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The enlightening series Innovators Ideas (I2) continues at Harbourfront Centre featuring some of the finest practitioners in Contemporary Craft from around the world

TORONTO, February 19, 2007. Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the line up for the informative series Innovators Ideas (I2). This dynamic and lively series addresses current issues and needs within the contemporary craft field with lectures and panel discussions.

The common thread throughout each workshop will be applications and approaches to professional craft practice. Invited speakers include artists, curators and writers from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Australia who are leading contemporary craft methods and sparking innovative investigation into craft disciplines.

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.

Full schedule, workshop details and artist bios below.

Innovators Ideas (I2) Events:

Saturday, March 3 - Craft Models & Process – Panel Presentation - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Brigantine Room.
Featuring Lily Yung (Canada), Anders Ruhwald (UK/Denmark) and Steven Pozel (Australia).
A lively and informative seminar/panel discussion about craft practice and models of presentation and production.

Sunday, March 4 – Master Class with Lily Yung - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Loft.
A rare and exclusive opportunity to learn from one of Canada’s finest practitioners in the jewellery field.

Friday, March 23 – Lecture with Susan Edgerely (Canada) - 7:30 p.m. in the Brigantine Room.
One of the most visionary, illustrious and innovative professionals working in the medium of glass.

Wednesday, May 2 – Lecture with Peter Layton (UK) - 7:30 p.m. in the Loft.
A prominent figure in the field of glass blowing.

Individual Lectures are $15 ($10 students/seniors); afternoon Panel Presentations are $30 ($20 students/seniors); Master Classes/Workshops are $75 for one day. All workshops are small (10 to 12 participants); early registration is advised. Group Rates for lectures (10 or more students $8 per ticket and/or $15 per student for Panel Presentation). All prices include GST. Fees subject to change. For more information the pubic can contact Melanie Egan, Head of Craft at 416-973-4963 or rmegan@harbourfrontcentre.com

Media Contact:
Cary Mignault
Publicist, Harbourfront Centre
tel: 416-973-4655 email: cmignault@harbourfrontcentre.com

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ARTIST BIOS:

Lily Yung (Canada)
Jeweller
Toronto-based Yung studied printmaking and employs many textile techniques in her jewellery and is currently investigating the use of computer aided design and manufacturing tools to fabricate one-of-a-kind jewellery and home ornament.

Born in Hong Kong, Yung received her Ph. D. in Immunology at the University of Alberta where she also studied print-making. She began making jewellery in non-precious materials in 1986. Since 1994, she has been using textile based techniques in wires and beads to transform them into exquisite jewellery. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. She has won numerous awards in both print-making and jewellery.

Recent exhibitions in Toronto include 4 Souls, 2 Worlds at the York Quay Gallery at Harbourfront Centre (2005), Prototyping (solo show) at the *new* Gallery (2005) and Northern Lights at the Design Exchange (2005). Yung is a founding member of the artists run fine craft gallery *new* in Toronto as well as a co-editor of NewViews, a series of notes and reviews on Canadian craft practices. As one of the two recipients of the 2003 Artist-in-Residence for Research Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, Yung is currently working in collaboration with the National Research Council Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Institute in London, Ontario.

Anders Ruhwald (UK/Denmark)
Ceramicist
Ruhwald was part of the Danish craft exhibition STUFF - Ingenuity and Critique, co-curated for SuperDanish in 2004 and is one of the rising stars of international contemporary ceramics.

Ruhwald was educated at University Center Rochester (1995-1996) and in Denmark at College of Glass and Ceramics, Bornholm (1997-2000). He was guest artist at the International Ceramics Center, Denmark, in 2001 and received his MA at Royal College of Art, London. He participated in the 54th Premio Faenza, Faenza, Italy, 2005, was represented at the prestigious Talente in Munich, 2003, and he was selected for the 2nd World Ceramics Biennale in Korea in 2003. In 2005 he was artist-in-residence at the National Workshops for Arts And Crafts in Copenhagen; was selected for Danish Diaspora a group exhibition of 10 younger Danish artists working and living in the UK at the Collins Gallery and The Danish Cultural Institute in Edinburgh and in January 2006 will be teaching for four months at NSCAD University in Halifax, NS.

In referring to his recent exhibition at The Royal College of Art, London UK, Ruhwald says “With these objects I have aimed for a middle ground. They are not to be perceived as finite art objects, nor are they pure consumable functional things. They exist somewhere between these two categories. Their framework is hence that of the applied arts or crafts, and should be understood and positioned as a sort of interior or social sculpture.”

Susan Edgerley (Canada)
Glass Sculptor
Edgerley is one of the most innovative and outstanding glass sculptors in Canada. She became involved with Espace Verre (Centre des métiers du verre du Québec) in 1988 during the glass school's early years, taught at the school and served as the facility's President. Edgerley is an artist who works in glass, paper, metal, and wood, creating a personal vision or the fragility of life.

Edgerley has conducted workshops and given lectures throughout North America, in Belgium and in Spain. She has exhibited across Canada and in China, Finland, Germany and the United States. In 1996, Edgerley was instrumental in the organization of the Biennale du verre in Montréal, and she organized the exhibition of Canadian glass 10 North for the Glass Art Society's International Conference in New York in 2000.

Peter Layton (UK)
Glass Artist Born in Prague and brought up in England, Layton studied ceramics at the Central School of Art and Design in London under some of the foremost potters of the day. He chanced upon glassblowing while teaching ceramics at the University of Iowa and since returning to Britain has been continuously at the forefront in promoting this magical and versatile medium.

In the early 1970s Layton was instrumental together with Sam Herman, in setting up the Glasshouse in Covent Garden. He subsequently established his own small glass studio at his pottery at Morar in the Highlands of Scotland, a Glass Department at Hornsey College of Art (Middlesex University) and in 1976, the London Glassblowing Workshop in an old towage works on the Thames at Rotherhithe.

To see Layton's Architectural work, visit Peter Layton and Associates' website at:
www.peterlaytonglass.co.uk

Steven Pozel (Australia)
Pozel has been Director of Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design in Sydney since 1999. Since 1964, Object has promoted excellence in craft and design to a broad and varied audience exploring everything from furniture to fashion, textiles to glass, from the newly discovered to the most established designers/makers. In the last 10 years, Object has built a reputation as the most progressive organization of its kind in Australia. Known for its dynamic Australian and international exhibition program, Object operates three venues in Sydney, including its primary exhibition space in the hub of Sydney’s Surry Hills design precinct, a prestigious satellite exhibition space at the Sydney Opera House and one of Sydney’s most highly regarded retail venues in the downtown core. Also, Object regularly tours major exhibitions across Australia and overseas and has developed an extensive publication program, including the award-winning Object Magazine.

DESIRE: Our Lens. Your View.

Harbourfront Centre questions all that you desire.

Every act of creation begins with a desire. But is desire by its very nature unattainable? Are you careful what you wish for? If it feels right, is it wrong?

Through May 2007, Harbourfront Centre invites you to satisfy your cultural cravings. Immerse yourself in the sometimes bitter-sweet nostalgia of memories, kindled by the exhibition Objects of Longing; plunge into the void between truth and fiction in Hume Baugh’s play The Girl in the Picture Tries to Hang Up the Phone; or confront the impossible erotic ideals explored in Unbound by Vancouver’s Wen Wei Dance - these are just a few of the many facets of desire we are offering in the coming months.

Culture you have longed for.

Desire is part of an ongoing focus on ideas in programming at Harbourfront Centre. January through May 2007. Our Lens. Your View.

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