by Ronald T. Crawford
As founding director of the biennial Salt Spring National Art Prize, I am very pleased to announce the opening of the call for submissions on January 1 for SSNAP 2021/2022, offering over $30,000 in awards. Next fall’s will be the fourth Finalists’ Exhibition, and the show’s growth into one of the premier Canadian art events is a testimony to both the need of Canadian artists for this opportunity and the hard work of a dedicated group of volunteers, artists, and community members of Salt Spring Island.
Right from the beginning, SSNAP was created by artists for artists. It was from these initial conversations that I realized the idea of SSNAP. Unlike other national art platforms, SSNAP is not government funded and not supported by a major corporation. We are largely funded by a group of donors who believe in the event’s importance and are involved in its production. The emphasis is on the work submitted itself, not on the professional resumé of the artist. We have both emerging and established artists showing together. This is unique on the national stage.
The event aims to give artists here on Salt Spring Island the opportunity to see new and diverse artistic expression while at the same time inviting artists across the country to experience one of the most creative communities in the world. I believe that in this difficult time we find ourselves in as Canadians and as artists, the support that flows between artists and community becomes more important than ever.