Burne-Jones, Pressed Flowers and the Romaunt of the Rose
February 28th, 2019, 7:30 pm
University College, Room 140
15 King's College Circle

Alison Syme is Associate Professor of Modern Art at the University of Toronto. She teaches in the Department of Visual Studies at UTM and the Graduate Department of Art. Her areas of specialty are late 19th- and early 20th-century art and visual culture. Her first book, A Touch of Blossom: John Singer Sargent and the Queer Flora of Fin-de-Si├Ęcle Art (Penn State UP, 2010), was shortlisted for the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize. She is currently working on a book on Burne-Jones, the research for which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada.

Getting there: Queen’s Park subway station.

Open to members and non-members!


SYMPOSIUM: Arts & Crafts Furniture: Classic A&C to Contemporary Artisinal
Saturday March 23rd, 2019, 10 am
Campbell Conference Facility
Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place

Northeast corner of Devonshire & Hoskin Ave.
1 block east of St George, 1 block south of Bloor
TTC: St. George subway station

Registration deadline:
March 15, 2019


10am - Max Donnelly - Morris and the making of Arts and Crafts furniture in Britain

Arts and Crafts furniture-making often involved collaborations among architects, designers and craftworkers, for whom working together, in a spirit of fellowship, formed a crucial part of the creative process. This lecture will examine how this ideal was encouraged by the theories of A.W.N. Pugin, John Ruskin and William Morris, before discussing the group which designed and decorated furniture for the Morrises at Red House and as partners of ‘the Firm’. It will go on to discuss the furniture made as the result of Arts and Crafts enterprises, ranging from those in urban centres such as the Century Guild, to the countryside, where luminaries including C.R. Ashbee, Ernest Gimson and Ernest and Sidney Barnsley established communities and workshops.

11am - Brad Christakos - The Arts and Crafts Movement in Canadian Domestic Decorative Arts

As was the case throughout their colonial histories, 19th century Canadians and Americans alike looked to Europe, and particularly Great Britain, for leadership and sources related to design in architecture, fashion, domestic furnishings and decor, and beyond. As that century drew to a close, however, changes in technology, the increasing prosperity of the working populations on both sides of the 49th parallel, and the influence of American culture and media on Canadian tastes played an increasingly important role in shaping decorative arts design and production in Canada. This session will consider the expression of ideas and ideals of the Arts & Crafts movement in both the US and Canada during the period 1890 to 1914, with particular reference to home and institutional furnishings and domestic decorative arts.

11:45 LUNCH

1:15pm - Peter Fleming - Part of the Furniture
Furniture inhabits an important space in our physical and emotional landscape; close to our bodies, it acts as a reflection of our needs or desires, simultaneously as intimate as clothing and as public as architecture. As a northern nation, Canada has a close cultural affinity to her hemispheric neighbours in Scandinavia, while our proximity to the United States has presented other influences and opportunities, and initially significant roots in both the UK and France have been gradually eclipsed by a more global perspective. How do contemporary Canadian designers and makers reconcile these disparate influences, as part of the furniture?

2pm - Leigh Dotey 

Leigh Dotey is a thesis student in the Sheridan Bachelor of Craft and Design Program, majoring in Furniture. They will discuss their creative process; Leigh Dotey will illustrate examples of their work.

2:15 - Q & A

2:45pm - 185th birthday party for William Morris and CAKE!

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