The Grange Prize
The Grange Prize, launched in February of 2007, is a unique partnership
between the Art Gallery of Ontario and Aeroplan. It brings together a
public institution and a private enterprise whose common goal is to engage
the public in a dialogue about contemporary photography.
Each year, The Grange Prize recognizes the work of Canadian and
international contemporary photographers, awarding $50,000 CAD to a winner
chosen through an online public vote from among two Canadian and two
The winner of The Grange Prize is announced at an awards ceremony held at
the Art Gallery of Ontario each spring.
The Grange Prize works each year with a different partner museum in a
country other than Canada. This partner museum launches the Prize in that
country, and helps garner public interest and enthusiasm for the four
artist candidates. All four artists participate in residencies as part of
the Prize program, and are featured in exhibitions both at the AGO and in
the partner country. The Grange Prize partner museum for 2009 is Centro de
la Imagen in Mexico City.
In 2009, the AGO entered into a cultural partnership with the Mexican
government. The Consulate General of Mexico assisted The Grange Prize in
establishing the curatorial panel and facilitated the relationship with
Centro de la Imagen. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico will also
ensure that The Grange Prize is promoted through their embassies and
consulates around the world.