CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Masks & Makers Online Fundraising Auction


Masks & Makers Online Fundraising Auction

August 2020


Deadline to register: July 20, 2020 (Extended!)

Deadline to submit artwork: July 25, 2020


The mask has become an emblem of the strange and difficult times we’re living in. As we navigate our way through this coronavirus pandemic, craftspeople have been called upon to sew masks to protect themselves and their communities. A symbol of caution and care, the mask, with its ability to both conceal and reveal, is fertile ground for the artist’s imagination.


Manitoba Craft Council invites you to submit a mask to our online fundraising auction slated for August 2020. We encourage you to play with and explore the idea of mask in whatever way inspires and intrigues you. Proceeds from the sale of donated artworks will support craft and craftspeople in Manitoba through innovative programming at the Manitoba Craft Council.




What kind of masks are you looking for?

Simple functional masks, sewn with love and skill? Yes!

Masks that push the boundaries of materials, techniques, or usefulness?  Yes!

Works of art in any media that reflect on or connect with the “mask” theme? Yes!


Can anyone submit?

Anyone can submit a mask.  You do not have to be an MCC member to participate.


What’s the deadline to submit, and how do I go about it?

Donate a mask or mask artwork for MCC’s online auction in two easy steps:

  • Fill out the form here by July 20, 2020 to register your intent to donate
  • Drop off your mask at C2 Centre for Craft July 18-25, 2020 during regular open hours, Wed-Sat, 12-4 pm.

I can’t access the registration form because I don’t have a Google account.  What can I do?

Email with your name, email address, and intent to donate. Please put Masks & Makers in the subject line.  We’ll respond with any questions and ensure you’re signed up to participate.


How will the auction work?

All submissions will be photographed and uploaded to an online auction platform.  Submissions will be divided into 3 auction lots. Each lot will be available online for public viewing and bidding for one week. At the auction lot’s close, the highest bidder for each item will be the winner. The auction lot close dates are: August 7, 21 & September 4, 2020 at 9 pm.


Will any of the proceeds go directly to the craftspeople and artists who made the work?

Anyone submitting work to this auction will be asked to indicate what percentage of the sale of their artwork they wish to donate to the MCC: 50%, 75% or 100%. Artists will be paid within 6 weeks of the sale of their artwork at auction. Artists will be asked to set a minimum bid for their work (50% of the work’s retail value is a good starting point). Any unsold work will be returned to the artist at the close of the auction.


Who do I contact with questions?

Contact or call 204.615.3951