Craft @ the Edge

Bonavista, NL | 1-4 October 2020

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Application Deadline: OCTOBER 15tH 2019, 11:59 p.m. (NLT)

Craft @ the Edge: A Handmade Future is a four day international conference designed to celebrate, energize and inspire Newfoundland and Labrador craft in all mediums. Scheduled to happen on the Bonavista Peninsula from October 1st to 4th, 2020, this conference will include engaging teaching sessions, artist talks, professional development workshops, pop-up markets and exhibitions. We are currently accepting proposals for the following exhibition.


APPROACHES TO CONTEMPORARY CRAFT (September 1 – October 4, 2020)

In a brief summary of Exploring Contemporary Craft, Bruce Metcalf outlines contemporary craft as “the making of objects removed from necessity […] a collective response to industrialization.” Metcalf also goes on to say how craft is cultural and “changes with society.”  Taking these statements and the environmental state of the earth into consideration, RE-crafted offers a curatorial thesis that argues the handmade is once again necessary if we are to find ways to arrive at local sustainable systems that move beyond global colonial capitalist systems of mass production and ecological devastation. 

Curated by interdisciplinary artist and scholar Jill Price, RE-crafted will showcase practices that embrace earth-centric perspectives, methodologies and methods that demonstrate craft’s ability to serve as a form of activism while acknowledging the earth as our end audience and critic. Currently on a self-reflexive journey of what it means to consume, make and curate as a settler on Turtle Island, Price’s call emerges from a desire to become more in relation with creative practices that are “predicated on the principle that every creature is connected to every element that composes the environment.” Taking this statement from Amanda Boetzkes’ book The Ethics of Earth Art one step further, Price is interested in creative practices that acknowledges that all production, whether machined or handmade, by virtue of their material nature and processes, are “earth art” or “land art” as it is from our landscapes we acquire materials and it is to our landscapes our work inevitably returns. 

Encouraging makers to reclaim and look at waste or the discarded as raw material of the future, selected works will have embraced deconstructive methods to push past nostalgia of existing objects so as to arrive at alterations, contractions, remnants, fragments, orations, happenings, interactions or instructions that physically, visually or conceptually dismantle institutional binaries and hierarchies that determine our understanding of public and private, professional and amateur, craft and art, and Indigenous and settler so as to build cooperation and community that can move beyond neo-colonial systems of production and exchange. 

Particularly interested in crafted objects and installations that work on behalf of the earth, submissions may also tap into broader social discourses that acknowledge the complexity and layers of geography that inform what it means to live, survive and thrive in a world where humans are dehumanized and land continues to be colonized, contaminated and dispossessed from its rightful caretakers.

To be situated at the Ryan Premises in Bonavista, Newfoundland, those submitting are invited to consider the interior and exterior site of the facility as well as narratives that inform the larger Bonavista Peninsula in respect to its past, present and future.