2020: Future in Focus Competition & Show


The competition artworks are now installed at the Focus on Fibre Art Studio. In-person viewing runs from July 20 – August 31, 2020. See the News page for details.  The competition criteria are posted below for your information.


Download the PDF Call for Entry (Updated 3May20) to read about submission criteria, eligibility and submission details for the 2020 biennial competition and show.

To enter online, complete the Submission Form on page 6 of the Call for Entry (see above).  Scan the completed submission form, save it as a PDF document, and e-mail it together with your artist statement and photos to competition@focusonfibreart.org. Be sure to follow filenaming instructions under item 7 of Submission Criteria.  You will receive an email with instructions for paying your entry fee via e-transfer.  

The submission deadline is midnight on Sunday June 28, 2020.

Competition / Exhibition Description

2020: Future in Focus is wordplay on the year and the term used for perfect vision, along with incorporating our name. 2016 gave us My Heritage, a look at the past; 2018, Climate Change, looked at our present environment. ​In 2020, Focus on Fibre Art Association looks to the future and invites members to share what they see on the horizon for themselves, their family, their community or the world.

Are you anticipating a milestone event in your life, or working toward the ultimate goal in your career? Are you involved in an upcoming event or turning point for your community or team? Are you concerned that our choices now will affect generations to come? Will we look to the past to map our future, or consider present day when looking forward?

How do ​you​ see the future? Using your favourite fibre technique, show​ your​ future!


  • Knit and Crochet: ​101 Hand-knit; 102 Machine-knit; 103 Crochet
  • Needlework: ​201 Counted thread techniques; 202 Surface embroidery; 203 Lacemaking
  • Nonwoven Textiles: ​301 Felt (2-dimensional); 302 Paper (2-dimensional)
  • Quilts: ​401 Traditional; 402 Modern; 403 Art
  • Rug Hooking: ​501 Traditional; 502 Punch-hooked; 503 Innovative
  • Sculptural Works: ​601 3-Dimensional works, any fibre technique; 602 Wearable, any fibre technique
  • Surface Design: ​701 Surface Design
  • Weaving & Tapestry: ​801 Wearables; 802 Household/Decorative
  • Youth: ​901 Any item, any fibre technique
  • Exhibit only: ​1001 Any item, any fibre technique

Download the PDF Call for Entry (Updated 3May20)  to read about submission criteria, eligibility and other details.

Important Dates (updated 17April20; updated 3May20)

For the health and safety of our community, we are planning a virtual opening gala on Facebook Live on July 19, 2020.  We are also planning for viewing of the exhibition by appointment or online. Watch for details here and on our Facebook blog.

28 June 2020                  Submissions close at midnight
29 June – 1 July              Jurying
2 July                               Notifications sent
17 July                             Intake (with cautions in place)
18 July                             Judging
19 July                             Opening gala via Facebook Live
20 July to 31 August     Exhibition viewing by appointment and online

For more information on jurying and judging read the Jurying and Judging Guidelines.

For more information about the biennial, contact competition@focusonfibreart.org

This competition and show is supported by funds raised through AGLC.