Media Release September Canada participates in the Cheongju International

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					                        Media Release: September 2007
  Canada participates in the Cheongju International Craft Biennale, South Korea
The Canadian Crafts Federation/Fédération canadienne des métiers d’art (CCF/FCMA) is proud
to announce that Canada has been selected as the official guest country for the 2009 Cheongju
International Craft Biennale (CICB). This festival, held in Cheongju, South Korea, is an
international event featuring more than 3000 artists from over 50 participating nations across the
globe. Over half a million attendees are expected.
In preparation for our guest country status, the CCF/FCMA will present a ‘preview’ exhibition
during the 2007 CICB this October. A selection of work from the highly acclaimed “All About
Alberta” exhibition (organized by the Alberta Craft Council) will be on display to give a taste of
what Canada has to offer in 2009. All About Alberta is a great example of the talent found in
Canada, and we look forward to bringing an even broader series of exhibitions to Korea next time
around. Our contemporary craft culture is spectacular, with craftspeople working across the
country in metal, wood, glass, clay, textiles and more. These individuals create distinctive and
unique works of art which are exhibited and sold around the world.
The invitation to participate in the CICB could not have come at a better time, as the CCF/FCMA
is currently celebrating our overwhelmingly successful Craft Year 2007 project. This festival of
events features over 625 fine craft related activities of all shapes and sizes clear across the
country. We are so pleased to be branching out internationally to promote Canadian craft in this
special, celebratory year.
We thank the Organizing Committee of the Cheongju International Craft Biennale and City of
Cheongju for the opportunity to build Canada-Korea relations through cultural exchanges. We
are grateful for support of this Korea preview project from the Canada Council, Alberta
Foundation for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Department of Foreign Affairs and International
Trade, Alberta Crafts Council and the Crafts Association of BC.

                                                            Left:
                                                            Trojan Beaver
                                                            By: Brian
                                                            McArthur
                                                            Terracotta Clay


                                                                         Right:
                                                                  Willow Plate
                                                                By: Sam Uhlick
                                                                     Stoneware


CCF/FCMA representatives are available for interviews upon request. Please contact any one of the following (English only, please):

Maegen Black                             Tom McFall                                         Yvonne Chui
CCF/FCMA Administrative Director         Alberta Craft Council Executive Director           Crafts Association of British Columbia
(506) 444-3315                           and ‘All About Alberta’ Curator                    Executive Director
maegen@canadiancraftsfederation.ca       (780) 488-6611, tmcfall@albertacraft.ab.ca         (604) 687-6511, yvonnec@cabc.net

         Images of the All About Alberta exhibition are available for print and web posting by request to the CCF/FCMA
 The exhibition can be seen in it’s entirety online at: www.albertacraft.ab.ca. The CICB website is: www.cheongjubiennale.or.kr

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The Canadian Crafts Federation /Fédération canadienne des métiers d’art (CCF/FCMA) is the arts service organization that represents
provincial and territorial craft councils and the craft sector in Canada. It advances and promotes the vitality and excellence of craft in
                         Canada and internationally to the benefit of craftspeople and the community at large.

457 Queen Street, Fredericton, NB, Canada E3B 5H1 • www.canadiancraftsfederation.ca • info@canadiancraftsfederation.ca