Member Services

Membership Types


Professional Artist - $65 per year (plus GST)
Individual practitioners working in craft who want to be connected to the broad community of craft, informed of current issues and events and to have access to promotion, exhibition, sales, and business opportunities through programs and services. Benefits include:
-Workshops, lectures and education programs
-Bi-weekly electronic news
-Scholarship and awards opportunities
-Annual subscription of Studio Magazine
-AGM Voting Privileges
-Discounts at partner suppliers
-Mentorship program opportunities
-Retail sales opportunities
-Group rates for merchant credit cards, business insurance, extended health insurance
-Members Portfolio on CCBC website
-10% discount in Crafthouse GI
Student - $28 per year (plus GST)
Full-time students (ID required) who want to participate in the craft community and connect with a professional association for career development. Student Membership Benefits include:
-Workshops, lectures and education programs
-Bi-weekly electronic news
-Scholarship and awards opportunities
-Annual subscription of Studio Magazine
-AGM Voting Privileges
-Discounts at partner suppliers
-Exhibition opportunities
-Mentorship program opportunities
along with the added opportunity of being a part of the bi-annual Student Online Exhibition
Senior - $38 per year (plus GST)
Anyone in her or his senior life (65 up). Benefits are the same as the General Membership:
-Workshops, lectures and education programs
-Bi-weekly electronic news
-Scholarship and awards opportunities
-Annual subscription of Studio Magazine
-AGM Voting Privileges
-Discounts at partner suppliers
-Exhibition opportunities
-Mentorship program opportunities
-Retail sales opportunities
-Group rates for merchant credit cards, business insurance, extended health insurance
-Members Portfolio on CCBC website
-10% discount in Crafthouse GI
Community Member- $23.81 per year (plus GST)
For members not requiring professional business support yet want to be connected to the broad community of craft, informed of current issues and events.
Community Member Benefits include:
- Bi-weekly electronic news
- Annual Subscription to Studio Magazine
- Workshops, lectures, educational opportunities
Friend of Craft - $73.81 per year (plus GST)
Supporters of the craft community who collect or purchase craft objects to enhance their homes or lives. Supports the organization for the love of craft. Charitable tax receipt issued for $50.00.
Friend of Craft Benefits include:
- Bi-weekly electronic news
- Workshops, lectures and education programs
- Annual subscription to Studio Magazine
- AGM Voting Privileges
Business - $100 per year (plus GST)
Commercial businesses, private galleries, suppliers and retailers who want to connect with issues and events happening in the craft community. Business Benefits include:
-Bi-weekly electronic news
-Annual subscription of Studio Magazine
-AGM Voting Privileges
-Members Portfolio on CCBC website
- one free broadcast e-news ad per year valued at $80
- discounts on repeated advertising on website or enews
- free listings in online Craft Market Guide
Guild/Studio - $100 per year (plus GST)
A group membership for guilds, public galleries, museums, and arts organizations that want to be connected to the broader craft community. Affiliate Membership Benefits include:
-Bi-weekly electronic news
-Annual subscription of Studio Magazine for the affiliate
-AGM Voting Privileges
-Discounts at partner suppliers
-Members Portfolio on CCBC website
- up to 5 individuals from the organization receive general CCBC memberships
- the affiliate may apply to the CCBC Gallery for an exhibition as a group
- individual members of the affiliate will receive the CCBC member's discount at workshops, lectures and educational programs

To mail in your membership or renewal please download a membership form here!

Click here to join CCBC online!

Renew your membership online here! 

To access the members portal click here!

Membership Benefits

For an overview of the benefits of being a CCBC member - Membership Benefits August 2016

 

Selling at CCBC Retail Locations

The Craft Council of BC currently offers its members several retail locations for selling their work:

Crafthouse, a charitable social enterprise shop located on Granville Island, Vancouver.

