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Volume 3   Number 1   February 2012   ISSN 2200-1972

Are we ready to fly?

The dragon is a legendary animal, coated with mysterious colour. It is said the dragon is unpredictable and untouchable, that its head and tail cannot be seen at the same time. It is also said the year of the water dragon is a year to expect the unexpected. Water nourishes the dragon, and the year will move like a flowing river - creativity at its best and ideas abound. Are we ready to fly with the dragon?

The unpredictable sees Craft Australia winding up in 2012. They have had an extension of funding until the end of April to ensure their programs and historical archives of the Australian studio craft movement over the past 40 years are not lost. Negotiations with the network of Australian Craft and Design Centres and other cultural institutions to host their programs and archives are underway.

A common query from the sector is whether the defunding of Craft Australia affect the Centre's artistic programs. The Centre continues to be funded directly from the Territory Government and the Australia Council, as does each of the state and territory craft and design organisations. The Centre's 2012-2015 Strategic Business Plan continues to be well supported by our funding bodies.

Megalo Print Studio's move into the Fitters Workshop remains in flux. The Standing Committee Inquiry is currently underway. A total of 36 submissions were lodged, of which 29 are in favour of Megalo moving into the Fitters Workshop. The Standing Committee's recommendations are due in March.

The Centre's 2012 artistic program is an exciting feast including 4 artist in residencies; poetry in the gallery; forums; and emerging artist award, member and international exhibitions - many opportunities for you, our members, friends, supporters and colleagues, to fly with the dragon. We look forward to flying with you in 2012.

Avi Amesbury, Executive Director

In this month's E-box


Studio opportunity: The Centre is calling for expressions of interest from members who are interested in having a studio in Civic. The space is suitable for a clean studio practice with reasonable rent and long lease available.

Office space available: Looking for office space at a reasonable rate in the heart of Civic.

Enquiries: Avi Amesbury, Executive Director, 6262 9333 or email

Zsuzsi Soboslay's article On Immersion, a note on process and place, published in the current edition of Art Monthly Australia, highlights the Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage Residency project.

This dynamic project will run again in 2012 - Talking Water: artists-in-residence. The project will offer 4 residencies in Namadgi National Park, a public program, and an exhibition and catalogue. Stay tuned for the upcoming call for expressions of interest.

Professional members

Alison Jackson, award recipient
Jackson was selected as a mentee for JUMP, the Australia Council's national mentoring program for young and emerging artists

Valerie Kirk, acquisition and exhibition
Kirk's work was recently acquired by the Wangaratta Art Gallery and will be exhibited until 19 February 2012

Harriet Schwarzrock, exhibition
Schwarzrock will be exhibiting new works in Osmosis at
Kirra Galleries in Melbourne from 1 March to 1 April 2012

Visit our Professional Members calendar

Current exhibitions

Parallels - Barbara Rogers
An installation of contemporary textiles by Centre Accredited Professional Member Barbara Rogers, exploring the diversity and language of the graphic stripe pattern using shibori techniques combined with experimentation to build layers of colour and design to create unique effects on a single fabric layer.

Space Dissolving - Melinda Willis
Willis' practice is concerned with architectural glass and its reflective qualities as a vehicle for the transience and impermanence of time and space. Space Dissolving presents an array of reflections captured and translated into layered installations of sheet glass, fused glass and mixed media.

Elements: leather - Penny Amberg and Linda Davy
The sixth and final group exhibition in the dynamic Elements series celebrating the Centre's 40th birthday highlights invited artists Penny Amberg and Linda Davy (10 February - 24 March 2012) and Colin Lee and Judy Parker (6 April - 12 May 2012) over two exhibition periods in the Crucible and Foyer Showcases. Elements: leather is curated by Meredith Hinchliffe.

Current exhibitions continue until Saturday 24 March 2012.

Purchase gift cards online

Did you know that the Craft ACT Shop has gift cards? Perfect for those instances when you're uncertain - let them choose! We're thrilled to announce you can now purchase gift cards online. We can post them, free of charge, to you or a friend.

With the beginning of a new year we are also excited to unveil a revamped Shop page on our website. This new page allows for greater exposure for the Craft ACT Shop. We can now showcase new products regularly and highlight news and upcoming retail events.

View a selection of products available in the Craft ACT Shop


Australian Tapestry Workshop artist in residence program
Submissions close 24 February 2012
Established and emerging artists working in any medium are invited to apply for the artist in residence program at the Australian Tapestry Workshop.

The Churchill Trust
Submissions close 29 February 2012
Established in 1965 to honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill, Churchill Fellowships award Australian citizens who have a passion for their chosen field with overseas research fellowships.

Art and Australia/Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award
Submissions close 1 March 2012
Four emerging professional artists are selected every year. The winner's work and an article on their practice will be published in Art and Australia magazine. Opportunity also exists for acquisition of work.

More opportunities Member's login

Industry news

Congratulations to Mr Victor George Wood on being awarded an Australia Day Honour for service to arts and crafts in Australia as an artisan and through the Victorian Woodworkers Association.

The Centre warmly welcomes Narelle Phillips to the position of Curator and Gallery Coordinator at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Janice Falsone as Gallery Development Officer at Australian National Capital Artists (ANCA) Gallery, and Elizabeth Curry as Gallery Administrator at ANCA Gallery.

Cultural Facilities Corporation Chair appointed
Leading business figure John Hindmarsh has been announced as the new chair of the Cultural Facilities Corporation which manages Canberra Theatre Centre and Canberra Museum and Gallery among others.

New Director-General for National Archives
Mr David Fricker has been appointed as the new Director-General of the National Archives of Australia.

Getting in on the act
A report, published by the James Irvine foundation, examines new trends in arts participation opening up fresh opportunities for the sector as we embrace demographic and technological changes.

Australian Design Series
As part of ENLIGHTEN, Gallery of Australian Design will host a series of talks about the radical new directions emerging in Australian design practice over 4 big nights.

Resale royalty scheme simplified
Australia's resale royalty scheme for visual artists has been simplified to reduce administrative and reporting requirements for art market professionals.

Also showing

Transition - A Captured Moment
Recent Thomas Foundation artist in residence and winner of the 2011 Ranamok Prize, Masahiro Asaka exhibits a new series of work at the Canberra Glassworks until 15 March 2012.

Floating Forest
Ararat Regional Art Gallery presents Douglas Fuchs’ monumental fibre installation, Floating Forest from 17 February to 1 April 2012, in partnership with the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

Wood you Wear?
An exhibition of timber based wearable art and jewellery by
Linda van Niekerk. Opening 10 February 2012 at the
Design Centre Tasmania and continuing until 19 March 2012.



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Images (top to bottom):

  • Banner: Barbara Rogers, Multistripes(detail), 2011, silk organza, de-coloured, azoic dyes, various shibori techniques. Photograph: courtesy of the artist
  • Image of Chinese dragon (detail) courtesy of nuttakit
  • Alison Jackson, Pots and Rocks (detail), 2010, hand raised 999 silver.
    Photographer: Andrew Sikorski
  • Melinda Willis, Liminal Space 1 (detail), 2010, screen printed, fused and cold-worked glass, UV cured inkjet print on glass, cold-worked mirror and float glass. Photograph: courtesy of the artist
  • Ampersand Duck, Hand-printed 'kiss' card, $8.40. Image courtesy of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
  • Masahiro Asaka, Surge, 2011, glass. Photographer: Rob Little. Image courtesy of Canberra Glassworks

Logos of Craft ACT's funding bodies 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.

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