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The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/ Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs was formed, with the generous support of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, to provide a forum for all those interested in the decorative arts.

CSDA/CCAD events

Your CSDA/CCAD membership offers you the opportunity to attend lectures, symposia and events of interest, locally and nationally.

Upcoming Events

32nd Annual CSDA Symposium and General Meeting

Scenic Views: Exploring the Historic, Cultural and Artistic Landscape of Niagara-on-the-Lake
Thursday, October 2 - Sunday, October 5, 2014
Official Symposium Hotel: The Queen’s Landing, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Image information: View of Fort Niagara by John Herbert Caddy, courtesy of the Niagara Historical Society & Museum

The CSDA is pleased to invite members and the public to its 32nd Annual Symposium, taking place in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. This year’s programming includes lecture presentations, tours of private collections, trips to local landmarks and organizations, and much more. Please see the full schedule of events below for more details. We look forward to seeing you there!


Deadline for Conference Registration is extended to September 12th.
Deadline for Hotel Reservation is passed, but a limited number of rooms are still available.
Please contact Lindsay Rose-McLean directly. See below for contact details.

Members: $300
Non-Members: $350
Single Day: Friday $110 - Saturday $150 - Sunday $150
Students: Please Inquire
Gala Dinner: $100

Please download the registration form below, and mail a completed copy together with your cheque to:

Niagara Symposium
Canadian Society of Decorative Arts
Box235, Station Q, Toronto, ON M4T 2M1
For further information please contact:
Lindsay Rose-McLean at lindsay_rose@hotmail.com
or 416-949-6387

To join the CSDA/CCAD please consult the membership categories, and include the membership fee with your Symposium registration form, or join us online at http://csda-ccad.org/membership.cfm.

Hotel Booking Information:
To reserve a room online, please visit the hotel website

› On the right is a box titled RESERVATIONS
› Select Queens Landing from the drop down box
› Enter the check in date (October 2, 2014) and number of nights
› In the GROUP ID field, enter the group reservation number: 1372751
› Press the ‘book now’ button
› To BOOK, click on ‘show rooms’, choose the room and then enter your personal information.

This will secure the special reduced rate for symposium participants of $219.00/night

You may also choose to book in person, or over the telephone by calling the hotel reservations department at 1-888-669-5566 and request the ‘In-House Reservation Line’. Identify yourself as part of the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts group at the time of booking in order to obtain the special reduced rate ($219/night).
You must book prior to August 18, 2014 to be eligible for the reduced rate.

Early Bird Special
*All those who reserve a room prior to July 19, 2014 will be entered in a draw to receive a complimentary night at the hotel. The winner will be notified in advance of the symposium.

Symposium Registration Form


Thursday, October 2

2:00 pm

Registration, Queen’s Landing Hotel

Book Sale: publications available by guest  speakers, local contributors & sponsors

Waddington’s Jewellery & Decorative Art Appraisal Clinic
Advance registration required, and limited number of spaces available with each specialist. To arrange an appointment, or for any additional information regarding the symposium itinerary, please contact Lindsay Rose-McLean lindsay_rose@hotmail.com or 416-949-6387

5:00 pm

Welcome Reception & Light Supper at the home of CSDA President, Harriet “Sis” Bunting Weld

8:00 pm

Optional evening performance at Shaw Festival (please make individual arrangements for tickets  www.shawfest.com or 1-800-511-SHAW)

Friday, October 3

Breakfast on your own

9:30 am

Annual General Meeting

10:30 am

Coffee/Tea Break

10:45 am

In Discussion with Contemporary Makers, moderated by Janna Hiemstra of Craft Ontario. A panel of craftspeople working in various mediums will present and discuss their work, with questions from the audience

12:00 pm

Lunch included in Tiara Dining
Room, Queen’s Landing: Luncheon Meeting for CSDA Executive & HNC Members

2:00 pm

Meet in hotel lobby for short walk to St. Mark’s Church. Founded in 1792, St. Mark’s in the oldest continuously used Anglican Church in Ontario

