Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

Philip Monk Curator & writer

Philip Monk on being a curator and writer, and his work to produce a history of a contemporary Toronto art.

Video by Pixie Cram

“His work has made an inestimable impact on the history of art in Canada.”

Philip Monk has played a pivotal role over 40 years as a writer, curator and director in the development of contemporary Canadian art. His rigorous critical voice, his consistently exceptional curatorial work, and his inventive transformation of disciplines and institutions have made an inestimable impact on the history of art in Canada.

There is an underlying continuum to Philip Monk’s practice that is rooted in a lifelong reflection on community and memory.

Greg Staats, artist (nominator)
Emelie Chhangur, Assistant Director/Curator, Art Gallery of York University (nominator)

Outstanding Contribution Award
The Outstanding Contribution Award is given to an individual or a group of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the visual arts (including architecture and photography), the media arts or fine craft, in a volunteer or professional capacity.

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