Join Naomi Potter for a tour of the fantastic and magical worlds of Vanessa Brown and Anna Torma. Rich in symbolic imagery, both artists reclaim and activate craft traditions by challenging the historical stereotypes of certain materials or skills; embroidery, patchwork, and appliqué relegated to the domestic realm, and steel associated with industry, weaponry, and brutality. These seemingly opposite material selections act as a point of connection, proposing a conversation that binds as much as it does question the hierarchy of material and making.
Current Learning Programs
Esker Foundation provides free public programming to encourage participation and to increase accessibility to contemporary art. Programs are created in response to, and in tandem with our current exhibitions. All are welcome to attend. Our programs are very popular, securing your spot by registering is strongly recommended. Programs often have wait lists: if you register and are unable to attend we ask that you please cancel in a timely manner.
What are some of the ways that we can take our craft skills to the next level of artistic expression? Enjoy an exhibition tour of Anna Torma: Book of Abandoned Details and then join Veronica Murphy from STASH for a craft-along and casual discussion at the gallery about pushing your crafting boundaries in your own work. Bring your most inspiring fibre craft supplies for the craft-along – knitters, crocheters, stitchers, spinners, and weavers are all welcome. Participants must be over the age of 16.
Join us on an intimate and rare tour of the Canadian Museum of Making, located near Cochrane. This museum features a collection of machinery and tools that were built and used from 1750 to 1920 in Canada, Britain, and the United States, as well as an extensive African metalwork collection. The tour will also feature a blacksmithing demonstration by artist, blacksmith, and curator L. Japheth Howard. Bus transportation to and from the museum will be provided. Unfortunately, this program is not wheelchair or walker accessible. Participants must be over the age of 16.