2:15 pm

Presentation on stained glass in Church (Including works by Robert McCausland) Followed by self-guided exploration of the cemetery and the Addison Library, which comprises over 1500 volumes brought to Niagara-on-the-Lake by Revered Robert Addison in 1792

4:00 pm

Garden reception at home of Judy & Sirgay Sanger
With ice wine tasting sponsored by Jamie Macfarlane of The Ice House Winery

5:00 pm

Dinner on your own

Saturday, October 4

Breakfast included in Tiara Restaurant, Queen’s Landing

9:30 am

4 locations for private collections tour
Meet in main lobby of hotel for trolly transportation to first destination

12:00 pm

Lunch included in Tiara Restaurant, Queen’s Landing

1:15 pm

Keynote lecture: Dr. Peter Kaellgren, Curator Emeritis
Storied Artifacts: 30 years of European acquisitions at the Royal Ontario Museum
The collection of European decorative arts at the ROM includes over 60,000 artifacts. This talk examines the various ways in which museum artifacts are acquired and provides insight into what defines a ‘museum object’ in the 21st century

2:15 pm

Lecture: Rita Brown
Shaw's Women: The Actresses and the Characters, and Costuming the Women of the Mandate

3:00 pm

Coffee/Tea Break

3:15 pm

Lecture: Stuart Reid
A Return to the Real: Contemporary Craft and New Technologies

4:00-4:45 pm

Lecture: John Fleming
Did Modernism Make Folk Art Visible?

6:30 pm

‘Masquerade’ cocktail reception, Queen’s Landing (lower level)
Please join us in celebrating the dramatic flair of the Shaw Festival by attending the cocktail reception in your choice of fanciful accessory (e.g—Venetian mask, fascinator, statement jewellery, etc.)

7:30 pm

Gala dinner, Imperial Ballroom, Queen’s Landing (Lower Level) *formal attire welcome

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Breakfast included in Tiara Restaurant, Queen’s Landing

9:30 am

Bus departs for scenic drive along Niagara Parkway

10:00 am

Private collection tour at home of Donald & Victoria Ziraldo

11:00 am

Bus departs for Willowbank, school of restoration art

11:15 am

Welcome and Introduction to Willowbank, by Executive Director Julian Smith, followed by a tour of the grounds

12:30 pm

Bus departs for Jackson-Triggs winery

1:00 pm

Private lunch at the winery combined with a special ‘sensory workshop’ led by Debi Pratt of Inniskillen
Why Shape Matters: how glass design affects the taste of wine

2:30 pm

Tour of the winery

3:00 pm

Bus departs back to town

3:15-5:00 pm

Closing reception at home of John Dimitrieff


Donald McLean: Donald McLean is a specialist in the Jewellery and Watch Department at Waddington’s. His 25+ years of experience gives him in-depth knowledge of both domestic and international markets. Donald received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Geology from Carleton University, and earned his F.G.A. with distinction from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Donald has made regular appearances as a specialist on the Canadian Antiques Roadshow and is a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, as well as several mineralogical associations.

William F. Kime: William Kime is a specialist in the Decorative Arts department at Waddington's and is one of the company's senior auctioneers. Educated in England, including further studies at Sotheby's (London) and at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Bill joined Waddington's in 1975. Now, with 40 years' experience and a wealth of accumulated knowledge in his field, Bill enjoys a respected reputation as one of North America's foremost experts in 19th and 20th century decorative arts. Bill was a resident Decorative Arts specialist on all three seasons of the CBC’s Canadian Antiques Roadshow.

Scott Barnim established his studio in 1978. His initial training was a proficient in production studio and finished with a MFA in ceramics from the University of Wales. His work is included in public and private collections internationally. The Barnim Pottery studio production can be found in selected shops and galleries. The studio is located in an 1850 stonehouse and stable in the town of Dundas, West of Toronto. scottbarnimpottery.com?

