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The CSDA/CCAD has members throughout the country that include enthusiasts, collectors, curators, designers, craft professionals, administrators, educators, and students — all with an interest in supporting and exploring the decorative arts.

Join and enjoy the decorative arts! Membership with the CSDA/CCAD connects you with a community of decorative arts appreciators across the country.


Membership includes:

  • Subscription to our beautiful full-colour magazine, Ornamentum. All categories include a $20 yearly subscription fee.
  • Discount on registration fees for the annual symposium.
  • Invitations to events organized by the CSDA/CCAD.
  • A quarterly e-newsletter that includes updates on CSDA/CCAD programming, as well as other local, national and international events of interest.
  • The knowledge that you are supporting the only organization that promotes the whole spectrum of decorative arts in Canada.
  • Organization/Institution members received 2 issues of Ornamentum.

Go behind the scenes at the world's major art museums with Rosalind Pepall,  member of the CSDA-CCAD and past curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.  The life of a curator can be thrilling, amusing, disappointing--but never boring.

In these
fifteen essays we encounter artists falling in and out of love, family tragedies, the creation of the Stanley Cup, the secrets of Tiffany, Antiques Roadshow, a rootless baroness, the design craze for aluminum, small Japanese boxes called kogos, watercolour sketchbooks of the Canadian north, a beautiful prayer room in Montreal, gondolas flying through windows in Venice, and Moscovites 
who love Goldfinger,

Archival black and white photographs and colour plates--including Edwin Holgate's Ludivine, one of the most beloved and recognizable Canadian portraits ever painted—as well as objects from the decorative arts collection make this book a must-have for art lovers, students, academics, museum-goers and readers interested in the role art and design plays in the creation of our lives.

CSDA Members: $25.50 (20% discount off the retail price) Non- members $32.00

Talking to a Portrait Order Form.pdf                


To join online, please use the form below. If you prefer to pay by cheque, please make it payable to: Canadian Society of Decorative Arts.

Mailing address:
Canadian Society of Decorative Arts
P.O. Box 235, Station Q
Toronto, ON M4T 2M1

*Please contact us at membership@csda-ccad.org if you prefer to opt out of the included Ornamentum magazine subscription, and remove the $20 fee from your membership total.

"The decorative arts offers a fluid grace to our lives"

"We live in a constructed environment, from housing to transport to eating utensils. Quality in the decorative arts offers a fluid grace to our lives, in the ease with which good design can be used and in the joy of its contemplation."

- Paul Russell
Honorary Council Member

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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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