Calling for craft made by Juried Members. The 2024/2025 theme for Craft NB’s biennial exhibition is Unboxed: share human experiences. The Biennale presents a rare opportunity participate in a high-calibre travelling exhibition that seeks to define what contemporary craft means here.

A Message from the Curator

“We live in a time that actively engages the recognition of identity and inclusion. As a tool of
helping to structure awareness and inclusion we may have fallen into the approach and attitude
of “ticking the boxes” of our collective society. Is it possible that this creates an unintended form
of alienation and isolation? Though included officially, are we just creating further separation by
identifying differences rather than our fundamental humanity? Where is the ‘belongingness’ of
the checking- the-box society? How do we include the good intentions of inclusion with the need
for a stronger sense of belongingness? Belongingness, before the individuation of identity.
Before the need for the identity of the individual, what of the inclusive fundamental recognition of
our humanity? Perhaps it has something to do with recognizing our ‘common ground’ and our
fundamental value. As it is found in the developing view that the ecosystem is entitled to legal
personhood status. Equal value, belonging, integral part of, essential… .
Recognizing the fundamental value of the parts of the whole, and the whole, an
expression of belongingness.
Unboxed is a call of celebration of our fundamental belongingness to each other and to
the earth, and the belongingness of the earth to each other and ourselves.”

Curatorial Statement:

Unboxed is a call of celebration of our fundamental belongingness to each other and to
the earth, and the belongingness of the earth to each other and ourselves.”

-Craig Schneider, Unboxed Exhibition Curator

We are living in a time that actively recognizes identity and inclusion, but have we fallen into the trap of “ticking the boxes” of our collective society? Are we creating further separation by identifying differences rather than our fundamental humanity? These are important questions to consider as we strive for a stronger sense of belongingness in our society.

That’s why we are excited to announce “Unboxed”, a call for celebration of our fundamental belongingness to each other and to the earth. We are seeking artists who can showcase the recognition of our fundamental value of us as human beings and our connection to the earth.

“Unboxed” serves as a poignant reminder that we are all threads in the same tapestry. Each thread is unique and valuable, contributing to the rich and intricate fabric of humanity. In embracing the full spectrum of human identity, we celebrate our shared humanity.

Artists are invited to join us on this remarkable journey toward a world where unity triumphs over division, where empathy prevails, and where we take meaningful steps to integrate the cost of climate change into diverse communities. Together, we can craft a sustainable future that uplifts every thread in our global tapestry.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Juried Members of Crafts NB

Submission of work:

  • Artists are invited to submit up to two artworks for consideration. (Works which include multiple pieces are considered a single artwork if they are part of a series or installation.)
  • Digital submission: Photos and electronic application materials to be emailed to events@craftnb.ca
  • Physical submission: Artists whose works will be shortlisted from digital submission will need to submit physical work by sending it to Craft NB office.
  • Please note: artwork selected through the photo jurying process must pass physical inspection upon delivery, and may be declined if it does not meet the standard expected from the original photos. Photo submissions are limited to three images per artwork, and must be in .jpg format.
  • Deadline for Submissions is Friday, April 12, 2024

Deadlines:

  • Digital Submission Applications must be made no later than April 12th, 2024 to events@craftnb.ca
  • Shortlisted physical pieces can be dropped off to the Craft NB office during the week of April 20th-26th between 9am-4pm

Info:

  • In person drop off: Craft NB: 133 – 732 Charlotte St, Fredericton, NB E3B 1M5. Please call ahead or email events@craftnb.ca to schedule drop off.
  • By mail: PO Box/CP 1231, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5C8.
  • Pending funding, a $340 artist fee will be paid to each participating artist for the run of the Exhibition (i.e., may or may not be per venue), no matter if the participant has more than one piece accepted.
  • In the case of a collaborative piece made by more than one artist, all efforts will be made to pay each collaborating artist the $340 artist fee, but it will be contingent on available funds. If funding is not available to pay each participating artist, the $340 will be split amongst the contributing artists for that one collaborative piece.
  • Questions? Contact Kate Hunter: events@craftnb.ca / 506-429-7753