Play, Precarity and Survival @ aceartinc

 Jul 30 – Aug 22

Opening reception July 30, 2015 7pm
aceartinc, 290 McDermot Avenue
Exhibition continues July 31-August 22, 2015
Curated by Sigrid Dahle, featuring work by Marcel Dzama, Seema Goel, Rachael Kroeker, Jeannie Mah, Monica Mercedes Martinez, and Brendan Tang.
This group exhibition includes artists who consciously use ceramic
history, material properties and studio and/or commercial production
processes to playfully and incisively explore, resist and/or perform
unmoored contemporary identities. How are ever-evolving,
cross-generational im/migrant experiences, colonial narratives and
hybridized identities – what we customarily call ‘globalization’ –
enacted in and through the vibrant discourse that is 21st century
ceramics? What is it about this medium that renders it so amenable to
supporting these timely and compelling investigations? Explore these
questions and more when Play, Precarity and Survival opens this July.

Above image:
Brendan Lee Tang
Untitled (Ming 2) 2012
Inkjet Print (limited edition)
29.06cm x 17.78cm (11.44” x 7”) 

This exhibition was made possible through generous funding from the
Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, Canada Council for the
Arts and the Arts Branch, Province of Manitoba.

When Virtual Meets Material

A Craft Talk with Carole Epp, the force behind the popular ceramics blog Musing
about Mud

May 29, 7 pm
La maison des artistes
219 Provencher Blvd
Winnipeg MB
Saskatchewan artist and blogger Carole Epp will take the audience on a
journey through her professional development as an artist, stopping to
examine the ways in which her ceramic work has intertwined with social
media along the way. She’ll also reflect on
the question:  How do you maintain a vibrant studio practice, get into
the big shows, travel, give talks, host a blog that’s the go-to place
for ceramics-related news world-wide, all while raising a young family? 
All will be revealed on May 29!  Free public
lecture.  All welcome.

Studio visits with Carole Epp are available to MCC members, by application.  

Email for
more info.

Not to be missed: Visiting Lecturer Dr. Sandra Alfoldy

May 9 – May 11

The Manitoba Craft Council is pleased to present two lectures
by Dr. Sandra Alfoldy, Professor of Craft History at the Nova Scotia
College of Art and Design University and and Associate Curator of Fine
Craft at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.  See below for full event
details and bio.

Dr. Alfoldy will also be serving as one of three jurors for the SLOW
CRAFT exhibition.  Application deadline is May 3, 2012, please follow
this link for details on how to apply.

Wednesday, May 9, 7:30 pm 
The Allied Arts: Architecture and Craft in Postwar Canada
Lecture and Book Signing
RAW Gallery, 290 McDermot Avenue
Painting, sculpture, architecture, design and craft continue to jockey
for status in the artistic landscape, and one of the most coveted
positions is that of public art. Materials easily classified as craft
when produced on a small scale in a studio setting suddenly appear
sculptural or painterly on a large scale. Since World War Two Canadian
architecture has provided unique occasions to challenge and shape the
field we call contemporary craft.  This lecture will explore instances
where Canadian architecture and craft have worked together, and
sometimes at odds with each other, in an effort to demonstrate that even
in the twenty-first century they remain Allied Arts.

Thursday, May 10, 9:30 am – noon
Studio Visits with MCC

Thursday, May 10, 7-9 pm
DIY Will Never Die!
Lecture and reception.  Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave

The DIY Movement has received much attention as a new driving force
behind craft economics. This lecture will contrast historical craft
pioneers with contemporary crafters to argue that in order to understand
future craft economies as they are connected to the power of
do-it-yourself crafting, it is essential to examine past craft
economies.  What ideologies keep repeating, and what are the elements
that keep DIY alive and financially vital across generations?


Dr. Sandra Alfoldy is Professor of Craft History at
NSCAD University, and Associate Curator of Fine Craft at the Art Gallery
of Nova Scotia. She is the author of The Allied Arts: Architecture and Craft in Postwar Canada (2012) and Crafting Identity: The Development of Professional Fine Craft in Canada (2005), editor of Neocraft: Modernity and the Crafts (2007) and co-editor of Craft, Space and Interior Design, 1855-2005(2008).
She was the Chief Curator of the national Canadian exhibition at the
Cheongju International Craft Biennale (2009) and the 2010 Vancouver
Winter Olympics. She is currently at work on a new book on craft and
popular culture.

