The ACT Arts Centre’s Art Gallery Curator Barbara Duncan receives awardMarch 9, 2018
The Craft Council of British Columbia has chosen Barbara Duncan, to receive the 2017 Honorary Citizen of Craft Award. The CCBC Board nominated Barbara because as curator of the The ACT Art Gallery she continually demonstrates a great understanding of the significance of contemporary craft in BC culture creation.
Barbara attributes the time she spent in the UK (1984-1995) as pivotal in sparking her interest in contemporary craft. Through her encounters with exhibitions, makers/artists, teaching and writings on the subject, ‘craft’ became a central focus in her personal, and later, professional life. In her position as Curator at The ACT Gallery she has actively sought to promote craft on an equal footing with fine art. She is also a ‘maker’ herself, as, in her personal time, she knits, dyes, spins, and pursues any other textile arts that time and her imagination permit.
About the CCBC Citizen of Craft Award
People who physically make objects understand that the making is only one aspect of creating culture: we need admirers and friends who are knowledgeable and thoughtful in their reception of our work, and who champion its grand diversity. This award is specifically for someone who is not a professional craftsperson, but without whom the craft community would be sorely diminished.