Call for Entry: Craft Year 2020

"Craft Year 2020" Member Exhibition Call for Entry
Please read the call for entry carefully and fill out the online application form in full:

Deadline for receiving works and online forms, Friday, July 24th, 2020.

*Due to the current Covid19 State of Emergency (SOE) we have made some adjustments to our member exhibition call for entry, requirements, and are looking for ideas of how to make the exhibition engaging online in the event that we can't have visitors in the gallery.  Fingers crossed that won't be the case, but I think the past few months have made it clear that engagement from afar is just as important as seeing exhibitions in person. Jurying for this year's exhibition will be done via images which you will provide by the deadline date.  Please note that if your work does not meet the jurors standards regarding craftsmanship, or is not as pictured in your submitted images Craft Nova Scotia reserves the right to disqualify works once received in the office. We are also asking that you include your ideas of how your work, and you can engage virtually with visitors on the Internet during the course of the exhibition if your piece(s) were chosen.

Theme and Intent
In 2007 we marked the first installment of Craft Year which saw over 700 events celebrating craft all across Canada from coast to coast to coast.  Craft Year 2015 saw an increase in activity, with almost 900 events including exhibitions, workshops, lectures, sales, book launches, and more.  The event brought to light the many happenings of craft that take place on a local, national and international level, informing the public of just how active the Canadian craft field is.  Building upon the success of the 2007 and 2015 events, the Canadian Crafts Federation is now engaged in Craft Year 2020.

In conjunction with Craft Year 2020, Craft Nova Scotia is inviting members to submit work in response to an open call for entries.   It is the intention of the Craft Nova Scotia Exhibitions Committee that this exhibition be a representative survey of current works by members.  Therefore there will be no theme for this exhibition; members will be asked to submit recently-created works for consideration.

An invited panel of three jurors will select the works to comprise the exhibition from amongst those submitted in response to the Call for Entries.  Jurors have not yet been confirmed for this exhibition.

The exhibition will be open to Craft Nova Scotia members only; new members may join the organization for the purpose of entering the exhibition.

Due to space and financial considerations, the exhibition will be limited to works by a maximum of 20 artists (although individual artists may submit more than one work). The exhibition will be on display at the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia from September 24th to November 8th, 2020.

All works must have been created after June 2019.

Open to all individual members of Craft Nova Scotia, in all membership categories. Individuals who are not currently members of the Craft Nova Scotia may participate in the exhibition by paying membership dues. You can apply or renew online here Craft Nova Scotia membership form.

Entry Fees
There will be a fee of $10 for each entry. A maximum of three items may be submitted by any one member. Cheques and money orders should be made payable to Craft Nova Scotia. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted by phone or in person, cash or debit are accepted in person, e-transfers can be sent with advance notice to the office.

Entry Rules
Each entrant may submit up to three entries. Each entrant must complete the online application form, and include clear labelling on all entries when dropped off. Entries accompanied by incomplete online entry forms, or entries received after the dropoff deadline, will not be put before the jurors for consideration. Entrants are also asked to provide both a brief biography (max. 200 words) and brief description (max. 150 words) about each entry as part of their online form.

To be considered, entries must have been fabricated after June 2019. All entries must fit through a standard doorway. Entries must not require unusual care. Objects intended to be hung on the wall must arrive with hanging devices included. Please call the office to make arrangements for delivery of entries weighing over 22 kg (50 lbs).

Pricing, Sales and Insurance
If the artist wishes to offer his/her work for sale, s/he should indicate that in the appropriate space on the online entry form. A directory of names and addresses of these exhibitors will be available in the gallery to facilitate sales. Insurance values should be set by the artist, and should reflect a fair replacement cost. In the case of items offered for sale, it will be assumed that the insurance value and the sale price are the same. Objects are insured against loss or damage while in the care of Craft Nova Scotia. Insurance during shipping is the responsibility of the entrant. Craft Nova Scotia will not assume responsibility for the damage or loss of any item during shipping, and reserves the right to refuse to insure objects that are excessively fragile or unstable.

This exhibition will be selected from the submitted entries by a group of three jurors. Works will be identified only by number. Jurors will be asked to select works bearing in mind: (a) the exhibition theme; (b) that works selected will work well with other works selected to form a cohesive exhibition; and (c) that the exhibition overall will fit within the Mary E. Black Gallery. Jurors will not be asked to explain their selections. The jurors’ choice will be made in private, and the jurors’ choices will be final. Due to space and financial considerations, the exhibition will be limited to works by a maximum of 20 artists.

Jurors -TBA
Jurors’ Choice Award
Jurors will be asked to select one work from amongst the entries to receive the “Jurors’ Choice Award”.

All works selected for the exhibition will be professionally photographed. A catalogue/brochure will be produced to accompany the exhibition. All artists participating in the exhibition will receive a copy of the catalogue/brochure.

Inquiries and Questions
Individuals with questions concerning any of the information in this call are encouraged to contact the Craft Nova Scotia office at 1-902-423-3837, or by email

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