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Past CSDA/CCAD events 

Ornamentum Exchange virtual talk with Rosalind Pepall & Dr Rachel Gotlieb discussion Talking to a Portrait: Tales of an Art Curator book - November  1, 2020. If you missed the presentation please yo can access the recording here.

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,



Collectors at Home 

The CSDA/CCAD will be highlighting some of the beautiful, rare and/or sentimental pieces our members enjoy behind closed doors.

June 20, 2020 inaugural virtual event with guest curator Jennifer Franks, Art & Design Historian.  Theme - From Utility to Life: Sculptural Decorative Arts - followed by  Q&A with CSDA collectors.


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37th Annual Symposium & Annual General Meeting
Trends and Traditions: Decorative Arts in Kingston, Ontario  
September 26th to September 29, 2019
Kingston, Ontario



36th Annual Symposium & Annual General Meeting
Spirit of the West: Decorative Arts In Calgary, Alberta 
September 27th to September 30, 2018
Calgary, Alberta
36th Annual Symposium & Annual General Meeting
Spirit of the West: Decorative Arts In Calgary, Alberta 
September 27th to September 30, 2018
Calgary, Alberta


35th Annual Symposium & Annual General Meeting

“Hat’s off” to Martha Deacon,Harriet Meacher,Linda BerkoandPaula Kennyfor organizing such a wonderful 35th Canadian Society of Decorative Arts Symposium, celebrating Canada’s 150th year!

Above is a photo of our distinguished Symposium participants posing as the Fathers of Confederation in front of Government House, known as Fanningbank in Charlottetown PEI.


34th Annual Symposium:

Tradition Redefined - The Decorative Arts in Contemporary Urban Context

September 29th - October 2nd, 2016

Toronto, Ontario



33rd Annual CSDA Symposium and General Meeting

We organize an annual symposium featuring contributions from Canadian and International experts. We explore a different Canadian city each year and visit local heritage sites, artisan studios, cultural institutions and private collections.

 ‘St. Andrew’s, NB: Canada’s First Seaside Resort’ took place in St. Andrew’s-by-the-sea, October 1 - 4, 2015.



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

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

     






      A selection of images from the 2014 Annual Symposium,
      Scenic Views: Exploring the Historic, Cultural and Artistic
      Landscape of Niagara-on-the-Lake
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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.
© 2020 Canadian Society of Decorative Arts / Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs