Harbourfront Centre’s 10-year plan to revitalize its 10-acre central waterfront site continues with the official opening of the expanded Craft & Design Studio on April 5. The first major upgrade to the studio space since it opened in 1974, the expansion increases space by 1,000 square feet, introduces state-of-the-art equipment, and grows the artists-in-residence program by one third. Most importantly, a new Design Lab is opening at the heart of the facility to advance the work of emerging Canadian designers.
“For 40 years, Harbourfront Centre has been pivotal in developing and supporting the careers of professional Canadian craftspeople,” says William J.S. Boyle, Harbourfront Centre’s CEO. “Given the impact that our 400 artist-in-residence alumni have had on the craft and design sector across the country over four decades, we are excited about broadening the impact of the studio by facilitating the use of new technology and media in the craft and design process.”
With additional space, specialized equipment and an improved open layout, the new Craft & Design Studio promotes collaborative work among a diverse group of professional artists from a range of practices. This highly integrated approach will explore new work at the intersection of craft and design practice, and complement the existing metal, ceramic, glass and textile disciplines.
The revitalization has been made possible in part by the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage.
“Our Government is proud to increase access for Canadians to cultural spaces like the Craft & Design Studio at Harbourfront Centre,” says the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. “With this support, the Studio is improving the conditions for creativity and innovation so that artists can continue to pursue their craft.”
The only artist-in-residence program of its kind in North America, where artists are granted 24-hour access to subsidized studio space, the expansion allows for the addition of three residencies in a new Design Lab and additional residencies in the current four studios.
Alongside improvements for artists, the expansion also substantially improves public visibility and education. Tapping into growing public interest in the handmade and design, the studio renovation provides an enhanced experience of the designing and making process by enabling the public to view working artists from both inside and outside the studio premises.
Harbourfront Centre welcomes the public to a dance party celebrating the official opening of the Craft & Design Studio on April 5, from 7 to 12 p.m. in the York Quay Centre.
Visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/visualarts for additional information on Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre.
ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto’s central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe. Harbourfront Centre attracts more than 17-million visits to its site each year to experience 4,000 diverse public events and activities. Harbourfront Centre receives operational support from the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto and program funding from all levels of government, the private sector and individual donors.