You're Invited to "Making Do: Exploring the Role of Creative Production in Achieving Sustainability"

You're Invited to "Making Do: Exploring the Role of Creative Production in Achieving Sustainability"

Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada presents:


Contemporary Craft Series

Making Do: Exploring the Role of Creative Production in Achieving Sustainability

Thursday, April 21, 2011
7-9pm in the Studio Theatre,


Harbourfront Centre delineates this free event as follows:

“Nose-to-tail, cradle-to-cradle, field-to-table, open source collaboration and carbon footprint are all phrases that we have come to associate with alternative modes of consumption and production.

Although variously aligned, the motivation behind these phrases is shared to close the loop on consumption and waste in support of a more sustainable future.

What then is the role of the creative practitioner in participating in and supporting this change?

What are some evolving strategies and ideas we can adopt to aid in re-imagining and changing the current models and methods of creative production?

Whatever the possibilities, there will undoubtedly be plenty of creative tension and opportunity as we push forward into a more sustainable collective future.”


Mason White + Lola Sheppard – Lateral Office

  • Founded by partners Mason White and Lola Sheppard, Lateral Office is an award-winning experimental architectural studio based in Toronto since 2006.
  • The studio is invested in public projects, infrastructure and new building typologies.
  • White and Sheppard are Assistant Professors at the University of Toronto and University of Waterloo, respectively.

Elísabet Gunnarsdótter – Fogo Island Arts Corporation

  • Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir assumed her position as executive and artistic director for the Fogo Island Arts Corporation in September 2008.
  • The Fogo Island Arts Corporation is a contemporary art venue on Fogo and Change Islands off the northeast coast of Newfoundland. It specializes in residencies for international artists and the production of art projects and workshops engaging both local and international participants.

  • She comes to the Shorefast Foundation and the Arts Corporation from her position as director of the Nordic Artists’ Centre in Dale, Norway, one of Northern Europe’s leading contemporary art venues specializing in residencies and related activities. The Fogo Island Arts Corporation is supported by the Shorefast Foundation.
  • Her background as an architect, curator and catalyst for various contemporary art projects will help attract international artists to the islands.

Cynthia Hathaway – Designer

  • Cynthia Hathaway is a Canadian-born designer trained at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and works and teaches in The Netherlands.
  • Hathaway’s approach to her work situates her between the worlds of art, craft and design.
  • She was the designer behind the Souvenirs Revisited, a selection of ceramics representing an up-to-date take on Canadian pottery.

Claire Ironside + Angela Iarocci – moimoi design

  • Claire Ironside + Angela Iarocci are Toronto-based designers who have been collaborating together for the past five years.
  • Their art and design practice focuses on social, cultural and environmental phenomena and the use of information design for education and advocacy.
  • Their work draws on their diverse professional and academic backgrounds in urban design, landscape architecture, architecture, and product and communication design.


Professor Michael Longford – York University

Michael Longford is the Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University.

He is a co-director of the Mobile Media Lab (MML), which is made up of an interdisciplinary research team exploring wireless communications, rich media content development for mobile technologies and locative media practices.

He is also a co-editor of the recent publication, The Wireless Spectrum: The Politics, Practices and Poetics of Mobile Media (2010), and a co-editor for the Visual Communication Journal published by Sage.

This presentation is a partnership between Harbourfront Centre, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, and York University.

Sheridan CollegeYork University

PARKING: The York Quay South Lot (P2) on Queens Quay West, between York and Lower Simcoe Streets, is closed indefinitely for construction. Please click here for alternate parking locations and instructions.

Contact Info
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West,
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5J 2G8
Phone | 416-973-4600
Fax | 416-973-6055


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