Exhibitions – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Exhibitions

Elmi’knik (Indigenous Futures) Exhibition

Unama’ki Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design is pleased to announce a new exhibition called Elmi’knik (Indigenous Futures). Through works that combine traditional practices and contemporary mediums the artists in this exhibition make it known that Mi’kmaq people are still here and will be as long as we live. The show features the work of Jordan Bennett’s quillwork paintings, Meagan Musseau’s Beothuk pendants, Renée Condo’s giant beadwork, and Mel Beaulieu’s augmented reality beadwork.

The exhibition will be on display in the Loft at Unama’ki Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design beginning July 22, 2024. An opening reception with light refreshments will be held in the Loft on July 25, from 5-7:30pm.  

Indigenous Futurism is an artistic movement that looks at how Indigenous cultures intersect with technology and science fiction by reimagining oversimplified ideas as well as alternative histories and futures. The term “Indigenous Futurism” was first coined by Anishinabe professor Grace Dillion in 2003, paying homage to Afrofuturism which weaves in traditional knowledges and cultures with futuristic ideas and settings. Indigenous Futurisms address past and present consequences of colonialism, activate Indigenous knowledge systems, and consider ways to heal and build better futures for Indigenous peoples. By bringing into view the violence towards Indigenous peoples implicated in the development of what is currently called Canada, Indigenous Futurisms encourage Indigenous peoples to reject colonial ideas of the future and instead reimagine a space that makes room for stories that celebrate relationships and connections to community.  

The exhibition continues in the Loft at Unama’ki Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design until September 7, 2024. 

We would like to thank TD Bank Group for their support for this exhibition.

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


Ground Rules: What the Spruce Trees Saw but Didn’t Say

Unama’ki Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design is pleased to announce a new group exhibition called Ground Rules: What the Spruce Trees Saw but Didn’t Say.
The opening reception will take place on Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 5-7:30 PM at the Loft at Unama’ki Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design. 

Ground Rules: What the Spruce Trees Saw but Didn’t Say, is an exciting group exhibition based on an experiential learning residency program in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The four-day residency program was presented by Unama’ki Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design in collaboration with Parks Canada in June 2023. Thirteen Nova Scotia-based artists with diverse backgrounds explored new ideas inspired by the natural landscapes of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, while interacting with park interpreters and creative leaders. 

The Ground Rules residency provided participating artists with the opportunity to explore innovative ways of working in their medium, connect to their individual heritage, and discover the intersection of Indigenous knowledge and Western scientific processes.   

We would like to thank TD Bank Group for their support for this exhibition.

View the Ground Rules online catalog here. 

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


APSKWA’TOQ (Craftivism) Exhibition

Unama’ki Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design is pleased to announce a new exhibition called APSKWA’TOQ.
 
The exhibition will be on display in the Loft at Unama’ki Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design beginning February 1, 2024, with an opening reception from 5-7PM that evening. 
 
The show features the work of Deb Kuzyk, Peter Clair, Laura Kenney, Brandt Eisner, Katelin Thériault, Shauna MacLeod, Anne Morrell Robinson, and video interviews by Indigenous comedians Janelle Niles and Tai LeClaire.
 
The title of the exhibition, APSKWA’TOQ, is a word that means “s/he changes it back” in the Mi’kmaw language. This word references the role of artists and craftspeople who use their creative practice to respond to environmental, political, and social issues. By creating dialogue around difficult subjects and inserting creativity into serious issues, such projects shed light on the work people are doing to effect change. The ability of craft and art to be accessible and to evoke emotion has been vital in showing people that their voice and creative practice have power. The works featured in this exhibition provide opportunities for the public to engage with these ideas while inspiring critical thinking and empathy.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR ANY QUESTIONS:

email: kayla@capebretoncraft.com or text/call: 902-578-4498

We would like to thank TD Bank Group and Canada Council  for the Arts for their support for this exhibition.

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


askîy

CARRIE ALLISON

August 28 - November 25, 2023

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design is pleased to announce a new exhibition called askîy.
askîy is a Cree word that means “earth” or “land”. Through the time-intensive, repetitive, durational, and thoughtful practice of beading, this exhibition honours the life of plants and Mother Earth’s living beings. Old and new technologies are combined in Allison’s practice to tell stories of the land, continuance, growth, and of healing. By questioning and highlighting colonial histories of domination and control through the use of plants, Allison contemplates each plant’s personal meaning, history, past and future.
We would like to thank TD Bank Group for their support for this exhibition.
Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design acknowledges the support of Craft Nova Scotia and the Mary E. Black Gallery.

askîy will be on display until November 25th, 2023.

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


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