Upcoming Exhibitions

Under the Spell

Peter Wilson, Seaside Teapot, 1987

June 24 – August 16, 2017

Location: Permanent Collection Corridor
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 25, 2:00-4:00pm

From the thousand year old celadons of the Sung dynasty, to the blue and white export ware of the eighteenth century, Chinese ceramics have inspired and challenged contemporary clay artists to this day. A selection of work from the AGB’s Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics looks at the relationship between the past and the present and how China’s mastery continues to capture the imagination of today’s artists.


The Nanking Cargo

Globular Teapot & Cover in Blue and Enamels 21.5cm wide

June 24 – August 31, 2017

Location: The Perry Gallery
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 25, 2:00-4:00pm

In December 1751, a ship from the Dutch East India Company left Canton, China, with more than 230,000 pieces of porcelain, textiles and tea for the European market. Less than a month later, the ship sank. Over two hundred years later, Michael Hatcher and his team recovered more than 150,000 pieces of porcelain that became known as the Nanking Cargo. The porcelain was sold in 2,800 lots in a record breaking sale at Christie’s Amsterdam.  The Art Gallery of Burlington is fortunate to own 240 pieces and will be exhibited from the first time in June 2017.


Canadian Craft Biennial

CO_16007_Craft Biennial_AGBBanner_V2.jpgAugust 19, 2017 to October 29, 2017

The Art Gallery of Burlington, in collaboration with Craft Ontario, is proud to present the first Canadian Craft Biennial from August 19, 2017 – October 29, 2017. The launch of this inaugural event during Canada’s 150th anniversary, will serve as a spotlight to celebrate and educate on the importance of contemporary craft throughout Canada’s diverse history and future. Under the theme Can Craft? Craft Can! the Biennial will explore What and who is ‘Canadian Craft’? and analyze ideas regarding the agency of craft.

For information on partnerships and sponsorship: Denis Longchamps at denis@agb.life or 905.632.7796 x: 303

Biennial Opening Celebrations: Friday September 15, 2017
Lee-Chin Family Gallery, Art Gallery of Burlington

Craft Symposium: Friday September 15 (Holiday Inn, Burlington) & Saturday September 16 (OCAD University, Toronto)
Eleven sessions covering a variety of themes and approaches, will be presented by forty-four scholars and makers from around the world.
Registration information – Coming soon!

2017 Canadian Craft Biennial Symposium: Call for Session Proposals – Deadline: May 15, 2016 English  French
Call for Papers – Deadline: November 30, 2016 English 

Craft Biennial Residencies
Up to six makers and six writers/scholars from a range of material disciplines will be invited to spend ten days discussing and making in a creative national incubator. Makers will provide innovative and exciting possibilities for moving the conversation outside academic discourse and encourage public engagement with issues of tradition and innovation, vernacular and global, hand-made and high-tech. Writers will engage in the discussion to explore new ideas and challenge current craft discourse.

Maker Residency Call for Submissions – Deadline: September 30, 2016 English  French
Writer Residency Call for Submissions – Deadline: September 30, 2016 English  French

Exhibitions: August 19 – October 29, 2017
International Ceramic Exhibition: Anton Reijnders
Dutch ceramist Anton Reijnders will present his new work in a solo exhibition.

National Craft Exhibition: Can Craft? Craft Can!
Bringing together seventy makers from across Canada, Can Craft? Craft Can! will present works in glass, ceramics, wood, metal and fibre that address three subthemes exploring ideas of Identity, Sustainability and Materiality.

Craft Ontario Provincial Exhibition: Nothing is Newer than Tradition
Craft Ontario’s Nothing is Newer than Tradition will present the work of emerging Ontario makers that reflect a dedicated engagement with specialized skills and materials. The exhibition will explore how craft materials, tools and processes are creatively reiterated through the hands of a new generation of makers.

AGB Provincial Exhibition: Once Upon a Time
Drawing from the Art Gallery of Burlington’s Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics, Once Upon a Time will present a special exhibition exploring functional ware from Ontario ceramists. Each artist selected will be represented through both a piece from their early years, juxtaposed against a recent work to explore the progression in their practice.

The Canadian Sesquicentennial Quilt
In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, professional and amateur makers are invited to submit a quilted square to be included in the Canadian Sesquicentennial Quilt that shares their ideas and memories about their region, and of what it means to be Canadian. Submissions are being sought from across Canada until April 30, 2017.

Call for Submissions: The Canadian Sesquicentennial Quilt – Deadline EXTENDED: June 15, 2017 English

Garden of Chimes
This community outdoor installation will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary by inviting the public to contribute to this exhibition by making wind chime pieces during Open Studio Chime Workshops on the following Sundays from 1pm-4pm in the AGB Creative Hub:

May 14 & 28
June 11 & 25

Citizens of Craft
If you respect the original, the personal, the authentic – you are a citizen! Tag, post or plaster your support any way you wish. Just spread the word. #CitizensOfCraft