Arts, culture and heritage are a vital part of life in Brantford. The city boasts a rich, diverse range of cultural resources including an array of performing, literary, and visual arts organizations, multicultural groups, libraries, a large performance venue, galleries and museums, and an extensive number of independent artists and craftspeople.
The arts and culture portfolio of the City of Brantford's Economic Development & Tourism Department aims to promote, encourage, and coordinate arts and culture in Brantford and area in order to enhance this sector as a viable generator of economic activity. The Brantford Cultural Advisory Committee is the advisory committee of citizen volunteers appointed by Council.
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Municipal Cultural Plan
The Municipal Cultural Plan provides a framework within which the City of Brantford supports arts, culture and heritage. It also identifies goals and objectives for the development of the cultural sector over the next five years.The City of Brantford updated its Municipal Cultural Plan in 2014. The process was led by the Brantford Cultural Advisory Committee and its Municipal Cultural Plan working group, in consultation with City staff and community stakeholders.
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Arts and Culture in the News
February 2015 – New Art Gallery Opens in Downtown Brantford
On Saturday, February 28, 2015, the Crawford Collective opens its doors at 4 King Street.
The Crawford Collective was started by Lily Crawford, a stained glass mosaic artist who has lived in Brantford for over a decade. Crawford started the collective art gallery to support and promote the rich artistic talent in the area and to offer a venue for local artists to exhibit and sell their work year-round. The collective also seeks to foster collaboration and creativity, thereby encouraging a more inclusive arts community.
The newly renovated space offers 1400 square feet with hardwood floors and 12-foot ceilings. A portion of the space is used by owner, Lily Crawford, as her own studio; the remaining space is used as a gallery, which highlights the work of local artists and artisans, including Crawford, Shirley Brunton, Suzanne Coverett Earls, Judy Dean, Dean Ellis, Ralph Heather, Arlene Laskey, Jeanette Obbink, Laura Potier, and Heather Vollans. These artists work in a wide range of mediums, such as glass etching, mosaics, handmade jewellery, watercolour, photography, pastels, drawing, painting, and printmaking. Prints and art cards are also available for purchase. Every few months, the artwork will be changed to keep the offerings diverse.
For more information about the Crawford Collective, including membership and upcoming artists, see the group’s Facebook page or website.
The Crawford Collective is open Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-6pm; Friday, 10am-8pm; and Saturday, 10am-5pm (closed Sundays and Mondays).