Artists are invited to submit original works for “The Art of Craft.” This exhibition will be held at the Deer Lake Art Gallery from November 27th – December 18th, 2021. The call is open to all artisans and crafters residing in Burnaby and metro-Vancouver. We invite submissions from artists, artisans and crafters working in any craft media including weaving, quilting, carving, pottery, textiles, glass, and jewelry.

The difference between art and craft is often explained as art relies on visual artistic merit, while craft is focused on skills, technique, and the utilitarian nature of a piece. But there is an undeniable artistry that goes into all crafting methods. The goal of this exhibition is to showcase the artistic nature of pieces that are traditionally thought of as craft.

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 17, 2021

Eligibility: British Columbia residents. All work must be original and must be submitted by the person who created it.

Categories: All media that is considered craft. Open but not limited to weaving, quilting, carving, pottery and ceramics, textiles, glass, and jewelry.

Sales: The Deer Lake Art Gallery takes a 33% commission on sales.

Membership: You do not need a current BAC membership to apply, however if you are accepted into the exhibition you will need to purchase a membership.  

Jurying: Each submission will be juried by the Burnaby Art Council’s gallery committee, and will be judged based on artistic merit, suitability of work, and the ability to submit a complete application.

Application checklist:

  • A short bio (200 – 500 characters)
  • An artist statement that provides a brief introduction to your practice and a description of the works you are submitting for consideration.
  • Images of the proposed artworks attached as jpg files (max. 10)
  • Image list including title, medium, size dimensions, and year of each piece

We encourage applications from everyone, including but not limited to women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, people with disabilities and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

For any questions, e-mail us at

We thank all applicants for their interest and will contact you through e-mail with the results!