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Title: Domestic Renewal     by Rohan Nicol     1 November 2012    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Gallery exhibition     Read Domestic Renewal

The work created for Domestic Renewal is not intended to constitute a complete setting for your standard dinner party. Instead,the objective was to use the table setting as a location, starting point and metaphor for the testing of ideas that are important within and beyond the creative arts.

Title: Urban Forest - Dianne Firth     by Sharon Peoples     7 September 2012    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Urban Forest - Dianne Firth     Read Urban Forest - Dianne Firth

Dianne Firth's exhibition, Urban Forest, explores the street trees of Canberra and their impact in forming the city's urban character. Urban Forest is an assemblage of textiles examining street trees, at the street level.

Title: afterLandscape     by Diana Hare     6 September 2012    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition     Read afterLandscape

In 2009 and 2010 Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre managed an international exchange project with the Tree Museum in Canada. The project has established links between Australia and Canada, offering a unique encounter of each countries landscape, environment and place, and highlighting the diversity of artistic practice in an international context.

Title: Foodjects: design and the new Spanish cuisine     by Martín Azúa     20 July 2012    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition     Read Foodjects: design and the new Spanish cuisine

Spanish chefs understand cuisine as a language, a means of expression using the new culinary technologies to arouse sensations and emotions. Daring initiatives which leave no-one indifferent, which provoke discussion and debate.

Title: Signature     by Diana Hare     19 July 2012    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition     Read Signature

Many local craft artists and designer makers are internationally renowned and form the rich vein of Canberra's cultural identity. Signature showcases the strong, vibrant and highly skilled community of practitioners that represent the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre's Accredited Professional Membership.

Title: Embracing Innovation Volume 2     by Mitchell Whitelaw     24 May 2012    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Embracing Innovation Volume 2     Read Embracing Innovation Volume 2

Greg Daly's lustrous glazes owe their shimmer to the nano-scale phenomenon of diffraction. Layers of crystalline material within the glaze reflect and scatter light of different colours in different directions; when these reflections interact just so, they interfere. Light waves are reinforced or suppressed like ripples in a pond; they cancel out and intensify each other, creating patterns and forms that don't belong to the pot, the crystalline glaze, or the light, but to all three at once. Differences vibrate and interact with each other; dynamic new things arise. The same is true, in fact, of all the works here.

Title: Alphabet     by Meredith Hughes     24 May 2012    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Alphabet curated Mel George     Read Alphabet

alphabet, on exhibition at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, is a delicate and delightful display from the field of contemporary Australian glass. The exhibition presents a refreshingly whimsical gathering from a sector of practice that first time curator and glass artist, Mel George says, "Can get too serious". She points out that this may be a by-product of the labour intensive nature of the medium, or the high standard that has come to be expected from Australian glass artists.

Title: The Experience of Beauty     by Ann McMahon     6 April 2012    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition     Read The Experience of Beauty

Working with naturally occurring materials and finding awe and inspiration within the natural environment has resonated through Brook Morgan's practice. Morgan's work addresses the intimate relationship between artist, material and technique. The characteristics of beauty are often received individually and uniquely but may provide a perceptual pleasure, meaning or satisfaction for the recipient. The exhibition does not attempt to navigate what beauty is; instead Morgan investigates the idea of beauty as being the rhetoric of the artwork.

Title: Emerging Contemporaries     by Glen Martin     6 April 2012    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition     Read Emerging Contemporaries

A Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre curated exhibition of award winning graduating students and selected national emerging craft practitioners and designer makers that demonstrate exceptional talent in their chosen field. These emerging artists are representative of the next wave of professional artists who are exploring conceptually dynamic and innovative craft and design practice.

Title: Space Dissolving     by Annika Harding     23 February 2012    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: 2012 solo exhibition by Melinda Willis     Read Space Dissolving

In her exhibition Space Dissolving, Melinda Willis uses the very material that creates the shimmering reflections of urban spaces - glass - to make works that explore this perceptual experience.

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