2021 Grand National - CROSSROADS

We are pleased to be able to present this exhibition of Canadian Fibre Art for your enjoyment. Crossroads will be our first touring exhibition. This decision to take the Grand National on tour placed us at a crossroad. Envisioning this new path has led to our curatorial theme.

Exhibition Statement


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. This is a fundamental and vital part of life.

            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 then 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. To take the crossroad.

Thinking of the people throughout history who have meet and acted on their crossroads, we wished to present an exhibition honouring and remembering these courageous people. This is timely as in this environment of establishing new norms, many will be facing their 'crossroads'.  We hope this exhibition will

give them the courage they need to carry on.

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 four years. This committee was the creator of the Grand National concept and tirelessly organized 12 Grand National Quilt Shows presented in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.  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. Thank you also, to our new major sponsor Wonderfil Specialty Threads and all our other sponsors listed in the Sponsors section of this site.

Exhibition Schedule: 

May 2 to June 27, 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 19 - April 30, 2022 

Victoria Arts Council Gallery

1800 Store St., Victoria, BC V8T 4R4

June 1 - August 26, 2022

Weyburn Arts Council

540 – 5th St. NE, Weyburn SK S4H 0Z8


September 22 to November 12, 2022

Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

710 Rosser Ave., Unit 2, Brandon, MB R7A 0K9

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 – May 2, 2021

Exhibition Conclusion – Nov 12, 2022

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