monday morning eye candy: Paula Murray

“My practice is rooted in how ceramic materials and processes have affinities with the human condition. I am interested in the exchange of energy that is essential to life, be it intrinsic or extrinsic. The energy at the molecular level that attracts or repels particles of clay is invisible to the eye, but the effects are apparent.

How do we respond to and engage with the injury of experience – within, with each other, with the other? By embracing wounds, deeper meaning can be brought to our lives, transforming suffering into something worthy, sensuous and beautiful.”

movie day: The Connected Hand – Sandra Alfoldy

Dr Sandra Alfoldy is the leading Craft Historian in Canada, and also faculty member of NSCAD University. In this talk Sandra discusses the ‘connection’ artisans share, what makes an artisan and how this image has been portrayed over the years. She also poses the question – who decides what image an artisan should take?

call for submissions: OAG SHOP & Commercial Gallery

The doors to the new Ottawa Art Gallery are scheduled to open in the fall of 2017! The expansion of the Ottawa Art Gallery is a moment for the arts and culture sector in Ottawa-Gatineau to celebrate this purpose-built gallery which will increase the vitality and focus on the arts in the region. As we move into our exciting new space, we are planning the expansion of many departments, including our Commercial Gallery as well as a new OAG SHOP. This is a collective opportunity for both the gallery and regional artists to showcase the unique excellence of local arts.

With the inaugural opening of the new building, we are looking for artists and makers to submit unique, handmade and one-of-a-kind pieces to both our Commercial Gallery as well as our OAG SHOP. These products can range in price points and be ceramics, jewellery, textiles, sculptures, prints or one-offs. We would love to hear from our local makers and see what you are doing. If you have any special one-off products that reflect the image of the Ottawa Art Gallery, or ideas specific to our commercial spaces, we would love to hear from you.

The Commercial Gallery and the OAG SHOP are two distinct spaces and each have a different set of qualifications and instructions for submissions. Please refer to the detailed submission processes below.

Any additional questions can be directed to Stephanie Germano, manager, either by phone at 613-233-8699 x234 or by email at

Commercial Gallery

This is a gallery space, previously known as our ART Rental and Sales, promotes artists working within the Ottawa/Gatineau region, through the rental, sale and exhibition of their work. Artists must live or work within 150km of the Gallery to be considered. Artworks selected by the jury will be consigned to the gallery for approximately 12 months.

The submission will be juried by both gallery staff and selected representatives from the local arts community. We will be accepting submissions now, up until 30 April, 2017. Artists will be informed in June of the jury’s decision.

About the Gallery:

 You must live or be working within 150km from the Gallery.
 We are looking for artists working with a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture,
photography, mixed media, and numbered edition prints.
 We welcome prints and illustrations unframed as long as they are edition prints and are enclosed
in a plastic sleeve with a backing board.
 The works must be for both sale and rental, unless the works are sculptural or unframed.
 We determine the rental cost; it is based on the purchase price of the artwork.
 The gallery receives a sales commission of 40% and a rental commission of 50%.
 If the work has not sold by the end of the 12 month consignment, it is returned to the artist.
 Please note that we only accept artwork submissions directly from the artist, their representation,
or their estate. We do not re-sell from private collections.
 We do accept student artwork.

How to submit?

 Please email and include “Submission: Commercial Gallery” in the
subject line NO LATER THAN 30 April, 2017. No more than 5 artworks can be submitted per jury.

Please include:
 Digital images of the artworks submitted.
 A detailed list of works that include title, date of creation, medium, size and
purchase price.
 An artist statement, a CV or both.

OAG Boutique

The submission will be juried by both gallery staff and selected representatives from the local arts community. The deadline for submissions is no later than 30 April, 2017 and applicants will be informed in April of the jury’s decision.

About the Gallery Boutique:

 The products in the boutique will be either purchased or consigned by the Ottawa Art Gallery.
Pieces that are consigned are done so for a 12 month period. If sold, the Gallery boutique receives
a 40% sales commission.
 We are looking for handmade items such as: jewellery, ceramics, greeting cards, children’s toys,
stationery (notebooks, zines, etc.), fashion accessories (scarves, hats, etc.) as well as any other
handmade goods.

