The Kingston Prize could not exist without the continued generous support from the community. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our sponsors. We gratefully acknowledge their contribution to Canadian artists.

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Become a Sponsor of The Kingston Prize

  • I am a gallery goer, art lover, and donor to arts initiatives.
  • I love paintings that amuse. That make me think. That tug at my heart.
  • I believe profoundly that art nourishes the soul and contributes to the well-being of my community and Canada.
  • I believe that great nations are defined by their commitment to nurturing their unique cultural traditions.
  • I want to support Canada’s burgeoning artistic initiatives.

If you answered “yes”, The Kingston Prize needs you!

Looking for sponsors

The Kingston Prize is looking for sponsors – individuals, foundations, corporations – to take this Canadian portrait competition and exhibition forward into the future. We invite you to bring us your ideas.

The Kingston Prize –

  • supports a nationwide arts event that encourages social integration, cultural enrichment, and community engagement;
  • educates and introduces people of all ages to contemporary art through portraiture;
  • brings joy and connection to viewers;
  • keeps a national cultural event alive and flourishing in Canada;
  • supports struggling artists;
  • documents a snapshot of Canadian life for future generations.

And the Prize goes to…

You may wish to designate your donation to

  • 1st Prize – the Winner – $20,000
  • Two Honorable Mention prizes – $3000
  • People’s Choice – $1000
  • Student’s choice – $100
  • Thirty finalists – $350 each
  • Opening event – $4000
  • Curating and mounting the exhibition – $6500
  • The Kingston Prize Faces of Canada Education Program- $4000.00

Have we piqued your interest?

Interested in sponsorship? We would be delighted to discuss your ideas. Please use the form on our contact page to get in touch.


A few questions answered:

What IS The Kingston Prize?

The Kingston Prize is a unique biennial competition of painted portraits and drawings of Canadians by Canadian artists. It follows in the footsteps of England’s wildly successful BP Award for portraiture and Australia’s 100-year-old Archibald Prize. Year after year these prestigious exhibitions continue to expand their audiences and set records for gallery attendance.

Every other year since 2005, hundreds of artists from every province and territory in Canada submit contemporary portraits to The Kingston Prize. They are evaluated by an independent panel of arts professionals. From them, thirty paintings are chosen for the exhibition and tour. From that group is chosen the First Prize winner, with two Honourable Mentions. Latterly, the People’s Choice and a Students’ Choice were added. All the artists are celebrated during the Gala opening ceremony as the artists and patrons await the announcement of the judges’ selections.

Is there an education program?

Yes! During the exhibition, there is a vibrant and popular education program for school classes.  Our professional art educator develops, administers, and teaches students about portraiture and about the exhibition’s finalists’ works.  The program is freely available to art teachers and enthusiasts everywhere.  Recently, the program was expanded to include groups of seniors, guided by the teacher and volunteer docents.

Who runs The Kingston Prize?

The Kingston Prize Association, administered by a volunteer board and centred in Kingston, Ontario, is supported solely by donations and grants.  It receives no government funding.  Most of our budget goes to artistic expenses – the artists, curator, installer, art educator, and the awards.  We have run successful exhibitions biannually since 2005.

Who comes to see the exhibitions?

The exhibition is open to visitors at the 1000 Island Playhouse near Kingston, Ontario.  Visitors come from all over Eastern Ontario including Ottawa, and northern New York State.

They are art lovers, artists, playgoers, tourists passing through the 1000 Islands and the curious.  Many people make return visits.

Exhibition on tourThe exhibition has travelled to other locations such as Fredericton’s Beaverbrook Gallery, the Art Gallery of Calgary, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Peel Art Gallery and Archives (PAMA) and Toronto’s Harbourfront Gallery, all to enthusiastic reviews.  In conjunction with the National Capital Commission, there have been two outdoor exhibitions in Ottawa, in 2012 and 2013 along the Clarendon Lanes walkway and courtyard near the National Gallery and the Byward Market.

For art lovers the world over, all the exhibitions are available for viewing.

Social media including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are all used to introduce The Kingston Prize portraits to viewers everywhere.

The Kingston Prize is a not-for-profit charitable organization. We receive no government funding and no COVID-19 relief.  All donations of $20.00 or more receive a charitable donation.

Event photos on The Kingston Prize website are courtesy of Ken Fuller.