The Cape Breton Blacksmiths Association (CBBA) will be hosting the next national artist-blacksmithing conference, CanIRON X, on Cape Breton Island in 2015. The biennia conference moves across Canada from the West Coast to the East Coast bringing together blacksmiths from the far reaches of the country and abroad.
In July of 2015, CanIRON will be celebrating its 10th anniversary when it makes its final stop in the east before returning to British Columbia. “We’ve been working hard as an association for several years to bring this conference to Cape Breton,” says CBBA President Grant Haverstock. “Once we knew we would be hosting CanIRON X, we started planning for it to be an extraordinary event. We want to attract some of the most inspiring and innovative artists out there and we’re thrilled to announce that renowned metal sculptor Albert Paley will be coming to lecture on design.”
Albert Paley has completed more than 50 site-specific works. Some notable examples are the Portal Gates for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, Synergy, a ceremonial archway in Philadelphia, the Portal Gates for the New York State Senate Chambers in Albany, Sentinel, a monumental plaza sculpture for Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as a 65-foot sculpture for the entry court of Bausch and Lomb’s headquarters in Rochester, New York.
Pieces by Albert Paley can be found in the permanent collections of many major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He works from his studio in Rochester, New York.
“2015 is Canada’s Craft Year and the CBBA is going to raise the flag high for the blacksmithing craft,” says Haverstock. “With this event we will inspire blacksmiths across the country and the world with what can be achieved in our art form while raising public awareness of the vibrancy of blacksmithing in Canada.” In addition to Albert Paley, the CBBA has also confirmed that Mark Aspery, well-known author and blacksmith instructor from Springhill, California will be demonstrating at CanIRON X, along with blacksmith Ian Hope-Simpson from Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, with more guest blacksmiths to be announced.
To learn more about the conference visit www.canironx.ca .