How to submit:

 Please email the following to and include “Submission: Gallery
Boutique” in the subject line no later than 30 April, 2017. Please include:
 Digital images of your products
 Your company website
 A brief description of you and your products which includes the wholesale/retail

call for emerging artists: Banff Artist in Residence

March 06 – March 31, 2017
Application deadline: October 19, 2016


Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) Emerging is an immersive program of
studio practice, creative exploration, and critical feedback for artists
in the early stages of their careers. BAiR Emerging combines the
artistic freedom of a self-directed residency with the supportive
benefits of an organized program.  As well as having the space to
create, research, and experiment, participants are part of a community
of emerging artists committed to developing and expanding their

What does the program offer?

Throughout a period of four weeks, artists will have opportunities to
hone their individual practice or collaborate with others, present work
to their peers, engage in critique, attend lectures and events across
campus, and learn from demonstrations in various visual art production
techniques. Artists will benefit from the insight provided by a curator
through consultation and studio visits. In addition, visiting artist and
winner of the 2016 Emerging Atlantic Artist Award, Anne MacMillan, with
share her work and career journey. The self-directed nature of this
program will leave ample time for independent learning and developing
the internal motivation and drive needed to be a successful artist.

This program will provide professional development opportunities for
emerging artists by opening up new possibilities and directions in the
production of their work. Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to
offer demonstrations, technical support, and provide access to
facilities in photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking,
ceramics, fibre, video, digital technology, and more.

Who should apply?

This residency is for emerging artists and curators who have
completed University level training in visual arts (preferably within
the last five years), hold an active exhibition record of at least two
years in length, and show evidence of dedication in their pursuit of an
artistic career.

The program is designed for full participation over the entire four week period. Variable dates will not be considered.

Full details here:

NAKED CRAFT Symposium Tomorrow!


is significant to Canadian culture; historically, socially, culturally
and economically having the ability to unify and connect diverse
cultures, ethnicities and ways of life. Many people define craft
differently and consequently the term has a wide range of meanings and
values within contemporary society. We all have a connection to craft in
some way, through the products we consume, through the cultural
traditions passed down from generation to generation or through the
items and objects we encounter on a daily basis.  What draws people to
contemporary craft is authenticity, originality, creativity and the
tangible experience of an object that creates meaning and value beyond
its’ physical form.

Naked Craft Network is an international research project that brings
together the best of contemporary Canadian and Scottish craft.

Craft is designed to be playful in how it engages a public audience; at
a time in popular culture when the words “handcrafted” and “artisanal”
are the “it” words of marketing houses, attention must be redirected
back to craft itself. Craft is a sexy word, and Naked Craft intends to
show the viewer just how sexy craft itself can be. Naked Craft examines
craft practice through the four main themes: New Positions; Down and
Dirty: politics and materials; DIY; and Tooling up: new technologies and

Craft looks to contribute towards a better understanding of continuity
and change within the discipline. It is evident that despite the
cultural diversity and obstacles that influence craft making in Canada,
in Scotland, and around the world, there are many similarities and
shared values that influence the craft sector. In Canada we’re putting
forth a concerted effort toward public outreach and new ways of
presenting craft to audiences as diverse as the communities of craft
makers whom we support. With an increase in the awareness of
contemporary craft and an understanding of its value, comes the
potential of increased sales, consumption, recognition and promotion for
both makers and their objects. As such, both the individuals creating
craft as well as those consuming it are rewarded with culturally
enriching experiences, which support the local economy and encourage a
focus on high-quality craft objects that are lasting and well made. 

Naked Craft has spanned almost four years of research in two countries
and includes two workshop/residencies, three symposiums, a touring
exhibition and a publication. The NCN is interested in broadly
developing a better understanding of the relationships between the
identities that are inherently attributed to geopolitical regions of
practice, and the reciprocal role that the material production of craft
plays in building, maintaining and disseminating these identities in a
global arena of commerce and culture in the future. ” – via Naked Craft Website


Naked Craft Symposium brings together makers, researches, and the
general public to discuss the themes explored throughout the Naked Craft
project, and to look forward at the future for craft.

 The symposium will take place at the Art Gallery of Burlington on Saturday June 27, 2015.

Member Registration: Symposium & Lunch $75.00 (Art Gallery of Burlington and Craft Ontario members)
Regular Registration: Symposium & Lunch $85.00
Student Registration: Symposium & Lunch $45.00

Registration online:
Registration by phone: Heather at 905-632-7796 ext 307
Information: Denis at 905-632-7796 ext 303

Find the full schedule here