Can Craft? Craft Can! Canadian Craft Biennial 2017

Exhibition  /  19 Aug 2017  -  29 Oct 2017
Published: 15.08.2017

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Bringing together seventy makers from across Canada, Can Craft? Craft Can! will present works in glass, ceramics, wood, metal and fibre that address three subthemes exploring ideas of Identity, Sustainability and Materiality.

Artist list

Pierre Aupilardjuk, Carole Baillargeon, Beth Biggs, Robert Brown, Teresa Burrows, Karen Cantine, Bridget Catchpole, Kai Chan, Brigitte Clavette, Brad Copping, Marie-Andrée Côté, Gabrielle Desmarais, Brothers Dressler, Anne Drew Potter, Robin DuPont, EartHand Gleaners Society, Susan Edgerley, Michael Flaherty, Reid Flock, Pascale Girardin, Matt Gould, Igah Hainnu, Barb Hunt, Elisapee Ishulutaq, Jean Kagyut, Kawtysie Kakee, Benjamin Kikkert, Catherine Kiliktee, Elsie Klengenberg, Sandra Ledingham, Louise Lemieux Bérubé, Lou Lynn, Janet Macpherson, Michael Massie, Bettina Matzkuhn, Paul McClure, Caroline Ouellette, Greg Payce, Luce Pelletier, Gord Peteran, Claudio Pino, Elizabeth Quiningnaaq, Shona Rae, Pamela Ritchie, Jess Riva Cooper, Ruth Scheuing, Amir Sheikhvand, Wendy Shirran, Eva Siakuluk, Greg Sims, Anita Singh, Despo Sophocleous, Susan Surette, Winnie Tatya, Ningeokuluk Teevee, Yvonne Thomas, Ione Thorkelsson, Barbara Tipton, Anna Torma, Annie Tung, Jessica Vellenga, Angelika Werth, Zane Wilcox, Cheryl Wilson Smith, Janice Wright Cheney
The Art Gallery of Burlington, in collaboration with Craft Ontario, is proud to present the first Canadian Craft Biennial from August 19, 2017 – October 29, 2017. The launch of this inaugural event during Canada’s 150th anniversary will serve as a spotlight to celebrate and educate on the importance of contemporary craft throughout Canada’s diverse history and future. Under the theme Can Craft? Craft Can! the Biennial will explore What and who is ‘Canadian Craft’? and analyze ideas regarding the agency of craft.


Craft Symposium
Friday, September 15 (Holiday Inn, Burlington) & Saturday, September 16 (OCAD University, Toronto)
Eleven sessions covering a variety of themes and approaches will be presented by forty-four scholars and makers from around the world.

Anton Reijnders: Professional Ceramics Workshop
Dates: September 11-14, 2017
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Successful applicants: $200 workshop fee payable by August 6, 2017.
Open to professional ceramists only. Prospective participants are invited to submit a one-page letter of interest outlining what they intend to gain from their experience to Denis Longchamps by July 15 at Applicants will be notified by July 31, 2017 if they have been accepted for the workshop.

National Craft Exhibition: Can Craft? Craft Can!
August 19-October 29, 2017
Bringing together seventy makers from across Canada, Can Craft? Craft Can! will present works in glass, ceramics, wood, metal and fibre that address three sub-themes exploring ideas of Identity, Sustainability and Materiality.

Craft Ontario Provincial Exhibition: Nothing is Newer than Tradition
August 19-October 29, 2017

Craft Ontario’s 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.

AGB Provincial Exhibition - Setting Ontario’s Table: Once Upon a Time
August 19-December 31, 2017

Drawing from the Art Gallery of Burlington’s Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics, Once Upon a Time will present a special exhibition exploring functional ware from Ontario ceramists. Each artist selected will be represented through both a piece from their early years, juxtaposed against a recent work to explore the progression in their practice.

International Ceramic Exhibition - Anton Reijnders
September 9-October 29, 2017

Dutch ceramist Anton Reijnders will present his new work in a solo exhibition. Anton Reijnders graduated at the Fine Art Academy in Hertogenbosh in 1981. He participated in exhibitions throughout the world and contributed to conferences and symposia and has given lectures in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. He has contributed to the creation of what in 1991 was to become the European Ceramic Work Center (EKWC) - Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. As head of studios and workshops of the EKWC Reijnders was involved in dialogue with artists from all over the world. He was the driving force behind setting up the material research program and is the author of the book The Ceramic Process jointly with the EKWC published by A&C Black in London, and Pennsylvania Press in the USA. He has been three times visiting professor in the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
Gabrielle Desmarais. Brooch: Landscape #4, 2016. Mixed media.. Gabrielle Desmarais
Brooch: Landscape #4, 2016
Mixed media.
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Brothers Dressler. Object: Twist Light, 2017. Wood, mixed materials.. Brothers Dressler
Object: Twist Light, 2017
Wood, mixed materials.
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Paul McClure. Brooch: Membrane 1, 2017. Sterling silver, nylon, stainless steel.. 9.5 x 4.5 x 1 cm. Photo by: Paul Ambtman. Paul McClure
Brooch: Membrane 1, 2017
Sterling silver, nylon, stainless steel.
9.5 x 4.5 x 1 cm
Photo by: Paul Ambtman
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Claudio Pino. Ring: Mystical Metamorphosis, 2017. Palladium, opal, ruby, citrine, pearl.. Photo by: Claudio Pino. Claudio Pino
Ring: Mystical Metamorphosis, 2017
Palladium, opal, ruby, citrine, pearl.
Photo by: Claudio Pino
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