Canadian Craft Biennial

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Can Craft? Craft Can!
August 19 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
6:00pm-9:00pm
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.

Anton Reijnders: Professional Ceramics Workshop
Dates: September 11-14, 2017
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm/day

Successful applicants: $200 workshop fee payable by August 6, 2017.

Open to professional ceramists only. Prospective participants are invited to submit a one-page letter of interest outlining what they intend to gain from their experience to Denis Longchamps by July 15 at denis@agb.life. Applicants will be notified by July 31, 2017 if they have been accepted for the workshop.

Exhibitions

National Craft Exhibition: Can Craft? Craft Can!
August 19-October 29, 2017
Bringing together seventy makers from across Canada, Can Craft? Craft Can! will present works in glass, ceramics, wood,
metal and fibre that address three sub-themes exploring ideas of Identity, Sustainability and Materiality.


Craft Ontario Provincial Exhibition: Nothing is Newer than Tradition
August 19-October 29, 2017
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 – Setting Ontario’s Table: Once Upon a Time
August 19-December 31, 2017
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.


International Ceramic Exhibition – Anton Reijnders
September 9-October 29, 2017
Dutch ceramist Anton Reijnders will present his new work in a solo exhibition. Anton Reijnders graduated at the Fine Art Academy in
Hertogenbosh in 1981. He participated in exhibitions throughout the world and contributed to conferences and symposia and has given lectures in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. He has contributed to the creation of what in 1991 was to become the European Ceramic Work Center (EKWC)—Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. As head of studios and workshops of the EKWC Reijnders was involved in dialogue with artists from all over the world. He was the driving force behind setting up the material research program and is the author of the book The Ceramic Process jointly with the EKWC published by A&C Black in London, and Pennsylvania Press in the USA. He has been three times visiting professor in the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

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.


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