2021 Grand National - Crossroads

Exhibition Details


Entry Requirements

The Grand National Exhibition Association invite quilt and fibre artists from across Canada to participate in the 2021 thematic exhibition:


     As time goes on, one encounters a point at which the normal path through life is divided. A decision must be made. Which way does one go? For better or worse the future will take a new path. However, adventuring out on a new path takes courage. Sometimes change is forced on us by others, so one has to find this courage in order to carry on. Many give up, but many more express more resilience than they ever thought possible. History is brimming with examples of such people and events.

     Other times it is a conscious decision to tap that courage and take a new path into the unknown. To discover the new, the unexplored, the uncharted, the unfamiliar. These are all paths that we can take. Do you have the desire and the courage to take that first step? Get out of your box and stretch yourself to a new level.


We invite you to create a piece exploring a crossroad in history or in your past, present or future, which has a profound meaning to you.  To enhance the presentation of your piece, we ask that you also tell the story, in your artist statement, of the crossroad you are depicting in your artwork.


Submission Requirements

  • All Entries must be submitted using the Crossroads Entry Form on this website.

    • Note: one entry form per submission.

  • Each entry must be accompanied with a biography in the 3rd person, max 75 words or 525 characters and an artist statement, max 100 words or 700 characters. The statement should tell the story of the crossroad depicted in your work and not include any identifying information about yourself to keep entrant anonymous for the judging process.

  • Each entry requires two high-resolution JPEG (JPG) images. The resolution should be 300 dpi and the size should be between 2000-2500 pixels on the longest side. This should result in a file size between 2-5 MB. Full view should be of the entire work on a contrasting background preferably white. Detail view should be a close up of an area of special interest. Two additional photos are allowed for 3D artwork to view the back and/or top of the work.

  • The full view image file must be named with the title of the piece (i.e. My Crossroad.jpeg). The detail image file must be named in a similar manner (i.e. My Crossroad detail.jpeg). Additional image files should be named similarly (My Crossroad Top/Back.jpeg).

  • Credit must be given to all individuals participating directly or indirectly in the work giving the role of each participate. This should include anyone who participated in the creation of this artwork.

  • Failure to comply with the above rules may result in your piece not being hung at all the venues as well as you being ineligible for the 2023 Grand National.

Entry Fee

The fee for the first entry is $30. Each additional entry is $20. Fees are payable by e-transfer

to: treasurer.gn@gmail.com (Code: Crossroads)

or by cheque made payable to Grand National Exhibition Assn. and mailed to:

Thelma Newbury, Treasurer,

13396 – 14th Ave., Surrey, BC V4A 9B6.


  •  Artists must be Canadian citizens and/or residents.

  • Jurors will choose works that best reflect the theme while encompassing artistic and technical excellence. Decisions will be made from digital entries.

  • Works from all forms of fibre/textile mediums will be considered. Both 2 and 3D work is acceptable.

  • Pieces will be restricted to a maximum of 5’ wide by 8’ high and 10kg in weight. 

  • Works must be original design and composition.

  • No glass is allowed, front must be accessible to judges.

  • Work must be ready to display. Hanging system (rod) included if required unless alternate arrangements are made.

  • Work may not have been previously shown at any past Grand National Exhibitions or 2021 and 2022 participating venues as noted below in the Exhibition Schedule.  If you are the recipient of the Janome Award of Excellence it is required that you grant Janome Canada Ltd. and its designates the perpetual, worldwide right to edit, adapt, modify, reproduce, promote, publish and otherwise use your ‘shareable information’ (first name, last initial, province and images as appropriate). 

  • If you are using indigenous designs or subject matter and are not an indigenous person, written permission from the original artist (or band) must be received and submitted as an image with your Entry Form.

  • Work must be clean and odour free and match the images submitted.

  • All labels or identifying markings on the front and back, must be covered.

  • Your artwork must arrive at the address below no earlier than April 12, 2021 and not after April 16, 2021. Please note that currently the UNB Art Centre is only open on Sundays, therefore we have established Flex Delivery of your art. This means that the art will be held at the Burtts Corner Post Office and only delivered to the UNB Art Centre on April 16, 2021.

      Mail your package to:             

Kathryn G. Tidswell

Burtts Corner P.O.

1045 Rte. 104

Burtts Corner, NB E6L 1B0

  • Work cannot be removed from the exhibition until Nov 12, 2022.

  • The decision regarding the final acceptance of the selected works will be determined upon inspection following their arrival at UNB Art Centre.

In Addition

  • Artist fees collected from the Galleries will be paid to the participating artists at the conclusion of the Exhibition.

  • Insurance: Your work will be insured by the Grand National Exhibition Association or its agents for the duration of the exhibition up to a maximum of $1000 per piece.

  • Shipping: Artists are responsible for the cost of shipping the accepted works to the University of New Brunswick Art Centre in Fredericton, NB. The Grand National Exhibition Association will cover the costs of return shipping, up to a maximum of $65, via Canada Post. Please provide a street address for return shipping. The size and weight of the parcels must be within the acceptable limits of Canada Post to qualify for free return shipping.

  • Educational Opportunities: Some of our venues may be interested in hiring a participating artist to give a talk, demo or workshop. Please indicate your interest in being considered for one of these opportunities.

Contact Information: 

Media Consent

Entering this exhibition confirms acceptance of the following:

  • I accept that emails may be sent to me with regards to my entry or upcoming shows.

  • I accept that photos of my work may be used in various promotional or advertising opportunities in regards to this exhibition. This may include photography by participating venues, the general public and/or Grand National Exhibition Assn. for archival records, promotional and educational purposes, social media sites and exhibition publications.

Exhibition Dates

Dates to Remember:

  • Entry: Nov 1 - Dec 15, 2020

  • Notification of Acceptance of Entry: Feb 15, 2021

  • Accepted Entry Received at UNB Art Centre: April 12 – 16, 2021

  • Exhibition Opens: May 2, 2021

  • Exhibition Closes: Nov 12, 2022


Exhibition Schedule:

  • University of NB Art Centre, Fredericton, NB: May 2 – June 27, 2021

  • Thunder Bay Museum, Thunder Bay, ON: July 10 – Sept 25, 2021

  • Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, ON: Oct 10, 2021 – Feb 28, 2022

  • Victoria Arts Council, Victoria, BC: March 19 - April 30, 2022

  • Weyburn Arts Council, Weyburn SK June 1 – Aug 26, 2022

  • Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, MB: Sept 22, 2022 – Nov 12, 2022


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