Craft Awards recognize accomplished and dedicated practitioners in the field of craft and design. From makers that create innovative and exceptional work to curators, administrators, writers and volunteers who support the craft community, each recipient is recognized as an important contributor to contemporary craft practice.
We invite you to take a look through recipient profiles in the Craft Awards online gallery, and to mark your calendars for the annual Ceremony when winners are announced, and we celebrate the achievements of those deserving recognition for their ingenuity and expertise.
The program takes place on a yearly basis. Once all applications and materials are recieved, a jury of established professionals working in the field of craft and design will review and select recipients.
The Craft Awards program is able to take place on an annual basis through the valued support of many generous donors and sponsors. Our thanks go to the following organizations, businesses and individuals: the Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee, FUSION: the Ontario Clay and Glass Association, Lacy West Supplies. Ltd., The Pottery Supply House, Tuckers Pottery Supplies Ltd., as well as members and friends of the Copeland, Farndale, Gregor, Mather, McPherson, Shank, Walker and Yung families.
Craft Ontario is pleased to announce that the 2019 Craft Awards Program is has 16 awards open for application, totaling over $19,000. Below you will find a link to this year's list of awards, along with descriptions outlining conditions and requirements.
1) Review the award descriptions and requirements carefully to decide which awards you will apply for. You may apply for more than one award, but will only be considered for those where your work experience or medium fit the eligibility requirements.
4) Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
Each award has its own parameters for submission. Please read the eligibility and application requirements carefully before choosing which awards to apply for. Some awards are media-specific, while others are delineated according to career level:
EMERGING: This category is for emerging makers and is reserved for those in the early years of their professional careers who may still be undertaking undergraduate or graduate studies and have a small exhibition record.
MID-CAREER: This category is for crafts professionals in mid-career and includes those past the early stages of their career who have produced a reasonable body of work and may have a fair degree of public exposure.
ESTABLISHED: This category is for established craft professionals and includes those with an extensive body of work and with a history of national and international exhibitions and/or those who have achieved a wide degree of recognition.
For the Biography/Artist Statement, CV, Image and Support Material documents, you will need to create a single folder titled with your first and last name, and upload the folder, complete with files, to a file sharing program.
Common files sharing programs that are free to use are Google Drive, Dropbox, and WeTransfer. Once you have uploaded your application documents, create a link so that they can be accessed and downloaded by Craft Ontario, and copy the link into the application form.
Your complete application folder must include:
1) BIOGRAPHY/ARTIST STATEMENT
Provide a 100 – 200 word description of your professional background and current practice.
2) CURRICULUM VITAE/RESUME
Provide a maximum three-page list of your education, exhibition record, awards, commissioned work, and experience teaching or leading workshops.
3) 10 PROFESSIONAL IMAGES OF YOUR WORK (see below for more details)
4) SUPPORT MATERIAL DOCUMENTS
Depending on the Award that you are applying for, you will need to submit additional information such as: a Studio Development Plan, Study Plan, Achievements and Future Directions Statement, and/or a Description of Community Involvement. Read the Award requirements carefully, and include the necessary information in a word or pdf document. Please include a title for each section that indicates which award(s) the supporting text is intended for.
IMPORTANT: Award applications with incomplete support information will not be considered.
Make sure that all document and image files can be processed by a PC computer. It is your responsibility to ensure that submitted files are not corrupt, illegible or improperly formatted. Please save your CV as a WORD (.doc) document or PDF, and all image files as JPGs.