2020 Annual National Jewellery Student Competition

Call for Submission: ​The 17​th annual​ National Jewellery Student Competition

Selection for this exhibition is based on technical excellence, ingenuity, and strength of creative vision. Objects as well as jewellery, one-of-a-kind as well as production prototypes will equally be considered. Students of any year from a Canadian diploma-granting educational institution are invited to apply. A maximum of five students will win placement in the exhibition.

This is an annual event where the five finalists have the opportunity to have their work reviewed by a national or international jury and presented, with promotion, to the public. Previous international jurors have included Shannon Stratton, Curator, MAD Museum NY; Kristina Parsons from the Architecture and Design Department, MOMA; Susan Cummins, Art Jewelry Forum; and Leo Caballero of Klimt02. National jurors include the late Shirley Thomson, Former Director of the National Gallery of Canada; Vicky Henry, former Director of the Canada Council Art Bank; and Melanie Egan, Director of Visual Arts, Harbourfront Centre. The primary exhibition award is a solo exhibition at the L. A. Pai Gallery. Previous winners have appeared in the Art Jewelry Forum and been presented at the SOFA Chicago international Art Fair. The gallery currently works with a select group of former finalists.


Application deadline: June 1, 2020
Notification of Finalists: June 30, 2020
Exhibition date: late August 2020 (to be confirmed)

Because each student’s approach is different, please include the images and information that best presents the depth and range of your work. ​Your application package must include the following:


  • images of the work proposed, including detail images or alternate views;
  • a List of Works that must include: title/kind of object; materials and technique, dimensions, creation date, and retail price. The majority of the pieces proposed must be available for sale;
  • a relevant c.v. and artist’s statement.
E-mail your proposal, using a file-sharing system such as WeTransfer as necessary. The gallery will confirm receipt of your submission. Please follow up within a week if you have not heard from us.
The gallery reserves the right to keep and sell the exhibition work for up to six months following the exhibition, and to promote it on our website or elsewhere as we see fit.

Please contact the gallery should you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your proposal. Lisa A. Pai

13 Murray Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N 9M5 (t) 613.241.2767 (e) lapaigallery@gmail.com​