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EXHIBITION: Mar 28 - Apr 26

Carolyn Young

March 28th - April 26th, 2019
Port Moody Arts Centre Gallery - 2425 St Johns St, Port Moody, British Columbia, Toronto, Ontario

Meet the artists, connect with our community, and enjoy refreshments. Everyone is welcome. [Play]ground is an exhibition from members of Vancouver Metal Arts Association that considers how play becomes an integral part of the creative process.

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EXHIBITION: Apr 25 - 26

New Ho Queen

April 25th- 26, 2019 - 8:00pm- 12:00am
Gardiner Museum - 111 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario

New Ho Queen is a Toronto-based collective bringing visibility, opportunity, and experiences to the queer Asian and POC community. Inspired by the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Unbroken, New Ho Queen will curate an art party in partnership with the Gardiner that breaks down walls and boundaries, and, through the lens of queer Asian artists, explore how building bridges and fostering chosen families create subcultural spaces for expression and belonging. Learn more 

EXHIBITION: Mar 15 - Apr 30

In Praise of Oguni Washi
Carolyn Young

March 15 - April 30, 2019
Japanese Paper Place - 103 The East Mall #1, Etobicoke, ON

An exhibition by 15 artists showing the versatility of Heritage Washi from Niigata Prefecture.

Opening night is March 15, 4pm-7:30pm.

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AWW Free School
Ken Moffatt, The Jack Layton Chair and Melanie Panitch, The Director of The Office of Social Innovation

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Gardiner Museum - 111 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario

Inspired by the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Unbroken, this unique series in collaboration with Ryerson University will transform the exhibition into a site for social action. Four interdisciplinary workshops, focused on documentary media, spoken word, performance, and online journalism, will be offered free with registration.
These workshops, co-led by artists, facilitators, and writers, will activate the exhibition by connecting its themes to the practice of public citizenship.

Tuesday, March 5: Embodied Narratives
Tuesday, March 19: Documenting Dissent
Tuesday, April 2: Fake News
Tuesday, April 16: Extreme Music Therapy.

WORKSHOP: Mar 11 - May 9

Various Pottery Classes – Wheel Throwing, Handbuilding, Adults and Kids Classes
Toronto Potters

March 11th, 2019 – May 09th, 2019
Artscape Youngplace - unit #107 at 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, Ontario

Whether you are a beginner or experienced artist, Toronto Potters welcomes you to our studio. Take classes to learn from some of our amazing professional artist members.

 * Become a member of Toronto Potters by May 31 to take full advantage of the annual membership benefits.*

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EXHIBITION: Feb 21 - May 12

Monster Faïence
Lindsay Montgomery

February 21 - May 12, 2019
La Guilde -1356 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1J1

Opening: Thursday February 21 2019, From 6 TO 8 P.M.

 La Guilde is proud to present Monster Faience the first Montreal exhibition for the multidisciplinary artist Lindsay Montgomery. From February 21 to May 12, 2019, La Guilde invites you to discover 15 ceramic artworks drawn from her two most recent series: Neo-Istoriato and Monster Faience. Recipient of the prestigious Winifred Shantz Award issued by the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in 2018, Lindsay Montgomery is known for her visually dense and subversive ceramic artworks with traces of allegories and history. Her practice is developed through several mediums such as painting, video and installation. Her work is centered on the arrangement of an imaginary and personal mythology which explores issues about death, family, beauty and history.

Monster Faience will kick-off the 2019 program at La Guilde. This exh…

EXHIBITION: Apr 11- May 12

The Body Has Reasons Which Reason Knows Not Of 
Group Exhibition

April 11 - May 12, 2019
Craft Ontario Gallery - 1106 Queen Street West., Toronto, Ontario

Working with clay actively engages the body. The artists in this exhibition trust that their lived experiences, stories, and skills are indwelled in the muscles used to make their work.
Each of the artists in this exhibition took part in the Muscle Memory International Ceramic Symposium, which was programmed and founded by Mimi Kokai in collaboration with the International Ceramic Studio (ICS) in Kecskemet, Hungary and took place in both 2017 and 2018.

Experiences of injury and recuperation informed the theme to the Muscle Memory symposium. One of the purposes of the residency is to demonstrate the power and the skill of artists with disabilities.

During each of the residencies the artists became a strongly knit community. Many of the artists have noted the mentorship, and guidance they received from their fellow participants. I…

EVENT: May 23

Craft Award Studio Tour
Brett Lundy,  Micah Adams, Mischa Couvrette,  Hana Balaban-Pommier,  Nurielle Stern

Saturday, May 23rd, 2019
Craft Ontario - 1106 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario

Meet Craft Ontario's incredible award recipients, and experience their unique work spaces! The Craft Awards Studio Tour is a one-day event in Toronto's city centre that connects you with the unique opportunity of experiencing the studios of a selection of Craft Ontario's prestigious award recipients. The tour offers you the opportunity to meet talented makers, learn about their practices, and see the spaces where they hone their skills and creative expression.

