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Apr. 21 2020
2020 C New Critics Award Call

Now in its 11th year, the C New Critics Award is designed to help develop and promote the work of emerging art critics. Writers are invited to submit an 800-1,000 word review* of an exhibition, performance, publication, or moving image work, by Tuesday April 21, 2020. The winner will receive $750, editorial support to prepare their article for publication in the Autumn issue of C Magazine, and a two-year subscription. All participants will receive a one-year subscription.

For the purposes of the award, an emerging writer is defined as anyone who has not published more than one piece of writing in a recognized print or online publication, exclusive of student-run journals and magazines. The competition is open to anyone residing in Canada, and Canadians living abroad.

Jurors will include Jaclyn Bruneau, Monika Kin Gagnon and Amy Kazymerchyk.

*Exhibition and performance reviews must address work that occurred no earlier than Oct. 1, 2019, whereas book and moving image work reviews must address work made in the past two years.

One submission per person. Send as a .docx file to editorial@cmagazine.com with “NEW CRITICS” in the subject line. Mail or fax submissions will not be accepted. Please let us know of any accommodation we may provide during the application process.

Amy Kazymerchyk is a curator who has paid particular attention to moving image and time-based practices, with intrigue and care for their encounters with visual art, cinema, performance, and poetics. She has been the Curator of SFU Galleries’ Audain Gallery, the Events and Exhibitions Coordinator at VIVO Media Arts Centre, and Programmer of DIM Cinema at The Cinematheque.

Monika Kin Gagnon is Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. She has published on cultural politics, the visual and media arts since the 1980s, including Other Conundrums: Race, Culture and Canadian Art (2000), 13 Conversations about Art and Cultural Race Politics (2002) with Richard Fung, and as co-editor of Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 with Janine Marchessault (2014), and forthcoming In Search of Expo 67, based on a group exhibition co-curated with Lesley Johnstone at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 2017. Her current research is on cultural memory, creative archiving, and experimental media arts.

Jaclyn Bruneau is a writer, critic, and the Editor of C Magazine. She currently serves on the board of directors at Images Festival, and is underway on an inconspicuous yearlong art publishing project in the online classifieds with Natasha Chaykowski and Untitled Art Society called please, teach me to swim. In 2017, she conducted a yearlong research study on contemporary art and cultural criticism, funded by the British Columbia Arts Council. She was the Managing Editor of MICE Magazine from 2017-18, a resident at the Banff Centre’s Critical Art Writing Ensemble in 2016, and the Editorial Resident at Canadian Art in 2015. She has given talks on exhibitions and projects by more than 20 artists, including Krista Belle Stewart, Jeremy Shaw, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Shimabuku, and others.

2019 C New Critics Award winner:
Samuel Bernier-Cormier

For his review of Karla McManus: Inside/Outside: Images of the LAND in Artexte’s Collection (February 6-April 13, 2019) at Artexte, Montreal. Published in C Magazine Issue 143 “Ownership” (Autumn 2019).

Samuel Bernier-Cormier is a French-Canadian writer, artist and curator whose practice focuses on contemporary photography. He lives and works in Toronto.


… and runner-up: Angel Callander

For her review of Jennifer Carvalho and Jenine Marsh: Every empire has an end (March 8-30, 2019) at Franz Kaka, Toronto.

Angel Callander is an emerging writer and curator from the Niagara region, currently based in Toronto. She holds a BA in Art History and German Studies from the University of Guelph and an MA in Art History and Visual Culture from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her work touches on many themes that appear disparate at first, exposing instead their interdependence and relationship to art and culture. She is primarily interested in drawing connections between abjection, cybernetics, posthumanism, materialist feminism, neoliberalism and surveillance politics, as well as post-colonial and architectural theory.


C Magazine would like to thank all those who submitted their writing to the competition, as well as the 2019 award jury: Denise Ryner, Amy Lam and Jaclyn Bruneau.

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