Super Natural: Place and Practice Symposium

Canadian Society of Decorative Arts

Super Natural: Place and Practice

Symposium, September 8 – 10, 2023, Vancouver, BC

The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs invites you to join us in Vancouver for its annual symposium.

This year, our symposium committee has assembled a dynamic curriculum which includes artist talks, curator-led museum tours, lectures, private studio tours on Granville Island, a guided walking tour of Vancouver’s West End, a private dinner overlooking English Bay and more.

Super Natural: Place and Practice will include visits to 9 venues, 6 private studio tours, and 12 presentations. Bus and ferry transportation are included. Join us to take part in this cultural experience connected to the heart of the city. View the full program and register here.

Early-bird registration fees end August 4!

The Marian Bradshaw Lecture will feature a presentation by Canadian artist, designer and novelist Douglas Coupland. Accidental Career – Public Art will be presented at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Virtual access to this lecture will be made available to members and non-members alike.

Register for the online or in-person lecture here.
*Note: this presentation is included as part of the full registration or part of the Friday daily registration package.

Courtesy of Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Highlights Include:

  • Dressed for History: Why Costumes Matter with curator, Ivan Sayers at the Museum of Vancouver (optional – Thursday, September 7)
  • Accidental Career: Public Art with Douglas Coupland at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
  • Fashion Fictions with curator, Stephanie Rebick at the Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Collector’s Perspective: John David Lawrence in Conversation with Daina Augaitis at Inform Interiors
  • Reclaim + Repair: The Mahogany Project with Propellor Studio
  • Ron Thom and the Art of Architecture with Adele Weder
  • Indigenous Approaches to Creative Practices with Connie Watts
  • Artist Perspective with Morgan Asoyuf

Images (left to right): Courtesy of Morgan Yosuf, Model Siiam Hamilton, Photographer Patrick Shannon, 2020. Courtesy of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Craig Green for Moncler Genius, Ensemble, 5 Moncler Craig Green collection, Fall/Winter, 2018. Micro ripstop nylon, cotton down.


  • Private reception at Inform Interiors on Friday, September 8
  • Dinner party overlooking English Bay on Saturday, September 9


  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • Craft Council of BC
  • Roedde House Museum
  • Granville Island Studio Tours
  • Uno Langmann Fine Art and Antique Gallery
  • Guided walking tour of Vancouver’s West End

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We would like to thank our generous Supporters and Sponsors:

ISA – International Society of Appraisers (Lead Sponsor)
HSB Canada (Supporting Sponsor)
North-West Ceramics Foundation (Supporting Sponsor)
Bonhams Auctioneers Since 1793 (Supporting Sponsor)
The Stewart Program for Modern Design (Supporting Sponsor)
Inform Interiors (In-Kind Sponsor)
Craft Council of British Columbia (In-Kind Sponsor)
Ornamentum Magazine (Media Partner)

Visit the website at or call 647-249-6280 for more details.