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.