Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

Help us to celebrate Greater Sudbury’s arts community. Nominate artists that should be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the arts.


Deadline for Nominations: January 31, 2018


Criteria and Award categories.

Nomination information

To be eligible, the candidate must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • reside in Greater Sudbury
  • be recognized as a professional artists*;
  • accept that his/her nomination be put forward;
  • not be a current member of the Sudbury Arts Council Board or sit on the jury for the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts.

A recipient can only receive this award once in any given category. Posthumous nominations will not be accepted.


* A professional artist is someone who:

  • Has specialized training in his/her field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • Is recognized as such by peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
  • Has a history of public presentation or publication in a professional context.


Criteria for nominators

Any member of the community, individual or group, can nominate an artist.



Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist

($2,000 prize)

This award celebrates upcoming professionals – artists in any discipline who, in the early stages of their career, demonstrate exceptional talent and accomplishments, as well as a unique artistic expression and commitment to the arts in the Greater Sudbury area.

Emerging artists are generally considered to have up to 10 years of professional practice.

Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Artist

(with bursary of $2,500)

This award celebrates mid-career professionals – artists in any discipline for their sustained activity and commitment to create innovative new works and performances, while contributing to the development and betterment of the Greater Sudbury and Ontario arts community.

Mid-Career Artist are generally considered to have between 10 and 20 years of professional practice.

Exceptional Achievement Artist Award

(with bursary of $3,500)

This award celebrates professional artists for their exceptional contribution to the arts over an extended period of time, through a comprehensive and innovative body of works in one or several disciplines, as well as for their outstanding contribution to the development and betterment of the Greater Sudbury arts community, as well as provincially and nationally.

Exceptional Achievement Artists are generally considered to have at least 25 years of professional practice.

Nominate an artist:

 Click here to complete the online nomination form. Click here

Deadline for submissions: January 31th, 2017

 Presentation Document, including artist profile

 Eligible Support Material:

> Examples of Nominee’s work: please choose one of the following formats, clearly identifying titles, dates and nominee’s role:

  • images, either in jpeg or pdf formats
  • video or audio clips
  • written material, in PDF format


> Media Clippings

Submit published reviews or articles in English or French. The reviews or articles can be a scanned compilation of the highlights, as long as the sources are included.

Nominations are confidential and will be available only to the jury members.

 If you have any questions about the nomination process, contact 

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The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts was created to recognize the incredible talent pool that lives, works, creates, plays, explores, pushes boundaries, tests limits, engages the community, celebrates the north and connects us with the universal – in short, the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts was created to celebrate the arts and artists of all disciplines in the region. The City of Greater Sudbury has identified the Arts and Culture sector as a priority, enhancing quality of life, contributing to social well being, and acting as an economic engine for the region.1

Le Regroupement des Organismes Culturels de Sudbury (ROCS) and Sudbury Arts Council (SAC) recognized that there was no regional mechanism by which to honour local professional artists, and in 2014, with seed funding of $5,000 from the SAC, they founded the Mayor’s Celebration for the Arts to meet that need. . The partners also gave the MCA the goal to foster closer ties between the arts sector and the business community that has responded generously through donations and sponsorships to the event.

Using a nomination system supported by patrons, colleagues or through self-nomination, the working artists are able to apply in the category of Emerging Artist, Mid-Career Artist and Exceptional Achievement in the Arts. A juried review panel assesses the nominees’ applications, and both the nominees and the lucky winners are celebrated every spring at the Mayor’s Celebration for the Arts.

In addition to the recognition of their peers via the award, winners and nominees are also awarded with a cash prize. Funding for the artist awards are provided by local business sponsors.

The City of Greater Sudbury is home to an incredible and vibrant arts scene whose reach impacts not just the arts in our region, but across the nation and around the world. The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts is delighted to honour the creative spirits among us, and look forward to continuing to raise the profile of the Arts in Sudbury.

1  Cultural Plan Executive Summary, “Why a Culture Plan?”  

Past Recipients:

2014 –   Emerging Artist: Matthew Heiti

Exceptional Achievement:Heather Topp

2015 –   Emerging Artist: Jamie Dupuis

Mid-Career Artist: Stéphane Paquette

Exceptional Achievement: Anne Suzuki

2016 –    Emerging Artist: Johanna Westby

Mid-Career Artist: Andrew Knapp and Christian Pelletier

Exceptional Achievement: Kevin Closs

2016 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts:

Brian Bigger, Kevin Closs, Joanna Westby, Christian Pelletier and Andrew Knapp.