Updated: Nov 5, 2021
(Note: this article was updated in November 2021 to reflect the Council's website changes)
Our provincial and territorial craft councils provide great resources within our communities. From professional development and exhibition opportunities, to online profiles and promotion, they support craftspeople at every stage of their practice. The Manitoba Craft Council is an excellent example of how these councils promote the skills and faces of craft.
From the Manitoba Craft Council website:
The Manitoba Craft Council (MCC) was established in 1978 to promote, develop and advocate for fine craft and its makers in Manitoba. These aims continue to be our core purpose and mandate throughout our history to the present.
Craft has always held a significant place in our province. From the time aboriginal peoples lived nomadically on the plains to the advent of European settlement to modern day rural, northern and urban life, each cultural group in Manitoba produced craft. Using traditional materials and techniques and ingenuity inspired by necessity, Manitobans have produced hand made craft work. From the functional to decorative, craft has always enriched the lives of Manitobans.
Drawing on this rich history and legacy, MCC is the only not-for-profit artists’ service and exhibition organization in Manitoba exclusively dedicated to fine craft. For over 30 years MCC has worked to ensure that contemporary fine craft and the artists who produce these works are supported, recognized and celebrated for their contribution to the artistic, cultural and economic life of Manitoba.
Over the years, MCC has exposed and engaged Manitobans with the rich diversity of fine craft across various media. This has taken shape in different ways over its history and has included exhibitions by local, national and international artists, workshops, lectures and mentorship, website gallery, and retail sales. Recent collaborative work with a wide range of partners across the province and beyond has allowed the MCC to broaden its reach and bring craft related programming to a much wider audience.
”The province’s crafting community is banding together and has picked Winnipeg’s Exchange District to be the new home of the Hub for Craft.
The hub, which will be located in a newly renovated space at 329 Cumberland Ave., will be the new home for the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library as well as the Manitoba Craft Council. The facility will include an exhibition gallery, a shop, library, heritage display and a program space for spinning, weaving and other crafts classes.” Alan Small, Winnipeg Free Press
The Manitoba Craft Council hosts a series of exhibitions each year.
Members of the Manitoba Craft Council who work in felt:
Membership in the Manitoba Craft Council is open to anyone who is passionate about contemporary craft. Whether you’re a maker or an enthusiastic supporter, it’s a great way to connect with Manitoba’s thriving craft scene and keep up with all the latest happenings.
All members receive the bi-weekly e-news bulletin with the most current news and information on events and opportunities in contemporary craft. Membership also includes access to a range of exhibition and sales opportunities, professional development workshops, artist talks, an online gallery page at https://c2centreforcraft.ca/ and a subscription to Studio: Craft and Design in Canada.
To become a member, visit: https://c2centreforcraft.ca/membership/