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Emerging Digital Artists Award launches its fourth annual program


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EQ Bank and Trinity Square Video are proud to announce the launch of the 2018 Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA). This year marks the EDAA’s fourth birthday and the second anniversary of the two organizations partnering on the program, bringing with it changes to the EDAA’s look, mandate, website, and more.

Check out the EDAA’s new home at edaa.eqbank.ca to get up to date information on award eligibility, how to apply, and terms and conditions for applicants. The revamped website also includes a new mandate, which reflects the award’s development over its first three years. At its centre is the idea that digital art is a field that thrives under experimentation and the potential for ongoing growth:

We’re for web masters and re-mastering, not masterpieces

We look for artists and partners who push us in new ways, challenge us to think differently about our daily work, and resist the assumption that screen time lacks space for critical engagement.

Digital innovation isn’t about enduring works of art, it’s about enduring change. We don’t look for masterpieces. Whether you’re playing with images, video, animation, GIFs, websites, games, apps, artificial and virtual realities, or holograms (that’s right, we’re hopeful), the EDAA is here to recognize it, support it, and help it grow.


The EDAA’s fresh mentality comes with a fresh look, too. The playful 3D animations of Vancouver-based artist Pi-Slices, founder of the Tumblr collection “GIF Artists Collective” and this year’s Featured Artist, decorate the EDAA’s webpages and advertising. Get to know more about Pi-Slices (also known as Philip Intile) by reading this short interview.


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Each year, the EDAA invites new panelists to the judging table, bringing different priorities and perspectives to the award’s jurying process. This year, the program welcomes Scott Benesiinaabandan, Tobias Williams, and Yifat Shaik, who will review artist applications with EQ Bank’s Lindsay LeBlanc and Trinity Square Video’s Emily Fitzpatrick. The judges evaluate submissions under four key categories for each artist’s application: relevance or relationship to the digital, technique, aesthetics, and a written statement.

Applications to the 2018 EDAA will be accepted until June 15, 2018. Once five finalists are selected, their works will be exhibited at Trinity Square Video this fall, with the announcement of the winner in early October. The winner receives $5,000, a membership to Trinity Square Video, and a reserved space in the artist-run centre’s Themed Commission program.

Questions about the EDAA can be sent to edaa@eqbank.ca.


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