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

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 Carter Wosk 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 panel 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 at a private presentation ceremony.

 Dates to Remember

  • June 29, 2020 – Nominations OPEN
  • August 9, 2020 – Nominations CLOSE

Nominations must be submitted online by August 9, 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 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’s Bio (maximum 500 words)

  • Address how long have they been working in their field.
  • Include their educational and professional activities, affiliations and/or significant projects, and/or resume.

Ten visuals depicting a selection of recent work

  • Submit visuals in jpg, tiff OR pdf format.
  • All images should be high resolution a minimum 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).

Visit Resources to download the guide for the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design 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. 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 must 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 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.
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Outstanding BC Applied Artists and Designers Honoured with Awards

Awardees of the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art and Design were honoured for their creative excellence at the 15th annual presentation ceremony on November 27 at the Roundhouse in Vancouver.

“British Columbia’s world-leading artistic, cultural and creative industries contribute to our province’s prosperity and climate of innovation,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “This year, once again, the Carter Wosk Award recipients exemplify BC’s creative spirit. These artists and designers inspire others and attract global recognition.”

Recipients of the 15th annual award program are selected by jury and include:

Morgan Mallett, Fashion Design
Sholto Scruton, Industrial Design
McCauley Wanner + Ryan Palibroda, Fashion Design

“The 2019 recipients of the Carter Wosk Award demonstrate creative and practical originality in their work making functional art,” said Foundation Chair, Anne Giardini. “Whether through clothing, furniture, prosthetic covers or ceramics, these artists are creating remarkable objects that are both beautiful and useful,” she added.

The above artists and designers were selected by jury members Stefanie Dueck, metal artist, and past recipient; Marie Khouri, sculptor, and past recipient; Ron Kong, craft advocate; and Nik Rust of Propellor Design, multi-disciplinary design studio and past recipient.

The Board of the BC Achievement Foundation named Gordon Hutchens as the 2019 Award of Distinction Laureate honouring his career as a master potter.

The work of the 2019 awardees was showcased at The Roundhouse in a public art exhibit from November 23rd through November 27th, 2019. BC Achievement is grateful to The Roundhouse as its event partner, Georgia Straight as its media partner and Denbigh Fine Art Services as its exhibition partner.

The Carter Wosk Award is generously supported by and named in honour of BC philanthropist, academic and visionary Yosef Wosk, Ph.D., OBC and Sam Carter, BC educator, designer and curator.

The award is an acknowledgement that feels really good, that people have noticed what I’ve been up to all my life and it’s really interesting and wonderful that there’s a foundation like this that actually recognizes an area of creativity that’s often overlooked.

Gordon Hutchens, 2019 Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design, Award of Distinction Recipient
2019 Applied Art + Design Award

2019 Award of Distinction:

  • Gordon Hutchens »
    Denman Island

    Gordon Hutchens first became intrigued with pottery at the age of 14 during a visit to Japan where he watched potters at work and saw the revered position of pottery in that culture. Following this path, Gordon studied ceramics at…

2019 Awardees:

2019 Presentation Ceremony