emerging artist development award
deadline for applications
May 31, 2024
The primary focus of our student award program is to support students in deepening their critical assessment of contemporary craft.
Along with a free one-year membership in CCBC, the award includes:
- the opportunity to participate in a group exhibition in a professional gallery which counts towards Canada Council grant applications
- to take part in a jury workshop delivered by an experienced senior craft artist, giving the student an inside perspective of how selection committees assess exhibition proposals
- the opportunity to use these skills to jury the bi-annual Online Student Exhibition.
Students are nominated by their institution for these awards. While CCBC routinely promotes the award to all institutions/organizations that provide material-based courses, we usually receive nominations from the jewellery programs at Vancouver Community College & Lasalle College and the ceramic’s program at Langara College. If your institution/organization would like to nominate students for this award please contact us awards(@)craftcouncilbc.ca.
Nicole Guillemin is on what she calls her “second life” after another career as a professional chef for over 16 years. During the pandemic, she came to art by way of the divine intervention of having free time due to the hospitality industry all but completely halting. It felt like a missing piece. Over those years she pursued her early education at Langara with increasing pace, eventually leading her to quit her job all together and start her own business as a private chef to support her growing passion for another kind of making. The necessity of timing cannot be missed in this venture, as Nicole is not certain that any other circumstances would have allowed her to pause and pursue anything else. She loves laughing, food, sci-fi, cycling, is very curious about everything, and has untethered risk tolerance.
“My practice is mainly directed by touch and intuition. I work with the three dimensional (mostly) and find myself deeply engaged with ceramics. The inherently process-orientated nature of these materials as well as the rich anthropological history carries a significance I am still unfolding. I am most interested in exploring what it means to be authentic, and stripping away the need to perform as an idea of what should be. I find myself caught between the pull of technical perfection and unbridled present-ness in my making, directed by no planned outcome. I look to making as a way to be free from self and hope to make art that is accessible in concept and consumption by all. I want to be free and real, and want that for you too.”
Anna Altwein is a Vancouver based Jeweler and multi-disciplinary artist. Since beginning Vancouver Community College’s Jewellery, Art and Design Program in 2021, Anna continues to refine and expand her skills as a Goldsmith. In 2022, she was awarded the Craft Council of BC Award for technical achievement and the Donna Hawrelko Design Award for outstanding achievement in Gemmology. Anna will exhibit her work at Craft Council of BC and the Queen Elizabeth Theater in 2023. When away from the excitement of her jewelry bench, Anna can be found studying Gemmology or scouring libraries for her next inspiration.
Inspired by humanity’s interpretations of the vast unknown, I create sleek jewels realized in symbolic materials and embellished with archetypal imagery. The resulting designs invite viewers to connect with the universal myths which have provided inspiration and guidance for countless generations. My creative practice is propelled by the joyful process of transmuting raw metals and gem materials into new, symbolic forms. By constantly experimenting with new alloys, fabrication methods, and gemstones, I am able to keep my offerings dynamic, satisfy my curiosity, and explore the magnificent history of Goldsmithing.
Monique Huynh has been a visual storyteller for most of her life. Her formal education in the creative fields include an Environmental Design degree in the Faculty of Architecture from the University of Manitoba and a Communications Design degree from Emily Carr University. She worked as a senior graphic designer for social impact company LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics for almost a decade. She eventually left LUSH to pursue long-distance love and raise three sons. After spending most of her creative focus on the 2D world of design she decided she needed a medium that would allow her to put her design skills to use while also allowing her to be more tactile. She set out to learn a craft and soon landed on jewelry making. Currently she is enrolled in the Jewellery Art and Design program at VCC.