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C New Critics Award

Now in its 12th year, the C New Critics Award is designed to help identify, 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 Sunday, April 18, 2021. 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, regardless of citizenship status, and to Canadians living abroad.

Exhibition and performance reviews must address work that occurred no earlier than October 1, 2020, 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. See our submissions page for more information for writers.

Please let us know of any accommodation we may provide during the application process. Note that measures are taken to ensure that the identity of entrants remains unknown to adjudicators.

The submissions will be assessed by C Magazine editors and external jurors, to be announced.

2020 C New Critics Award winner: Kate Whiteway

This year's winner, Kate Whiteway—in her review of a livestreamed conversation called Revisiting ‘A Journal of the Plague Year’(2013) between curators Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guerrero at Para Site in Hong Kong—offers original perspectives on the impacts of COVID-19 on the art world by situating the pandemic in broader geographical, artistic, cultural, and temporal contexts. Rather than simply describe how arts institutions are responding to the pandemic and its effects on artistic presentation, the author calls on ideas espoused in this program to draw critical attention to the procedural conditions of these decisions and their potential consequences. With inquisitiveness and speculation, she poses questions and concerns regarding digital dissemination, archiving, memory, site specificity, and historicizing exhibitions, yet productively withholds from taking an authoritative or conclusive position. Lastly, she generously illustrates the many nodes inherent to the conversation between Costinas and Guerrero, and offers ample citations to encourage further research.

Revisiting ‘A Journal of the Plague Year’ (2013): Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guerrero appears in Issue 147 "Gather" (Autumn 2020).

Kate Whiteway is an independent curator based in Toronto. Her exhibitions include In & Out of Saskatchewan (Art Museum, 2019), Whispers That Got Away (SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, co-curated with Hera Chan and Thy Anne Chu Quang, 2018), and A Glass House Should Hold No Terrors (Montreal, co-curated with Yen-Chao Lin, 2016). She recently completed the Master of Visual Studies in Curatorial Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the recipient of the 2018 Reesa Greenberg Curatorial Studies Award. She has worked as Gallery Manager of SUGAR Contemporary and as Publications Assistant for the Art Museum.

We would also like to congratulate the runner-up, Olivia Klevorn.

Olivia Klevorn is a queer, Black writer and artist born in Chicago and living in Toronto. She received a Master’s in Visual Anthropology from the University of Oxford and has served as curatorial assistant for London’s Serpentine Gallery. Primarily performance-based, her creative work uses body, text, and image to force a radical refiguring of marginalized subjectivities. Beyond writing, she loves techno and sour candy.

Thank you to all who participated.

Jurors for 2020 included Jaclyn Bruneau, Monika Kin Gagnon and Amy Kazymerchyk.

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