Presentations 2018

Opening Night Roundtable Discussion
Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 PM
Sackville Curling Club, 22 Lansdowne St.

The Assembly activities began with an Opening Night Roundtable Discussion moderated by Adriana Kuiper with Hassaan Ashraf, Robyn Love, Kristin Nelson, and Lisa Schroeder. Participants each shared a short presentation on topics related to the handmade in contemporary culture as it relates to their own research or art practices, followed by questions from the moderator and audience.

Building a Connection through Making
Carrie Allison
Friday, October 19, 9:30 AM
Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts, room 302,
Mount Allison University

Carrie Allison’s presentation focused on beading as a way to build connections, looking at her latest projects 150, Sîpîy, The Shubenacadie River Beading Project and Beading Treaty. These projects center pedagogy and research, and seek to engage participants in body and mind. Allison discussed her journey to beadwork and how it has become a central practice in her artwork, both personally and socially.

Search Engine Serendipity: Browsing for Images as Intimate Labour
Ella Tetrault & Kristie MacDonald
Thursday, October 18, 9:30 AM
Owens Art Gallery, 61 York St.

Search Engine Serendipity: Browsing for Images as Intimate Labour was a collaborative artist talk between Kristie MacDonald and Ella Tetrault, which sought to work through the relationship between digital image collection and making. MacDonald and Tetrault explored common contemporary strategies for locating and interpreting source materials online. They co-presented an illustrated discussion that described methodologies used in their individual practices, and explored the work of other artists and craftspeople who engage in similar practices.


it cannot be called travelling
Negar Tajgardan
Friday, October 19, 11:00 AM
Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts, room 302,
Mount Allison University.

Negar Tajgardan spoke about her interests in Memories and Displacement through her recent artworks. Sometimes the memories of places we lived before make it hard to settle down elsewhere. Through her artwork, she is attempting to indicate the ideas of vulnerability and instability as a result of displacement and how they affect the quality of our lives. Her works relate to the idea of displacement through her personal experiences as someone coming from Iran to study in Canada.

Chris Boyne
Thursday, October 18, 11:00 AM
Owens Art Gallery, 61 York St.

For A Handmade Assembly, Chris Boyne presented the task-based project seventy-six through a story-telling lecture. seventy-six seeks to substantiate lost and fictional memory bits through the hand fabrication and manipulation of objects. Some of these memory bits may not be real—many of them are only parts of ideas, fantasies or dreams. Others do not even belong to the artist but they have all become part of an amalgam of idea and memory. The bits are varied and include searching for 2L pop bottles with opaque black bottoms, turning a soup spoon into a pike, baking blackstrap molasses bread and finding a trunk key to a Plymouth Duster muscle car.

Closing Address
Sarah Quinton
Saturday, October 20, 8:00 PM
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre,
7 Lorne St.

A Handmade Assembly came to an end on Saturday evening with a closing address delivered by Sarah Quinton. Quinton is the Curatorial Director at the Textile Museum of Canada. She has worked in Toronto’s visual arts community for 25 years as a cultural administrator, curator, educator and artist. She has curated over 30 national and international exhibitions, with cultural inclusivity, social awareness and accessibility through education and community outreach at the forefront. Her curatorial practice includes benchmark projects that have come to define a discourse that focuses on complex intersections between art, craft and design. On the strength of this interdisciplinary arc, she is often called upon as a speaker, advisor, mentor and advocate in Canada and abroad. Quinton has taught and lectured at museums, galleries, universities and colleges in Canada, and regularly participates as a juror and advisor at universities, colleges, galleries, museums and non-profit arts organizations throughout Canada, the United States and internationally. She is widely sought for her expertise as a juror for international and national art exhibitions, national, provincial, regional and local arts councils, and has sat on numerous volunteer boards and advisory committees.