“Craft Year 2007 Année des metiers d’art”
Canada has a spectacular contemporary craft culture and a long history of craft practices. You might be surprised to know that there are more than 22,000 professional craftspeople currently working in Canada, producing work worth more than $700 million (exporting about $100 million) each year.
And these new statistics say nothing about several centuries of European-influenced fine craft or several millennia of aboriginal craft made in Canada.
Craft Year 2007 Année des metiers d’art is a nation-wide celebration of professional Canadian Craft. It will be a fantastic year-long festival of events exploring Canada’s craft culture in all its diversity and creativity. Exhibitions, forums, seminars, publications, web sites, exchanges and other ventures are being planned to enchant, engage and educate Canadians about craft practice as a unique cultural activity.
The Canadian Crafts Federation is pleased to announce Craft Year 2007 Année des metiers d’art. This national celebration of Canadian Craft is a year full of action, events and debate at all levels of Canadian life. All parts of Canadian society are called to look at professional Craft, how it is used, how it is practiced. Exhibitions, a series of international and national forums, and innumerable smaller events, meetings, and street actions in every province are all tied together by Craft Year 2007 Année des metiers d’art.
Central to Craft Year 2007 Année des metiers d’art will be international forums such as the NSCAD Conference to be held in Nova Scotia, designed to unite academics and makers from all disciplinary backgrounds. These events will provide a prominent stage from which to promote the exciting diversity of discourses surrounding craft practice, history, theory, curatorship, material culture and critical writing.
All Canadians are called to join in planning for Craft Year 2007 Année des metiers d’art to celebrate their identity, ethnicity, artistic creativity and skills. Please contact the Canadian Craft Federation with your plans and events as they develop.