Celebrating First Nations’ Art

Published on April 20, 2011

Deadline for Submissions May 26, 2011

VANCOUVER, April 19, 2011 – The British Columbia Achievement Foundation today issued a Call for Submissions for the 5th annual BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ Art.

“The awards celebrate BC’s rich cultural history,” said Keith Mitchell, chair of the BC Achievement Foundation. “Our goal is to showcase and celebrate the achievements of remarkable artists from across the province. The 2011 award recipients will join 20 British Columbians who have been recognized with a BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art since 2007.”

An artist may be nominated or self-submit to these juried awards. The deadline for submissions is May 26, 2011. The prizes have been increased for 2011 to $5,000 and will be presented at a ceremony in the Fall in Vancouver.

Up to five awards will be presented to artists affiliated with a BC First Nation working in either traditional or contemporary First Nations’ art. Carvers, printmakers, weavers, jewelers, painters and media artists are examples of artists recognized by the BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ Art.  Alvin Adkins, Haida, Vancouver; Lisa Hageman, Haida, Masset; Peter Morin, Tahltan, Victoria; Tim Paul, Nuu-chah-nulth, Port Alberni and Richard Sumner Kwakwaka’wakw, Victoria received the awards in 2010.  The lifetime award was presented to basketmaker and cultural leader Rena Point Bolton, Sto:lo, Terrace.

Recipients are selected by a jury panel which consider creativity, originality, innovation, aesthetics and interpretation of First Nations’ culture when making decisions.

The awards are presented by the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, an independent foundation established and endowed by the Province in 2003 to celebrate excellence in the arts, humanities, enterprise and community service. Polygon Homes Ltd. sponsors the BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ Art.

Visit www.bcachievement.com <http://www.bcachievement.com> for details. The deadline for submissions  is May 26, 2011.

Nora Newlands
B.C. Achievement Foundation, 604-618-6949 or 1-866-882-6088