About the conference

The 1000 Miles Apart Conference was first organized in 1989 by faculty and students from the University of Manitoba and Red Deer College in Alberta, hence the name: 1000 Miles Apart. 

The conference connects post-secondary ceramics institutions across Canada through exhibitions, presentations, and artist demonstrations. The 2019 conference will be held at the University of Manitoba School of Art. This ceramic conference is a pivotal networking event for students and emerging ceramic artists recognized on a national scale for 30 years. This conference allows students to meet and ask questions to professional artists, learn new techniques, exhibit their own works, and above all network to build a stronger art community for the future.

Participating institutions include: Red Deer College, Alberta College of Art + Design, University of Manitoba, University of Regina, and Lakehead University.


To create and connect a strong and vibrant ceramics community across Canada, while providing students and artists the chance to network with one another and expand their art portfolio and experiences


To connect ceramics students and enthusiasts across the country with events held during an annual conference

Traditional Territories Acknowledgement

The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.