Call for Submissions | 2021 MOA Shop Emerging Indigenous Artist Contest

Date: Mar 16, 2021

Deadline: Apr 30, 2021 - 11:45 pm

2021 Contest Details

Are you an emerging Indigenous artist, between 15 and 25 years old, with a story to tell? Submit a design that expresses your identity, and the MOA Shop will help share it with the world. The winning artwork will be printed on a t-shirt and sold and promoted exclusively through the MOA Shop for one year. The winner will receive both a $250 prize and royalties from every sale.

The submission deadline has been extended to April 30th, 2021. The contest is juried by a selection of Museum of Anthropology staff and the winner is announced by June 2021. We look forward to receiving your artwork!

Please send all submissions and any questions to


Any individual 15 to 25 years of age who identifies as Indigenous, Aboriginal, First Nations, Inuit, or Métis. International submissions are welcome.


  • Submit an artwork that visually expresses your story.
  • What do terms like Indigenous, Aboriginal, First Nations, Inuit, or Métis mean to you?
  • What symbols inspire your sense of personal identity and culture? 

Rules + Guidelines

  • Artwork may be from the artist’s pre-existing work, and does not need to be expressly made for the purposes of this contest.
  • Artwork may use a maximum of two colours, and must be easily visible on a white or light-coloured background. Artists are encouraged to send completed works with the design’s intended colours.
  • Artwork must fit on the front of the t-shirt (no wrap-around, sleeve, or back designs).
  • Artwork must be submitted with file extension .ai, .eps, .pdf, .fxg, or .svg.
  • Two entries maximum per person.
  • Entries from artists who have submitted in previous years are welcomed.
  • For full contest details and submission forms check the website:

Artists retain full copyright of any submitted entries. The winning artwork will be licensed by the MOA Shop for one year, and the artist is free to license or sell their winning artwork to other parties. Profits from the sale of t-shirts with the winning design goes towards MOA’s public programs, community engagement initiatives, and educational outreach.

The MOA Shop collaborates with the winning artist to provide production and technical support, as needed, and to tailor their artist biography and statement for promotional materials.

This contest was created in conjunction with MOA's 2014 award-wining exhibition Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth and is meant to provide space for young indigenous artists to share their story and showcase their art in a supportive and professional environment. 

The design Ha̱yulis tła̱n's ma̱lkwa̱lał (We Will Always Remember), featured on this years poster was created by the 2020 winner, artist and activist, Coral Shaughnessy-Moon as a means to bring attention to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirits. Other past winners have embodied many facets of what it means to be a young Indigenous artist today, read more about all of them here.