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In celebration of their first year of “marriage”, the Manitoba Craft Council and the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library are hosting a Paperversary ~ a one of a kind fundraising social event in support of craft and the community. Try your hand at a variety of craft techniques, bid on artwork by Winnipeg’s very own makers, sample dozens of homemade desserts in the epic battle of cake vs. pie, and dance the night away at this one of a kind event!

Funds raised will go towards building the C2 CENTRE FOR CRAFT, a new hub for contemporary and traditional craft featuring an exhibition gallery, shop, library, museum and workshop space set to open summer of 2017.


THURSDAY APRIL 6, 2017    |     7 – 11PM




This year’s theme is Paperversary – a playful nod to the traditional first year anniversary gift – and will feature all manner of paper-based crafts. Artist Kelly Ruth will even be providing paper-themed costume guidance during the event – or if you’re feeling especially crafty, give it your best shot and show us how you celebrate paper!
Tickets are limited, don’t miss out!





Are you able to support the Paperversary in other ways? Find out all of the different ways you can contribute below.

From donating artwork to baking to volunteering – there is something for everyone!


DONATE to the Craft Auction   


The centerpiece of this fundraiser will be a silent auction of contemporary and traditional craftwork by our members.  At last year’s Good Ol’ Manitoba Craft Social, more than $2,700 was raised from the auction alone thanks to the generous support of craftspeople.

Submission process:  Please email info@mcml.ca by March 18th to let us know what you’ll be donating to the auction and approximate dimensions.  Fill out the attached Paperversary craft auction CONTRACT form and bring it, along with your work, to the MCML during the drop off times indicated.  Please pack your work carefully to ensure its safety during transportation to the Paperversary event and home at the end of the evening with its new owner.  Packing your work in a box is recommended.

Eligible work:  The silent auction is open to original work in any craft related media.  Minimum starting bid is $25 or higher, as set by the craft artist.

Please visit the CALL on our Website for more details



Mystery Bags   


The mystery bag booth is a definite favourite at this event. Attendees can purchase a bag filled with unknown goodies for $5. We are currently looking for donations for the mystery bags. These bags can be filled with almost anything, it is a mystery after all. People who make a donation to the mystery bags will be acknowledged at the event, and on the Paperversary social media. Please contact Jennifer Smith at jennifersmith062@gmail.com to contribute to the mystery bags.


We rely on the generosity of volunteers to make this event happen!

Sign up for a shift!


Promote the Event!


Tweet, share and spread the word on this great event!

Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1248448248578911/ for the Facebook event

or check out our Website at http://manitobacraft.ca/2017/02/paperversary/.


Know you are making a difference!


Funds raised will go towards building the C2 CENTRE FOR CRAFT, a new hub for contemporary and traditional craft featuring an exhibition gallery, shop, library, museum and workshop space.

Together, we can build an amazing future for craft in Manitoba.



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Above: Blood Clots detail by Dana Kletke

Art exhibit closed 2 weeks early after pieces vandalized, stolen

On Saturday, March 19, one or more individual(s) destroyed two irreplaceable art pieces on display in the John Buhler Research Centre Atrium.

Neurocraft has since closed in Winnipeg, two weeks ahead of schedule, to protect the remaining art pieces. The Manitoba Craft Council and Manitoba Neuroscience Network, partners in Neurocraft, were aware of these risks of hosting the exhibit in such a public venue, but believed it was important to spread awareness about the importance of art and science to the public. Both organizations chose to display the exhibit in the Atrium to reach a broader audience.

They thank everyone who attended the exhibit. Neurocraft will reopen in Montreal May 2017.
Galleries West Digital

UM Today – Neurocraft: Exhibit explores the art and science of the brain

CBC – Blood, brains, and mushrooms: Neurocraft exhibition opens in Winnipeg


Winnipeg Free Press – arts and entertainment review




Curated by Seema Goel

ash alberg, Dana Kletke, Heather Komus, Chantel Mierau, Lesley Nakonechny, Ann Stinner, Gaëtanne Sylvester, Peter Tittenberger and Michelle Wilson


March 3 – 20, 2017

John Buhler Research Centre Atrium

715 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB

Hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm

(See below for directions)


Neurocraft Panel Disussion: March 16, 7pm

Brainstorming: What Can Art and Neuroscience Learn from Each Other?

In celebration of the Neurocraft exhibition, join our panel of Neurocraft artists and scientists for a lively discussion on the interplay between art and science. Presented by the Manitoba Craft Council and the Manitoba Neuroscience Network.






At first blush, neuroscience and craft may seem an unlikely pairing.  To the average human on the street, neuroscience is high tech, innovative, smart.  (Okay, maybe it’s a bit nerdy, but as the Huffington Post recently declared, nerdy is the new sexy!)  Craft, on the other hand, is simple, traditional, homey.  Rocket science notwithstanding, neuroscience is the go-to metaphor for something of the highest order of difficulty – tasks requiring extreme skillfulness, expertise and at least three university degrees.  Craft is the quintessential course for dummies – cue Basket-Making 101 with laugh track.  Anyone with internet access can DIY their way through literally millions of youtube craft tutorials and hang out an Etsy shingle.  Not so much with brain surgery.

Dig a little deeper, however, to the land beyond stereotypes, and the connections between contemporary craft and neuroscience begin to take shape.  Practitioners of both are concerned with understanding the traditions and knowledge base of their fields.  They are both constantly innovating and using new technologies to experiment and create knowledge.  Both value creative thinking, skill mastery under the tutelage of experienced mentors, professionalism, and care.

The goal of the Neurocraft collaboration and exhibition is to bring together neuroscientists and craftspeople to create new work inspired by the brain.  The initial motivation, for the neuroscience partners, was public outreach: how to communicate with a broader audience about neuroscience research?  While neuroscience may seem ivory tower, craft welcomes all to its humble abode.  The down-to-earth accessibility that can sometimes be its downfall is also key to craft’s accessibility.  Warm and unassuming, craft is ideally placed to communicate complicated or difficult concepts.

For craftspeople, the draw of Neurocraft was access to specialized scientific knowledge, equipment and research that would feed their artistic practices and explorations.  Over a two-year period, nine neuroscientists were matched with nine craft artists.  They were invited to share together about their work, ask questions, and follow whatever pathways emerged from these conversations.  This exhibition is the result.


-Tammy Sutherland, Director, Manitoba Craft Council




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