Upcoming Canadian Craft Biennial

Celebrate at the Inaugural Canadian Craft Biennial

The Art Gallery of Burlington and Craft Ontario are pleased to announce that the official website for the inaugural Canadian Craft Biennial has been launched: www.canadiancraftbiennial.ca. This national event, taking place between August 19 and October 29, 2017, will showcase provincial, national, and international craft artists through four gallery exhibitions, a two-day symposium, two ten-day residencies, and additional community programming.

Denis Longchamps, Artistic Director and Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Burlington, addresses the need for a national celebration of craft:

“The Biennial is a dream that started to develop a few years ago to bring together makers, scholars, collectors and craft aficionados together to discuss contemporary Canadian craft within a larger discourse.”

Today, this dream is a reality, with the inaugural Biennial being presented under the theme Can Craft? Craft Can!, which will explore historical contexts and offer critical insights into the future of craft in Canada. Aligning with Canada’s 150th anniversary, Can Craft? Craft Can! will highlight and celebrate Canadian craft professionals, and educate the public on the role that craft plays in Canadian arts and culture.

Learn more about Biennial Programming


You are Invited: The grand opening for all exhibitions is on Friday, September 15th, 6:00 pm, at the Art Gallery of Burlington (1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington).

Can Craft? Craft Can!
This national exhibition will be showcasing seventy makers from across Canada with a focus on the themes of identity, sustainability and materiality

Nothing is Newer than Tradition
A feature exhibition of emerging Ontario artists that reflect the way in which craft materials, tools and processes of creativity are reiterated through the hands of a new generation of makers

International Ceramic Exhibition: Anton Reijnders
Anton is internationally renowned for his site-specific ceramic installations

Setting Ontario’s Table:
Once Upon a Time

The Art Gallery of Burlington’s permanent collection’s exhibit will explore functional ware from Ontario ceramists, and juxtapose each artist’s early work with their recent work to explore the progression in their practice


The two-day symposium is where scholars and enthusiasts alike will come together to discuss a wide variety of topics related to the exhibition. Over two days split between Burlington on September 15th and Toronto on September 16th, participants will have the chance to learn, discover, and gain insight into the past and future of Canadian craft.

Friday September 15th
Burlington Holiday Inn 

3063 S. Service Rd, Burlington
Saturday September 16th
OCAD University

100 McCaul St. Toronto, ON
Craft Ontario members save $50 on symposium registration
Register in advance to secure your place

If you would like to take advantage of the shuttle bus service on Friday evening from the Burlington Holiday Inn to the Art Gallery of Burlington for the reception, and/or for Saturday from the Burlington Holiday Inn to OCAD University, it will be an additional $20 that can be selected on the online registration form.

Register Today!
Why Attend the Biennial? The Canadian Craft Biennial is a chance to unite those who make, appreciate, and study Canadian craft. For the first time, Burlington will host a national celebration of craft on the international stage, shining a spotlight on the immense creative spirit of our country.



The Art Gallery of Burlington, in collaboration with Craft Ontario, is pleased to announce the inaugural Canadian Craft Biennial, August 19 to October 29, 2017. As part of Biennial pro-gramming, 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.

As a celebratory year, 2017 is the 150th anniversary of both Canada and Ontario, and
Nothing is Newer than Tradition will present work that opens up an experience of craft history, where the making of objects critically intersects with both our past and present cultural, social and political ways of being in the world. Craft traditions of making are deeply rooted in identities and cultures that extend beyond current national boundaries and con-ventions, and remain critical in presenting work that enriches and reflects our lives today.

Craft Ontario welcomes emerging craftspeople throughout Ontario to submit their work to Nothing is Newer than Tradition. Please see the exhibition information below for more details, and contact us at gallery@craftotnario.com with any questions.

For more information on the Canadian Craft Biennial, please see: canadiancraftbiennial.ca

Laurent Craste @ Art Gallery of Burlington

Craste’s 13 new works examine the notion of aesthetics in the
decorative arts, specifically the shift from ornaments to what is now
seen as the clean aesthetics of design.

About the Artist
Ceramist by trade, Laurent Craste is an internationally renowned visual
artist whose practice focuses on the exploration of the multiple layers
of meaning of decorative objects: ideologically, aesthetically, and
through their sociological and historical dimensions. The porcelain
vase, in particular, has for years been the subject of predilection of
the artist’s work. Laurent Craste appropriates this archetypal figure of
decorative arts, using it as matter, support and playground for his
artistic interventions, in order to create striking formal and
conceptual proposals.

