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The Arts Council of Ladysmith and District invites established and emerging fine artisans and artists living and working on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands to apply for participation in our first biennial juried Fine Craft Show.

What is fine craft?

Fine craft refers to works by artisans that are carefully crafted from quality materials with function and design in mind. While fine arts are focused on the creative self-expression of the artists, fine crafts are created with the end user in mind.

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Submission Guidelines


The competition is open to all established and emerging artists and artisans living on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands. Artisans across a large variety of disciplines are encouraged to apply.  


 All work must:

  • be of a high quality

  • show a good understanding and mastery of the represented medium

  • be the original creation of the artist

  • show a high level of technical ability and artistic accomplishment


Work must not have been accepted in other Vancouver Island or Gulf Island juried shows online or otherwise. Newer work is preferred. Individual work must have a minimum price of $100. Work derived from the work of another artist is not permissible, unless you are demonstrating a significant creative departure from the original and clearly indicating that this is the case.

No members of the organizing committee of this show are allowed to take part in the show.


  • Basketry

  • Clay 

  • Fiber Decorative

  • Fiber Wearables

  • Glass

  • Leather

  • Metal

  • Paper

  • Stone

  • Wood

  • Combined Media

  • Jewelry



$3500 of Prizes to be Won!

Best in Show: $1000

Category Winner: $200 each

People's Choice Award: $100


How To Take Part - Submission Process

Submissions Open  January 1, 2022


You may submit a maximum of three pieces to the show.


To complete the submission form you will need to gather some information. Apart from personal information such as your full name, phone number, email address, and physical address, you will need the following:

  • A short bio ​(max 150 words)

  • An artist statement (max 150 words); 

  • A photograph of yourself for the webpage and catalogue

  • Information on each work such as:

    • Title​

    • Description (the story behind the piece and more info on your medium, if needed)

    • Dimensions in inches (HxWxD)

    • Price 

    • Category of entry

  • Photographs:​ 

    • A photograph of you ​

    • Photographs of your artwork: up to three photographs of each piece.

    • Photo(s) should be 500 kb, 1500 to 2500 pixels wide. Here is a link to help with resizing your image.

    • Photo(s) should be saved as a .JPG

    • Save the photo as follows: title of the piece_your full name. JPG

    • Need help taking a photograph?  Watch this video.

    • You will have to upload your photographs and will be prompted to do so from the online submission form.

    • If you need a photographer to take pictures of your artwork, 

​Considerations before submitting your work:

  1. Read our guidelines on copyright, and here is a video to watch.

  2. Read our guidelines on cultural appropriation and here is a video to watch.

  3. Fee Structure: You will need to pay the non-refundable entry fee of $15 per artwork when you submit your form online. The Display Fee for accepted artists is $25 per artist (one flat rate display fee regardless of how many works are accepted). 

    • If you would like to pay by phone, call Delie on a Wednesday or Thursday between 9 and 2 p.m. at 250-245-1252

    • If you do not have a credit card, you can send a cheque to

      Arts Council of Ladysmith & District

      PO Box 2370,


      B.C. V9G 1B8

    • You can also pay fees by email transfer, please contact Delie to setup for this option.

  4. You will receive confirmation of your entry.

  5. You will have to do all of this before January 17, 2022 at midnight.

  6. Jurying will be done online, but adjudicating pieces for prizes will be conducted in person.

  7. Once the jury has selected the show pieces, you will be notified by email whether your pieces were successful or not.

  8. The show will open to the public from February 5 to February 28.




Sales and shipping will be dealt with through the ACLD office.

Commission for art pieces sold will be charged to the artist at 40% of the sales price. Sales will be paid to the artist, preferably by e-transfer, or by cheque.

The Arts Council of Ladysmith and District is required by the Government to issue T4A slips for all sales payouts to artists if the yearly total is $500 or greater. Social Insurance Numbers must be provided by artists if a T4A is required.


Artisans must submit their own original work. You are not allowed to use the work of another artisans in part or as a whole. If the work is based on a photograph not taken by you, you must have permission from the photographer.

Artists should familiarize themselves with copyright laws and ensure that their work does not infringe on any copyright. If you are unsure, please email our Curator at

Cultural Appropriation

The ACLD respects the cultural rights of all Indigenous Peoples and will not accept artwork for exhibition that may be viewed as cultural appropriation. Please ensure your work is culturally sensitive and appropriate in its content. If you have used any indigenous motifs/designs or cultural symbolism in your work, and you are not a member of the culture from which your work’s inspiration is drawn, you must provide written authorization from a cultural representative.

Important Dates
  • January 1 - Open for submissions

  • January 17 - Submissions close

  • January 20 - Jurying takes place

  • January 21 - Artisans receives acceptance email

  • January 26 and 27 - Drop off work at show location

  • February 4 - Award selection

  • February 5 - Opening and announcement of awards 

  • February 5 to February 28 - Open to public

  • February 28 - Announcement of People's Choice award

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