About the contest

So You Want to Be an Artist is an art contest for 16-19 year olds. Make artwork about something you care about and post it here. Then it’s up to your friends, family and other people to vote on the entries. The 12 artworks with the most votes will be displayed at the National Gallery of Canada. If you’re not in the top 12, there’s still a chance to make it into the display. An art expert will pick 3 other entries they think should be displayed at the Gallery and considered for the top prizes. Then, our judges will pick the best three out of the 15 finalists.

This is your chance to get your art out into the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking about art school or have never picked up a paintbrush in your life – show us what you’ve got.