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.
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).
Complete the online Nomination form and submit the following information:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”.
- 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.