Each year we award up to 5 emerging artist awards. Individuals are selected by the institution or school they are attending. The current award winners include Janet Harrison – jewellery, Laura Meyers – Textile, Christina Shimek – sculptural ceramics, Emily May – ceramics plus one more winner from the Vancouver Community College – Jewellery Art & Design and Gemmology program yet to be named.
This award gives emerging artists, who have just graduated from a post-secondary school, some useful benefits and services that can facilitate their start in the arts, specifically contemporary craft.
The award is three-fold:
- a professional membership in Craft Council of BC enabling the artist to submit their work for sale in any of our social enterprise operations
- the opportunity to curate a student online exhibition of craft in 2016, which includes a professional workshop on how to jury craft
- participation in a group exhibition in 2017 at the Craft Council of BC Gallery which will count as a professional exhibition towards Canada Council & BC Arts council funding applications
The 2017 exhibition will be curated by Penny Parry so it is sure to be fabulous!