Abbotsford Arts Council

Promoting local artists since 1971

September 30th, 2017 at the Reach Gallery

The Arty Awards are hosted annually by the Abbotsford Arts Council to recognize and showcase local artistic excellence in individuals of all ages across multiple genres, ranging from visual art and writing to performance and the culinary arts, as well as community arts advocacy. Please join us on September 30th to celebrate the wealth of artistic talent and the significant impact artists have on our community.

Submissions

Submissions Accepted May 8th - June 23rd

Awards

The following awards are discipline specific, but cover broad categories. The awards are based on the artistic merit of work being created by an artist, group, or organization with a practice spanning no less than three years in length

Lifestyle recognizes the artistic achievement of an individual, group or organization that exemplifies excellence in a creative pursuit where art and design enter our lives on a regular basis. This includes, but is not limited to: interior design, fashion design, culinary arts, tattoo arts, etc.


Performing Arts recognizes the artistic achievement of an individual, group or organization that exemplifies excellence in a performing arts discipline including theatre, improv, spoken word, dance, music or comedy.


Media Arts recognizes the artistic achievement of an individual, group or organization that exemplifies excellence in a media arts discipline including: graphic design, TV or radio, game design, web design etc.


Literary Arts recognizes the artistic achievement of an individual, group or organization that exemplifies excellence in a literary arts discipline including: poetry, prose, journalism, publishing, spoken word, etc.


Visual Arts recognizes the artistic achievement of an individual, group or organization that exemplifies excellence in a visual arts discipline including: painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, public art, photography, and fine craft.


Arts Advocate recognizes the achievement of an individual who strongly supports and promotes the interests of artist and arts initiatives through their engagement in the Abbotsford Arts Community.


Youth Achievement Award recognizes an artist 18 years of age or younger who has exhibited artistic excellence in any form of art.


Emerging Artist Award recognizes the artistic excellence an individual who has been practicing in any discipline for three years or less.


Lifetime Achievement Award nominated by members of the Abbotsford Arts Council board to recognize the dedication of an individual who has made significant contributions to the arts and culture community over a significant length of time.


Selection Process

Upon receipt, nominations will be reviewed by a committee to confirm eligibility. The nominee will have from the time of notification until June 22 to respond and fully complete nomination requirements.

Each nominee will be asked to complete a short questionnaire and to submit a short biography, photos, and supporting materials (video, written works, etc.) to the Abbotsford Arts Council. 


The nomination form and answers to the questionnaire will be reviewed by a panel of judges selected by the Abbotsford Arts Council. The panel will vote by secret ballot to select category finalists and the award recipients.


Nomination Criteria

1. Nominees should be residents of Abbotsford or should have had a significant impact on the Abbotsford arts community. Artists may live or be involved in communities outside of Abbotsford as long as one of these specifications applies.

2. Nominees may be nominated in only one category.

3. 2016 Arty Award winners may not be nominated for the 2017 awards. A list of 2016 Arty Award recipients can be viewed HERE. All other past Arty Award recipients are eligible for nomination. An individual or group that was nominated in 2016 but did not win can be nominated again in 2017. 

4. Current staff and directors of the Abbotsford Arts Council may not be nominated.

5. In addition to artistic achievement, each nominee’s contributions to the Abbotsford community will also be considered.

6. Artists at any level are eligible for nomination, from new, emerging artists to professional artists.

7. Self nominations are accepted

Adjudication Criteria

  • Nominees must meet eligibility
  • Artistic Merit 90%
  • Community Contribution 10%

  • Juries will be composed of individuals whose experience or expertise is specific to each categories (for example, if the Performing Arts category has applicants in Theatre, Comedy and Music, the jury would be comprised of those with expertise in those areas).

  • Adjudicators will not measure the nominees against one another per se, but against the standards of the discipline.

  • Although adjudicators may have some knowledge of the applicants and their bodies or work/careers, they are required to base their decisions only on the contents of the nominee questionnaire and the strength of the support material provided.


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