Project X, Photography Fund

Now accepting applications

Application deadline: April 6, 2018

The Ottawa Arts Council and the former Festival X partnered to establish Project X, Photography Fund to promote and foster photographic excellence in Ottawa. This award provides $1000 to help produce an Ottawa area artist’s photo-based project and its presentation. Inaugurated in 2015, Project X, Photography Fund is a limited fund that will continue until 2020.

This award can help defray the costs associated in any part of the production including: studio time, travel costs, hired assistance, equipment rental or any other production costs.

Peter Coffman

The Project X, Photography Fund 2017 recipient

Inspired by medieval manuscripts, Peter Coffman’s photographic project Gloss reimagines the historical practice of commenting or critiquing manuscripts in the margins of the original text. The project will add a gloss of audio narratives to a selection of his national capital buildings portraits.

More past recipients

How to Apply

An individual may apply for the award by filling out this form and gathering the required supporting documents. The completed package should be submitted to via, before the deadline.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for this award must:

  • Have lived National Capital Region (defined as 75km from Parliament Hill) for the previous two years.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Not have previously received this award.
  • Not currently be enrolled in fulltime training.


The proposal must:

  • Be photography based.
  • Be presented in Ottawa upon completion.
  • Apply to the research, development, creation, and/or presentation phases of the project.
  • Not be completed prior to receiving the funds.

Evaluation Criteria

  • The project fully meets the eligibility criteria.
  • The value and merit of the proposed project.
  • Expressed need.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for Applications: April 6, 2018
  • Awards Presentation: May 29, 2018

Support Documents

These documents will help the jury better understand your project and your artistic practice.

Your Applications and Support Documents must be submitted via to Incomplete or late packages will not be reviewed by the jury.

Please include the following documents in the application:

  • Artist’s CV
    An Artist’s CV of up to two pages that demonstrates your achievements as an artist, your participation in art projects (such as exhibitions, performances, recordings, published works, etc.), and your formal, and informal, training.
  • Artist Statement
    A text of up to 2 pages that explains your art practice to the jury (formed of experts in a variety of art disciplines).
  • Project Outline
    A text of up to 2 pages describing your project.
  • Support Materials
    Include support material that is appropriate to your artistic pactice and strengthens your application. Be sure to fill out the Support Materials List for any materials included in the application. Files should be named with your name (first and last) and numbered in sequence such as YourName01.jpg.
    • Images
      Up to 10 JPGs, at least 1920x1080 px, no more than 5 MB per file. 
    • Video
      Up to 3 files (or links) with a maximum total running time of 9 minutes.

Download the Application Form

Please use Adobe Acrobat to complete the PDF form