CO Space


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CO Space

CO Space is a multi-purpose venue dedicated to providing a space for Craft Ontario members and the public to learn, create, discover, and build community.

Craft Ontario Members can apply to use this open-concept space to host exhibitions, installations, workshops, presentations and meetings. With 548 sq ft of floor space and two walls, CO Space can accommodate up to 40 people theatre-style, or up to 20 seated with tables.

Applications for 2019 CO Space programming are now closed. Applications for 2020 will open in the summer.

Questions? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 416-925-4222 x 226.

May 14 - Montessori School Print Making Workshop

In this workshop students will view and learn about the carvings and prints on display in the Craft Ontario Indigenous Gallery. They will then get to carve their own printing block and create their own series of prints using traditional print making tools and printmaking supplies. Students will gain an understanding of traditional indigenous motifs, talk about nature, animals and life in the north. They will also discuss mark making techniques and explore pattern and colour while investigating their own inspirations, hobbies and way of life in the city of Toronto.

Registration for this workshop is full.

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An exhibition exploring re entry into community through collaborative art making, exposing who we are.

May 22 - June 11
Opening Reception May 22 , 5 to 7pm

By Tanya Lyons in collaboration with Jennifer Bennet Pond, Amber Flokstra-Radema, Joyce Burkholder, Diana MacAuley, Abigail Clapper, Anya Gansterer, Lesley MacDonald , Mary Crnkovich, Trish Stott, Jessica Poff, Rebecca Murry-Swick, Linda Archibald, Tamara Schimansky, Andy Trull, Katherine Blomquist, Scott Pond, Tao Organ, Sigrid Geddes, Gwen Stewart, Anna MacDonald, Megan Spencer, Steven Martyn, Rri Povey, Patricia Thurston, Ritsuko Honda, Nadine Raine, Julia Raine, Ellen Wyss, Lilly Calverley, Lucas Rosandic, Sabastian Hudder and Emmara Lyons Grodet.

Tanya Lyons has been working on this exhibition for over two years, dreaming, drawing, mentoring, making and trying hard to make more and more with others.

Four and a half years ago Tanya moved back to her home town community in the Ottawa Valley, a diverse community, made up of the Algonquin Nation, early settlers and back to the landers.

Returning to this community has been an interesting transition back to something so familiar yet so distant at the same time, eye opening and enlightening.This exhibition reflects on transitions, exploring the idea of opening yourself up and exposing the truth, revealing and lifting the layers that can cover a community, baring who we are and celebrating what we have to share.The beaded dress in this exhibition is titled “We Bleed”, It celebrates women and the monthly cycles we share.

For this piece Tanya invited women to her studio to make red glass beads and sew them onto a wearable dress together. It was an inspiring time of meeting, sharing, learning and growing together.

Image: "We Bleed", flame worked glass, vintage curtains and stainless wire, 2019. Model: Amber Flokstra-Radema. Photo credit: Maureen MacMillan

Vessel Elaborations

A group exhibition featuring the ceramic work of Mary McKenzie, Alix Davis, Hana Pommier. More information in this exhibition coming soon!


Stick In A Box: A Celebration of Hand Made Music

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July 13 - 27
Reception July 19, 5 - 7 pm

Ken Vickerson shares his love for the humble cigar box guitar (CBG) in this exhibition of guitars produced over the past three years. The CBG, also known as the poor man’s guitar, is steeped in history and has provided entertainment and satisfaction for generations. Commonly made from empty cigar boxes and materials at hand, these instruments have recently experienced a resurgence in popular culture. They provide an ideal vehicle for both musical and visual artistic expression.

Ken has pursued this concept through a project that brings CBG building and playing workshops to creative communities over the past 6 months. His enthusiasm has inspired friends and collaborators whose work is also featured in the exhibit. 


Saturday July 20 & Sunday 21, 2019  12pm -5pm
Registration Fee $100  Materials Fee: $45

The cigar box guitar (CBG) is the perfect entry level instrument for the aspiring musician. The significance of playing a musical instrument you have made with your own hands is not a small thing. In just two days you will learn to build a fretless, 3 string cigar box guitar.

This workshop will be led by Ken Vickerson, a cigar box enthusiast and a professor in the Material Art and Design Program at OCADU. Ken will share his passion for this humble instrument, discuss its history and impart tips and tricks for making and playing your own CBGs.

Tools will be provided. It is suggested attendees bring their own cigar box but laser cut plywood boxes will also be available. Experience with hand and power tools is not required but it is an asset. Children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by a parent.

Registration is limited to 12 participants.  Material fees (approx. $45) will be payable in cash to Ken at the end of the workshop. 



FUSION Mentorship Program Exhibition

August 6 - 25

More info on this exhibition coming soon!


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Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.