Industry + Community Competitions

Partnerships + Competitions

Emily Carr University of Art + Design welcomes partnerships with industry and community organizations. These partnerships offer students real-life experiences and enhance their education. Contact Eva Bouchard, Major Gifts + Fund Development at 604.630.4553 to learn more about funding a competition or building a partnership to benefit students.

 IDEA Art Award

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - $5,000 prize!

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018







"I depicted a nesting female keeping in mind the patients who are to be passing through the Segal Family Health Centre. Sitting comfortably in her nest, the birds posture and repose are meant to invite reflection and create a sympathetic connection with the viewer. The hummingbird has a soft place to rest, so too should the patients."

 Garvin Chinnia, 2017 Winner
A Soft Place to Rest
Oil on plexiglass panel,  48" x 78"


Credit students and emerging alumni (2015-2017) are invited to create a 2D piece to help transform and become part of a prestigious art collection that boasts Fred Herzog, Andy Warhol, Karin Bubaš and Attila Richard Lukacs. This year’s winning piece will help transform and humanize the Surgical Day Care waiting room in the Koerner Pavilion at UBC Hospital.

The IDEA Art Award was established in 2009 through a generous donation by alumnus Dr. Ian Penn and Dr. Sandy Whitehouse in consultation with the Healing Art Committee at VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and Emily Carr University of Art + Design. The annual adjudicated award grants a prize of $5,000 to an emerging artist whose selected work be displayed within the hospital as part of the permanent collection.

NOTE: artwork must be horizontal or a series of pieces that create a horizontal arrangement. The piece(s) must fit within the space indicated (please see photo in the Overview + Context document).

Overview + Context.pdf 
IDEA Art Award Submission Form


First Capital Realty Inc. SPACE Award Competition
$5,000 Prize

Third year SPACE students are invited to participate in a concept development process and competition which will culminate in the winning student receiving a $5,000 award. Note: please complete and return the Participation Agreement by February 7, 2018.

About the Competition
Competition Timeline
Participation Guidelines
Participation Agreement
About First Capital Realty Inc.

Questions? Contact

Please note: the First Capital Realty Inc. Public Sculpture Competition will resume in fall 2018.



IDEA Art Award Winners 2010-2017

Garvin Chinnia, 2017
Liz Carter, 2016
Klaudia Niwa, 2015

Richard Heikkila-Sawan, 2014

Chad Durnford, 2013

Taralee Guild, 2012

Marten Sims, 2011
Krista Jahnke, 2010

First Capital Realty Inc. Public Sculpture Competition Winners 2014-2017

 Pippa Lattey, 2017
Artist Rendering
Jaymie Johnson, 2016
Learn more about Jaymie's sculpture.

Kai Choufour, 2015
Christian Zenga, 2014
Read the interview with Christian about his experience.