Date: Mar 09, 2015 - May 15, 2015
Time: Nominations accepted up to 5pm May 15th, 2015.

Award / Grant / Bursary
Vancouver Coast & Mts

Established by the Craft Council of BC in honour of Hilde Gerson, who was a long time employee of CCBC, textile artist and an enthusiastic craft supporter, this new prize will be awarded biannually to a craftsperson who has demonstrated excellence, innovation and leadership in the BC craft community.

In 1998, the family of Hilde Gerson initiated a fund in her memory.  In 2000, the Board of Directors chose to dedicate further monies to the fund, and establish an award. Hilde was a CCBC Board member, and for 16 years was the CCBC’s bookkeeper. A tapestry artist, Hilde wove the seat covers for the office’s Francis Lemieux chairs, adding to the CCBC’s permanent collection.

The recipient of this award will receive $1,000.  In addition, the Council will make every attempt to secure a venue for an exhibit of the recipient’s work in the year or two following the receipt of the award.  The recipient is responsible for getting the work to/from Vancouver.


Candidates must be a current member in good standing of the Craft Council of BC.

To be nominated, candidates must have made a substantial contribution to the development of crafts in BC over a significant period of time (generally 10 years, fewer in exceptional circumstances).

Nomination Process

Candidates do not apply for the prize; rather they must be nominated by one of the following:

·         A member of the Craft Council of BC.

·         A BC single media guild.

·         A BC public gallery or museum demonstrating a strong commitment to collecting and/or exhibiting craft.

Eligible nominators must complete and submit an online nomination form. Nominators may nominate one individual each award cycle, and individuals may only receive one nomination per award cycle.

Support Documentation

Please download the Hilde Gerson Award 2015 Nomination Form, fill out and submit a hard copy of the form along with a DVD containing up to 20 images, one page nomination letter and the CV of the nominee.

·         Nominations must include the support materials listed on the form.

·        Digital images are required, showing a maximum of 20 different objects plus details. The images must demonstrate the nominee’s range of work and be assembled in chronological order, most recent work last, with the emphasis on current work. Please make sure the digital image is right side up.

·        In addition, a detailed resume and a description of the nominee’s contribution to the development of contemporary fine craft in BC are required.  Nominators are responsible for gathering and providing the relevant documentation to the CCBC, prior to the deadline, and for ensuring that the documentation complies with the guidelines.

Additional Documentation Required for Winning Candidate
Should the nominator’s candidates be selected as the award recipient the following additional information must be submitted within three weeks of notification. This material may be used by the CCBC in media releases and other promotional activities in support of the Hilde Gerson Award.

·        An artistic or personal statement of not more than 400 words written by the nominee. This statement may have been published previously.

·        A one-page biography of the nominee.

·       Two digital images of the nominee, preferably at work, and two similar sized images of his or her work. The images must be of reproducible size and professional quality. Originals should not be sent. The CCBC is not responsible for the loss or damage, whatever the cause, of support material.

Selection Procedure

Nominations are assessed by a peer review selection committee, composed of experienced crafts professionals selected for their expertise. The committee may include one expert from outside BC.

A key element of assessment is viewing the digital images of the candidate’s current work. The CCBC wishes to acknowledge that the committee would prefer to see the actual work of nominees but, as this is not practical in all cases, images must be used to be fair to all nominees. The quality of the images will inevitably influence the committee’s decisions.

The principal criteria of assessment will be the excellence of the work (covering all aspects of aesthetics, creativity, innovation and technical mastery) as well as an evaluation of the candidate’s contribution to the development of fine craft in BC.

Nominations Deadline
Nominations and all support documentation deadline May 15th, 2015.  We will not accept late nominations. Incomplete submissions and those that do not meet the requirements will not be presented to the selection committee.