The Salt Spring National Art Prize

To recognize, showcase and publicize the accomplishments of Canadian visual art, Salt Spring Island is establishing one of the few national, juried competitions in the country.

And the winners are…

Learn more about the 2015 SSNAP winners and their winning works. Did your People’s Choice pick win? read more…

View all 52 Finalist works here!


SSNAP Updates

SSNAP_Gala_ThumbSSNAP organizers, volunteers, Finalists, locals and visitors celebrated an exciting Gala Awards Night. See the pics…



“From the word ‘go’, this was a success”, says Robert Amos, Times Colonist arts writer of SSNAP. Read what Robert has to say about his visit to Salt Spring Island for the Opening Night and the Arts Panel.

According to CBC Arts, “Salt Spring National Art Prize tempers Canadian art’s big-city bias”. Read the article.

Learn more about the concept behind Jeff Molloy’s SSNAP entry The Treaty Medals, in the Gabriola Sounder.

Salt Spring National Art Prize announces Finalists. 52 diverse works selected from over 800 artists and 1,367 works submitted comprise 15 three-dimensional and 37 two-dimensional works by 32 female and 20 male artists. Read the press release.


Art on the Rock


What’s on Salt Spring?

Galleries_ThumbGallery season’s open at Showcase, Duthie Gallery, Gallery 8Pegasus Gallery of Canadian Art, Salt Spring Gallery, Steffich Fine Art and The Point.

Judy_Weeden_Studio_TOne-of-kind award-winning ceramics by local artist Judy Weeden. Studio and Pottery Gallery at 125 Primrose Lane open 10am – 4pm daily.

Cafe_Talia_ThumbCafé Talia on Hereford announces grand reopening with fresh sandwich bar and NEW WORK by Zandra Stratford.

AnnaArt_ThumbAnna Gustafson – exhibition of drawings and paintings on display at MacDonald Realty.

Steffich_square_ThumbWHEN ART ROCKED – psychedelic poster art from San Francisco, 1966-1971 at Steffich Fine Art.

Events & Programs

ArtSpring_ThumbFrom world music to classical, blues & Roots to Saturday at the Met, ArtSpring performing arts centre has something for everyone.

Film_Fest_TThe Salt Spring Documentary Film Festival. Films that explore social justice, the environment, art and culture, politics and food security.

SS_Forum_Logo_T The Salt Spring Forum annual speakers series brings leading thinkers to Salt Spring Island for community discussion and democratic debate.

SSPL_Thumb The Salt Spring Island Public Library offers a wealth of arts events with exhibitions, artist talks, book and poetry readings, book launches and more.

WOTR_15_ThumbLearn Art, Craft, Photography, Writing, Healing or Permaculture with Workshops on the Rock.

DB_Signature Show-1about the prize

The intent of the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity, resulting in significant work with a real visual impact and depth of meaning. This exciting endeavour is an initiative of the Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC), which represents the arts for Salt Spring Island. The Finalist exhibition will be held on the island from 25 September through 26 October 2015.

Salt Spring Airportabout the island

Located between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, Salt Spring Island is the most populous of British Columbia’s Gulf Islands. Set in the stunning Salish Sea ecosphere and internationally renowned for its strong arts and crafts movement and creative enterprise, the island has established an enviable reputation as one of North America’s most highly regarded small arts communities. Visit Salt Spring.