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

BC Achievement’s art award programs empower extraordinary individuals by providing deserved recognition and elevation from 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! 

 Offered year round until June 30, nominations for artists are being accepted for the Polygon Award in First Nations Art and the Sam Carter Award in 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 while exposing artists and designers to a wider audience. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Recipients receive a cash prize and a film outlining their artistic journey, they participate in an exhibition showcasing their art, and their story is celebrated through province-wide recognition channels. There are so many reasons to nominate! 

The Polygon Award in First Nations Art, now in its 18th year, recognizes BC First Nations artists for excellence in traditional, contemporary or media art and includes 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 in different categories. 

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. 

“All those who have received these awards…to see me there, is really quite an honour. It’s really important to tell our story because that’s who we are – we are storytellers.”  2023 Award Recipient, Klatle-bhi 

The second art program with a deadline of June 30 is the Sam Carter Award in Applied Art + Design 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. 

“I’ve always been making, ever since I was a child. That’s what got me through so many things in life…was making.”  2023 Awardee, Bridget Catchpole 

Nominations for this year’s art awards will be accepted through BC Achievement’s website until June 30. Recipients will be announced in October, with an exhibit of their selected works taking place November 18 – 24 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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