 The tour includes stops at five different studios, representing emerging to established craft artists in the areas of woodworking, metalworking and ceramic. Each Craft Award recipient will give a presentation about their work alongside a tour of their studio space.

 The tour will begin at 11:00AM and conclude at 5:00PM, with a lunch br…

WORKSHOP: Oct 19 - May 26

Glass Blowing(Weekend)
Harbourfront Glass Studio Artists-in-Residence.

October 19th, 2018 - May 26th, 2018
Harbourfront Centre - 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario

This weekend course covers solid (i.e. paperweights) and blown forms (cups, bowls and plates), colour application, hot and cold techniques and use of studio equipment.

 Email for more information or to register.

 COURSE DATES Each session (approx. 19 hours) runs Friday 6:30 – 9:30pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am – 6pm.

Course Instructors are Glass Studio Artists-in-Residence.

October 19–21 FULL
 November 2–4 FULL

January 11–13
February 1–3
February 22–24
March 8–10
March 22–24
March 29-31
April 26–28
May 24–26.
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EXHIBITION: Oct 10 - May 26

Beads, they're sewn so tight
Bev Koski, Katie Longboat, Jean Marshall, Olivia Whetung

October 10, 2018 – May 26, 2019
Textile Museum of Canada - 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

OPENING RECEPTION All are welcome!
 Wednesday October 10, 2018, 6-7:30 pm

In beadwork, threads create structure and hold beads together, creating a seemingly invisible scaffold. As metaphor and as material, they unite form, design, and meaning. Beads, they’re sewn so tight examines social and political relations embedded in the visual language of pattern and surface design, including living traditions with an emphasis on family and community networks.
Beads, they’re sewn so tight features over 40 beaded works by Bev Koski, Katie Longboat, Jean Marshall, and Olivia Whetung, many of which will be shown here for the first time. From weaving to loom-work and embroidery, their artwork threads together formal aspects of artmaking such as colour and composition with critical issues such as language retention, ster…

EVENT: May 24 - 26

The New Clay Conference 2019
Brennan Pottery

May 24th - 26th, 2019
Rideau Curling Club - 715 Cooper Street, Ottawa, Ontario

The New Clay Conference in Ottawa, Ontario May 24-26th 2019 Welcome to the New Clay Conference! Our mission is to strengthen the ceramics community in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec by gathering together clay makers for an invigorating weekend of ceramic activity. We are reaching out to you early in the planning process with the hope that you will be a part of making New Clay happen in Ottawa.

 This year’s conference is already off to an amazing start with renowned artists Carole Epp, Naomi Clement and Jason Burnett confirmed as our three main presenters. However, plans for conference panel discussions and professional development workshops are still underway.


 3 amazing demonstrating artists all weekend: Carole Epp, Naomi Clement and Jason Bige Burnett

 A panel discussion Friday evening on 'Making it in Craft' with a panel of experts who …

EXHIBITION: Sept 22- June 2

Nordic Glass
Evelina Dovsten & Kristin Larsson, Bjørn Friborg, Mervi Haapakoski, Renata Jakowleff, Sini Majuri, Auli Rautiainen, Kirsten Vikingstad Storesund, and Ida Wieth

September 22, 2018- June 2, 2019
Harbourfront Center - 235 Queens Quay West,Toronto, Ontario

Nordic glass was at a high point in the mid-20th century. Famous glass factories like Orrefors, Iittala, Holmegaard and Kosta Boda; and designers such as Tapio Wirkkala and Alvar Aalto were synonymous with good design and refined taste. This heyday created distinctive identities for all four countries—Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland—and collectively added to the Scandinavian Modern aesthetic.

 Sadly, few of the glass factories remain due to market pressures and outsourcing. However, these economic realities have not lessened the association of well-designed and crafted glass within Nordic countries. The situation has given rise to a bright new generation of glass artists and designers; ones with independent spirits foc…

EXHIBITION: Feb 28 - June 9

Ai Weiwei

February 28th - June 9th, 2019
Gardiner Museum - 111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON

Ai Weiwei (b. 1957, Beijing) is among the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists and one of China’s most formidable critics. His sculptures, photographs, installations, and public artworks often repurpose traditional Chinese forms and materials to address today’s most pressing social concerns. An outspoken human rights activist, Ai was arrested by Chinese authorities on April 3, 2011 and held incommunicado for eighty-one days. In July 2015 he was granted the return of his passport to travel abroad despite ongoing government surveillance. Throughout, Ai has continued to extend his practice across multiple disciplines, using exhibitions, documentary films, and social media to communicate with a global audience.  More Information