ACCAE Call for Proposals: Award Design

The Atlantic Canada Craft Awards for Excellence committee (operated by Craft Alliance ~ Alliance Métiers d’art) is seeking proposals for a new design for awards to be presented at the 2019 ACCAE Ceremony, and beyond. This competitive process invites the craft community of Atlantic Canada to submit design proposals, from which a new award will be selected. This competition will run until July 1, 2018. A selection committee will jury the proposed designs and arrive to a competition winner by September 2018. The winning designer would be required to produce 4 physical awards in preparation for the 2019 ACCAE Ceremony, taking place the weekend of February 9-10, 2019. A successful competition would additionally see the designer contracted to produce this award for future ceremonies.

Award overview:

The Atlantic Canada Craft Awards for Excellence are the principle form of recognition for leadership and excellence for professional craft and giftware producers and for those who are strong supporters of the craft industry in Atlantic Canada. The awards are given annually during a gala ceremony held in conjunction with the Craft East Buyers’ Expo (formerly ACTS) in February 2019.  One Award is presented in each of the following categories:

Excellence in Product Design                      Outstanding Exporter

Outstanding Retailer                                   Industry Leader/Supporter

Recipients of the ACCAE Awards are Craft and Giftware producers throughout Atlantic Canada who, by their professional example, personify outstanding standards within the industry. Through dedication and commitment, recipients are those who have achieved prominence in the community and creditability in the industry.


Proposals should include the cost to produce 4 awards per year using the proposed design.

Design Criteria:

  • The opportunity is open to artists/craftspeople whose primary residence is minimum six months per year in at least one of the Atlantic provinces.
  • The award must be a 3-dimensional object to be presented on stage; must have “presence” and visual impact ie: can be readily recognized as having the look and feel of a substantial award. Recommended dimensions of 8-12 inches in width and height.
  • The award design should reflect the nature of the prize as a recognition of excellence in the field of craft in Atlantic Canada 
  • The winning design will incorporate or demonstrate that the name, year, and category can clearly be applied/attached/embedded on the award proposals which the Selection Committee will vote upon. The application of this key information is to be performed by the designing artist.
  • All submissions must include drawings and/or design(s) with description(s) to include size, materials used and a discussion as to how the artist plans to integrate/highlight the name of winner, category and award year. Submissions should be delivered in the form of a digital PDF. Submissions must also be capable of being produced within the constraints of the stated budget (above).
  • The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate they have the capacity to produce the quantity required i.e.: 4 per year, on an annually renewable contract.

Selection Committee:
The selection committee for this competition will be comprised of representatives from the Craft Alliance’s craft industry partners in NB, NS, PEI, NFLD & LB and Cape Breton.



  • April 25: Call for proposals released
  • July 1: Close of submissions – digital submissions to be accepted until midnight on July 1.
  • July-August: Selection Committee to deliberate submissions
  • September: Winning design to be announced
  • January 2018: Awards to be delivered to Craft Alliance for presentation at the February awards ceremony.

Contact Information:

Questions relating to this RFP can be directed to:

Greg Toole, Operations Coordinator
Craft Alliance ~ Alliance Métiers d’art