Celebrating visual art of the human form / Célébrer l’art visuel de la forme humaine

About Figureworks

Figureworks is a biennial juried art prize and celebration of the art of the human form. We are a Canadian, volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization based in Ottawa, Ontario. Our mission is to cultivate and exhibit art of the human form, to bring together a community of artists, and to celebrate their art through the Figureworks prize.

Figureworks is a volunteer run not for profit Canadian corporation.

A few words from our founder

Throughout history there have always been artists who have pushed the boundaries of art and while doing so, surrounded themselves with controversy. Some have created ground breaking works that opened a vast array of new possibilities and ways for further growth. Others have gone in directions that might lead to a dead end. But whatever path the artist wishes to explore, it is good to have a solid base where artistic skill can be nurtured.

For the visual arts, the human figure has always been an excellent subject matter to train, maintain and explore artistic skill, and furthermore it continues to be an effective tool to communicate with oneself and/or the viewer. The oldest art work ever found is a 233 000 year old carved figurine (Berekhat Ram, Golan, Israel). Today artists continue to capture the human figure using many different techniques and materials, but many of them donít get the attention they deserve.

Figureworks aims to provide an opportunity to celebrate visual art of the human form. The organization puts the spotlight on artists, their works and the life models, which are essential to nurture their creativity and whose profession is an art on itself.

As the founder of Figureworks, I invite you to be a part of this movement. It is my wish for Figureworks to be a niche for everyone who loves art involving the human figure. I am pleased to say that the human figure continues to work for me.

Hilde Lambrechts

Figureworks Board

Figureworks is organized and governed by a dedicated group of board members and volunteers. We are always looking for more volunteers

Apply to join the Figureworks board of directors

Our volunteer board of directors determines the orientation of Figureworks and undertakes the work to make our initiatives happen. We host one large juried show and award ceremony every two years, and hold around eight board meetings per year. We lead and participate in jury selection and process, put on smaller events, develop policy, and provide logistical support to selected artists.

We are looking for candidates for whom this sort of work would contribute to their own development and who are also able to contribute some skills, time, and energy.

Areas that we identify as particularly useful in the coming year include:

If you are interested in applying, please download our Board Application Form and email it to president@figureworks.org. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask

Mark Stephenson, President

Mark is a visual artist and designer based in Ottawa Canada. His artworks include figurative drawings and paintings as well as social installation projects that incorporate audience participation and a wider variety of media. Sometimes his art is a combination of both.

Mark is a former board member for Arts Network Ottawa (formerly the AOE Arts Council) and is the Chief Designer at PageCloud.

You can find out more about Mark Stephenson at his web site at www.markbstephenson.com and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/markstephenson/.

Shawn Philip Hunsdale, Vice President

Bryan Stephenson, Treasurer

Bryan has a broad background of achievement in leadership across operational, training and administrative environments in National Defence, private sector corporations and charities.

After retiring from the Canadian Forces as a Major-General in 1998, he was employed by a pension software company. In 2002, Bryan retired from his Senior Vice President position and established a private consulting business and worked on contracts as a senior project manager.

Starting in 2000, Bryan worked for a large charity in Toronto as Executive Director until 2017 and has helped numerous organizations achieve non-profit incorporation and charitable registration.


Are you interested in joining our board or volunteering. We have open opportunities, email Mark Stephenson for more information.


Figureworks 2016 Winner

Peter Adams with his winning painting Half-Submerged (Eight Years Old Today)

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