Crafthouse YVR is operated by the Hudson News Group and located in the domestic terminal of Vancouver International Airport. Crafthouse YVR stocks work by select members.

Audain Art Museum Gift Shop is located in Whistler, BC and stocks work by select members.

To sell craft through the Council, artists are required to pass our Standards of Quality Jury (SOQ), a hands-on jury that assesses the craftsmanship and technique of an artist's body of work.

Once passing the SOQ, artists are invited to submit the product lines they wish to sell to the online Store Procurement system for review by the managers of our retail locations. Please note that passing the SOQ Jury does not guarantee that your work will be selected for our retail locations, as decisions are made based on location, salability, similarity to work already in the shops and available space.

Standards of Quality Jury

All members wishing to sell their work through one of the Council's retail outlets are required to first pass the Standards of Quality Jury.

The Jury is held on specific dates throughout the year. Applicants do not need to be present for the jury, but they will be required to submit artist statements online, and deliver work to be assessed at the CCBC office in Vancouver. Please refer to the deadline dates below.

 

Please review the Council's Standards of Quality Guidelines prior to submitting your work - a copy can be obtained by clicking here. 

A checklist for submitting your work to the SOQ jury can be obtained by clicking here.

To submit your digital documents:
1.  log into the  members portal
2. select Submit for Standards of Quality from the drop down list on the top right corner

 

2017 Jury Dates & Deadlines:

  • Jury Date: March 13th
    Submit artist documents by: 3rd March
    Deliver work by: 8th March
  • Jury Date: April 10th
    Submit artist documents by: 27th March
    Deliver work by: 6th April
  • Jury Date: July 10th
    Submit artist documents by: 26th June
    Deliver work by: 6th July
  • Jury Date: September 11th
    Submit artist documents by: 28th August
    Deliver work by: 7th September

CCBC Store Procurement

Our online Store Procurement system allows you to submit the products you have available for consideration at our retail locations. You will create an account that retains your basic information, and then upload the products you have available. You may submit up to a maximum of 25 products, and update your account whenever you have new work available.

The Store Procurement system allows the managers of our retail locations to review available products and place orders if they decide to carry your work in their locations.

Please note that a one-time $15 administrative fee must be paid with a credit card upon submitting your work.

For more detailed instructions on how to use the system please click Artist Instructions .

To upload your submission to the Store Procurement system please click HERE.

CCBC Awards

Hilde Gerson Award - December 30, 2017 deadline

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 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.

Please review the eligibility requirements and application instructions here: 2017 Hilde Gerson Information SheetNominations will be opened September 30th, 2017 and must be submitted through our Online Nomination System

The Filberg Festival Professional Development Bursary - Deadline is August 30th, 2017

Through generous annual donations from the Filberg Festival, the Craft Council of BC is able to provide a bi-annual bursary for a craft artist to pursue a professional development activity that supports the growth of their limited or unlimited production line. The professional development can apply to either the business or artistic aspects of your practice.

The bursary includes:

  1. An opportunity to participate in the Filberg Festival, the year after completion of the professional development activity. The artist will not to go through the jurying process and will receive a 50% reduction in booth fees. Notice of intent to participate must be sent to the Filberg Festival no later than December 1, 2015 in order to participate in the 2016 Filberg Festival.
  2. A one thousand dollar ($1000) financial contribution to further the recipient’s professional development
Eligibility
•    Must be a CCBC member in good standing to apply
•    Must be a BC resident.
•    CCBC Board Members and paid staff are not eligible. They will become eligible one year after the date of the resignation from CCBC.
•    Previous recipients must wait 3 years before reapplying to the bursary
•    Maximum of 2 bursaries awarded per person.

Applications will open January 31, 2017

Grace Cameron Rogers Scholarship - Deadline is February 28th, 2018

This scholarship is awarded to a practicing and/or emerging craftsperson to attend a recognized school or course to upgrade technical or design skills, or to seek a stimulus for greater creativity and inspiration.