Lectures co-sponsored by:

Raw Gallery


Gallery 1C03

Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library

University of Manitoba Ceramics Club

Government of Manitoba

Call for Submissions: Slow Craft 2012 Juried Exhibition


May 3

SLOW CRAFT is the theme of the MCC’s 2012 Juried Exhibition

SLOW CRAFT takes as its starting point the issues emerging from the
broader Slow Movement that developed as a response to our increasingly
fast-paced Western lifestyles and our unsustainable consumer culture. 
Slowness is often associated with craft.  Craft skills take time to
learn; craft processes cannot be rushed.  Many makers today are
developing critical positions in response to our consumer behavior,
questioning modes of production through new processes, looking at issues
of stewardship and sustainability as well as collective making and the
reworking of everyday objects. *
*Quote credits to artist, curator, and academic Helen Carnac, from her project description at

SLOW CRAFT will represent approximately 15 craft
artists who reside in Manitoba and whose work pushes the boundaries of
their media and reflects fresh approaches to diverse cultural and
material traditions. Works will be chosen based upon artistic merit
(technical skill, formal effect, and conceptual success), with a
particular interest in pieces that connect to our exhibition’s SLOW
CRAFT theme.  Original works (ie. not derived from a pattern or kit)
rooted in traditional approaches to craft and those that encompass new
technologies, are performative, reflect a d-i-y ethic or challenge
preconceived notions of craft are equally welcome.

Exhibition dates and venues
June 2012, Gallery 1C03, University of Winnipeg
Rural venue TBA

Dr. Sandra Alfoldy, curator and professor in Craft History at NSCAD
University.  Alan Lacovestsky, ceramics artist and educator.  Jennifre
Gibson, curator at Gallery 1C03, University of Winnipeg.

Eligible works
Works will be selected based on artistic merit, skill, design,
innovation and relationship to the exhibition’s theme. Original work
(functional, decorative, conceptual) in any craft-based media are
welcome (e.g.ceramic, fibre, metal, paper, recycled material, stone,
glass and wood). In addition, mixed media and interdisciplinary works
that are primarily craft-based in material and/or technique are
welcome.  Eligible works must have ben completed after July 2009 and may
not have been exhibited in previous Manitoba Craft Council exhibitions.
 Three entries per person, maximum.  Entrants must be current Manitoba
Craft Council members.  See

The jurors will select work based on digital images with the final
selection subject to viewing actual work.  MCC urges applicants to
consider using a professional photographer to document your work. 
Please submit images by email or on one CD marked with your name.  Use
jpeg files with a resolution of 300 dpi, with images’ size approximately
4 x 6″.   For each work, submit one image with a full view of the work
and one or two detail views.  Please title each image file as follows: 
artist’s last name_title_full/detail (eg. Poirier_Moonscape_detail2) The
maximum number of images allowed is nine (9).  Discs will not be

Please include the following information along with your images:
– Your name, mailing address, phone number and email address
– Image list including the title, date, media, dimensions and price/value of each work submitted (3 works max.)
– Artist statement (100 words max.) Please include 2-3 sentences about how your work relates to the exhibition’s theme.

All applicants will be notified of initial results by May 15, 2012. 
Final selection will be based on viewing the actual work.   Artist fees
will be paid for works selected for the exhibition.

Applications will be accepted via email at
Submission deadline of May 3.  Please put “SLOWCRAFT Application-Your
Last Name” in the subject line and attach images.  Applications may be
mailed (in protective mailer) or hand delivered during business hours
(M-F, 9-5) to the Manitoba Craft Council, c/o ACI (Arts & Cultural
Industries Assoc of MB), 501–62 Albert Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B
1E9.  Please include images on CD.

Questions about the exhibition or MCC membership?
Contact MCC’s Programme Coordinator at 927-2787 or