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Young at Art

The Young at Art application is officially open: Submit now

Deadline to submit: Monday, March 28, 2022 at 4 pm

What is Young at Art

Young at Art is a professionally assessed art exhibition bringing the work of young visual artists to local art galleries. Held annually since 1996, Young at Art recognizes the creative efforts of young artists across Ottawa. Accepted works are displayed in a community gallery and are eligible for a number of awards.

Each year, submitted artworks are reviewed by a selection committee of established and new artists from our community. The selection process delivers exciting, quality exhibitions based on common assessment criteria: originality, overall impression/elements of art, technical ability, and composition.

Who is eligible to enter?

Visual artists between 12 to 19 years of age who live or go to school in Ottawa.

The City of Ottawa supports cultural activity that is inclusive of Ottawa's diverse community, including people from diverse ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations. The City of Ottawa recognizes the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as Ottawa’s Indigenous Host Nation. Applications from artists of diverse origins, First Nations, Inuit and Métis are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.

What will Young at Art 2022 look like?

Young at Art will continue to recognize the great artworks and talented youth in the City of Ottawa.

  • Top junior and senior artworks will be selected in each art medium category from the 2022 Young at Art submissions.
  • In addition to these top artworks, one Junior winner and one Senior winner will be chosen to be recognized with a Citywide Award.
  • Check back for updates about this year’s exhibition.


Follow the Young at Art Instagram account for updates on the 2022 program.

How to apply

Deadline: Monday March 28, 2022 at 4 pm

Submit now: Application Form

  • Only one artwork entry permitted per person.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Participating in Young at Art is free.
  • Please submit a high-quality image of your work through the application form – committee members will make their selections based on the image you provide. Ensure to properly title your image as follows: first and last name and title of work.
    • Example: Julia_Smith_TheGrey
  • An artist statements is a description of your artwork and what inspired you. Should your work be selected, this statement may be featured as the caption on Instagram. The statement should be less than 1110 characters.
  • Submissions must not include profanity or discriminatory language.
  • Always properly source your artwork. Originality is very important, however if the artwork was inspired by another artist or a specific cultural tradition it must be referenced in your statement.

The selection committee will meet in May 2022 to evaluate all submissions.

Please be sure to read all rules and information carefully. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Young at Art Team.

Selection process

Members of the selection committee possess an extensive background in arts, culture, and/or arts education.

Each committee member will rate participant’s work on a 1-to-5 scale in the following categories:

  1. Originality: does the piece show uniqueness within its genre? Value will be given to those who can show a new and creative concept. Unoriginal work will be disqualified. Direct copies from media sources are not acceptable.
  2. Overall impression/elements of art: does the piece fit within the category chosen? Are lines, colours, forms, values and textures used effectively?
  3. Technical ability: do all art elements work well together to create a strong design? Is strong technique used within the piece?
  4. Composition: Are visual arts elements placed properly or accordingly for the artwork? Is there evidence of thoughtful planning? Has the artist’s intention been communicated through the piece?

City award categories

Citywide Awards

This year’s Citywide Awards will recognize the top artwork in each age category across the city:

  • Junior – 12 to 15 years
  • Senior – 16 to 19 years

Awards will also be presented in the following categories:

Junior awards – 12 to 15 years

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • 3-Dimensional
  • Photography
  • Mixed media
  • Other media (Printmaking, Digital Media etc.)

Senior awards – 16 to 19 years

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • 3-Dimensional
  • Photography
  • Mixed media
  • Other media (Printmaking, digital media etc.)

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Young at Art Coordinator
Community Arts and Social Engagement