BC Business Magazine - - Contents - by Melissa Ed­wards

Why the prov­ince’s ar­ti­san com­mu­nity wants to craft its own guild hall


As the gift-buy­ing sea­son ap­proaches, that’s about how many craft mar­kets will set up across the prov­ince to help lo­cal pot­ters, carvers, glass blow­ers, jew­elry mak­ers and other ar­ti­sans get their wares into hol­i­day shop­pers’ hands. In­die fairs are grow­ing fast, and con­ven­tion-cen­tre events draw vis­i­tors by the tens of thou­sands, but they alone can’t sup­port an ar­ti­san in­dus­try fac­ing lim­ited op­por­tu­nity the rest of the year, says Raine Mckay, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Craft Coun­cil of Bri­tish Columbia. That’s why her or­ga­ni­za­tion is con­sid­er­ing lo­ca­tions for a pro­posed $9.9-mil­lion B.C. Cen­tre for Craft, which it hopes to have run­ning within seven to 10 years. “Canada is well re­spected for our craft tra­di­tion out­side our coun­try, but there isn’t the same au­di­ence in B.C. be­cause we haven’t cul­ti­vated it,” Mckay ex­plains. “The cen­tre will give the guilds space to help their artists in­no­vate, while we can en­gage the cor­po­rate world a lot more, and ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity that has the money to pay for it.”

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