Calling for nominations! Apply now for
BC Achievement’s art award programs – open until June 30

BC Achievement’s art award programs allow incredible people to be recognized and elevated by their peers and communities. It is a celebration of the province’s growing and critical creative economy. Nominate now and help shine the light on excellence in BC! 

Beginning June 1 through June 30, nominations for artists are being accepted for the First Nations Art and the Applied Art + Design programs.  

Applying for an award serves as a platform to communicate an artist’s work, vision and creativity. The process invites an opportunity for critical artistic reflection and exposes artists and designers to a wider audience. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Recipients receive a cash prize, they participate in an exhibition showcasing their art, a film is produced outlining their artistic journey and their story is celebrated through province-wide recognition. There are so many reasons to nominate! 

The Polygon Award in First Nations Art (FNA), now in its 17th year, recognizes BC First Nations artists for excellence in traditional, contemporary or media art including those who have demonstrated a commitment to their art practice; have accumulated a body of work; and who are recognized in their communities as artists. Up to four artists will be selected to receive the award. 

Nominations are invited from throughout the province from BC First Nations artists who practice 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. 

“Anytime you can do artwork and put it out there and make the Indigenous presence in these areas known, that could inspire a young Indigenous person to pursue their traditional art and culture.” 

Qwul’thilum Dylan Thomas, 2022 FNA Award Recipient 

The second art program is the Applied Art + Design (AAD) Award which, since 2004, has been celebrating British Columbians who excel in creating functional art. The program recognizes artists who work in mediums such as furniture, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, weaving, glass, fashion, to industrial design. Up to four artists will be selected to receive the award. 

“It is important to draw attention to the work of craftspeople in applied arts and design by honouring them with these kinds of awards for excellence in their field. It is a public endorsement and reminder of the value of handcrafting which celebrates individual achievement over mass manufacturing which dehumanizes it.” 

Robert Anderson, 2022 AAD Award of Distinction Recipient 

Nominations for this year’s award will be accepted through BCAF’s website from June 1-30. Recipients will be announced in October, with an exhibit of their selected works taking place November 15 – 22 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in downtown Vancouver. 

For more information about the BC Achievement Foundation and  its award programs, visit  


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