Call for Submissions | Alberta Craft Council

Date: Mar 29, 2021

Deadline: May 23, 2021 - 11:45 pm

Call for Entry: Kitsch

Kitsch: craft so bad that it’s good

Call for entry deadline: April 25, 2021

Alberta Craft Feature Gallery - Edmonton exhibition dates: June 25 - October 24, 2021

Has the pandemic left you with the need for some comic relief? We invite craft artists working in all traditional and contemporary craft media to join in the fun and to submit your interpretations of kitsch craft.  

We are seeking examples of kitsch craft that shares a knowing wink with the viewer. Craft that wears kitsch on its velour sleeve as a rhinestone badge of honour. Craft that’s appeal is found in its bad taste and ironic value.

Share a laugh with us as we prepare to deck the gallery with craft so gaudy, ostentatious, flashy, tacky, trite, sentimental, melodramatic, and overdone - it will take your breath away.

Indications you are hitting the kitsch craft sweet spot:

  • Subverts the rules around good taste
  • Crosses one, or better yet several lines
  • Makes you laugh and cringe all at once

The pandemic has brought about a challenging time for the creative community and many craft artists are working under difficult financial constraints. With this in mind, we invite you to creatively use supplies and objects you already have on hand or that are readily available at a low cost.

Submission Content:

  • 1-5 professional quality images of work for consideration image list: title, year created, dimensions, materials, and techniques 
  • A short statement about the work
  • Your artist bio
  • Your portrait
  • Must be a current Alberta Craft Council member (Student, General or Professional)


Please contact the exhibition team

Call for Entry: Coming Up Next

Deadline for entry: May 23, 2021

Coming Up Next celebrates the creativity, innovation, and skill of emerging artists entering the field of contemporary craft in Canada. This annual group exhibition serves as an important launchpad, introducing emerging artists to the Alberta Craft Council community (including to our sophisticated audience of artists, craft collectors and supporters), and to the professional development services the Alberta Craft Council provides to its members. The exhibition will be curated to feature a diverse representation of traditional and contemporary fine craft disciplines.

We welcome submissions from artists whose path to craft may have begun through apprenticeships, mentorships with elders, those who are self-taught or who received a formal post-secondary craft education. If you are within the first five years of your career in fine craft, or the final year of studies in a fine craft discipline, you are eligible to enter.

This national call is free to enter, with a submission of up to five images of work available for the exhibition dates. Works produced in any of the craft media: clay, fibre, glass, metal, wood, or any combination of craft media, and completed within the past two years will be considered.

Exhibition Dates:

  • Alberta Craft Discovery Gallery – Edmonton: August 14-Sept 25, 2021
  • Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary: TBD

Submission Content:

  • Current CV with contact information
  • Artist biography
  • Image list: title, year created, retail price, dimensions, materials and techniques
  • Work submitted must be available for the duration of the exhibitions
  • 3–5 images of work (high quality digital images, measuring at least 1000 pixels in width or height)
  • CARFAC fee of $848 will be equally be divided between participating artists. Work can also be available for sale at the Alberta Craft Council’s 60% consignment rate to artists.
  • Artists are responsible for paying shipping to the Alberta Craft Council, we will pay for return shipment within Canada on unsold items under 10kg/36”.


Please contact the exhibition team