Exhibitions – Cape Breton Centre for Craft


Ground Rules: The Before and After


March 1 - April 24, 2021

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, in collaboration with Parks Canada, is pleased to announce the opening of Ground Rules: The Before and After, an exciting collaborative exhibition based on an experiential learning residency program in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

The four-day residency program took place in spring 2019, in the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Fourteen Nova Scotia artists with diverse backgrounds explored new ideas inspired by the natural landscapes of the Highlands, while interacting with scientists, park interpreters and creative leaders.

The Ground Rules residency provided participating artists with the opportunity to explore new ideas and ways of working in their medium, connect to their individual heritage and discover how scientific processes shape the natural world.

Ground Rules: The Before and After will be on display at the Centre’s Loft from March 1 – April 24, 2021.

For more information, contact 902-270-7491 or INFO@CAPEBRETONCRAFT.COM.

Low Impact

Juliana Scherzer

October 8 - November 14, 2020

Low Impact is a solo exhibition by Juliana Scherzer.

Low Impact is a collection of 15 preserved leaf quilts playing with concepts of universality, sustainability and textiles. Each piece is an exploration of the complex relationship of humanity’s interactions with the natural world. The intersections and contrasts between the natural and the artificial are explored through the manipulation of organic materials with contemporary textile techniques. Drawing on organic imagery of pathways – roots, veins, woven structures – preserved leaves are then cut, sewn and woven into a series of modern, asymmetrical botanical quilts.

Low Impact will be on display at the Centre’s Loft from October 8 – November 14, 2020.

For more information, contact 902.270.7491 or INFO@CAPEBRETONCRAFT.COM.

For more information, contact 902-270-7491 or INFO@CAPEBRETONCRAFT.COM.


Darren Calabrese, Carl MacNeil, Dinao MacCormick, Chad Tobin, Steve Wadden

July 23 - August 21, 2020

Turf is a collaborative exhibition of fictional, documentary and contemplative photographs, exploring literal and abstract concepts of home.

On a spectrum between place and feeling, individual meanings of home emerge. Turf asks how the individual shapes the place, and how the place shapes the individual.

In the literal sense, the artists illustrate relationships with land, identity, community and changing geographic and social landscapes.

In the abstract, the photographs raise questions about intuition and perception— imagining home as a sense of being and creative process as a means of transportation.

Homing: relating to the ability of some animals to return by instinct to their place of origin.

Turf will be displayed in the Centre’s Loft from July 23 – August 21, 2020.

To view the exhibition online, click here.

For more information, contact 902-270-7491 or INFO@CAPEBRETONCRAFT.COM.

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South Side Boularderie Online Community Exhibition

This series of community photographs is a result of the experience of isolation during the global pandemic. It is a result of realising that I did not know many of my neighbours faces. Pre-pandemic life was: gym, work, home, sleep repeat. While being locked down at home, and with a sad lack of cardio equipment in my dreary basement gym, I began walking on my beaten rural roads and meeting neighbours, appropriately social distanced of course. In some cases, it was the first time I was seeing my neighbours faces and I’ve lived here for nearly a decade.

The impetus for this series of community photographs was a result of the lovely and heartwarming gesture of one of our young residents who went about the community leaving motivational messages on painted rocks. This spurred me on to do something creative to help me (and perhaps them) feel more connected to our community during this difficult time.

Like so many of us during COVID-19 I had been looking for a creative outlet, and while I am not a professional artistic photographer, I used this medium as a means to make a connection during an extraordinary time.

These photos capture some of my community members and their pets. Some residents are newcomers while others are “lifers”. I hope to add to this collection and continue to not be so cyclical in my daily routines.

–Lori Burke, Executive Director

For more information, contact 902-270-7491 or INFO@CAPEBRETONCRAFT.COM.