Collaboration 2.0

November 9–10, 2018

Collaboration 2.0 is a two-day symposium investigating the collaborative relationships between design, art and craft and its intersections with commerce, ways of making and social issues/topics within contemporary practice. Collaboration as a way of conducting a creative practice is not a new phenomenon; however, it has become a prominent approach within the last two decades among artists, craftspeople and designers. This progression within contemporary craft is due in part to the growth of theory and practice generally; and movements within specific genres over the years. The ongoing development of post-disciplinary teaching and methods, the acknowledgement of underrepresented voices within craft discourses, and emergent technologies have had an effect on contemporary craft practice and thinking.

— Melanie Egan, Director of Craft & Design, Harbourfront Centre

We gratefully acknowledge the support of:
Canada Council for the ArtsKingdom of the Netherlands
George Brown CollegeRBC

Symposium Details

Location: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Dates: November 9 & 10, 2018

Friday, November 9 from 7 – 9pm — Keynote Lecture
Saturday, November 10 from 10am – 5:30pm — Symposium
Click Here for Detailed Schedule

Keynote ONLY: Regular $20 / Student & Senior $15 / BUY HERE
Keynote AND Symposium: Regular $50 / Student & Senior $35 / BUY HERE

Symposium Presenters

Gijs Bakker
Keynote Lecture

Maham Anjum

Heather Goodchild & Naomi Yasui


Handwork Studio
Munira Amin & Rachel MacHenry

MSDS Studio
Jessica Nakanishi & Jonathan Sabine

Lexie Owen


Sage Paul


Danielle Suppa

Deborah Wang
Artistic Director, DesignTO

Andrew Sardone
Editorial Director, The Globe and Mail Style Advisor


In conjunction with Collaboration 2.0, Harbourfront Centre presents Joint Efforts, an exhibition featuring the work of symposium speakers Maham Anjum, Handwork Studio, MSDS Studio, and Lexie Owen. Joint Efforts runs from September 22 – December 23, 2018. Click here for more info.