Craft Council of British Columbia is a charitable arts service organization which supports all stages of artistic practice in the craft sector; creates opportunities for artists to exhibit, sell and produce art; provides a voice for artists and craft organizations and aids in the development of active communities around craft.
Since 1973 we have been making craft more significant in the cultural life of British Columbians and Canadians. Through our public gallery and social enterprise shops on Granville Island,and at the Vancouver Airport Crafthouse, we exhibit and interpret contemporary objects in ceramic, glass, fiber, metal and wood that honor innovation in art, craft and design and celebrate materials and processes.
As a membership-based organization, CCBC welcomes all those who are interested in or curious about craft. Many individuals and institutions belong to CCBC - artists, teachers, scholars, collectors, gallery owners and professionals in related fields in British Columbia. This diversity is well represented in CCBC's governance through its Board of Directors, which is elected annually by the members.
Some highlights and achievements include:
- The signature "Made by Hand" exhibitions showcasing the best in fine craft that started in 1976 until late1990's.
- Traveling exhibitions and market opportunities across Canada and USA.
- Organized activities for Expo 86 and APEC summit.
- Conferences and symposiums related to craft making, trends and issues.
- Industry publications and catalogues.
- Marketing reports & workbooks for exporting fine craft to the US and internationally.
- exhibitions, displays and demonstrations in public spaces and major festivals.
- Partnership with the Canadian Crafts Federation to produce the largest ever craft festival throughout Canada; Craft Year 2007; and presenting a province wide exhibition (90 artists) and related programming with the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation centre and Vancouver Museum.
- Collaborating with CCF and other provincial craft councils on an Asian trade mission to the Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2007 and preparing for Canada Pavilion in 2009, South Korea and Vancouver Whistler Olympics 2010.
- Branding and marketing BC's contemporary craft to an international audience and including craft as value added attractions to draw more audiences to Vancouver and BC.
CCBC, formerly the Craftsmen's Association of British Columbia was created by interested members of the Visual Arts Committee of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver in recognition of the growing craft community in British Columbia.
CCBC's first office, resource centre and exhibit space was located in the Dominion Building at the corner of Hastings and Cambie Street, in downtown Vancouver. In December 1979, CCBC moved its operations to 1411 Cartwright Street in the newly developed Granville Island - a project of the federal government through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
CCBC's gallery, the Cartwright Street Gallery was originally a separate society with its own Board of Directors, staff and programming. In 1985 CCBC moved across the street to its current premises at 1386 Cartwright Street and opened Crafthouse, a gallery and shop for fine contemporary craft in May 1986. In 1990, the Cartwright Street Gallery became the Canadian Craft Museum located at Cathedral Place, Hornby Street, Vancouver from 1992 until it closed in 2002. Some of British Columbia's leading craftspeople - individuals who have made an important contribution to craft and who have worked for many years in the discipline in which they are recognized - were in the collection. The collection currently resides with the City of Vancouver in storage at the Museum of Vancouver.
Board / Staff
Board of Directors
Deborah Dumka, Past President
- Deb is a craftsperson working with natural fibre, dyes and a variety of textile techniques to produce functional felted work. Within this, she thinks mostly about our relationship to landscape and how real time experiences with nature are essential to our personal wellbeing. Her degree in electrical engineering and diploma in textile studies link up in her current interactive work. Deborah works from her home studio in a rural community on the edge of an island in the Salish Sea with a west coast vista of forest, ocean, mountains and sky.As well as being on the board of CCBC she is the current past president of the CCF/FCMA.
Bettina Matzkuhn, President
- Bettina Matzkuhn has worked in fibre for 30 years with an emphasis on embroidery and fabric collage. She holds a BFA in Visual Arts and an MA in Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser University. In the 1980s she animated and directed three award-winning films using textiles for the National Film Board of Canada and an interest in narrative continues to inform her work. She exhibits her work in Canada and internationally, writes professionally on the arts, and is a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada.
Linda Korbin, Secretary
- I am new to the Board this year. Until my retirement, I served as Executive Director of the BC Association of Social Workers. With substantial experience in the not-for-profit sector, along with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit, I look forward to contributing to the work of the Craft Council in growing a thriving and vibrant crafts community in BC.
Barbara Heller, Board Member
- Barbara Heller is a passionate proponent of the art of tapestry and of the place of tapestry in contemporary art. She has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally and her tapestries have been featured in several books and articles, including Cover Ups and Revelations: the Tapestries of Barbara Heller.
Stefanie Curtis, Board Member
- Stefanie Curtis has experience in retail sales, communications and marketing for the last 10 years. Stefanie has extensively worked with non-for-profit organizations to small and large size businesses, helping start-ups to Fortune 500 companies with their marketing and communications strategic plans and initiatives. Stefanie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia with specializations in marketing and human resources.
Dawn Michelle Russell
- Dawn Michelle Russell rejoined the CCBC Board in May 2017 having previously served in the early 2000's. She is an accomplished fundraising professional with more than 20 years experience.
