Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA) 2017


The Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA) is currently accepting applications for its 2017 award program. Founded on a desire to support and celebrate digital innovation in the arts, the EDAA caters to early-career artists who are working on-screen, and experimenting with the possibilities of digitally rendered imagery. Applicants are encouraged to play with moving image formats such as video, animation, and GIF art. Get inspired by visiting the Equitable Bank’s website, which features various animations by Toronto-based Niki Sehmbi—the 2017 artist partner, whose eye-catching works can be seen across EDAA 2017 advertising.

This year, the feature artist is not the EDAA’s only exciting collaboration. For the first time, Equitable Bank and their digital banking operation, EQ Bank, are presenting the EDAA in partnership with Trinity Square Video! EDAA maintains an ongoing commitment to fostering the development of media arts in Canada through their exhibitions and other community programming. A space in Trinity Square Video’s annual Themed Commission program will be reserved for the EDAA 2017 winner, and all finalists will receive a year-long membership to the centre.


If you’re an emerging digital artist based in Canada, apply to the EDAA by completing an online application. DEADLINE is July 10, 2017.

What happens after I apply?

Applications will be juried by this year’s digital-savvy judging panel, including artists Erin Gee and Jennifer Chan, a representative of Trinity Square Video, and Equitable Bank’s resident art curator. Works will be considered against four main criteria:

  • relevance, defined by the ways the work engages digital media in its process, presentation, and content;
  • technique and demonstrated familiarity with the media;
  • aesthetics, or the stylistic choices made by the artist in the work; and
  • the 250-word written statement submitted with the application.

Based on their excellence in all areas, five finalists will be selected and invited to show their work in an exhibition at Trinity Square Video from September 28 – October 12, 2017. All will be paid for their participation in the exhibition, in addition to the monetary prizes offered. Finalists will be contacted in August 2017.

The award winner will be announced at the EDAA’s closing event on October 5, and offered a $5,000 monetary award. The award includes Equitable Bank’s acquisition of the winning artwork, which will be displayed on-screen in our company’s head office in Toronto. The remaining four finalists each receive a $1,000 award.


Image credit: Niki Sehmbi, Lord of the Flies