Awards

The contemporary edge on craft practice

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, The Pottery Supply House, Tuckers Pottery Supplies Ltd., FUSION: the Ontario Clay and Glass Association, Lacy West Supplies. Ltd., as well as members and friends of the Mather, Farndale, Copeland, Walker, Gregor, Yung, McPherson, and Diamond Butts families.

Craft Ontario is pleased to announce that the 2018 Craft Awards Program is has seventeen 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.

 

Craft Awards Applications

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MONDAY JULY 30th 2018, 11:59 PM EST

HOW TO APPLY

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.

2) Ensure that you have a Craft Ontario Student or Craft Professional membership. Your membership must be active by the submission deadline or your application will not be considered. To take out a new membership or to renew online, please go to: www.craftontario.com/membership-programs/join. For membership inquiries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 416-925-4222 x 222.

3) Complete the Application Form by clicking the 'Apply Now' button below. If you have any difficulties with the application process please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 416-925-4222 x 222.

4) Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

GENERAL RULES AND FAQS:
  • 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.
  • Work submitted for review must have been created within the last three years.
  • A panel of seven jurors will assess submissions according to the quality of the work shown, not by merit or need demonstrated in supporting documents such as study or studio plans.
  • An applicant cannot receive the same award twice. If an award has been won by an applicant in a previous program year, she or he is then ineligible to apply for that award a second time.
  • Current Craft Ontario staff and board members are ineligible to apply to the Craft Awards program.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

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.

    • You must have less than 5 years of professional practice to apply for awards in this category.

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.

    • You must have 5 to 10 years of professional practice to apply to this category.

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.

    • You must have at least 10 years of professional practice in order to apply to this category.
Application Documents

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.

If you have any difficulties with this process, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 416-925-4222 x 222.

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.

 

Questions? Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 416-925-4222 x 222.

 

Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.