The CCF/FCMA acts as the voice of craft in national and international arenas of advocacy and promotion. Working collectively with our partners – the provincial and territorial craft councils – we also run programming which benefits the entire Canadian Craft Community.
Citizens of Craft
A nationally collaborative project, citizensofcraft.ca is a marketing campaign intended to help every craft based artist, organization, association, educational institution, or otherwise, to reclaim the word ‘craft’, and to bolster its recognition in society. Declare yourselves as #citizensofcraft TODAY, and join us as we work together towards an expansion of the public’s understanding and appreciation for craft. Immense credit must be given to Craft Ontario, who spearheaded the endeavor and continues to lead the project on behalf of all the Craft Councils to make Citizens of Craft a reality.
This series, hosted by Canadian Crafts Federation Director, Maegen Black, brings together the voices of craft artists, curators, educators and collectors who speak off the cuff about craft practice and its role in their lives.
These guest speakers are, truly, the “Citizens of Craft”. They are masters in their own right, chasing techniques that have been in use for thousands of years, or exploring new technologies that have just begun to push the boundaries of art. They appreciate and create objects with meaning, history, and purpose – rejecting the mass manufactured lifestyle of our time to capture something more authentic.”
Each episode addresses one of the ten manifesto statements from the Citizens of Craft movement. Join us as we animate the story of craft through the values we hold dear. This project is made possible through extensive partnership with voicEd Radio, and the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
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Craft Year 2007 & 2015
Craft Year was a special project led by the CCF/FCMA in partnership with all of the Provincial and Territorial Crafts Councils across the nation. A year long festival of contemporary fine craft, Both Craft Years (in 2015 and 2007) included event listings from all over the country. It was a platform to promote Canadian craft activity at the local, regional, national and international levels. Events and activities included in the listings were exhibitions, festivals, fairs, studio tours, fundraisers, book launches, publications, seminars, conferences, symposiums, educational programming, family events and many more.
In the first installation of Craft Year in 2007, the estimated number of events ranged from 50-100 across the country all throughout the year. By years end, 712 events had been registered in the festival, deeming Craft Year 2007 an international blockbuster hit. The second installment of this national celebration, Craft Year 2015 reached 884 events – an increase of 19.5%. Find out more about what events took place and where, as well as the online Craft Year experience, in our Craft Year 2015 infographic here.
CCF/FCMA Conferences & Symposiums
Each year since 2001, the CCF/FCMA has hosted an annual national gathering, drawing craft professionals from organizations and associations together to discuss issues of national interest and importance. Events have taken place in Ottawa (2001 & 2012), Montreal (2007), Toronto (2008), Fredericton (2009), Winnipeg (2010), Iqaluit (2011), Vancouver (2013), Charlottetown (2014), Quebec City (2015), Calgary (2016), and Burlington (2017). Next up: we head to Nova Scotia. For more information see here.
Cheongju International Craft Biennale
Canada was the official guest country of the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale, the largest fine craft based event in the world. The CCF/FCMA organized and executed Canadian programming throughout the 40 day event, including an exhibition of 206 pieces by 212 Canadian craft artists (titled: Unity & Diversity), a Canadian Marketplace of retail-oriented craft objects, and a series of educational and cultural activities relating to Canadian craft activity including lectures, demonstrations, workshops and performances by Canadian craftspeople and academics. In the lead up to the 2009 exhibition, the CCF/FCMA worked with the Alberta Craft Council and the Craft Council of British Columbia to exhibit a preview exhibition at the 2007 Cheonju Biennale, welcomed leaders from the Biennale staff on a cross-Canada arts exploration tour. Following the 2009 events, we also hosted the ‘Art of Craft’ exhibition, containing three contemporary fine craft shows at the Museum of Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics, including a condensed exhibit of ‘Unity & Diversity’, a BC & Yukon exhibit titled ‘By Hand’ and a Korean exhibition titled ‘Moments in Between’. Over 10,000 visitors attended these exhibitions. In 2013, CCF/FCMA Director, Maegen Black, was invited to return to the 2013 Cheongju International Craft Biennale to present a lecture about Canadian contemporary fine craft. Canadians have continually been featured in the Biennale since the original CCF/FCMA collaborations began in 2007.