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November 20, 2019 - November 23, 2019

A Handmade Assembly

Hosted by Owens Art Gallery


Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada

November 20-23

A Handmade Assembly is a community event that brings together artists, curators, and others from the region and beyond to lead discussions, facilitate workshops, initiate projects, open exhibitions, and share in a common thread—the handmade. A Handmade Assembly is organized collaboratively by the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre with the support of the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Now in its ninth year, the Assembly is a response to the significant number of artists who have in recent years been using materials and processes that are laborious, often intimate, and usually associated with traditional craft methods. In the process, Sackville has become a centre for the appreciation of the handmade in contemporary culture and a venue for artists to discuss their practices and make new and necessary networks.

The Assembly interprets the ‘handmade’ in the widest terms, embracing interdisciplinarity and wide-ranging critical inquiry. Artists as diverse as Karen Reimer, Jerry Ropson, Séripop, Ray Fenwick, Sandy Plotnikoff, Janet Morton, Yoko Homareda, Daniel Barrow, Graeme Patterson, and others have participated. Curators, academics, and writers including Mireille Eagan, John Murchie, Sarah Quinton, Jayne Wark, Janine Rogers and Danielle Hogan have also participated, offering their reflections on the handmade in contemporary practice at a wrap-up session on the last night of the proceedings. Another important component of the Assembly is the Heart & Pocket Revue, a crafters market supported by artists and crafters from Sackville and around the region.

We are excited to present A Handmade Assembly for the 9th time in Sackville, New Brunswick. We hope you can join us.

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Organizing Committee:
Colleen Coco Collins
Emily Falvey
Amanda Fauteux
Todd Fraser
Adriana Kuiper
Lucy MacDonald
Jerry Ropson
Rachel Thornton

All events are free. CART services will be provided during all public presentations during A Handmade Assembly. ASL interpretation will be provided during the Keynote: Making/Storying—Contemplating the Power of Artmaking Narratives with Carmen Robertson. More accessibility information is available on the website. Owens Art Gallery: Steep ramp entrance. Main floor is wheelchair accessible. Washrooms are not wheelchair accessible. Service animals welcome. Wheelchair accessible parking. Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre: Ramp entrance, with a two inch lip into main entrance. One level inside, single occupancy gender neutral bathroom, which is not wheelchair accessible. The Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts: Level entry. Push button automatic doors. Sculpture studio is on the first level and is wheelchair accessible. There is one single occupancy gender neutral wheelchair accessible bathroom on the first level and two on the second level. There is a wheelchair accessible elevator to the second and third levels. Sackville United Church: York St door has a ramp entrance. The main level of the United Church is wheelchair accessible. There are two single occupancy gender neutral, wheechair accessible washrooms on the main floor. The Royal Canadian Legion: Level entry. To use the wheelchair accessible elevator to second floor, please speak to an organizer or volunteer. There is one flight of stairs to second floor with handrails on either side. Washrooms on second floor are women’s, men’s and a single occupancy gender neutral wheelchair accessible bathroom (along opposite wall). Thunder & Lightning Ltd.: Main entrance is up two and a half steps from flat patio. Main bar has two single occupancy gender neutral bathrooms, not wheelchair accessible.