The Craft Council of British
Columbia (CCBC) provides leadership in the craft community
by building and promoting the development, viability and appreciation
of Canadian Fine Craft.
CCBC is a non-profit, charitable
arts service organization working with fine craft professionals
and local, provincial & national arts organizations to promote
the development of excellence in crafts. Since 1973
we have been making craft more significant in the cultural life
of British Columbians and Canadians. Through our public gallery
and retail shop on Granville Island, 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.
CCBC is the only craft-focused
arts service organization in British Columbia that fulfills
an educational and public mandate with regional and national objectives.
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
- the signature "Made by Hand" exhibitions
showcasing the best in fine craft that started in 1976 until late
- traveling exhibitions and market opportunities
across Canada and USA.
- organized activities for Expo 86 and APEC
- 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 fine craft to an
international audience and including craft as value added attractions
to draw more audiences to Vancouver and BC.
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
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
- honourable, alumni and/or current members of CCBC include:
- Walter Dexter
- Robin Hopper
- Charmian Johnson
- Sam Kwan
- Vincent Massey
- Kinichi Shigeno
- Debra Sloan
- Jane Kenyon
- Lesley Richmond
- Ruth Scheuing
- Joanna Staniszkis
- Yvonne Wakabayashi
- Joanne Andrighetti
- Gary Bolt
- Markian Olynyk
- Naoko Takenouchi
- Morna Tudor
- Madeleine Chisholm
- Barbara Cohen
- Neno Catania
- Ron David
- Jason Marlow
- Todd Stockner