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Thursday 28 May to Saturday 11 July 2015

Opening 6.00pm Thursday 28 May 2015

Gallery:   Janet DeBoos: A Survey – Curated by Peter Haynes

The exhibition Janet DeBoos: A Survey examines the career of internationally renowned ceramicist Janet DeBoos from the late 1970s to 2015, bringing together DeBoos' life work in an important exhibition and publication. The artist has a major international reputation yet this will be the first significant investigation of her work (both studio and production).

The exhibition will showcase DeBoos' stylistic developments and influences from her early years at the National Art School in Sydney through to her current studio work and ongoing investigations and partnerships with, for example, the Chinese porcelain industry.

The exhibition is guest-curated by Peter Haynes, who has over 35 years experience in curating, writing and arts administration and is one of Australia's highly-acclaimed curators and commentators of Australian ceramics.

Janet DeBoos: A Survey is a major component of the Australian Ceramics Triennale being hosted in Canberra in 2015. Following its Canberra showing Janet DeBoos: A Survey will tour to regional and metropolitan locations in South Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales, and Queensland (dependent on funding).

Crucible Showcase:   ...a few of my favourite things – Australian Ceramics Triennale Committee

Objects can contain allegories to our histories and hearts. To coincide with the 14th Australian Ceramic Triennale; Stepping Up, Craft ACT has invited the ACT steering committee to share one special piece from their personal ceramics collection along with a story of the objects significance.


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Monday 6 July to Thursday July 2015

Opening 6pm Monday 6 July 2015

ACT Legislative Assembly Gallery:   Stomping Ground, – Curated by Mel George

Stomping Ground features the work by Craft ACT accredited professional members working in ceramics and coincides with the 14th Australian Ceramic Triennale- Stepping Up. Stomping Ground refers to frequented or favourite locations and references the association between the ground and the artists chosen medium of clay. It's a strong exhibition title which is indicative of the work made in the ACT and surrounding regions.

Artists: Avi Amesbury, Margret Brown, Sarit Cohen, Linda Davy, Cathy Franzi, Bev Hogg, Ian Jones, Anita McIntyre and Gail Nichols.


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Thursday 23 July to Saturday 29 August 2015

Opening 6.00pm Thursday 23 July 2015

Gallery 1:   Embracing Innovation Volume 5

In 2015 Craft ACT will present the fifth instalment of the exhibition series, Embracing Innovation Volume 5, an exhibition showcasing 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.

The exhibition is a selected group exhibition and will present work from artists and researchers from leading Australian and international research and academic institutions. Artists will be selected from a national and international call for expressions in interest which closes in March 2015.

Gallery 2:   Daylights – Michelle Day

Canberra artist and Craft ACT Member, Michelle Day is motivated by a strong interest in science and biology. Her work is influenced by medical imagery, the evolution and application of science and technology and the growth and structure of organic forms explored through her lighting installations. For her solo exhibition, Daylights, Day aims to aims to straddle the boundaries between the functionality and sculptural forms of lighting through experimenting with a range of light diffusing materials including paper, fabric, fiberglass, glass, woven materials and silicone.


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Thursday 13 September to Saturday 24 October 2015

Opening 6.00pm Thursday 13 September 2015

Gallery 1:   Body Work: Australian Jewellery 1970–2010

Incoming touring exhibition curated by Dr Robert Bell, 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.

Contemporary makers preside not only over the technical transformation of materials, such as silica to glass, clay to porcelain or digital signals to fabric, but also over the transformation of their meaning and value.

Body Work: Australian Jewellery 1970–2010 is a travelling exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia and includes the work of over thirty contemporary Australian jewellers. The exhibition is curated by Dr Robert Bell AM, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA).

Gallery 2:   Table Tools – Alison Jackson

Table Tools will present a new collection of tableware objects that are informed by Alison Jackson's current research and prototyping relating to the fusion of traditional silver smithing techniques with industrial processes.

Jackson is intrigued by the way people interact with their objects. How an object shapes a space, influences an environment and becomes part of an experience. Functional tactile objects, like tableware, can reinvent a space; dictate the way people behave and create a unique experience.

Crucible Showcase:   Shoal – Mariella McKinley

Compositions of colour, pattern, texture and form harmonise Mariella McKinley's shell inspired glass sculptures. Skilled in the use of Italian glass blowing and cutting techniques, McKinley creates work that is instilled with subtle geometry and beautiful colours, evoking coral reefs and beachscapes. Shoal Sonnets showcases the artist's fascination with glass as a light-filled and versatile medium, and capitalises on its alluring properties.


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Thursday 5 November to Saturday 19 December 2015

Opening 6.00pm Thursday 5 November 2015

Gallery 1:   discover define develop deliver – Craft ACT Accredited Professional Member (APM) exhibition

Coinciding with DESIGN Canberra, discover define develop deliver showcases the strong, vibrant and highly skilled community of practitioners that represent the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre's Accredited Professional Membership. For this year's APM exhibition, each artist will display a signature piece alongside an item that will give viewers insight into the design and thought process behind the piece- whether it be a page from their sketchbook, an inspirational image/photo or written notes.

Gallery 2:   Process – Tom Skeehan

Process is the first solo exhibition by Craft ACT Accredited Professional Member Tom Skeehan. The exhibition draws visitors into Skeehan's process driven design approach. The exhibition showcases the journey from sketch to polished product, incorporating production images, material samples and prototypes as well as personal drawings of both the studio and product collections.

Firmly embedded in Skeehan's design process is attention to the most compelling process and materials to match the vision of the given brief. Process translates the importance of the early ideation phase, through sketches, models and prototypes into an engaging physical reality.