About Crafted Vancouver

Our Mission

Crafted Vancouver is an annual 25-day festival that presents and advances outstanding local, Canadian and International craftsmanship and creativity through a curated program of events taking place in venues throughout Metro Vancouver & the Fraser Valley. Existing as a platform for our Event Partners and Crafted Vancouver’s own hosted events, we seek to design a festival that continually cultivates interest and appreciation of outstanding craftsmanship & design. We build a bridge between skilled craftspeople & designers, the dedicated collector and a discerning craft appreciator market.

Throughout the 25-day festival, a set of curated events and encounters take place primarily in intimate settings, including a unique and exclusive online program. These smaller-scaled events give our festival audience a chance to meet our Event Partners, the creators and supporters of outstanding craft-based works, and experience remarkable skills and objects up close.

Mandate

Crafted Vancouver strives to foster public appreciation of outstanding craft-based work by providing a festival platform for established and emerging craft-based artists and designers and the  galleries, curators, collectors and other cultural partners who support and represent their work. We work year-round to cultivate partnerships with Canadian and international makers and designers, galleries, curators and other cultural partners who enhance and help build our annual festival programme, contributing important discourse on craft’s enduring role in our society. Crafted Vancouver is committed to featuring diverse craft-based artists and designers working in multiple disciplines across the craft continuum, from ancestral, tribal and traditional to leading-edge contemporary.

About The Festival

Launched in 2018, Crafted Vancouver is North America’s largest craft-based festival. Events take place at galleries and other venues throughout Metro Vancouver in a festival program that includes exclusive Gallery Exhibitions, Artist Talks & Presentations, Hands-On Workshops, Fashion Events, Guided Studio Tours, Opening Receptions, Demonstrations, Reading Salon, REEL Crafted Film Festival, Live Podcast, Walking Tours, Performances and other community events.

Our Event Partners include independent makers + designers, studios & craft collectives, galleries, museums, showrooms, shops & luxury brands, craft & design schools, cultural organizations, craft member associations, curators, scholars, collectors, embassies, writers, chefs and other regional producers of food & beverage all making, exhibiting, supporting or selling exceptional craft-based work.

In 2018, the 3-day Korean Pottery Workshop attracted over 40 participants from across Canada and around the world. The 2019 festival saw artist participation grow to 100+ Event Partners, 49 Events in 47 venue and studio locations, an almost 100% increase from the 2018 inaugural year.

With only 6 weeks left to launch CV 2020, the festival was put on hold due to the unpredictability of the daily-changing social gathering restrictions and protocols at the time. We are thrilled to be going forward with a slightly scaled-back festival for May 2021, with the Events schedule published soon. All health and safety protocols will be observed. We enthusiastically invite you to visit the exhibitions taking place throughout Metro Vancouver in conjunction with the festival and participate in the exciting lineup of exclusive online programming. See you soon!

 

Vancouver Craft Festival Society was incorporated under the British Columbia Societies Act on January 5, 2017, Number S0066647. The VCFS (Crafted Vancouver) is a not-for-profit organization run by a team of dedicated volunteers. Please visit our Donate and Membership pages to learn how you can support our innovative programming.

 

2019 Festival Highlights

Join us May 2021 as we celebrate our third festival. During 2021, international collaborations with Australia,  Mexico and the UK will introduce Canadian craftspeople to new audiences and present an international roster of exceptional craftspeople, galleries and curators for our festival audience to discover.

 

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2021 Supporting Sponsor

Our Strategic Partners