Placemaking: Full Schedule Release!

We are thrilled to share our official event itinerary for this CCF/FCMA’s 13th annual national craft conference, ‘Placemaking: The Unique Connection Between Craft, Community + Tourism’. The conference explores the question: What does craft look like in relation to community? This 5-day event will highlight the role of contemporary craft culture in strengthening and encouraging community development and practices.


October 10 & 11: Pre-conference tour

The pre-conference tour takes place in Cape Breton and will make stops at various locations including the Customs House Craft Incubator, Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, Louisbourg National Historic Site, and the Royal Gaelic College. Attendees will also have an opportunity to visit artist studios and the Celtic Colours concert series.


October 12 & 13: Halifax Session

‘Placemaking’ officially opens at the Halifax Central Library with Keynote Speaker Ursula Johnson in partnership with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, followed by a gallery tour featuring craft-specific and indigenous artists and exhibitions. Later that same day, the public can join us for an evening social, where we will present the 2018 Robert Jekyll Award for Leadership in Craft.

The next day will include panel discussions at NSCAD University, featuring highlight speakers Jenna Stanton, ceramicist and Executive Director of the Alberta Crafts Council, and Annie Warburton, Executive Director of the UK’s Crafts Council. In between panels, provincial and territorial crafts councils and guest organizations will give updates on regional activities. In the evening, attendees can choose to participate in a self-guided tour of the extensive NOCTURNE exhibits and performances.

NEW: Attendees will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with two representatives from the Canada Council for the Arts to discuss funding opportunities and programs that are relevant to craft artists and organizations.


October 14 & 15: Lunenburg Session

Panel discussions will take place at the Lunenburg School of the Arts, featuring Lead Speaker Senator Patricia Bovey who will discuss national placemaking in Canada. This will be followed by a guided walking tour of local galleries.

The next day, there will be an invite-only meeting for CCF board members.


Download the complete itinerary.


There are still tickets available, but act fast! Click here to register now and learn more about the conference theme and panel discussion topics.

Want to learn more about our special guests? Read our previous post about Our Top 4 Highlight Speakers.