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A Message from our Executive Director Raine McKay

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!