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Call for Nominations: Tony Urquhart Advocacy Award

At CARFAC’s National Gathering in Vancouver (September 27 & 28, 2019), we will honour a professional artist from British Columbia who has made a significant contribution as an advocate for the Canadian visual arts community. This contribution may be national or regional in scope, and we look forward to giving a local arts advocate national recognition and thanks for their work.

The CARFAC National Visual Arts Advocate Award was first presented in 2008, in celebration of CARFAC’s 40th anniversary. It was awarded to Kim Ondaatje and Tony Urquhart in recognition of their work as co-founders of CARFAC. Through this award, we pay tribute to further achievements made by artists to improve artists’ working conditions, and in 2019 we are pleased to announce that the award will be renamed the Tony Urquhart Advocacy Award. We appreciate the role that Tony has continually played over the last 50 years in making CARFAC what it is today, and his ongoing commitment to arts advocacy. The name change symbolizes the time that he has dedicated to CARFAC, as our mandate grows and evolves.



Anyone can nominate a visual artist(s) for this award by completing the nomination form and forwarding it to CARFAC National.

Please put “Tony Urquhart Advocacy Award nomination” in the subject heading. All nominations are kept confidential.

All nominations must include:

  • a 1 page support letter
  • the artist’s current CV or biography
  • a completed nomination form which is supported by at least two nominators

 Deadline for receipt of nominations is August 16, 2019.