Dawn creates handwoven, surface-designed textiles in her spare time for her label, Della Terra Designs. Her work is earth inspired and sourced, influenced by the textures and patterns of nature. Dawn's recent garments explore zero waste in fashion design, a natural progression from her move to work with natural fibres and plant dyes using eco-conscious practices.
Her one-of-a-kind garments have been shown in gallery exhibitions and shows throughout the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast, BC; Santa Fe, NM, Holetown, Barbados and Jeon-ju, South Korea.
In addition to volunteering with CCBC, Dawn works full time in donor relations for UFV, is on the Stepping Stone Community Services Society board and the steering committee for Slow Clothes: The Art of Fashion show held annually during the Harmony Arts Festival.
Julia Kwinter, Treasurer
- Julia is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator who lives in Vancouver, BC. She is currently a Senior Manager at Deloitte LLP. Julia has over 14 years of experience providing financial advisory support to clients, primarily related to valuation and dispute resolution. With a clear understanding of the distinct roles of board and management with respect to governance and operations Julia creates practical solutions to complicated problems. She brings expertise in accounting, finance and strategic planning with industry specialization in the technology, retail and consumer products sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria and is a member of the BC Association of Women in Finance.
Raine McKay, Executive Director
Emma Kelly, Social Enterprise Manager
Jocelyn Bussieres , Member Services & CCBC Shop
Current Program and Admin Volunteers
Ros Aylmer, SOQ Committee
Apollonia Cifarelli, Shop Volunteer
Glenda Mindlin, Shop Volunteer
Trish Graham, Shop Volunteer
Sunny Rothschild, Shop Volunteer
Katrina Meng, Shop Volunteer
Ria Bleumer, Craft Council Gallery
Jane Kenyon, Craft Council Gallery
Una Chan, Admin Volunteer
Liana Schou, Enews Volunteer
Key Community Support
East Van Graphics (printing)
Benton Brothers Fine Cheese (special event catering)
Granville Island Brewing (special event drinks)
Terra Breads (special event catering)
Home Hardware (DIY supplies)
Johnson Projects (IT)
Quantum Accounting (bookkeeping)
As a member you can become more involved with the development of programs and activities by volunteering some time. This can also be beneficial to craftspeople for developing a good business practice.
Opportunities are available for members to participate in CCBC's social enterprise program - CCBC Shop & Gallery; CCBC Exhibition Series; education, newsletter, special events and marketing, as well as the Board of Directors.
If you are interested in volunteering, please submit your contact information on the CCBC Volunteer Application.
You can also volunteer for our Youth Program: Craft, Heritage, & Me
For more information click HERE.
In the future the role of the craftsman will be more important than ever before.
Marshall McLuhan, 1966
And nearly 50 years later, CCBC continues to work on behalf of our membership to ensure that the role that craft artists play in our culture is recognized, honoured and supported in every way possible.
In 2015 CCBC:
- paid more than $132,123 to artists participating in our programming;
- we shared our love of craft with 61,164 visitors in our space on GI;
- provided ongoing retail/commission opportunities for 196 artists;
- created exhibition opportunities for 61 artists;
- welcomed 48 new members;
- introduced 18 new artists in the GI shop;
- 29 artists went through SOQ;
- held ‘one on one’ proposal writing & social media sessions for
- hosted 8 amazing exhibits in our gallery;
- celebrated 5 artists through awards, bursaries and nominations;
- launched Citizens of Craft in 4 venues;
- co-sponsored 3 community events;
- delivered presentations at 2 conferences;
- hosted 2 fundraising events featuring BC artists;
- secured an exciting new retail opportunity at the Audain Art Museum;
- and in conjunction with HCMA architects we developed a functional plan for a new BC centre of craft.
To continue to deliver these much needed programs
we need your support - so be a part of the future of craft by clicking below!
For information about providing a donation, building legacies, creating endowments or establishing scholarships or awards, please contact Raine McKay, Executive Director at 604.687.6511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You to Supporters
The Craft Council of British Columbia thanks the following for their ongoing generous support :
- Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council
- British Columbia Gaming Commission
- Vancouver Foundation
- City of Vancouver
- Art Partners in Organizational Development (ArtsPOD)
- CMHC Granville Island
- Canadian Heritage through Canadian Museums Association
Craft Year Project
- The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation
- Kaatza Foundation
- Vancouver Guild of Fabric Arts
- Disc Imaging
- Oh Brothers
- E. Peter Leacock
- Rogers' Chocolates
- Costco Downtown Vancouver
- Benjamin Moore Broadway Decorating Centre
- Jane Kenyon and Gerry Boey
- Kasian Architecture
- The Urban Tea Merchant
- Channel M
- CBC Radio One
- Vancouver Courier
We would like to thank our operational sponsors
We would like to thank the following event sponsors for their generous support.
Invested/40 Exhibition Sponsors
Craft Invested: 10,000 hrs Conference Sponsors
Celebrate - The Vancouver Summer Market Sponsor
We would like to thank our operational sponsors
for their ongoing support.
Craft Council of British Columbia
- 1386 Cartwright Street, Granville Island,
- Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 3R8
- tel: (604) 687-6511
- email: email@example.com
Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
See Crafthouse page for Shop and Gallery hours