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

EXHIBITIONS

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

SYMPOSIUM

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
8:30-6:00
Saturday September 16th
OCAD University

100 McCaul St. Toronto, ON
8:30-4:45
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.

residency opportunity: Carbondale Clay Center

12-month Residency Program

The primary goal of the Carbondale Clay Center’s Residency Program is to provide emerging ceramic artists time and space to develop a body of work that will take them to the next level in their careers while gaining important technical skills and teaching experience. The focus is on creative development and defining one’s artistic voice and individual statement.

There are three residency programs that run for a 12-month period of time (September 1–August 31). A residents will have opportunity to apply for a second year based on their first year of participation. Residents will share a semi-private studio space and 24/7 access to the Carbondale Clay Center. Residents can expect to be mentored by experienced, talented ceramic artists who are part of the vibrant Carbondale Arts community. Please download and read a copy of the Resident Artist Handbook prior to applying for this residency. It will give you a greater understanding of the experience, expectations and requirements of a CCC artist resident.

Application for Residency

Application Deadline(not postmarked):  April 7, 2017
Applicants advised by  May 1, 2017
Email materials to director@carbondaleclay.org or send to:

Carbondale Clay Center
Residency Application
135 Main St.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Please send:

  • Application form including the outlined list of materials (click here to download)
  • $30 application fee (checks payable to the Carbondale Clay Center, or click our Buy Now button below to pay online)

Feel free to call or email with questions: 970-963-2529 or director@carbondaleclay.org

www.carbondaleclay.org/residency-program/

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monday morning eye candy: Thaddeus Erdahl

When considering the murky reservoir of human history, it is
difficult to separate legend from reality. Through my work, I examine
human myth in the modern age, specifically on characters that emerge
from our society’s underbelly; the less popular folk. Using their
“legends”, I feel compelled to tell stories that illustrate analogies in
life; blending together archetypes, shared experiences, and my own
personal mythology. Who we are in the world is a kaleidoscope of
interpretations, biased memories, and personal connections. 


Ceramic sculpture and portraiture, in particular, are
forms of a visual narration that I use to satisfy my urge for
documenting what I see in human nature. Evocative of well-loved toys and
obsolete artifacts, I use the implied history of these objects to
encourage the viewer to disconnect from the present situation and
conjure their own individual narratives from my sculptures.


Working with concepts that are personal and sometimes
narcissistic perceptions of the gloomy side of life, dark humor is my
buffer. Dry or irreverent, it is humor that mystifies the tragic. – Thaddeus Erdahl