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Celebrating visual art of the human form / Célébrer l’art visuel de la forme humaine

Celebrating visual art of the human form

Figureworks is a juried art prize and celebration of the art of the human form.

We are a Canadian, volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to cultivate and exhibit art of the human form, to bring together a community of artists, and to celebrate their art through the Figureworks prize.

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Michigan Man after Arcimboldo by John Healey, 2019, Framed archival pigment print on Baryta, 40in x 32in

2022 First Prize

Untitled 1

by Ruth Steinberg

Untitled 1 by Ruth Steinberg, 2022, Medium format colour film, digital archival print, 15in x 15in

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Figureworks 2022 Finalists

We are excited to announce the 29 artist finalists selected for Figureworks 2022. This year the prize received 182 entries from 118 artists located across Canada, including photographs, sculptures, paintings, drawings, videos, and fibre art. Finalists were selected from our distinguished jury who bring a depth and breadth of experience across art...



Figureworks 2022 Jury

The Figureworks prize is evaluated by a jury of peer professional artists, curators and arts administrators representing a broad range of media and forms of art. The Board of Directors are pleased to introduce the 2022 jurors for Figureworks Small Works. Katherine McNenly is an award-winning Canadian portrait and still life artist. She has a...



Wallack’s Empowers the Artist Community at Figureworks

Art has the power to inspire, provoke conversation and shape our Canadian culture. For 80 years, Wallack’s has focused its efforts on supporting the projects of local artists and seeing their creations come to life. No project is too daring or impossible to tackle—there is always room to dream up a solution and turn a vision into a


Call for artists

Figureworks 2022 Call for Artists

Figureworks® is calling artists in all media to submit to the 11th annual juried Figureworks Prize and award show. The submission deadline is September 23, 2022. Figureworks® is an annual juried art prize and celebration of the art of the human form held in Ottawa, Ontario. We accept figurative works in all media. The show is open to all living art...


Congratulations to our 2019 winner, John Healey, for his piece Michigan Man after Arcimboldo

The piece described by the jury; "the technical brilliance of this composition is at once classical and contemporary. The materials used are a testament of the precarious state of our environment at this time, and foretells the dire consequences of our consumption habits."

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Land acknowledgement

Figureworks recognizes the privilege to be operating on the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg. As guests on this land, we promise to walk gently and with respect. To the past, present and future caretakers of Turtle Island, Chi-Miigwetch.

Figureworks reconnaît le privilège d'opérer sur le territoire traditionnel non cédé des Algonquins Anishinabeg. En tant qu'invités sur cette terre, nous nous engageons à marcher doucement et avec respect. Aux gardiens passés, présents et futurs de l'Île de la Tortue, Chi-Miigwetch.


We encourage submissions from all artists and recognize that there are many communities of artistic creation, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, Black, people of colour, immigrant, homeless, and 2SLGBTQ+ artists, as well as artists with disabilities.