The Fulmer Award in First Nations Art (Fulmer Award) recognizes artistic excellence in traditional, contemporary or media art. The annual award is designed for artists from BC First Nations who have demonstrated a commitment to their art practice, have accumulated a body of work, and who are recognized in their communities as artists.


Artists have the option to self-identify in one of two submission 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 independent 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 independent work and serve as mentors in their respective artistic community.

What Kind of Artwork is Eligible

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.

Why Nominate / Apply

The Fulmer Award advances the collective conversation around art in BC. Applying for the 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 to a wider audience.

Who is Eligible

  • All nominees must be affiliated with a BC First Nation.
  • 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.

Selection of Awardees

Selections are based on the nomination package and the criteria of artistic excellence, creativity, originality, interpretation of First Nations culture and aesthetics. The Fulmer Award is adjudicated by an independent jury panel of experts in the field of First Nations Art, including established First Nations artists. The decision of the independent jury is final.

The Crabtree-McLennan Emerging Artist Award is presented to an emerging artist in honour of Emily Carr University Aboriginal Program Director, Brenda Crabtree and the UBC Museum of Anthropology’s Curator Emeritus, Bill McLennan

Recognition of Awardees

  • Up to five artists are awarded $5000 at a private presentation ceremony.
  • The work of the successful awardees is featured in a multi-day curated exhibition open to the public and presented in partnership with the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.

Dates to Remember

  • June 3, 2020 – Nominations OPEN
  • July 15, 2020 – Nominations CLOSE

Nominations must be submitted online by July 15, 2020 (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 and (maximum 500 words).
  • Address what makes their work unique/interesting; how it contributes to the community; 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 he/she knows the nominee.
  • If presenting work outside of the artist’s Nation, please provide reasons for doing so.

Artist’s Bio (maximum 500 words)

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

Ten visuals depicting a selection of work

  • Submit visuals in jpg, tiff OR pdf format.
  • All images should a minimum of 1MB.

Visual List

  • For each image, please provide: title, date, medium and a short description.
  • Please ensure it is clear which image refers to which description on the visual list (name the images the same way as on the list ie. Surname, First Name Image #1).

Optional: two Letters of Recommendation from individuals who can attest to the nominee’s artistic practice and describe why the nominee should be considered for the award (this is particularly helpful for the jury if the nominee is an emerging artist).

 Visit Resources to download the guide for the Fulmer Award in First Nations Art program, “Tips for 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. Has the name of the award changed?
Yes, in 2018, the name was changed from the BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art to The Fulmer Award in First Nations Art.

2. 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.

3. If an artist is affiliated with another First Nation outside of BC but is currently living and working in BC, can they apply?
No, the artist must be affiliated with a British Columbia First Nation.

4. Can an artist submit samples of the work in each field they practice?
Yes, but only ten visuals TOTAL may be submitted.

5. What is ‘media art' and is it admissible?
Yes, it is admissible. BC First Nations artists working in media art are those whose work is created with new media technologies including film, digital art, and computer animation.

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

7. When are awardees notified and where are the names of the awardees published?
Awardees are notified by mid-September. Their names are published on BC Achievement’s website and social media channels.

BC Achievement has many opportunities for engagement and we are actively seeking partnerships.

Please contact the Executive Director for further information.
[email protected]


Open June 2020
Awardees Announced:
September 2020

Recognition: November 2020

The Program

The Fulmer Award in First Nations Art celebrates the intersection of art and culture, while honouring First Nations artistic traditions. The award program creates an authentic space for community engagement, mentorship and storytelling where traditions are passed onto younger generations and shared with a BC-wide audience.

Presented by BC Achievement, The First Nations Art award program is supported by the generosity of The Fulmer Foundation.


When we create art it’s every part of our spirit...it’s healing, and it’s teaching me the values that we once carried strong within us, like patience and innovation.

Doreen Manuel, 2019 Fulmer Award in First Nations Art Recipient

2019 Award of Distinction:

  • Marianne Nicolson »

    Marianne is a well-known mixed media artist who utilizes painting, photography, mixed-media, sculpture, and installation to create modern depictions of traditional Kwakwaka’wakw concepts. As an artist of Musgamakw Dzawada'enuxw First Nations descent, Marianne’s training encompasses both traditional Kwakwaka’wakw forms and…

2019 Awardees:

2019 Presentation Ceremony Photos