Dates to remember: 

Entry Submission - Nov 1, 2020

              Deadline – Dec 15, 2020

Acceptance Notification – Feb 15, 2021

Work to arrive in Fredericton – April 12-16, 2021

Premier Opening in Fredericton – April 30, 2021

Exhibition Conclusion  – Nov 22, 2022

Showcasing at: 

The UNB Art Centre, Fredericton, NB

The Thunder Bay Museum, Thunder Bay, ON

Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, ON

Victoria Arts Council, Victoria, BC

Weyburn Arts Council, Weyburn, SK

Art Gallery of Southwestern MB,Brandon, MB

 Catalog pending - check out the previous one

About the exhibition: 

April 30 to June 24, 2021

University of New Brunswick Art Centre, 9 Bailey Drive Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3


July 10 to September 25, 2021

Thunder Bay Museum, 425 Donald St, E, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 5V1


October 10, 2021 to February 28, 2022

Woodstock Art Gallery, 449 Dundas St., Woodstock, ON N4S 1C2


March 14 - May 31, 2022 

Victoria Arts Council Gallery, 1800 Store St., Victoria, BC V8T 4R4

July - August, 2022

Weyburn Arts Council, Weyburn SK


September 22 to November 21, 2022

Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba,

710 Rosser Ave., Unit 2,

Brandon, MB R7A 0K9

                                                               About the Exhibition

We are pleased to be able to present this exhibition of Canadian Fibre Art for your enjoyment. In Sept of 2017 we made the decision to carry on this time-honored exhibition and have been working hard since then to make it a great exhibition. 

At this time we would like to thank the Grand National Quilt Show Committee and especially Kathleen Bissett for the continued support and advice freely offered over the past two years. This committee was the creator of the Grand National concept and tirelessly organized 12 Grand National Quilt Shows presented in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario over the years. Their intellectual support has been priceless and their immediate financial support gave us the confidence to take this project on. We are proud to be carrying on their legacy. 

Another special thank you has to go to Janome Canada Ltd. a supporter of the Grand National since its inception in 2003. All we had to do was ask and they stepped forward to give us the support needed to allow us to offer the prizes that the Grand National has seen in the past. 

Looking Forward 

As with any new adventure, we are striking out in a slightly different direction than the previous Grand Nationals. Inaugurated in 2003 as a thematic competition to encourage and showcase the work of both traditional and innovative Canadian quilt artists, we wished to open up the competition to all forms of fibre art while still maintaining a strong component of quilt art. 

Our second goal was to take this time-honored exhibition truly national. We were proud to partner with Prairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment to move this exhibition outside of Ontario for the first time. We thank PFAE for their faith in us, a newly formed committee, to follow through with our dream and present a fabulous exhibition for their patrons to enjoy. 

But this is just the beginning, as in 2021 our exhibition will be a touring exhibition to allow more Canadians to view the Grand National 2021 exhibit. The Grand National 2021 will showcase at the University of New Brunswick Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB then travel to Woodstock, ON, Thunder Bay, ON and Victoria, BC Weyburn SK and Brandon MB.

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


  •  -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 weigWorks 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 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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