This exhibition stems out of three years of research by the Naked Craft Network curatorial team, which includes Arno Verhoeven and Dr. Juliette MacDonald from the Edinburgh College of Arts (Scotland), Dr. Sandra Alfoldy from NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dr. Denis Longchamps from the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB), Ontario and Emma Quin from Craft Ontario.
The Naked Craft Network organized a successful Make/Workshop in Lumsden, Scotland, in November 2013 and plans to host another one at the AGB in June 2015. These workshops bring together 5 makers from Canada and 5 from Scotland as well as a few scholars to share and work together to develop a better understanding of what craft is today.
The Network is also curating a touring exhibition presenting the works of Canadian and Scottish makers from various disciplines including, but not limited to, glass, wood, metal, ceramics and textiles. The exhibition is divided in four themes: New Positions, Do-it-Yourself, Down and Dirty: Material and Politics, and Tooling Up: New Technologies.
The presented works strip off the layers to reveal the naked truths about our understanding of ‘craft’ with themes that bridge the past and the present. A one-day symposium will present the results of the network research. A 96-page, full colours, catalogue will include essays by the curatorial team on the themes of the exhibition as well as on the Make/Workshops.
The “Naked Craft’ Exhibition will tour three venues in Canada; the AGB in the Summer of 2015, Materia in Quebec City in the Fall and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax in the winter of 2016.
June/juin 20 - September/septembre 6, 2015