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

150 Stories from the AGB: Tell YOURS!

Join us in celebrating Canada and the AGB!

This February, The Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, visited the Art Gallery of Burlington to participate in a round table discussion with Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring and others. During her speech, afterwards, she shared her idea of a project she has initiated called 150 Stories. In her words:

“It is my hope that by actively listening to our stories we can become more aware of and better understand each other and, in turn, create the communities and country of which we can be proud.”

The AGB is a community that is made up of many individual teams and people. As we look towards the future, we recognize that our strength lies in our ability to connect with others within our own Gallery community so that we can in turn can reach out and continue to grow.

Therefore, we have decided to follow her Honour’s inspirational idea and create our own 150 stories – specific to the AGB. Please consider contributing to our book of 150 stories. In 150 words, share what it means to be a part of the AGB.

Submit Your Story! Here’s How:

We will be collecting these stories from now until our Volunteer Appreciation event on April 25th where we will have the stories on display.

Please submit your story to via email to We won’t stop collecting until we have reached 150!

Please consider submitting images (yourself, your art, etc.) along with your 150 words.

Looking forward to hearing your story!

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Annual General Meeting March 9, 2017

To All Guild Members:

You are invited to the Arts Burlington Annual General Meeting on March 9, 2017 at 7 pm.

This Annual General Meeting will be held in the Rotary Room at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

The evening will feature Robert Steven, President and CEO of the Art Gallery of Burlington, as well as annual reports by our guild presidents: Fine Arts, Latow Photographers, Handweavers and Spinners, Fibre Arts, Sculptors and Woodcarvers, Hooking Craft, Potters, and a keynote speech by Ms. Sandy Simmelink, “Art, Time and Tools.”

Light refreshments provided.

Hamilton Woodworking Show: Feb 24 – 26, 2017


The Hamilton Woodworking Show, being held in the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (9280 Airport Road, Hamilton, ON L0R 1W0) begins today. Last year, members of the Sculptors & Woodcarvers Guild had a stellar (literally) showing, earning 31 awards for 40 pieces entered.

Dates and Times:

February 24, 25, 26, 2017

Fri 11-5, Sat & Sun 10-5

Getting There:

More information can be found on the Hamilton Woodworking Show website.

About the Hamilton Woodworking Show

Whether whittling a branch with a knife or using intricate tools, many Canadians use Woodworking as a form of relaxation, with the added bonus of creating something useful and/or beautiful. The Hamilton Wood Show, Canada’s largest consumer woodworking show celebrates everything to do with wood for hobbyist and professionals at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. The Show returns for its 22nd year from February 24 – 26, 2017.

No matter what level of experience or interest in woodworking, visitors to the Hamilton Wood Show can check out the latest hand tools, power tools, design trends, finishes and wood kits. Attending free seminars and learn from the best! Special guest Vic Tesolin author of the Minimalist Woodworker, alumni and past instructor of Rosewood Studio, past editor of Canadian Woodworking Magazine and Technical Advisor at Lee Valley Tools will be down from Ottawa to pass on his knowledge and expertise in various seminars. Rob Cosman, “Your Hand Tool Coach,” returns to demonstrate woodworking techniques with hand tools.

Visitors to the Hamilton Wood Show can also check out the warplanes in the museum for no addition cost. The Canadian Woodcarving Championship runs throughout the three days of the Hamilton Wood Show with professional to novice levels in a variety of categories.