Thursday, 12 September 2013

Craft Invested: 10,000hrs Conference and Invested/40 Exhibition

Craft Council of BC
Celebrating 40 years of investing in makers and
the art they create!

We invite you to join us by attending our
Craft Invested:10,000hrs Conference
and the
Gala Fundraiser for the opening of the
Invested/40 Exhibition!
The practitioners of craft and the objects they produce embody a long-term investment of skill, knowledge, ingenuity and time. Writer Malcolm Gladwell cites 10,000 hours as a threshold of proficiency - not an automatic recipe for success and virtuosity, but a significant down payment on understanding one's chosen discipline. As new projects are undertaken, new materials explored, new mistakes made, absorbed and overcome, the investment grows into greater vision, capability and commitment.

The Council believes the idea of investment is extended to many aspects of the craft community - not only to the makers, but also to our patrons (who cherish the objects themselves) and supporters (individual, institutional, government) who assist in other ways. Craftspeople's work speaks to those who, while not makers themselves, engage with the quality and expressiveness of the objects. A patron's and a society's investment celebrates the maker.
Craft Invested: 10,000 hrs Conference
Vancouver, October 17th - 20th, 2013 
The conference is designed to explore the various aspects of investment in craft while engaging the wide range of individuals that make up the craft sector from the hobbyist to the professional artist.For a complete schedule of the conference sessions and presenters please click here. To register for the conference please go to eventbrite.

Thursday Oct 17th, 2013
The conference starts out with a community session, that brings together those organizations & institutions that support the craft sector through the distribution of craft - museum and gallery gift shops, craft markets, co-ops, and independent retailers. We will explore and validate our collective contribution to BC's cultural economy.

Our continuing partnership with the Vancouver Public Library, has given rise to a wider community examination of how origin, place & influence is translated through the medium of craft. This free public session at the Alice MacKay Room explores how Inuit, First Nations and contemporary craft artists understand "craft".

Friday Oct 18th, 2013
Sessions starting at 9am and going to 5pm explore the many intersections of craft with literature, cultural migration, function, and social justice, along with sessions that support the business and art practice for makers.

Invested/40 Exhibition

Vancouver, October 18th - November 9th, 2013
For a listing of the artists in the exhibition please click here.

In the evening we celebrate the opening of - Invested/40 - with a gala fundraiser at the Pendulum Gallery. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Sandra Alfoldy and explores the concept "Invested" through the prism of scale, material, process, form and place - characterizing the range of crafts being produced in British Columbia and examining why the appeal of craft continues to grow. The funds raised this evening are for our youth programming which builds appreciation for, and the future audience of craft.
To purchase a ticket for the fundraiser please go to eventbrite.
Saturday Oct 19th, 2013
Saturday's daytime sessions deepen the conversation around how the 'handmade' interacts with technology; consumerism; sustainability; identity; culture creation and culture production, while providing opportunities for artists to better understand the types of support available for their art practice.

The Canadian Crafts Federation (CCF/FCMA) presents an evening conversation featuring Jonathon Bancroft-Snell (Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, Ontario), Denis Longchamps (The Rooms Provincial Gallery, Newfoundland) and Victoria Henry (Canada Council Art Bank, Ontario), moderated by Dr. Sandra Alfoldy (Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University, Nova Scotia). They will explore such questions as - what inspires a collector to invest in Craft, and what influences their selections; what connects a viewer to a work of art, and how does one massage this connection from simple admiration or interest into a purchase and is it more important for the audience to connect to Craft in a visceral manner, or should insight into the artists inspiration influence that response? So it should be a very lively discussion!

Sunday October 20th, 2013

In partnership with Etsy Canada, the Craft Council of British Columbia is delighted to offer a day-long hands-on workshop for makers featuring Etsy Ambassador Jonathon Wayne.

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