The Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design (AAD 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.

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 / 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.

 Dates to Remember

  • June 1, 2021 – Nominations OPEN
  • July 7, 2021 – Nominations CLOSE
  • October 2021 – Awardees ANNOUNCED

Nominations must be submitted online by July 7, 2021 (all materials must be received by 11:59 pm).

Complete the online Nomination form and submit the following information:

Artist’s 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 CV/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 or pdf format.
  • Each image should be a minimum of 1MB.

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

  • Include testimonials, certificates, videos or media coverage.

    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.

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.

Visit Resources to download the guide for the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design program, “Tips for Submitting a Compelling Nomination”. 

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 by late-September. Their names are published on BC Achievement’s website and social media channels.


2020 Award of Distinction, Nancy Bryant – Costume Design

Nominations Open:
June 1, 2021
Nominations Close:
July 7, 2021

Awardees Announced:
October 2021

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 shines a light on functional art which enhances day-to-day life for individuals while enriching our collective experiences. 

BC Achievement is grateful for the generosity and ongoing support of the Yosef Wosk Family Foundation toward the Carter Wosk Award program. 

Congratulations to the 2020 Awardees! Click here to read the press release.

BC Achievement is honoured to celebrate the recipients of the 2020 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.

“When you finally feel like everything has come together from the sketch...and everyone from the team has come together and we have created this thing, it is just such a proud moment.”

Nancy Bryant, 2020 Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design, Award of Distinction
2020 Applied Art + Design Award

2020 Award of Distinction:

  • Nancy Bryant »

    Nancy is an established costume designer who has worked creatively with various dance, theatre, opera and film directors internationally and across Canada. Vancouver has been her home for the last 40 years. Her work with choreographer Crystal Pite has had…

2020 Photo Gallery

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