describes an artist within the first five years of their professional career, beginning with the artist’s first solo or group exhibition in a museum, public or commercial gallery, or artist-run center.

Applicants are not required to hold a degree in fine arts, though students are encouraged to apply. In order to qualify for the award, the applicant must be a resident of Canada, at least 18 years of age, and available to attend the screening in Toronto on October 5, 2017 if selected as a finalist.

Artwork Qualifications

The artwork submitted to the award must fit within the parameters of “digital art”, here defined as a screen-based artwork created using digital technologies. Through this award we are specifically looking for art practices that rely on the digital to exist, taking advantage of and experimenting with its immaterial qualities. Digital documentation of traditional media will not be considered.

The submitted work must be dated no earlier than five years prior to the submissions deadline. No more than one artwork can be submitted for judging.

File requirements

The following criteria applies according to the category of submission:

Category Format Other requirements
Motion Graphic .avi
There is a max file size of 1 GB for motion graphics submissions. For entries with sound, Entrants must own the copyright to the sound used. If the sound is created by another individual, permission must be granted and credit given. For web and app-based entries, please provide brief instructions in your written statement.
Digital Image .gif
Max resolution of 1280 x 800 and max file size of 500 Mb.
Application .exe
Interactive programs must be compatible with Windows 7 or later (.app files not accepted)
Websites or web-based projects must be compatible with Google Chrome or Internet Explorer

Submissions must follow the naming convention FirstInitialLastName_TitleOfWork.

Application Process


Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on July 10, 2017.

Applying Online

Artists must complete the online application form and upload a current curriculum vitae (CV) and digital art file as per the instructions given on the application page. If you are experiencing technical difficulty with the online application, please contact at

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Equitable Bank’s Emerging Digital Artists Award 2017 

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