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42nd Annual Symposium                          

Hamilton: A City Rediscovered

Friday, October 18 - Sunday, October 20, 2024

CSDA/CCAD is pleased to present our Annual Symposium, which will be held in Hamilton, Ontario this year. Our carefully curated agenda, designed with the decorative arts enthusiast in mind, features VIP access to exclusive venues, behind-the-scenes studio tours, and expert-led presentations and architectural excursions. We've even got a panel discussion with the creators and participants of the popular series, Blown Away, a thrilling glassblowing competition filmed in Hamilton! Whether you can attend the full weekend or just a day, our flexible à la carte rates allow you to customize your Symposium experience. And our Virtual Package ensures you can participate from anywhere. Connect with artists, learn from experts, and network with fellow arts lovers in an inspiring environment. This Symposium is your opportunity for growth, connection, and creativity! #CSDAinHamilton

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Our Summer newsletter is out


In this issue, you'll find details about CSDA news including an update on our Annual Symposium, a new Artist in Focus featuring Jaad Kuujus, a list of Canadian and international decorative arts exhibitions, and so much more.

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Tour of St. Thomas's Church

September 22, 2024


Explore St Thomas's Anglican Church, a Toronto architectural gem, with historian and professor, Dr. Carl Benn. This Arts and Crafts masterpiece, designed by renowned architect Eden Smith in 1892-93, features a stunning Pre-Raphaelite First War memorial, historical stained-glass windows, and exquisite furnishings by prominent designers.

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Stay tuned for the results!:     John Fleming Award

This annual, juried award of $1,000, honouring John’s lasting contribution to Canadian decorative arts scholarship and writing, recognizes an exceptional example of an original magazine article on decorative arts in Canada.

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Spring/Summer 2024 

On newsstands across Canada until November  2024

Ornamentum is Canada’s preeminent publication dedicated to exploring and cultivating the aesthetics of the everyday. Written for a broad readership, this award-winning magazine highlights creative design and craftsmanship in both historical and contemporary work. Get your copy today!

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The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs is a national nonprofit that promotes decorative art and design in Canada, through guest lectures, special events, and publications. We're a diverse community, ranging from artists and makers, to experts and enthusiasts.

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Take advantage of benefits including special member discounts, artist’s talks, opportunities for exposure through our newsletter and social media, and behind-the-scenes access to institutional and private collections that are not available to the general public. All are welcome!

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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.
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