Dr. Peter Kaellgren: Peter Kaellgren joined the staff of the Royal Ontario Museum, European Department in 1972 and completed a Ph.D in Art History with a minor in Decorative Arts at the University of Delaware in 1987. Over the years at the ROM, Peter has worked to build up its collections of ceramics, glass, silver, furniture, and design graphics. He has played a key role in developing galleries and special exhibits, as well as being instrumental in organizing the annual Decorative Arts Symposium at the ROM, 1991-2008. Dr. Kaellgren has lectured widely on post-sixteenth century Decorative Arts, published research on silver, glass and ceramics, and is the author of Wedgwood: Artistry and Innovation. Dr. Kaellgren retired from the ROM in 2009 and was subsequently appointed Curator Emeritus and continues to research ROM collections. From March 2011 through to August 2012, he served part-time as Chief Curator at the George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto.

Rita Brown: Rita Brown studied Costume Design, Costume History & Draping at the Katinka School in London, England and received an advanced diploma in the early 1970’s. Employed by the Shaw Festival Theatre for over forty years as Senior Cutter for Women’s costume, Brown spent ten of those years as the head of wardrobe. She has also worked as a cutter for the Canadian Opera Company, The New York City Opera, the Tarragon Theatre, and the Canadian Stage. Between 1978-89 she designed costumes for productions in Toronto at the Dell Theatre, Canadian Stage, Hart House Theatre, and the Elgin Winter Garden Theatre. For the last 24 years she has specialized in the restoration of 18th, 19th & 20th century costumes and textiles. From 1995-2006 Brown collaborated with Belgian artist and textile designer Isabele de Borchgrave on ‘Papier a la Mode’, a collection of full-scale period dresses constructed entirely out of paper and the exhibit has enjoyed International success. Retired since 2010, Brown’s current focus is on the completion of her forthcoming book about the history of women’s sportswear.

Stuart Reid: Stuart Reid is Director/Curator of Rodman Hall Art Centre/Brock University in St. Catharines, ON. For over eight years he served as Director/Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound. He was also the Executive Director of the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Curator of the Art Gallery of Mississauga and Associate Curator at the Ontario Crafts Council in Toronto. In 2002, he attended the prestigious Museum Leadership Institute run by the J. Paul Getty Trust at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of over 60 catalogues and books including John Hartman: Cities and The Limestone Barrens Project. In 2013, Reid won the Ontario Association of Art Galleries Curatorial Writing Award. He is an elected member of IKT International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, Liechtenstein.

John Fleming: John Fleming is professor emeritus in the Department of French and the Centre for Comparative Literature, and a former Director of the Museum Studies program at the University of Toronto. He is Editor of Ornamentum, the only magazine devoted to the Decorative Arts in Canada, and he has recently published a book, entitled “Canadian Folk Art to 1950”.

Julian Smith: Julian Smith is an architect, conservator, scholar and educator. He is internationally recognized for his contributions in the field of heritage conservation and to cultural landscape theory and practice. He did undergraduate work at Oberlin, graduate studies at MIT, and a certificate in preservation planning at Cornell. He worked in the contemporary design field at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City, and later returned to Canada and eventually became Chief Restoration Architect for the National Historic Sites program. He then established his own architectural and planning practice, and also founded and directed the graduate program in Heritage Conservation at Carleton University. He became Executive Director of Willowbank in 2008 and has since received numerous awards in the field of heritage conservation

Debi Pratt: Debi Pratt is a veteran of the wine industry. Considered by many in the industry as a pioneer of Niagara and Canada's wine industry, Debi started her career in teaching and traded that profession over 35 years ago to become Inniskillin Niagara's media and public relations point person. Pratt was presented the Ontario Wine Society's Exceptional Hospitality Award in 2009, the Women in Tourism Award at the Bi-National Star Awards in 2009, the RBC Business Citizen of the Year by the 2013 Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, as well as the prestigious Tourism Industry Lifetime Achievement Award also in 2013.

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