As the cost of craft-related education (tuition, materials, travel, accommodation, etc.) can be high, there is an ongoing need for financial assistance to craftspeople to help defray these costs. The principle of the Grace Cameron Rogers Fund is held in trust by the CCBC, and the interest generated is awarded to a deserving member. The current award is for $1000.

Eligibility
•    Must be a CCBC member in good standing to apply
•    Must be a BC resident.
•    CCBC Board Members and paid staff are not eligible. They will become eligible
•    one year after the date of the resignation from CCBC.
•    Previous recipients must wait 3 years before reapplying to the scholarship
•    Maximum of 2 scholarships awarded per person.

Applications will open October 31, 2017

Mentorship

CCBC Mentorship Program

The CCBC Mentorship Program is an initiative that was launched April 2013 to contribute to the continuity of craft. The purpose of the program is to seek out promising students of craft and pair them with professional, established craft artists for a one to one mentoring relationship for 5 months.

We launched this pilot program with 13 mentors in Metro Vancouver. We will take this first year to identify and address any flaws as well as to evolve the program into one that is offered throughout British Columbia across all media.

For information on how the program works, download the Overview PDF.

Our current mentors/mentees:
Bridget Catchpole mentoring Alison Munn
Charmian Nimmo mentoring Sarah Bradley
Keith and Celia Rice-Jones mentoring Ilse Phillips
Jackie Frioud mentoring Hailey Logan

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the program start?
  • The mentorship program will start at the beginning of June.
  • What is the deadline for application?
  • The application deadline is September 8th.
  • How long is the mentorship?
  • The mentorship is 7 months with a minimum of one meeting per month. Due to the schedules of a few mentors, they may not be able to meet during a certain month. However, a different time will be arranged for make up in consultation with the mentor.
  • What will I do during the mentorship?
  • This is worked out between the mentor and the mentee. Possibilities include strict critique, collaborative work on a piece, guidance with setting up as a professional artist etc.
  • What do I need to do to apply?
  • You will need to fill out the application form below as well as submit a CV. Images of work will also be needed.
  • Who are the mentors?
  • We are honored to have the following artists participate in the program for the 2013/2014 year. There is a list of mentors with a brief bio here: Mentor Bios
  • Who can apply?
  • Mentorships are open to anyone with a strong foundation in basic technical knowledge in their medium. Emerging artists, experienced artists as well as students are all welcome to apply. If however, there are many applicants, priority may be given to emerging artists and students.
  • Why is the mentorship program only in Vancouver?
  • As this is our pilot year, we will use this first year to work out any logistical problems that might arise administratively. As province wide implementation is more complicated, we want to have everything working without issue before we extend the area. We are looking at making mentorships available in other areas of BC the following year.
  • Why isn’t my medium represented?
  • We attempted to have all media covered but because mentors in certain mediums were unavailable or not in the geographical area, we are not able to at this time set up a mentorship in certain media. We are working to get more mentors from all mediums for the following year.
  • Do I need to be able to meet my mentor in person?
  • Yes, you will need to meet with your mentor once a month in person.
  • How many mentorships spots are available?
  • There are 14 mentors so a maximum of 14 mentorships spots are available.
  • How are mentees chosen?
  • Mentees are chosen based on the strength of the answers on their application and being able to show a command of basic technical skill. The mentors will be actively participating in selection by speaking with prospective mentees about how what they would like to work on during mentorship.
  • Is there a cost to apply?
  • No there is no cost to apply however in order to apply for mentorship, applicants need to be a member of the Craft Council of BC.
  • Do I still need to be a member if I am not selected?
  • Yes, in order to apply for mentorship, you will need to be a member regardless of whether or not your application is successful. There are other benefits to membership in addition to access to the mentorship program. The list of benefits can be found here.

Individuals interested in becoming mentees are required to fill in the Mentorship Application Form and must be a member of The Craft Council of British Columbia.

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