Portrait of an Artist, oil on linen, 24" x 20", by Robert Strickland, winner of the Foundation's Award for Young Artists given at the Next2 Exhibition, Arts & Letters Club, October 2017.

The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation was established in the fall of 2014 as a registered charity to assist youth in the arts.

The stated purpose of the organization is:

"To advance education by providing scholarships and bursaries and awards to Canadian residents for demonstrated excellence in the arts."


Ina Gilbert Visual Art Award

This award will begin in 2021, and will offer an annual $500 award recognizing excellence in visual art to Canadian resident artists. The award will be juried and will run for a term of five years. It is funded through a donation from Club Member Jack Gilbert as a tribute to his artist wife, Ina Gilbert. The Foundation is very appreciative of his generous financial support for this new program.


Jack Gilbert Image Arts Award

The award goes to an exceptional fourth-year graduating student from the Ryerson School of Image Arts who is under 30 years of age and from the Greater Toronto Area. It began in 2019 and will run for for a period of five years. The award is provided through a generous donation from Club Member Jack Gilbert. Foundation Board Member Catherine Hurley has also contributed to this award.

Charter Women Award

This award, in recognition of the Club’s Charter Women and their outstanding contributions to the Club’s artistic disciplines, has been established by the Foundation to provide an annual award of $500 to support an exceptional young visual artist aged 30 or younger from the Greater Toronto Area. Initial funding has been provided through donations by former Club President Marianne Fedunkiw and Club Charter Women Zora Buchanan, Jean Edwards, Pat Fairhead, and Mary George as well as Foundation Board member Catherine Hurley.

If you would like to learn more about the Foundation and its work, please contact us at: artsandlettersclubfoundation@gmail.com.


Congratulations to Leila Godfrey, winner of this year's Jack GIlbert Image Art Award.

Congratulations also to Daniel Carter, winner of the 2018 Robert Beardsley Award for Young Playwrights for his play lonelyboy99.

The Foundation is also pleased to have supported fundraising events over the past year for the Regent Park School of Music.