Laurent Craste holds a Master in Visual and Media Arts from UQAM, and
he was awarded numerous prizes and awards during his career. His works
are on display in numerous private and public collections (Montreal
Museum of Fine Arts, the Public Collection of the Department of Foreign
Affairs and International Trade of Canada, The Cirque du Soleil
Collection, etc.).

Image: Laurent Craste, Immolation, 2016


CALL FOR PAPERS: Canadian Craft Biennial Conference Can Craft? Craft Can!

September 15 and 16, 2017
Burlington and Toronto

Art Gallery of Burlington in collaboration with Craft Ontario is
organizing the first Canadian Craft Biennial Conference to be held
September 15 and 16, 2017 in Burlington and Toronto, Ontario.

are eleven sessions covering a variety of themes and approaches. To
submit a proposal to a session, please send an abstract (250 words) with
your contact information, a short biography (100 words) to the convener
of the session you would like to join by 30 November 2016. The full description for each session can be found at canadiancraftbiennial.ca

sessions will include four (4) presentations of twenty (20) minutes
each followed by a question period. Number of Pecha Kucha presentations
in session five is at the discretion of the conveners. All sessions are 1
hour 45 minutes in length.

1. Indigenous Craft Today: Tradition, Innovation, Action
Convener: Elizabeth Kalbfleisch, Independent Scholar
Email: ekalbfleisch@gmail.com

2. Craft and Wilderness: Combatting Territorial Amnesia
Convener: Amanda Shore
Email: amandaraeshore@gmail.com

3. Somewhere Between Folklore, Modernity and Utopia: Expo’67 and the development of Fine Crafts and Métiers d’art in Canada
Convener: Bruno Andrus
Email: brunoandrus@hotmail.com

Note: Bilingual Session; Propositions in French and English are welcome.

4. Decolonizing Craft: contemporary craft, race, and decolonial practice in Canada
Conveners: Anthea Black, OCAD University & Nicole Burisch, Independent critic/curator
Email: anthea.black@gmail.com & nicoleburisch@gmail.com

5. The Openness of Craft: Complexity in Current Practices
Convener: Ruth Chambers, University of Regina
Email: Ruth.Chambers@uregina.ca

6. Identity, Craft / Métiers d’art and Marketing
Convener: Susan Surette, PhD, NSCAD University and Concordia University
Email: studio.surette@gmail.com

Note: Bilingual Session; Propositions in French and English are welcome.

7. Round-Table Session Title: Making Sense: Exploring Creative Methodologies
Convener: Julie Hollenbach PhD Candidate, Department of Art (Art History), Queen’s University.
Email: d.hollenbach@queensu.ca

8. Craft and Public Art
Kathy Kranias, PhD Student, Humanities Department, York University, and
Lera Kotsyuba, Research Assistant Intern, Ontario Heritage Trust
Email: lera.kotsyuba@gmail.com & kkranias@icloud.com

9. Making Education: The Changing Nature of Teaching Craft
Convener: Dorie Millerson, Assistant Professor, Chair, Material Art & Design, OCAD University
Email: dmillerson@faculty.ocadu.ca

10. Craft’s Collaborations
Convener: Mireille Perron, Alberta College of Art + Design
Email: mireille.perron@acad.ca

11. The digital ties that bind: Practice-lead research in craft
Convener: Stephen Bottomley, Senior lecturer, Edinburgh College of Art/ University of Edinburgh
Email: s.bottomley@ed.ac.uk

The full description for each session can be found at canadiancraftbiennial.ca

call for artists: Can Craft? Craft Can! Biennial Residencies Open

A series of new, short-term craft residency opportunities in
making and writing have been created in Burlington, Ontario, as part of
the inaugural Can Craft? Craft Can! Canadian Craft Biennial.

Through the collaborative efforts of the Art Gallery of Burlington
(AGB), Craft Ontario and Studio Magazine, two residency programs will
host up to six makers and/or writers at the AGB from September 5th –
15th, 2017.

The Makers Residency will be hosted at the AGB, with access to studio
space from seven guilds of various disciplines on site, including
pottery, woodcarving and sculpture, photography, fine art, fibre arts,
rug hooking, and handweavers and spinners. Applicants are encouraged
across a range of experience, materials and processes used.
The Writers Residency will also be hosted at the AGB, including
elements of formal/directed exchange of ideas with leadership from
established members of the craft field, paired with a self-guided
learning environment. Applicants should be in the first part of their
careers, ready to explore and develop interests in material culture as
embodied in the craft discourse.
These two residency programs will run concurrently, doubling the opportunity for unique, cross-disciplinary exchange.
For more information on these exciting new opportunities and how to apply, see the full Maker Residency and Writer’s Residency notices.