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Information & Opportunities

Future and Reality: Canadians at the 2011 Cheongju Craft Biennale  

Time after time Canadian craft artists excel on the international stage, and this year is no exception. The CCF/FCMA would like to congratulate the eight craftspeople invited to exhibit work at the 2012 Cheongju International Craft Biennale: Claudio Pino, Annie Tung, Laurie Roland, Brad TurnerJane Kenyon, Robyn LoveCarol Milne, and Aaron Oussoren

Cheongju Art Factory
The Cheongju International Craft Biennale is dedicated to showcasing the very best of the world's makers and fosters international cultural exchanges, creating positive working relationships with the countries involved. 

Another Canadian connection sees Maegen Black returning to the Biennale for the 3rd time, this year as a speaker at the Biennale's 2011 International Symposium. She is proud to bring a Canadian perspective to the contemporary discussions, and excited to return to Korea to continue building networks between Korea and Canada.

You can find out more about the Biennale here

Arts Day on the Hill
October 25, 2011

Canadian Arts CoalitionArtists, craftspeople, and cultural workers of all stripes are invited to unite on Parliament Hill and show the government that despite fiscal deficits and uncertain financial times, sustained public funding for the arts is essential. 

The Canadian Arts Coalition is seeking speakers for the bevy of presentations at Parliament. Artists, arts administrators, and managers are all invited to speak to how the arts benefits Canada in every way. The goal is to present a unified voice and ensure the arts remain appreciated and funded. 

Last year there were over 100 talks with representatives from across the nation and from a variety of ethnic and professional backgrounds. The CCF/FCMA has already registered to represent craft, but other interested parties are welcome and encouraged to sign up. Visit the Canadian Arts coalition website, and don't forget to show up on Parliament Hill in solidarity on October 25th, 2011. 

Let's make this year's Art Day on the Hill a great one! 

Textile Society of America 2012
Textiles and Politics

Textiles and Politics
The 13th International Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America is seeking papers exploring "the ways in which politics influence the 
aesthetics, production, materials, uses, and countless other aspects of textiles." 

Papers and presenters can come from all disciplines from art to anthropology, research to production. Submissions may represent an individual artist, a museum or an organization. There is also an opportunity to screen videos and film. 

For full submission details and more information about the symposium, contact the Textile Society of America. The call for papers can be found here

Abstracts are due October 1, 2011. 

Call for Entries and Funding Opportunities 

Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics

Deadline: August 26

Open to practicing ceramicists in the first 3-10 years of their career. Click here for application details. 

RBC Award for Glass

Deadline: August 26

Open to practicing glass artists in the first 3-10 years of their career. Details can be found here

Help an Artist by Knitting Squares for the Cheongju Avenue of Trees

Deadline: September 5

Help artist Robyn Love knit (or crochet!) squares for a public art installation at the 2011 Cheongju International Craft Biennale. For more information, visit Robyn's blog here, or email her at 

Call for Entry: Un-wedged (competition and exhibition)

Deadline: September 1

Functional and sculptural ceramic work completed within the past two years. Visit the Pottery Northwest site for further details. 

Wayne Art Centre Craft Forms 2011

Deadline: September 15

The 16th international juried exhibition is seeking work from emerging and established craftspeople, completed within the past two years. Functional and sculptural work is accepted. Click here for more information. 

Green Art Fundraiser Gala and Market

Deadline: September 25

Green Calgary is seeking work for their Green Art fundraiser gala. Work must be environmentally minded, and made within the past two years. Artists will have the chance to sell work. Open to Calgary + region. For all details, visit the Green Calgary website. 

UK Crafts Council's COLLECT

Deadline: September 23 (exhibitor)/October 3 (projects)

The annual world fine craft exhibition, Collect, is again seeking individual artists to display individual works as well as installation projects. Full details can be found here

Ganoksin Online Exhibition: Differences Unite Us

Deadline: November 30

Submit images of your jewelry work that connects to the theme, Differences Unite Us, for an online exhibition through the Ganoksin Project, an online resource for jewellers around the globe. View the call here

Stay Tuned: International Cultural Policies Database

Another series of meetings in Korea have brought WorldCP, an international database of cultural policies, closer to completion. The database will include specific policy documents from participating countries worldwide, and will be freely accessible online. The project is based on the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe. A pilot website is expected to be unveiled at the 2012 World Summit in Melbourne, Australia. 

For further information and updates, visit the Asia-Europe Foundation

1000 Miles Apart

2011 Ceramics Conference

John Balistreri Clay Printing
The University of Manitoba is hosting a ceramic conference from September 29 to October 1, 2011. There will be lectures, discussions, and demonstrations by renowned US and Canadian ceramicists, and a corresponding exhibition at Gallery OneOneOne

Featured this year are artists John Balistreri and Virginia Scotchie from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and the University of South Carolina respectively, and from Canada, Paul Mathieu from Emily Carr University and Rory MacDonald from NSCAD. The presentations will range in topic from rapid prototyping and technological advancements to the state of ceramics in the 21st century. 

For further details and to register, contact Steve Grimmer at the University of Manitoba's School of Art.

Online Exhibition: Metal Sculpture
Eagle Mask Peter McFarlane
A sneak peek of Peter McFarlane's breathtaking chainsaw sculptures is available for viewing online at the Pegasus Gallery of Canadian Art. Literally made from chainsaws and other found materials, these metal masks were inspired by the wooden masks made by First Nations peoples of the west.

You can see the work at the Pegasus Gallery or online at Peter's website

Mid-Week Inspiration: Wondrous Love 

St. Barnabas-On-The-Desert
A massive installation of glass mosaic tiles around a full pipe organ was recently completed by Sarah Hall Studios. Collaborating with her team and another glass studio, carpenters, organ builders, an acoustician, and the church of St. Barnabas-On-The-Desert in Arizona, the work replaced a deteriorating tapestry organ screen and comprises of over 80,000 individual tiles. 

You can watch a slideshow of the process here (Watch out! There's music.)

The CCF/FCMA is a federation of organizations, bonded through the efforts of these regional councils:

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The CCF/FCMA is financially supported by the Canada Council for the Arts

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Visit the CCF/FCMA website to find out more about your Canadian Craft community.
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