Province to honour practical arts 

The British Columbia Achievement Foundation and Premier Gordon Campbell announced the first British Columbia Creative Achievement Awards on Monday.

The annual awards will honour the skills and imagination of B.C. artists whose chosen media has "a practical application," defined as "jewelry, glass, wood, fibre, clay and metal in such fields as, but not limited to, textiles, furniture, musical instrument making, weaving, ceramics, book binding, paper, fashion and industrial design."

Four awards of $5,000 each will be presented to three established and one emerging applied artist or designer, selected by an independent jury.

The recipients will also be granted the use of the British Columbia Creative Achievement Award seal to signify their creative excellence.

The deadline for submissions has been set for Dec. 1, 2004.

The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established with an initial endowment of $6 million from the province. The Creative Achievement Awards are the second initiative of the foundation, following the launch earlier this year of the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards, which recognize those who have made a significant contribution to their community.

For more information on the awards and the foundation go to www.bcachievement.com or call 1-866 882-6088.

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