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Harbourfront Centre presents artist-jeweller Pamela Ritchie
as part of 2010 Innovators Ideas (I2) programme

FREE lecture Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010

TORONTO, ON (Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010)Harbourfront Centre is pleased to feature a lecture by Halifax-based artist-jeweller Pamela Ritchie for the November 2010 edition of Innovators Ideas. Ritchie has been a strong proponent and luminary of the New Jewellery Movement that began in the 1980s. Her work, spanning over three decades, continues to bear witness to the growth and development of contemporary Canadian jewellery.

Ritchie’s lecture, part of Harbourfront Centre Craft Department’s ongoing Innovators Ideas contemporary craft series, will focus on the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design’s Jewellery Department faculty and alumni.

Each year, Harbourfront Centre’s Craft Department offers a series of high-calibre programmes supporting the professional development of its artists-in-residence, as well as craft and design students and the greater community. Innovators Ideas programme content (including lectures, exhibitions, master-classes and seminars) reflects current national and international ideas and directions relevant to contemporary craft and design practice.

Pamela Ritchie
Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 – 7 p.m. (Studio Theatre)

For additional information and complete event listings, the public can call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000 or visit Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

Pamela Ritchie continues to be a major force in the world of Canadian jewellery. Born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, she quickly distinguished herself with a Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarship and a major award from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, to pursue post-graduate jewellery research in Norway.

Returning to Canada, Ritchie completed her MFA in 1982, and has become one of the country’s most prolific artist-jewellers, participating in more than 60 group and solo exhibitions throughout North America, Australia, Japan, Korea and Europe over three decades. Her work has appeared in numerous catalogues and periodicals, and has been collected by major institutions, including the Nova Scotia Art Bank and the Kunstindustrimuseum, Norway.

Professor of the Jewellery Department at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design since 1984, Ritchie has developed Canada's only BFA and MFA degree programs in jewellery design into an internationally recognized department, offering both silversmithing and goldsmithing.

Her commitment to education is also reflected in her past work in the Philippines for the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa. Recently, following research in the UK on computer assisted design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), she has set up a CAD suite for jewellers and is participating in the planning and implementation of new technology for the department.

Active professionally, she has lectured in Canada, England, USA, and Korea. She has promoted Canadian jewellery as the Canadian advisor for the European exhibitions Jugend Gestaltet, Ornamenta I, Schmuckszene, Schmuck 1996-2005 and was the Canadian representative for the German publication Art Aurea.

A dynamic axis for contemporary craft in Canada, this department is an integral part of the country’s largest public, multi-disciplinary arts complex. We inspire people to engage with the ideas being expressed by today’s craft artists. Artists-in-residence work in our four studios: textiles, glass, ceramics and jewellery.
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Harbourfront Centre's Craft Studio programmes are generously supported by Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for The Arts.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.


Rosie Shaw
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