Overview

The Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design (AAD Award) program was launched in the fall of 2004 to recognize artistic excellence in functional art. The annual award celebrates British Columbians whose work directly contributes to the cultural and economic fabric of the province. Their creative innovation serves to enhance day-to-day life for individuals, enrich society as a whole and strengthen the economy.

Categories

Emerging: Artists have developed basic techniques through education and/or apprenticeship; and are in the early stages of launching a professional career. They have created and publicly presented a body of work and are ready for the next step in their artistic development.

Established: Artists have demonstrated advanced techniques; shown a commitment to their art practice; and are recognized in their community as artists. They have publicly presented a significant body of work and serve as mentors in their respective artistic community.

What is considered under Applied Art and Design

Artists and designers whose work has a practical or functional application can be considered for this award. This includes, but not limited to, furniture, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, weaving, glass, fashion, and industrial design.

Why Nominate or Apply

The Applied Art + Design Award advances the collective conversation around functional art and design. 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.

Who is Eligible

  • The nominee must have been a resident of BC for the past three years.
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • Posthumous nominations are not eligible.
  • The fields of architecture, fine art, graphic or interior design are not eligible.

Selection of Awardees

Selections are based on the nomination package and the criteria of excellence, creativity, originality, innovative approach, and aesthetics. The Award is adjudicated by an independent jury of experts in the field of Applied Art and Design. The decision of the independent jury is final.

Recognition of Awardees

  • Up to three artists are awarded $2500 each.
  • Each AAD awardee receives a Recognition film produced by BC Achievement, and medallion and pin designed by BC First Nations artist Robert Davidson.

 Dates to Remember

  • June 1, 2021 – Nominations OPEN
  • July 14, 2021 – Nominations CLOSE
  • October 2021 – Awardees ANNOUNCED

Nominations must be submitted online by JULY 14, 2021 (all materials must be received by 11:59 pm).

Rescission of an Awardee's Recognition

Complete the online Nomination form and submit the following information:

Artist Statement

  • Describe why the nominee should be considered for the award (max 3,000 characters).
  • Address what makes their work unique/interesting; how it contributes to the cultural economy of BC; who or what has influenced the nominee; why the jury should select the nominee.
  • Describe the nominee as an artist and why they do the work they do.
  • If NOT a self-nomination, the nominator should write about the above on behalf of the artist and provide a description of how they know the nominee.

Artist Resumé

  • Address how long have they been working in their field.
  • Include the artist’s training, experience or significant projects.

Images of the Work

  • Submit up to ten images representing the artist’s work.
  • Provide high resolutions images in either jpeg, tiff, png or pdf format.
  • Each image should be a minimum of 1MB to a maximum of 10MB.

Visual List

  • For each image, please provide: title, date, medium and a short description.
  • For each uploaded image, provide an image number that corresponds to the visuals provided.

Supporting Documents (optional)

You may add significant documents that will help the jury in their evaluation. This is an opportunity to share how the artist meets the criteria and why their accomplishments are worthy of the award.

    Additional Materials

  • You may attach up to five supporting documents which may include testimonials, certificates, videos or media coverage that depict an artist's achievements as they indicate the scope of an artist's work.

    Challenges of COVID-19

  • Given the impact of COVID-19, this is an opportunity to share the artist’s story of resilience, if it has impacted their art.

    Reference Letters

  • Include up to two reference letters from individuals who can attest to the artist’s practice and describe why the nominee should be considered for the award. This is particularly helpful if the nominee is an emerging artist.

Download the AAD Resource “Tips for a Submitting a Compelling Nomination”. 

Please note:

  • All nominations are valid for three years including the first year of nomination and two subsequent years and can be updated annually throughout the process.
  • Nominations are kept confidential between the nominator and BC Achievement.
  • All nominees are informed as to whether or not they have been successful with their application.

1. Can a team enter?
Yes. Nomination packages from teams with a maximum of three applied artists and designers are accepted.

2. What is the definition of “recent work?”
The independent jury prefers to view work completed in the last two to three years – they are seeking current work, rather than historical work where possible.

3. Are part-time artists eligible?
Yes, if the artist is committed to their practice; has produced a significant body of work; and is recognized by their community and peers as an artist.

4. Should a previously submitted nomination package be updated?
Yes, nominees should provide updated visuals and information reflecting their recent work annually.

5. When are awardees notified and where are the names of the awardees published?
Awardees are notified in October. Their names are published on BC Achievement’s website and social media channels.

CARTER WOSK AWARD
APPLIED ART + DESIGN

2021 Judson Beaumont Emerging Artist, Elen Danielle – Poppy Brooch

Nominations Open:
June 1, 2021
Nominations Close:
July 14, 2021

Awardees Announced:
October 18, 2021

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Honouring excellence and inspiring achievement in Applied Art and Design throughout the province

Celebrating British Columbians whose work directly contributes to the cultural and economic fabric of the province, the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design shines a light on functional art which enhances day-to-day life for individuals while enriching our collective experiences.

Congratulations to the 2021 Awardees! Click here for the press release.

BC Achievement is privileged to announce the establishment of The Judson Beaumont Emerging Artist designation. Named in honour of the late BC-based furniture designer, the award celebrates Judson’s legacy, talents and entrepreneurial creativity. Known for his enthusiasm, kindness and generosity, Judson had an insatiable drive for excellence which fuelled his ability to commit 110 percent to every task he undertook. The recognition aims to support, mentor, and highlight emerging talent within BC’s thriving cultural community of artists and designers. 

BC Achievement is pleased to celebrate the recipients of the 2021 Carter Wosk Award through the #shinethelightbc campaign, recognizing the awardees for their role in elevating Applied Art + Design in British Columbia. It is through their contribution that BC Achievement continues to serve its mission to honour excellence and inspire achievement.

BC Achievement is grateful for the generosity and ongoing support of the Yosef Wosk Family Foundation toward the Applied Art + Design Award program.

Awardees will be honoured in a series of digital campaigns which includes a film produced by BC Achievement highlighting their accomplishments while sharing their story of creativity, innovation and artistic excellence. Each recipient is presented with a medallion and pin designed by BC First Nations artist, Robert Davidson.

There’s a real value for all of us who are somewhat successful or known and are trying to do really good work, really fine craft. It’s important to show that, to set an example, so people can actually see. If they don’t see the fine original, well done work, then then they won’t see the difference.

2021 Awardee, Nicholas Purcell
2021 Applied Art + Design Award

2021 Award of Distinction:

  • Ann McLaren »
    Vancouver

    Ann studied figurative sculpture at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. A former co-owner of Third Dimension Studios, Ann specialized in making life-like recreations for international museums such as the Florida Museum of Natural History, the DNA Learning…

2021 Awardees:

Photo Gallery - 2021 Carter Wosk Awardees

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