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Janet Macpherson
FEATURED MEMBER

Using re-purposed molds as well as hand-made molds cast from found toy animals, knick-knacks, and religious statues, I re-compose objects that upon closer inspection reflect a physical process of manipulation and fragmentation.

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Studio Magazine

Studio Magazine is an arena for exploring and discussing contemporary craft and design, offering Canadian coverage in the global environment. Studio’s objective is to advance critical discourses on making. Studio undertakes this mission guided by three core principles: maintaining and improving editorial quality, respecting and reflecting the diversity of opinion in the discourse and by communicating the historical and contemporary context of the objects and ideas in Canadian craft and design.

Studio Magazine comes with all levels of  Craft Ontario memberships. When you sign up for your annual membership, you will receive a 1-year subscription, which includes 2 issues. 

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Financial Support
Exhibitions Assistance Loan & Line of Credit
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program

Craft Ontario is a third-party recommender for the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program. The program provides individual artists with $500 to $1,500 to assist with the cost involved in producing, or taking part in, an upcoming exhibition.

As an OAC Exhibition Assistance program recommender, Craft Ontario accepts craft-related applications from across Ontario. Approved applications are reviewed by a committee and forwarded to the OAC once the grant recipients are chosen.

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Craft Ontario's upcoming application submission deadlines are:

  • July 28, 2017
  • November 17, 2017

To access the application form, or to find out more information on other craft third-party recommending organizations, please visit the Ontario Arts Council’s website.

Tips to completing your application successfully:

  • Complete and sign the application form.
  • Include a resume that outlines your artistic training, accomplishments and past exhibitions.
  • Include a copy of an exhibition confirmation document. This document must indicate the location and the opening/closing dates of your upcoming show. Acceptable documents include a letter signed by the gallery director, curator or organizer, an exhibition contract, rental agreement or insurance document.
  • Provide a selection of 10 digital images of your current work. Please make sure that all images are in a JPG format, and are no larger than 1 MB in size. Submit a corresponding list identifying the date, title, technique/medium and dimensions of each work.
  • For your budget, include a breakdown of expenses that are your responsibility when preparing and producing the exhibition. Ensure that all expenses you include are eligible according to the Ontario Arts Council guidelines. Calculate the total grant amount that you are requesting.


To submit your application to Craft Ontario, please mail or deliver to:

Craft Ontario
Attn: OAC Exhibition Assistance
1106 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON  M6J 1H9

If you would prefer to submit your application in a digital format, please scan your application form as a pdf, upload all files to a folder in Dropbox, and share with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


For more information, please contact Janna Hiemstra at 416-925-4222, ext 225, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Loan & Line of Credit
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This program is for arts professionals that find themselves in a position where change is essential. You may be a visual or craft-based artist undertaking a new community installation that requires a budget beyond your individual means, or you could be a maker taking a trip to another city to exhibit your work.

The Creative Arts Credit Union is a financial institution designed exclusively to meet creative practitioners needs.

Creative Arts can also structure a personal line of credit to help you meet your business goals.
Our Self-Promotion Loan is available as a line of credit — of $5,000 or more — for qualified borrowers. For members who want the discipline of a fixed repayment schedule, you can choose from levels of monthly payments to retire the drawn balance over a three-year term.

Apply online or phone 416. 642. 6749 or toll free: 877-643-3660

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Craft Ontario Members save with Chase Paymentech

Chase Paymentech doesn't just offer excellent customer service - we help our clients save! Current Craft Ontario members are saving on their credit and debit card transactions by enjoying the preferential rates we offer. Are you ready to join them?

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  • Access your processing data and billing information from anywhere in the world, 24/7, with our secure suite of online reporting tools for Craft Ontario members
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Ethernet and dial connectivity together in one compact package. Enjoy the convenience of plugging the Vx570 in to your router, using your existing high-speed Internet access. Or, utilize dial-up service as a backup if the situation requires it.

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Give us a call and learn about:

  • The Features of Wired, Pay at the Counter Solutions
  • Gift Card Program
  • A Complete Card Not Present Payment Solution
  • Powerful Online Reporting
  • Exclusive Savings for Craft Ontario Members

Chase Paymentech is ready to become your payment partner, helping you to realize increased revenue. Call us today at 1.888.850.1134.

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Admission

North American Reciprocal Museum Association
  
FREE or discounted admission to galleries and museums
  
Across North America
  
Ontario Association of Art Galleries
FREE or discounted admission to galleries and museums
Across Ontario

Classes

Work in Culture
50% off on online professional development programs
Online

Fibre

Gemini Fibres
10% off of a minimum $50 purchase
Mount Albert
King Textiles
10% off your purchase
Toronto
The Knit Cafe
10% off your purchase
Toronto
MOKUBA
40% off meterage (min. 1m)
60% off bolts of fabric
Toronto
Romni Wools
10% off regular priced items
Toronto & Goodwood
Threads in Time
10% off your purchase
Thunder Bay
The Workroom
10% off classes and supplies
Toronto 

Glass

NLM Glass Art
10% off your purchase
Online

Metal

Ferrier Wire
10% off your purchase
Toronto
Metal Arts Guild
10% off your purchase
Toronto
Precious Metal Clay Source
10% off your purchase
Online

Paper

Creative Bag Co.
10% off your purchase
Across the GTA
The Japanese Paper Place
10% off your purchase
By appointment only
Toronto
Paperhouse Studio
10% off your purchase
Toronto

Shops

Craft Ontario Shop
10% off your purchase
Excludes Inuit & Native Gallery
Toronto
META4 Contemporary Craft Gallery
 10% off your purchase
Port Perry
Rails End Gallery
10% off your purchase
Haliburton

Supplies

Above Ground Art Supply
10% off all regularly priced items 
in-store only
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Australian Boot Company
15% off Blundstones & R.M. Williams
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Curry's Artist Materials
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Akau Framing
13-15% off based on project quote
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Hot Pop Factory
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Staples Copy & Print
20% off design, marketing, and print services
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Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.