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11 February to 26 March 2016

Opening 6.00pm Thursday 11 February 2016

Gallery:   Emerging Contemporaries
National group exhibition

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre curates an annual exhibition series Emerging Contemporaries, shining a spotlight on our nation's next wave of craft and design practitioners. Craft ACT is committed to supporting the professional development of emerging and early career artists and the works included highlight the outstanding future talent of the Australian craft and design sector.

Artists: Simon Azzopardi, ANU, Gold and Silver Workshop; Robin Clancy, Sturt School for Wood; Saxon Crinis, Sturt School for Wood; Maija Frankovich, Design Centre Enmore; Angela Giuliani, Jam Factory Associate; Tundi-Rose Hammond, ANU, Textiles Workshop; Mahala Hill, ANU, Ceramics Workshop; Sara Lindsay; Lachlan McLellan, RMIT; Kieren Karritpul McTaggart; Pia Nemec, ANU, Furniture Workshop; Margaret Kemarre Ross; Josh Rummukainen, University of Canberra; Wayne Simon; Madisyn Zabel, ANU, Glass Workshop.

Sara Lindsay acknowledges the support of the Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania.

Gallery:   Reminiscences and Reflections
Mi-Kyung Myung – a solo exhibition

Myung's solo exhibition of paper brings together Korean and western influences through her experiences living in both East Asian and Western cultures. The simple elegance of the Korean tradition, with its emphasis on harmony with nature, and the innovative forms of Western modern architecture has strongly influenced her latest body of work.

Gallery:   Looking for the i in desire
Meredith Hughes – a solo exhibition

Using textile approaches such as printing, cutting, piecing and Indian embroidery, Hughes deconstructs strategies of Buddhist meditation on emptiness. Her works explores the connectivity of the space between object and representation.

Crucible Showcase:   Bula'Bula Arts

Early career artists from the Ramingining community using traditional craft techniques to create stories of Yolngu culture and country through artworks.


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7 April to 14 May 2016

Opening 6.00pm Thursday 7 April 2016

Gallery:   Artist-in-Residence: connect with your nature
Craft ACT Accredited Professional Member Ruth Hingston and Jodie Hatcher (UK)

Our 2015 artists-in-residence present new works responding to the theme connect with your nature. The artists spent research time at National Archives of Australia gathering information and insight, followed by a two week residency period at the Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in Namadgi National Park. This exhibition showcases the end results from their residencies.

The Artist-in-Residence program is a Craft ACT initiative presented in partnership with long-standing partner, ACT Parks and Conservation Service, our research partner National Archives of Australia and is supported by artsACT through their initiative, Arts Residencies ACT.

Gallery:   2nd Tamworth Textile Triennale
Curated by Cecilia Heffer

Kate Campbell-Pope, Alana Clifton-Cunningham, Gwen Egg, Sandy Elverd, Louisa Ennis-Thomas, Penny Evans, Erica Gray, Hilary Green, Tim Gresham, Mandy Gunn, Kath Inglis, Anita Larkin, Gillian Lavery, Make.Shift Concepts, Kim McKechnie, Lorna Murray, Jemima Parker, Patrick Snelling, Louise Tuckwell, Monique Van Nieuwland, Belinda Von Mengersen, Ilka White.

Group Exchange: 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial follows a rich cultural heritage of textile practice and excellence in Australia, dating back to 1975. This highlights the current practice from artists around Australia who continue this history of dynamic development and the ever increasing rate of change in the discipline. It presents the vibrancy of contemporary Australian textiles, exploring the forces that drive our most innovative and accomplished practitioners.

2nd Tamworth Textile Triennale is a travelling exhibition from Tamworth Regional Gallery and the City of Tamworth.

Crucible Showcase:   Alchemy

Alchemy is a collection of work by Tara Bromham and Emilie Patteson promoting connectedness with surrounding environments. Alchemy simultaneously celebrates the beauty of the ordinary and transforms everyday artifacts into artworks of extraordinary delicacy and beauty.


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Thursday 26 May to Saturday 9 July 2016

Opening 6.00pm Thursday 26 May 2016

Gallery:   Aesthetics in the Time of Emergency
Sarah Field, Jennifer Ashley King, Jasmine Targett, Nadia Mercuri, and Bethany Wheeler

Each artist is exploring an idea surrounding a current 'state of emergency' that impacts the individual and society collectively such as nuclear disasters and climate change issues. Primarily glass makers, all artists employ a combination of their craft, images, installations and techniques that bring these concerns to light in a gallery setting.

Gallery:   Niklavs Rubenis – a solo exhibition

Through practice-based design research and propositional objects, local artist Niklavs Rubenis addresses contemporary critical concerns around consumption, material culture and waste. Rubenis' exhibition features a 'lounge room' setting including furniture and lighting crafted from de-valued resources.

This exhibition is supported by Rolfe Classic BMW

Crucible Showcase:   Hsin-Yi Yang

Canberra Potters Society Craft ACT award winner Hsin-Yi Yang presents her interlocking ceramic objects with playful texture and colour that appeal to the child within.


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21 July to 27 August 2016

Opening 6.00pm Thursday 21 July 2016

Gallery:   Embracing Innovation Volume 6

The sixth in the series, Embracing Innovation, captures innovation in the creative arts, with a particular focus on craft and design. Craft practitioners and designer makers are continually embracing digital technologies, research and design thinking, with innovation and advances in these areas changing the way they engage, design and create. The exhibition showcases makers and designers who are exploring these new cutting-edge technologies and thinking in their practice.

Artists are selected from both a national and international call for expressions in interest which closes in March 2016.

Gallery:   The Black Box of Life
Judi Elliott – a solo exhibition

Elliott graduated from the ANU School of Art Glass Workshop in 1984 and is one of Canberra's first glass graduates. She is a highly acclaimed artist, practicing in Canberra for over 30 years and has been an Accredited Professional Member of Craft ACT since 1999. This body of work is inspired by a description of one's life journey and is using Elliott's signature, technical glass styles of cast, cut, fused and assembled glass.


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8 September to 22 October 2016

Opening 6.00pm Thursday 8 September 2016

Gallery:   Craft ACT Accredited Professional Members
Group exhibition

A Craft ACT curated exhibition illustrating the outstanding, inter-generational and cross-disciplinary community of our Accredited Professional Members. This annual exhibition shows their current works and in turn, demonstrates trends in contemporary craft and design in Australia by practitioners from the ACT and surrounding region.

Gallery:   Grow your own
Amanda Dziedzic, Daniella Rickaby, Lauren Simeoni, and Melinda Young

Grow Your Own explores the idea of 'the greenhouse', an intimate indoor space providing a fertile background for four makers working in diverse mediums who cultivate, cross-pollinate and present exciting new works in a captivating environment. All the artists have a common love of the garden and the natural world which manifests into their aesthetic and conceptual practices.


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3 November to 17 December 2016

Opening 6.00pm Thursday 3 November 2016

Gallery:   Reclaim – Group exhibition

This exhibition features designer-makers who have risen to the challenge of presenting high end, functional and wearable objects created from waste materials. This exhibition speaks to issues of local sustainability and brings awareness to audiences of waste material being seen as a resource.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with The Green Shed.

Gallery:   Moving forward, looking back
Scott Mitchell and Nicholas Fuller

An exhibition of work that reflects the separate paths taken after Fuller completed his training as an apprentice under Mitchell. Moving forward, looking back represents their understanding of the design and manufacture of furniture, from product through to limited collectable pieces.