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Carter Wosk Award program nominations close July 14 #NominateNowBC! 

Photo: 2021 Awardee, Nick Purcell, furniture designer The Carter Wosk Award program recognizes excellence in applied art and design and has been doing so since 2005. Applied artists and designers create works that have a practical or functional application but yet offer so much more through their design aesthetic. In 2021 the award was presented to a ceramicist, a furniture designer, a textile artist and a craniofacial prosthetics artist. Each awardee creates pieces that are both functional and pleasing to the eye.   Open to artists …

Remembering the late Bill McLennan (1948 – 2020) 

Photo: William (Bill) McLennan (1948-2020) William (Bill) McLennan, renowned for his vast knowledge of Northwest Coast First Nations art, was a change maker for many First Nations artists and their practices throughout British Columbia. If you are engaged with the First Nations art community in any way, you will have undoubtedly come across his name, his writings and, if you were lucky enough, Bill himself.  Bill held a deep passion and intimate knowledge of Indigenous peoples and their art and their histories. It was Bill’s …

Last day to nominate for the 2022 Indigenous Business Award #NominateNowBC 

The 2022 Indigenous Business Award program is open for nominations until midnight, June 30.  Since 2009, the IBA program has served to identify and recognize successful Indigenous businesses. It honours excellence and celebrates Indigenous business throughout the province. And in doing so, it supports and sustains Indigenous entrepreneurship while inspiring others to strive for the same.  Any person, group or organization can submit a nomination and business owners can even choose to self-nominate. As long as the business is at least 51% Indigenous owned and …

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the BC Achievement Foundation announce 2022 Reconciliation Award Recipients

Vancouver, B.C. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, in partnership with the  BC Achievement Foundation, is honoured to announce the recipients of the second  British Columbia Reconciliation Award. The award recognizes six extraordinary individuals and organizations who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, integrity, respect, and commitment to furthering reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in the province of British Columbia, or inspired others to continue reconciliation efforts.  Individual Recipients:  Kwuntiltunaat, Kim Baird (Tsawwassen)  T̓łaḵwagila, Chief Bill Cranmer (Alert Bay)  Brendan Eshom (Prince Rupert)  Organization Recipients:  …

Calling all applied artists and designers, the Carter Wosk Award program is now open for your nominations!

Photo: 2021 Awardee, Nick Purcell, furniture designer The Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design honours excellence in functional art and design. Nominate now for the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design. Whether nominating yourself or another artist, by recognizing the accomplishments of our province’s artists and designers this annual award program pays tribute to exceptional people, doing exceptional work.   Janaki Larsen calls herself a potter and a mess maker. But to most of us, she’s an incomparable ceramics artist who creates beautiful …

The Fulmer Award in First Nations Art  program is now open for your nominations! 

Photo: 2021 Awardee, James Harry, Dream Weaver, collaborative work with Lauren Brevner The Fulmer Award in First Nations Art  celebrates artistic excellence in traditional and contemporary visual arts by First Nations artists.   Nominating an artist for this award program whether it’s a self-nomination or one from a third-party, helps elevate excellence. It raises awareness of the good things happening in our communities and inspires innovation, understanding and leadership. Nominating an artist for this award showcases their ongoing initiative, their dedicated commitment to their practice, their tenacity and their excellence in their chosen field.  …