Wednesday, 6 December 2017

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Morrisian Spotlight: Katrín Jakobsdóttir

Photograph: Katrin Jakobsdottir centre, with current and former Society chairs Martin Stott and Ruth Levitas in a pub in Reykjavik

    Morrisian elected as Icelandic Prime Minister!

    Katrin Jakobsdottir, leader of Vinstri Graen (RedGreen), has served as Minister for Education, Science and Culture in the Green Left Government of 2009-13 and has taught at the University of Iceland where she is a specialist in Scandi crime literature. She is also an enthusiastic Morrisian and gave a lecture to the British chapter of the Society tour in 2013.
    In the lecture, entitled Good Afternoon Mr Morris she demonstrated an extraordinary knowledge both of Morris’s range of contributions to society, culture and politics, but also to their continuing impacts in Iceland. She structured her talk after the time travel of News from Nowhere, around the idea of Morris’s reappearance in present day Iceland, ‘our demented age’, where he joins her and her two brothers in a discussion over dinner.
    The themes of their ‘discussion’ ranged over what she considered to be likely to be Morris’s chief interests on his return; the survival of the Icelandic way of life including the way Icelandic embroidery has influenced modern Icelandic design; the preservation of historic houses and the pressures of redevelopment;  Morris’s views on how to build new businesses based on beauty and quality; the importance of the local as opposed to the mass-produced;  the difficulties faced by socialism, particularly ‘the fragmentation that seems to be a constant of the political left wing, exactly as he experienced in the late nineteenth century’; democracy and the role of the media including social media and the experience of direct democracy in Iceland’s recent history; the chasm between the power of big corporations and the working class; the integration in perspective between ‘domestic beautification’ and the class struggle and equality; sustainability and the intrinsic value of wilderness, and finally his likely views on ‘Game of Thrones’.
    A feminist, socialist, peace activist and climate change campaigner, she leads a coalition of centre right parties who mainly represent fishing and farming interests and are strongly Eurosceptic.

Martin Stott

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

A Thousand Colours – Sarah Hall Glass Book Launch

A Thousand Colours – Sarah Hall Glass is a 312-page book featuring sixty luxurious portfolio spreads, a catalogue of all of her architectural work, and 17 insightful articles by writers over the course of her career.

To launch the new book have two planned public events – one at Massey College (U of T), and the other at Sandra Ainsley Gallery. We hope to see you at one of these events! 

• Massey CollegeSaturday, November 25  (2:00 - 4:00 PM)
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• Sandra Ainsley GalleryThursday, November 30  (7:00 - 9:00 PM) 
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The book is offered at a special price at the two events.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

260 Fingers: 26 Ceramic Artists

175 Third Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario

Friday, November 10th, 6-9pmSaturday, November 11th and Sunday, November 12th, 10am – 5pm

This November 10-12th, the twenty-six ceramic artists and potters of 260 Fingers 2017 will congregate at Ottawa’s Glebe Community Center for their annual exhibition and sale of some of the most inspiring and diverse ceramic work from Ontario and Quebec. The breadth and caliber of this show is recognized as unique in the province and features work from functional to sculptural, wood-fired to electric-fired, from formal, to functional, to highly decorative. This year we have 12 guest artists as well as our core group of talented artists.

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Cloth Cultures: Future Legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham

During Canada’s 2017 Sesquicentennial celebrations, the Royal Ontario Museum will host an international conference to explore the material culture of textiles through the work and legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham (1911-2004), internationally renowned textile scholar and member of the Order of Canada (1985). Burnham was in the vanguard of the generation of early 20th century curators who made textiles and costume a field of valid scholarly research by finding out how and why objects are made in particular ways, what they meant when produced and what they mean to us today.
This international conference will examine the contemporary trajectories that stem from Dorothy K. Burnham’s legacies by bringing together an international group of academics, artists and maker communities directly or indirectly influenced by her work. It will be of interest to those working from many scholarly disciplines and practices including anthropology, sociology, history, economics aesthetics, museology, weaving, spinning and fibre art. Together, we will explore the current diversity of interdisciplinary methods used to study the technologies, economics, meanings and cultural imbued in global textiles and clothing, and in the process acknowledge and assess Burnham’s many contributions.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Fusion: Clay and Glass Show

October 13th - 15th
Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street)

Reception and Awards: October 13th at 7-9pm

October 14th: 8am - 5pm
October 15th: 11am - 5pm

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Canadian Craft Biennial Exhibition

Bringing together seventy makers from across Canada, Can Craft? Craft Can! presents works in glass, ceramics, wood, metal and fibre that address the themes of exploring ideas of Identity, Sustainability and Materiality.

August 19 – October 29, 2017

Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Art Gallery of Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON