As the title suggests, speakers will explore their own personal histories and their plans for the future. They will explore the effect national recognition and other milestones have had on their practice, and their impressions of contemporary Craft in general.
Hindsight/Foresight is intended to fuel interest in Contemporary Craft practice and showcase the broad range within the field. Each speaker is a recipient of the Bronfman Award. The presentations and discussions will celebrate the community of excellence recognized by the Saidye Bronfman Foundation, (now one of eight Governor General's Visual Arts Awards) which highlights the best in Canadian visual art each year with a $25,000 award. With this common thread, the speakers and moderator will discuss not only the development of Craft in general, but the impact of recognition and awards on the local, national and international community.
Each speaker comes from a different material practice, including ceramics, metal and wood. Their experiences intersect and diverge across the spectrum of Craft, with both shared and unique experiences throughout their esteemed careers. The perspectives presented on practice and the purpose of Craft will preface a panel discussion where audience members have the chance to ask questions and be engaged in the debates. This is a key focus of the Canadian Crafts Federation / Fédération canadienne des métiers d'art, whose annual activity regularly focuses on sharing, collaboration, awareness and appreciation of Craft with our regional partners, the Provincial and Territorial Craft Councils across Canada.
Hindsight/Foresight provides the opportunity to inspire people in the local and national cultural community to talk about the potential of Craft, artistically, economically, and conceptually. At its core, the symposium is intended to incite debate, reflection and inspiration. We hope you will join us for the exploration!
Hindsight/Foresight will take place in the Lecture Hall at the National Gallery of Canada on October 18, from 3 – 7pm. Be sure to get your tickets in advance as seating is limited. Book your ticket today!
Speakers: Paul Mathie, Michael C. Fortune, Kye Yeon Son, with moderator Charles Leton-Brain
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