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TORONTO, January 23, 2006 - Harbourfront Centre presents six weeks of Innovators and Ideas (I2) - a dynamic and lively series addressing current issues and needs within the contemporary craft field by inviting artists, curators and writers spearheading international and national contemporary practice through innovative individual investigation. Craft artists and experts from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Australia will be present at public lectures and to lead master classes with participants. Innovators and Ideas (I2) continues the tradition of presenting acclaimed lectures and master classes established over the last 17 years by the former International Creators event.

Innovators and Ideas (I2) presentations will examine approaches to professional Craft practice while master classes and workshops feature UK textile artist Deirdre Nelson and Canada/USA glass artist Katherine Gray. Lectures feature prominent UK writer and curator Lesley Jackson as well as Australia's Janet Mansfield - editor of the influential periodical Ceramic Art and Perception. All events occur at Harbourfront Centre's Studio Theatre and Craft Studios.

Individual lectures are $15 ($10 students/seniors); afternoon panel presentations are $30 ($25 students/seniors); master classes/workshops are $100 for one day and $200 for two days ($75 for one day and $150 for two days for students/seniors - price includes lecture). All workshops are small (10 to 12 participants). Student group rates for lectures (10 or more students $8 per ticket and/or $20 per student at the panel presentation). Fees subject to change.

Innovators and Ideas (I2) events take place at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto). For event information and to purchase tickets please call 416-973-4000. For workshop registration please call 416-973-4963.

Innovators and Ideas (I2) events:

Saturday February 25 - Craft Production Process Panel Presentation (1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Brigantine Room)
Featuring Patty Johnson, Paul McClure and Van McKenzie
A lively and informative seminar/panel discussion about production processes. Canadian artists Paul McClure (jeweller educator), Van McKenzie (studio jeweller) and Patty Johnson (furniture designer) offer practical information and realistic expectations; dispelling preconceived and pejorative notions about production work.

Friday March 3 to Sunday March 5 - Deirdre Nelson (UK) lecture and master class
March 4 (lecture - 7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre) and March 4 & 5 (master classes in the LOFt and Textile Studio)
UK textile artist Deirdre Nelson is interested in combining the traditional with the contemporary when it comes to technique and content in her work. In addition to her craft practice she teaches portfolio preparation at the university level and is involved with the coordination and leadership of Craft programs and projects in Scotland

Friday March 10 to Sunday March 12 - Katherine Gray (Canada/USA) lecture and workshops
March 10 (lecture - 7:30 p.m., Brigantine Room) and March 11 & 12 (master classes in the Glass Studio)
Glass artist Katherine Gray speaks about her diverse practice that includes production, installation and writings.

Saturday March 25 - Janet Mansfield (Australia) lecture (Studio Theatre - 7:30 p.m.)
This respected maker has devoted herself to editing the Internationally regarded periodical, Ceramic Art and Perception. Co-presented by the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts.

Friday March 31 - Lesley Jackson (UK) lecture (Studio Theatre - 7:30 p.m.)
This prominent UK writer and curator of contemporary craft and deign presents the lecture How 'British' is contemporary British design? - which explores the impact of foreign-born designers on the UK scene.

Saturday April 1 and Sunday April 2 - Don Friedlich (USA) - [Studio Theatre, time TBA]
United States jeweller and educator Don Friedlich is concerned about students transitioning into the real world. He recently spoke at Beyond Borders East: A Craft Marketing Conference in New Brunswick and students clamoured for his advice.

More Innovators and Ideas (I2) event and artist details TBA. Hi-res jpegs are available.

Media Contact: Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655,
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