A Handmade Assembly is a community event that brings together artists, curators, and others from the region and beyond to lead discussions, facilitate workshops, initiate projects, open exhibitions and share in a common thread, the handmade.

Now in its sixth year, the Assembly is a response to the significant number of artists who have in recent years been using materials and processes that are laborious, often intimate, and usually associated with traditional craft methods. In the process, Sackville has become a centre for the appreciation of the handmade in contemporary culture and a venue for artists to discuss their practices and make new and necessary networks.

The Assembly interprets the ‘handmade’ in the widest terms, embracing interdisciplinarity and wide-ranging critical inquiry. Artists as diverse as David Hoffos, Karen Reimer, Jerry Ropson, Séripop, Ray Fenwick, Sandy Plotnikoff, Janet Morton, Yoko Homareda, Daniel Barrow, Graeme Patterson and others have participated. Curators, academics and writers including Mireille Eagan, John Murchie, Sarah Quinton, Jayne Wark, Janine Rogers and Danielle Hogan have also participated, offering their reflections on the handmade in contemporary practice at a wrap-up session on the last night of the proceedings. Another important component of the Assembly is the Heart & Pocket Revue, a crafters market supported by artists and crafters from Sackville and around the region.

A Handmade Assembly is organized collaboratively by Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre and the Owens Art Gallery with the support of the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University. We would like to thank all of the participants of this year’s Assembly, the organizing committee, volunteers, our funders and our supporters. Special thanks to Paul Henderson for his design of the Assembly poster and brochure.

We are excited to present A Handmade Assembly for the 6th time in Sackville, New Brunswick.

We hope you will participate and have fun.

Gemey Kelly
Director, Owens Art Gallery

Amanda Fauteux
Program Manager, Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre

A Handmade Assembly Organizing Committee:
Patrick Allaby
Amanda Fauteux
Gemey Kelly
Adriana Kuiper
Lucy MacDonald
Carolin Potthast
Ryan Suter

For more information please contact:

Amanda Fauteux - Program Manager
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre
7 Lorne Street, Sackville, NB
E4L 3Z6
(506) 536-1211