Theme and Intent
The year 2017 marks the sesquicentennial of Canadian Confederation. On 1 July 1867, the three British colonies became four provinces of the new dominion. The existing United Province of Canada was divided to become the new provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and two other colonies, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, also became provinces of the new Dominion of Canada.
The NSDCC believes there is no better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday than through a juried exhibition of fine craft exploring our members’ interpretation of Canadian identity and/or celebrating Canadiana. 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.
All works must have been created after June 2016.
Open to all individual members of the NSDCC, in all membership categories. Individuals who are not currently members of the NSDCC may participate in the exhibition by paying membership dues. You can apply or renew online here http://www.nsdcc.ns.ca/membership-registration-renewal.
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 the NSDCC. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted by phone or in person, cash or debit are accepted in person.
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 2016. 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 the NSDCC. Insurance during shipping is the responsibility of the entrant. The NSDCC 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 30 works.
Patricia McClelland - A former president and founding member of the NSDCC, Patricia has also served as president of the Canadian Crafts Council. Her weavings have been widely exhibited and can be found in a number of private, corporate and public collections, including the collection of the Governor General of Canada.
Pamela Ritchie - Professor of the Jewellery Department at NSCAD University since 1985, Pamela has been exhibiting her work nationally and internationally for more than 40 years. Pamela is the winner of the 2017 Saidye Bronfman Award, one of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.
Phil Secord - Phil is founder of Secord Gallery, one of the longest established galleries and custom framing shops in Atlantic Canada, with roots dating back to 1979. Secord Gallery represents many established and emerging contemporary artists working in painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and ceramics.
Jurors’ Choice Award
Jurors will be asked to select one work from amongst the entries to receive the “Jurors’ Choice Award”. A cash prize of $250 will be awarded to the maker of the winning work.
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 brochure are encouraged to contact the NSDCC office at 1-902-423-3837, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.