The Craft Council Gallery is one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier venues for the exhibition of fine craft, one-of-a-kind and craft-based art. Exceptionally refined traditional techniques meet cutting-edge contemporary work in up to twenty-three solo, duo, and group exhibitions annually.
A vast range of media and practices are presented with the goal of raising the profile of fine craft and expanding the practices of our province’s most exceptional craftspeople. Wood, ceramic, textiles, carvings, and print works meet interactive new media, audio, video, and installation in exhibitions that honour historic techniques and embrace new technologies.
Complimentary programming includes workshops, artist talks, panel discussions and guided tours, enriching our audience’s experience and supporting the professional development of our craftspeople.
Located in the heart of downtown St. John’s, the Gallery presents local and national makers at varying stages of their careers, and is one of the sole venues to enjoy works by craft artists from other parts of Canada. It is free and open to the public year-round.
Our Gallery is open to the public Wednesday to Saturday 12pm to 5pm from September to May and Wednesday to Sunday 12pm to 5pm from June to August.
The Annual Members Exhibition 2023 is a celebration of the finest contemporary craft by members of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. In this exhibition, the Craft Council Gallery embraces the support that fine craftspeople give to our space. Deadline to submit the intent to exhibit form is September 10, 2023.
Having an exhibition at one of the Craft Council’s two galleries can have many benefits for a craftsperson’s career: important exposure, a formal opening, invitations to several hundred guests, media coverage, and access to a major market. Annually we accept applications for exhibitions for the next years programming, and we also have calls for entry for multiple exhibitions throughout the year. Proposals received in 2023 will be considered for gallery shows in 2025. Submission deadline is September 8, 2023.
From Water Street entrance: There is a set of glass doors (width of 48 inches). They lead into the main hallway of the building, where you will find the black double gate (width of 58 inches) leading to the Shop & Pantry on your immediate right, and a door leading to Gallery ahead of you on the far right. Through the doors you will find stairs and an elevator (door is 31 inches wide) that will lead you to the second floor where the gallery is located. No entrances leading to the gallery have buttons to press to automatically open the doors and all require someone to physically (manually) open them at this time.
The washroom is just to the left of the elevator on the second floor the doorways to the washroom are 36 inches wide and has a push button. The washroom is approximately 6 feet by 5 feet.
The staff in both The Shop & Pantry and The Gallery are pleased to help you if you need assistance.
The Gallery has developed the Whisperer program for visually impaired and blind persons, please let us know if you would like us to accompany you and give you the full experience of the space; we will gladly give a private tour of the exhibitions!
For patrons in the Autism Spectrum, we are happy to book a “quiet time” before our gallery opens to the public so you can fully enjoy the experience. Please contact us and let us know your needs and we will do our best to accommodate them.