Who we are

  • Craft & Design at Harbourfront Centre is a dynamic axis point for contemporary expression in Canada and an integral part of the country’s largest public multi-disciplinary arts complex.
  • We inspire people to engage with the ideas being expressed by today’s craft designers and artists.

What we do

  • Champion, the significance of craft and design as a creative discipline and cultivate excellence nationally and internationally.
  • Provide an unparalleled opportunity for people to witness, understand and experience work being created.
  • Generate exhibitions and thought-provoking symposia that communicate new ideas and shape perceptions about contemporary craft and design.
  • Advocate collaboration between craft, design and art disciplines.
  • Operate the only national, post-graduate programme of its kind in Canada that catalyzes craft designers and artists to explore, pursue and accelerate their potential in a comprehensive artist-in-residency programme and ideal studio environment.
  • Commit to artists and designers through generous subsidy and deliver access to beneficial resources and conditions.

Janet Machpherson, Censure, Slip cast porcelain, underglaze, 2011, Image courtesy of artist

What we seek to achieve

  • Aim to be a definitive voice in contemporary craft and design in Canada.
  • Have craft designers and artists aspire to the Harbourfront Centre experience and see it as the essential element in their artistic development.
  • We advocate collaboration and define associations between craft, design + art while actively engaging the disciplines in mutual exhibition and event opportunities.