This annual award celebrates critical writing and commentary on the visual, performing and literary arts. It is intended to honour informed and compelling writing that stimulates critical thinking, fosters ongoing discussion about the role of arts and culture in contemporary society and gives evidence of the importance of creative commentary as a tool in our understanding and importance of the world around us.
Established and supported by the Yosef Wosk Family Foundation, the award celebrates the distinguished career of Vancouver author, commentator and arts critic Max Wyman. Affectionately known as “The Max,” it is intended to honour writers who have amassed a significant body of work. The winner receives a cash prize of $5,000 and a gold and emerald pin created by Vancouver artist Robert Chaplin. A secondary mentorship prize, in the form of a scholarship for a professional development course at the Banff Centre of Art and Creativity, recognizes an emerging critical writer.