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Robert Foster and F!NK

Craft ACT Gallery One: 29 May to 5 July 2008

curated by Merryn Gates

Robert Foster
Elizabeth Kelly Sean Booth
Bronwen Riddiford Rachael Bowak
Oliver Smith Rohan Nichols

Curated by Merryn Gates, F!NK Fostering Design highlights the role of Robert Foster as the creative force behind F!NK and the partnerships he has fostered with other emerging Australian designers. The exhibition features a retrospective of the entire F!NK range, shown alongside objects designed by Robert Foster and the talented designers he has worked with.

F!NK and Co. is one of Australia's best in the field of innovative design and has gained an international reputation as a spirited and distinctive Australian design company. In its ten years of operation the company has realised Foster's vision of being a company of designers. With over 19 years experience in the arts and design field, Robert Foster, the founding member of F!NK, has gained an international reputation as a silversmith and designer with work found in the collections of most of Australia's major arts institutions.

The exhibition draws upon Foster's skills in working with other designer makers. His shared experience with other artists through formal mentorships, collaborations and invitations to design for F!NK, is highlighted through collaborations with Elizabeth Kelly, Sean Booth, Bronwen Riddiford, Rachel Bowak, Oliver Smith and Rohan Nicol. The exhibition demonstrates F!NK's commitment to its local community and developing Australian design internationally.


Image credits (Top, then left to right)

All photos: Damian McDonald.

Craft ACT is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Government and all state and territory governments, and also gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance it receives from the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian government's arts advisory body. Craft ACT is a member of ACDC, Australian Craft Design Centres.