Canadian Craft Biennial | August 19, 2017 to October 29, 2017

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August 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 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: April 30, 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

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