Craft Biennale, South Korea, 2009

Cheongju International Craft Biennale, South Korea – 2009

September 23 to November 1, 2009 – Work selected for the Biennale:

Title: Midnight Phosphoresce

Local Earthenware, Cone 05 Oxidation

14 x 14 x 24″, 2008

The Cheongju International Craft Biennale(CICB) began in 1999 and has grown steadily over the last 10 years to become the largest multi-disciplinary fine craft Biennale in the world.The 2009 CICB, its 6th biennale, will feature international exhibitions, special events, academic discussions and significant high-profile awards. In 2007 the biennale was attended by over half a million visitors worldwide, and a wealth of craft makers from over forty countries were showcased in the month long event. With a focus on high-quality functional and sculptural craft, the Biennale attracts attention from collectors, curators, academics, craftspeople and, of course, the public.

The Canadian Crafts Federation/Fédération canadienne des métiers d’art is proud to announce that Canada has been named the official guest country of the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale South Korea.

Title: Detail of Midnight Phosphoresce

The CICB has invited Canada as its 2009 guest country, which means that the work of Canadian craftspeople will take centre stage in the Guest Pavillion with a national exhibtion including over 200 works. Entitled Unity & Diversity, and curated by Dr. Sandra Alfoldy, editor of Neo Craft, Modernity and the Crafts, the exhibition will explore the range of work by Canadian craftspeople through the themes ofWater, Land, Contact, Flora/Fauna, Arrivals, Myth/Metaphor and Departures.

Other events taking place during the Cheongju International Craft Biennale include an International Craft Fair where visitors are given the opportunity to purchase participating works of art, design and craft; an International Symposium entitled Outside the Box that will discuss dominant concerns in the field of craft at the beginning of the 21st century; and an Educational Programfeaturing performances, workshops and lectures.