Sandra Alfoldy Lecture (Allied Arts)

The Allied Arts: Architecture and Craft in Postwar Canada

Public Lecture given at RAW Gallery on May 9, 2012


Painting, sculpture, architecture, design and craft continue to jockey for status in the artistic landscape, and one of the most coveted positions is that of public art. Materials easily classified as craft when produced on a small scale in a studio setting suddenly appear sculptural or painterly on a large scale. Since World War Two Canadian architecture has provided unique occasions to challenge and shape the field we call contemporary craft.  This lecture will explore instances where Canadian architecture and craft have worked together, and sometimes at odds with each other, in an effort to demonstrate that even in the twenty-first century they remain Allied Arts.