Placemaking: The Unique Connection Between Craft, Community and Tourism

Mark your calendars! The CCF/FCMA’s 13th national contemporary craft conference will take place in Nova Scotia from October 10th – 15th, 2018.

Titled Placemaking: The Unique Connection Between Craft, Community and Tourism, this national event will highlight the role of contemporary craft culture in strengthening and encouraging community development. By exploring the positive impact of craft practice on both physical and virtual communities, the conference will share information on craft culture’s role in enhancing the sense of belonging, understanding, and appreciation of community members, leading to happier, healthier, more positive social interactions. Through the presentations, workshops, networking sessions and cultural events of Placemaking, the use of culture as an impetus for positive change will drive conversation through creation, expression, sharing and celebration.

In partnership with Craft Nova Scotia, Craft Alliance, NSCAD University, Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, Lunenburg School of Art and the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, this year’s event includes more collaboration than ever before. We are particularly excited that Placemaking will align with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective’s national conference, also taking place in Halifax this fall. Working closely with the ACC to bring these delegations together, we are exploring the potential for a joint keynote speaker presentation, integrated social events, and a specially designed tour of the craft-specific and Indigenous arts specific events of Halifax’s Nocturne festival.

Placemaking will cover a lot of ground – in theory, and in practice. With three locations across Nova Scotia, delegates can take in a pre-conference tour in Cape Breton, the main conference events in Halifax, and an extended conference and tour in Lunenburg. All three locations will highlight unique cultural experiences and explorations, exposing you to new ideas and new adventures in craft.

Don’t miss out. There will be a limited number of seats available at all these events. Stay tuned for more details – coming soon.

Cultivating Craft: Pathways to Practice

The CCF/FCMA’s 11th Annual National
Craft Conference, “Cultivating Craft: Pathways to Practice”, is taking
place October 13th to the 16th at the Alberta College of Art + Design in
Calgary, Alberta.

In partnership with our co-hosts, the Alberta Craft Council and the Alberta College of Art + Design, the conference will foster
professional development across Canada and beyond, bringing together
key players in the craft field, encouraging attendees to expand their
professional networks at a national level.

In the coming weeks, we will release
more information on speakers, events, and registration. There are many
exciting announcements to come! If you would like to receive more
information regarding this conference, please email us at

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.


CCF/FCMA logoThe
Canadian Crafts Federation / Fédération canadienne des métiers d’art is
proud to present Hindsight/Foresight, our first annual Contemporary
Craft Symposium.  The Symposium brings together professional voices
from across the country for a discussion on their past, present and
future, and the influences that have affected their careers. 

As the title suggests, speakers will
explore their own personal histories and their plans for the future.
They will explore the effect national recognition and other milestones
have had on their practice, and their impressions of contemporary Craft
in general.

is intended to fuel interest in Contemporary Craft practice and
showcase the broad range within the field. Each speaker is a recipient
of the Bronfman Award. The presentations and discussions will celebrate
the community of excellence recognized by the Saidye Bronfman
Foundation, (now one of eight Governor General’s Visual Arts Awards)
which highlights the best in Canadian visual art each year with a
$25,000 award. With this common thread, the speakers and moderator will
discuss not only the development of Craft in general, but the impact of
recognition and awards on the local, national and international
speaker comes from a different material practice, including ceramics,
metal and wood. Their experiences intersect and diverge across the
spectrum of Craft, with both shared and unique experiences throughout
their esteemed careers. The perspectives presented on practice and the
purpose of Craft will preface a panel discussion where audience members
have the chance to ask questions and be engaged in the debates.  This is
a key focus of the Canadian Crafts Federation / Fédération canadienne
des métiers d’art, whose annual activity regularly focuses on sharing,
collaboration, awareness and appreciation of Craft with our regional
partners, the Provincial and Territorial Craft Councils across Canada.
provides the opportunity to inspire people in the local and national
cultural community to talk about the potential of Craft, artistically,
economically, and conceptually. At its core, the symposium is intended
to incite debate, reflection and inspiration. We hope you will join us
for the exploration!

Project made possible with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.  

Hindsight/Foresight will take place in
the Lecture Hall at the National Gallery of Canada on October 18, from 3
– 7pm. Be sure to get your tickets in advance as seating is limited.
Book your ticket today! 
Speakers: Paul Mathie, Michael C. Fortune, Kye Yeon Son, with moderator Charles Leton-Brain
Visit their website for more details.