Exhibitions at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre

Alison Jackson, Utensils, 2015,

Bodywork: Australian Jewellery 1970-2012

Incoming touring exhibition curated by Dr Robert Bell AM, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, National Gallery of Australia.

The celebration of the local, the regional, the private and the personal, and the value of experience and memory, is territory that many contemporary designers and makers seek to articulate and make real. For them, the interpretation of the achievements of the past is both a technical and aesthetic challenge and a statement about the loss of value in mainstream culture.

Bodywork: Australian Jewellery 1970-2012 includes the work of 42 Australian jewellers exploring jewellery from a number of viewpoints within six broad themes: Romanticism, Interpreting the Vernacular, Encapsulating Nature, Technics, Social Message and Sculpture for the Body. All of the works are from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Public Program: Curators talk by Dr Robert Bell AM, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, National Gallery of Australia. Friday 16 October, 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Craft ACT Gallery

Workshops: One-day silversmithing workshops hosted by key Australian jewellers; Susan Cohn, Robert Foster and Simon Cottrell taking place throughout October 2015

Table Tools: Alison Jackson

Alison Jackson will present a new collection of functional tableware vessels and cutlery pieces informed by research and prototype experimentation fusing traditional silversmithing handcraft techniques with contemporary industrial processes.

Public Program: Alison Jackson will present a talk on her practice and work in the show. Students, academics, artists and the general public will have a chance to understand Alison's background, processes, her practice and business as well as insights into her career path since graduating from the Australian National School of Art. Wednesday 23 September, ANU School of Art Lecture Theatre

Showing in the Crucible Showcase
Shoal by Mariella McKinley, showcases the artist's fascination with glass as a light-filled and versatile medium, and capitalises on its alluring properties.

Exhibitions open Thursday 10 September run until Saturday 24 October 2015

2015 artist-in-residence

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is excited to announce Ruth Hingston and Jodie Hatcher as the selected recipients for the 2015 Artist-in-Residence Program, with a full line up of engaging public events taking place throughout September.

AGENCY now open

AGENCY, Craft ACTs new store is now open in bustling Braddon's Ori Building, 30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

Essays and reviews

Missed an exhibition but still want to read about the artists and their work? Our essays and review page contains every essay from our current and past exhibitions.

New Associate Membership tier

A new Associate Membership (AO) tier accommodating for the needs of professional craft practitioners and designer makers from emerging to established, who are interested in obtaining insurance for their everyday practice needs as well as event coverage.


Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is supported by the ACT Government, the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy - an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments, and the Australia Council for the Arts - the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body.

Craft ACT funding bodies

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