SNAG Conference

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The 2013 Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference takes place in Toronto, Canada, May 15-18, 2013 at the Fairmount Royal York Hotel. The conference title and theme is Meta-Mosaic and is co-hosted by George Brown College and Harbourfront Centre.

Conference Theme 

Meta-Mosaic, celebrates the diversity of jewellery and metalsmithing in the 21st century.  Toronto, Canada is a mosaic of peoples and cultures as well as the centre of Canada’s jewellery industry. This conference will engage the multiple sectors within our field; examine our fluid identity within art, craft, design and industry; and inspire us to embrace our collective mosaic.

Who is SNAG?

The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) is an association of artists, designers, jewellers and metalsmiths that supports and advances professional practice. Founded in 1969, SNAG is a nonprofit educational organization with over 3,000 members worldwide – comprising all aspects of contemporary metalsmithing and jewellery.

SNAG publishes the award winning magazine Metalsmith, and the monthly newsletter SNAG News, hosts the comprehensive website www.snagmetalsmith.org and produces an annual conference and exhibitions.

SNAG Conference Profile

The SNAG annual three-day conference attracts up to 1000 makers, educators, students, gallery owners, curators and collectors in jewellery, design and metalsmithing from across North America and beyond. SNAG brings together artists of all levels of experience and across all disciplines to create a passionate and provocative atmosphere for spirited discussion and the exchange of ideas. The conference programming features distinguished international and national artists, designers and industry professionals. Conference activities include lectures, demonstrations, exhibitor hall, industry vendor room, and multiple exhibitions throughout the host city which are open to the general public.

It has been over twenty five years (Toronto,1985) since the SNAG conference was held outside the United States. In addition to serving the entire SNAG membership, the Toronto 2013 conference will provide a platform for promoting Canadian jewellery and metalsmithing to a local, national and international audience. The conference boasts an economic impact on the host city of over $500,000.