Eligibility & Information Required to Submit

Why Apply?

The BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nations Art advances the collective conversation around art in BC. Applying for the award serves as a platform to communicate your work, vision and creativity. The process invites an opportunity for critical artistic reflection and exposes artists to a wider audience. In addition:

  • Prize money will be awarded to up to five recipients at a presentation ceremony scheduled for Fall 2017.
  • The award is adjudicated by a panel of experts in First Nations Art, including established First Nations artists.
  • Recipients will be granted the use of the BC Creative Achievement Award seal to signify their creative excellence.

Who is eligible?

Artists must be affiliated with a BC First Nation and have been a resident of BC for the past three years. Artists have the option to self-identify in one of two submission categories:
  1. Emerging: artists have mastered the basic techniques of an art form through education and / or apprenticeship and are in the early stages of launching a professional career. They have created and publicly presented a modest body of independent work and are ready for the next steps in their artistic development.
  2. Established: artists have demonstrated a commitment to their art practice, produced a significant body of work, and are recognized in their community as artists. They have mastered advanced techniques of an art form and have publicly presented a significant body of independent work.

What kind of artwork is eligible?

Traditional or contemporary visual art in fields such as, but not limited to, carving, photography, beading, weaving, jewellery, painting, masks, sculpture, stonework, printmaking, basketry, textiles and media art.

Selection of Recipients

The awards are adjudicated by a panel of experts in the field of First Nations Art, including established First Nations artists, and decisions are based on the submission packages received. The decision of the jury is final.

How to Apply?

Submissions can be entered online using the form provided
Or by mail: BC Achievement Foundation, 4276 Musqueam Dr, Vancouver, BC V6N 3R7

A completed submission package includes:
  1. A completed submission form
  2. An artistís statement describing yourself as an artist, your experience, training and your artwork.
    • Consider describing why you became an artist, what your work means to you and others, what kinds of artwork you create, where you trained (if applicable) and anything else you think the jury might find interesting.
    • If the artist is presenting work outside of his/her nationís traditions, please provide the background information as to the nature of the art being presented.
    • If not a self-nomination, the nominator should write about the above on behalf of the artist.
  3. Up to five visuals depicting a selection of work
    • Jpeg, tiff, pdf are acceptable formats
    • Please provide high resolution images (each image should be 1MB+)
    • Visuals can be uploaded to our website using the online form
    • If you are submitting by mail, please provide a flash drive or CD of images
  4. Visual List
    • For each image, please provide: title, date, medium and a short description
    • Please ensure it is clear which image refers to which description on the visual list (ie. name the images the same way on the list).
  5. Letters of Recommendation
    • Include 2 letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your artistic practice.

Please note: All submission have a life of 3 jury cycles (the year of first submission and two further years beyond that.) You will be given the opportunity to update your submission in future, if not selected in the first year.

See Also

British Columbia Achievement Foundation
T. 604.261.9777 | Toll Free 866.882.6088 (in BC)
E. info@bcachievement.com
F. 778.379.0511


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