Open November 1 - December 15
Call for entries
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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 that has a profound meaning to you. To enhance the presentation of your piece, we ask that you also tell the story of the crossroad you are depicting in your piece in your artist statement. 



  •  -Artists must be Canadian citizens and/or residents.Decisions will be made from digital entries.

  • Jurors will choose works that best reflect the theme, as well as for artistic and technical merit.

  • 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 compositionNo glass is allowed, front must be accessible to judges.

  • Work must be ready to hang including rod 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 on the call for entry.If you are using indigenous designs or subject matter and are not an indigenous person, writtenpermission from the original artist or (band) must be received and submitted to jury coordinator.

  • Work must be clean and odour free and match the images submitted.Any labels or identifying markings on the front and back, must be covered.

  • Selected works must be hand delivered or shipped to University of New Brunswick Art Centre in Fredericton, NB between April 12 and 16, 2021

  • Work cannot be removed from the exhibition until Nov 30, 2022.

  • The decision regarding the final acceptance of works will be determined upon inspection following their arrival.


Entry Submissions

  • Each entry must be accompanied with an artist statement, max 100 words. This statement should tell your personal message or story behind the work and not include any identifying information about yourself to keep entrant anonymous for the judging process. 

  • Each entry requires two high-resolution JPEG 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 2-4 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. Additional photos (2) max are allowed of 3D works to view the back and/or top of the work. Please send each entry in a separate email. 

  • The full view image file must be identified with the artist’s last name followed by the first name, then the title of the piece (Doe_Jane_Title). The detail image must be identified in a similar manner (Doe_Jane_Title_Detail). Additional images should be identified similarly (Doe_Jane_Title_Top/Back).

  • Completed Entry Form must accompany the images. -

  • Credit must be given to all individuals participating directly or indirectly in the work giving the role of each participate.

  • All art work must be ready to display. Hanging system (rod) included if required.

  • Failure to comply with the above rules will result in the artist being ineligible for the next Grand National.

Entry Fee

The fee for the first entry is $30. Each additional entry is $20. Fees are payable by e-transfer to: (Code: Crossroads) or by cheque made payable to Grand National FAE and mailed to Thelma Newbury, Treasurer, 13396 – 14th Ave., Surrey, BC V4A 9V6.

Exhibition Information

  • 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: April 30, 2021.

  • Exhibition Schedule:

    • Fredericton, NB: April 30 – June 24, 2021

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

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

    • Victoria, BC: March 14 - May 31

    • Weyburn SK July - August

    • Brandon, MB: Sept 22, 2022 – Nov 21, 2022

  • Artist fees collected from the Galleries will be paid to the participating artists at the conclusion of the Exhibition shortly after Nov 21, 2022.

  • Insurance: Your work will be insured by the Grand National Exhibition Association or its agents during the duration of the exhibition for 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: 

  •       Payment Email:

  •      General Inquiries: 

Media Consent

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

  • I accept that my art piece and/or photography may be used in various promotional or advertising opportunities with the Grand National Fibre Art Exhibition.

Keep in Mind 

Your piece will be shipped to the address printed on the address label you provide. Address will be confirmed prior to shipping. Keep your email address current with us.

Please note that by signing the 2021 Official Submission and Identification Form you understand and agree that:

* I am committed to having my work displayed for the duration of the exhibition, April 30, 2021 – November 22, 2022.  I hereby give permission for my work to be photographed.  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.

* All work is original and never previously shown at any of the participating venues.


* I understand that if I am the recipient of the Janome Award of Excellence that I am required to grant Janome Canada Ltd. and its designees the perpetual, worldwide right to edit, adapt, modify, reproduce, promote, publish and otherwise use my ‘sharable information’ (first name, last initial, province and images as appropriate). 


I have read and understand the conditions of the Grand National Fibre Art Exhibition and am submitting this entry form under the established rules.  I am also aware that a decision regarding the final acceptance of my art work will be determined upon its arrival at the UNB Art Centre.

Check List: 

  • Return Shipping Label

  • Official Submission and Identification Form

  • Art Work

  • Hanging System (rod) included or if can’t include email Kathy Tidswell at or call her at 1-506-363-3560 to make arrangements.

  • Special hanging/packing instructions

  • Labels and identifying markings on the front & back covered


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