The practice of applied art + design in British Columbia 

Photo: footwear by John Fluevog, 2008 Award of Distinction recipient

In British Columbia, we have exceptional applied artists and designers who lead their fields with distinction, innovation, and creativity. Recognized recipients of the BC Achievement Applied Art + Design (AAD) award program include Martha Sturdy, Omar Arbel, John Fluevog, and Arc’teryx, among others. 

This program celebrates British Columbians who excel in creating functional art, enhancing day-to-day life while contributing to the province’s cultural and economic fabric. 

Applied art refers to the application of design and aesthetics to everyday objects, such as furniture, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, and clothing. It combines functionality and artistic elements, creating beautiful objects that enrich daily life. The creative process often involves collaboration with manufacturers and craftsmen to ensure usability, durability, and cost-effectiveness. 

The AAD program, launched in 2006, has honoured 83 alumni, with 19 receiving the Award of Distinction designation. This award recognizes established artists for their extraordinary and sustained accomplishments in applied art + design, inspiring their community and province. 

Past Award of Distinction recipients include: 

The 2023 AAD award program recipients will be celebrated at an art exhibition from November 15 to 22, followed by a presentation ceremony on November 22 at The Roundhouse in Vancouver. Save the dates and stay tuned for ticket details at  

Join us in honouring the best of BC’s creative economy and the visionaries who redefine possibilities in functional design. 

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