View our 2014 exhibition program
Throughout 2014, Craft ACTs exhibition program has set the benchmark for professional contemporary craft and design in Canberra and the surrounding region. The program showcased the breadth of emerging and established professional practice, research and innovation, new technologies, hybrid art, industry and micro-enterprises. The 2015 exhibition program will continue to showcase the outstanding work of Australia's emerging and established craft and design practitioners.
During April and September, Craft ACT welcomed three Artists-in-residence - internationally acclaimed Japanese wood artist Satoshi Fujinuma, Melbourne weaver Annee Miron and Sally Blake, Canberra textile artist - to interpret the program theme The Environmental Protection of Bogs and Fens. During the residencies, the popular Artist-in-residence Open Days saw over 60 visitors not only engage with the artists, but to also discover for the first time or reconnect with the national park, a wonderfully unique experience facilitated through craft and design. Each Artist-in-residence will present their resulting works in a group exhibition at the Craft ACT Gallery in April 2015.
In November, Craft ACT held the inaugural DESIGN Canberra festival, a huge four days jam packed with events to celebrate and promote Canberra's vibrant and diverse craft and design community. The festival saw the Canberra CBD and surroundings reinvigorated with pop up shops, installations, exhibitions and a market. Visitors flocked to the Living Artists open studios and attended engaging and thought provoking tours, lectures and floor talks. The city's brightest emerging artists and designers were not only recognised but awarded through a number of prizes for their innovative work. DESIGN Canberra 2014 was a huge success thanks to the support from the craft and design sector, the artists and designers and most importantly the public who came along and engaged throughout the festival. We look forward to announcing the DESIGN Canberra 2015 programme in the New Year.
After a successful 2014, the team at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre will be taking a break over the festive season. Craft ACT will close at 5pm on Friday 19 December, 2014 and will reopen on Monday 19 January 2015. The first exhibition opening of 2015, Emerging Contemporaries and Portrait of a tea cosy will take place on Thursday 12 February, 2015 at 6pm.
As we fast approach the end of 2014 it is only fitting to look back at the past 12 months and the highlights from the 2014 artistic program.
Proposals are invited from our individual members, from local and national craft and design practitioners and independent curators for solo or group exhibitions. These can be thematic, based on traditional or new practice, concepts, processes, interpretations or philosophies.
Building on the success of four previous exhibitions and continuing the conversation about practice-led research, design thinking and the use of digital technologies, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre will present Embracing Innovation Volume 5 in 2015.
Early Bird registrations are now open for the Stepping Up, the 14th Australian Ceramics Triennale. The Triennale includes three days of conference presentations, pre-conference masterclasses, exhibitions, a trade fair and a potters' market.
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