Now that we are into the end of September I am happy to say that the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea has begun. My piece 'Assigning Flaws' (shown above) was selected along with over 200 pieces by other craftspeople to represent Canada in the 'Unity & Diversity" show in the Canadian Pavillion at the Biennale. The work will be on display until November 1st, 2009.
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 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 of Water, Land, Contact, Flora/Fauna, Arrivals, Myth/Metaphor and Departures.
I am so excited to be participating on a show of this scale, and am proud to be exhibiting with so many talented artists from across the nation.