Call for applications – residency opportunity

Call for Craft Artist-in-Residency Program, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Craft Department Artist-in-Residence Programme
A-i-R Application Criteria

* Diploma or degree from a Craft/Design/Art College or University
* Talent, skill and originality
* Eventual goal of becoming a FULL-TIME professional craftsperson (artist)
* Ablility to work co-operatively and assume responsibility for efficient studio operation
* Ability to work in a communal studio in view of the public
* Commitment to participate in Craft Department programming
* Self-motivation

Check out the website for more details.

Melanie Egan
Head of Craft at Harbourfront Centre

Ceramic Studio | 416.973.4994
Glass Studio | 416.973.4951
Textile Studio | 416.973.4952
Metal/Jewellery Studio | 416.973.4994

Outside the Box – International Craft Competition – Call for entry

The title of the 2009 Cheongju Craft Biennale, ‘Outside the Box,’ looks forward to the self-awakening of Arts and Crafts in a period of decline, disruption, and isolation from other sectors of the new global arena of art. It is the mission of the Biennale to restore the standing of arts and crafts in the world and re-define and establish its worth and potential.

A consideration of the whole range of disciplines that is art & crafts, and of the materials and methods that gave rise to them, is necessary to stimulate imaginative proposals for intercommunion with painting and sculpture architecture and literature; theatre and film; music and dance even horticulture and floriculture. This will be the basis of discourse for the many professionals attending the international seminar. As we have passed through the industrial and the post-industrial age, the sundering of man from nature has been correlative to the fragmentation of both life and art yet in the arts, all corners of the world may meet. We will set out to demonstrate the value and necessity of arts and crafts to all human life the political, the economic, the social, the cultural, and the spiritual.

The 6th Cheongju International Craft Competition
1st Reception: Images (Period: June 12 – June 22nd, 2009)
2nd Reception: Real Works (Period: August 3rd – August 14th, 2009)

Participation Fees: NONE

The Prizes
There will be 26 prizes to include a total of $110,000 in cash:
First Prize of $30,000
5 ‘Outside the box’ Special Awards of $8,000
5 Merit Awards of $5,000
15 ‘Craft Ideal’ Awards of $1,000
Certificates will also be awarded to approximately 150 runners-up

Send Applications to:
Cheongju International Craft Biennale Committee
329 Heungdeok-Ro, Heungdeok-Gu, Cheongju-Si, Chungcheongbuk-Do, 361-828, Republic of Korea
Tel +81 43 277 2501-3 Fax +82 43 277 2610 E-mail

The Outside the Box Entry Guidelines are available for download here

Call for Entry – The Distill Cup 2009

Application Deadline: May 10th 2009

Open to Canadian artists/craftspeople/designers to interpret ‘cup’ in any medium.

For prospectus please email
or download application from

Exhibition runs from june 9th to june 21st 2009

55 Mill street,
building #47,
Toronto, Ontario,

For additional information, contact Allison Skinner at 416.304.0033.

Call for Entry, Unity & Diversity, 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale

Deadline: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Unity & Diversity
A Juried National Exhibition of works by Canada’s Craft Community at the Canadian Pavilion, Cheongju International Craft Biennale.

The Canadian Crafts Federation/Fédération canadienne des métiers d’art is proud to announce that Canada has been named the official guest country of the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Cheongju, South Korea.

Celebrating its 6th anniversary in 2009, the Cheongju International Craft Biennale is the largest and most outstanding fine craft-based biennale in the world. Over 1000 artists from more than 40 countries participate each year, with over half a million visitors in attendance during the month-long event. With a focus on high-quality functional and sculptural craft, the Biennale attracts attention from collectors, curators, academics, craftspeople and, of course, the public. It is a terrific opportunity to showcase the talent of Canadian craftspeople to the world.

Each piece included in the Unity & Diversity exhibition will be entered into a second review, and may be selected to exhibit as part of a second project – an exhibition of Canadian and Korean work to be shown in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics.

To learn more about Canada’s participation in the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale, contact Maegen Black, Administrative Director of the Canadian Craft Federation at (506) 444-3315, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National Call: Unity and Diversity

Intentionally broad in scope, the exhibition theme “Unity and Diversity” seeks responses from craftspeople on how they see their work in the context of the Canadian craft scene. Does Canadian craft have a unified identity, or do our vast physical and cultural geographies make the question of identity much more complicated and diverse?

Details are also available on the Canadian Crafts Federation website

FIXED!!! I hope…

So I think I’ve finally sorted out the problem that was making my gadgets “fall” down the right hand side for some PC users. I’m not technically minded so it took a bit of searching and emailing – and many thanks to all those that emailed or commented (even if it was just to rub it in how cold it was here! – mind you it got worse, dropped down to minus 53 celcius with windchill one day…today is a gorgeous plus 4 though so no complaints!)

One piece of advice was regarding the image in the header, which you’ll notice is currently missing. It hadn’t been a problem since the beginning so I figured that wasn’t it, but gotta try everything right? Not it.

What I did find was that there can be a problem if there are any unclosed tags in the html of one of the blog posts. So where you’ve added a link or an image. What you need to do is go through each of the individual posts(hopefully this problem is only in one of them!) and where it is a problematic post you’ll see the gadgets/sidebar pushed down. You’ll know it’s that specific post as the others should look normal. Open the problematic post in Edit HTML mode and check for any unclosed tags.

Well hopefully that the end of that! If you still have problems please let me know. Thanks for your patience.