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Title: White Heat: Contemporary Australian ceramic jewellery     by Zara Collins     10 April 2014    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition    
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White Heat: Contemporary Australian ceramic jewellery is a touring exhibition curated by Zara Collins and Helen Johnson, exploring the new wave of ceramic wearables in Australia. In this essay, Zara discusses the process of curating this innovative exhibition, examining in details the pieces included.

Title: Nature's Rhythm     by Nadege Desgenetez     29 March 2014    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition    
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Nature's Rhythm by Craft ACT member Christine Atkins explored the connection between light, glass and water through a body of works in glass, metal and wood. In this essay, Nadege Desgenetez examines the artist's connection to nature as demonstrated through her practice thus far.

Title: Emerging Contemporaries (2014)     by Gwenyth Macnamara     1 March 2014    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition    
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Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre's national artist award exhibition, Emerging Contemporaries, recognises outstanding early career craft practitioners and designers and celebrates technical and conceptual innovation. In 2014, the fourteen recipients are graduates from a number of Australia's leading art and design institutions - the Australian National University (ANU), University of Canberra (UC), Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), Sturt School for Wood (Sturt), Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the Design Centre Enmore (DCE). The achievements of the graduates selected for this exhibition, demonstrate dedication to their chosen fields and the ability to defy trends and push creative boundaries.

Title: Art Quilt Australia: people, place and nation     by Valerie Kirk     1 November 2013    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition    
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Art Quilt Australia: people, place and nation, curated by Valerie Kirk and an initiative of the OzQuilt Network Inc, is themed to align with the Centenary of Canberra and marks the celebration with individual artists' responses and interpretations. In this essay, Valerie Kirk explores some of these responses, and the techniques used by the artists included.

Title: Painting the Hills of Canberra     by Patsy Hely     1 November 2013    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition    
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Cathy Franzi's exhibition Painting the Hills of Canberra explores Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin's vision to revegetate the hills of Canberra each in a unique colour, through the medium of ceramics. In this essay, Dr Patsy Hely examines this reimagining of the Griffin's dream, and explores the artist's research and techniques.

Title: Paradox in a Paddock     by Zsuzi Soboslay     5 September 2013    
The art of synecdoche
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition    
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In Paradox in a Paddock: The art of synecdoche, artist Elizabeth Paterson constructs a cardboard, and papier-mache installation that recreates the Canberra landscape in a unique and playful way, forcing the audience to consider questions of designed cities, and the element of spaciousness that is so integral to Canberra. In this essay, Zsuzsanna Soboslay explores the artist's practice with reference to past works, and discusses the impact of this exhibition on the viewer.

Title: The (Very) Sad Fish-lady     by Vasiliki Nihas     5 September 2013    
A Migration Tale
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition    
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The (Very) Sad Fish-lady by Joy McDonald is a humorous and quirky tale based on the artist's family and their migration from Greece from an island called Castellorizo (also known as 'the rock') to Canberra. Craft ACT's exhibition showcases the process behind bringing this tale to life, which culminated in a series of performances at The Street Theatre in September and October 2013. In this essay, Vasiliki Nihas delves into the creative process behind The (Very) Sad Fish-lady, as well as the contextual impact of Castellorizo as a place of importance to both the artist, Nihas, and the loyal inhabitants of the island.

Title: Embracing Innovation: Vol 3 - 2013     by Patsy Hely     19 July 2013    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Embracing Innovations Vol. 3 - 2013    
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This is Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre's third annual Embracing Innovation exhibition showcasing practice-led research in the creative arts with a particular focus on craft and design.

Title: The Side Project     by Grace Cochrane     18 July 2013    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition    
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The Side Project exhibition, held at Craft ACT : Craft and Design Centre in July 2013, showed examples of innovative serving dishes made by Sydney-based, Peruvian-born Cesar Cueva in response to the work of chef and restaurateur Karl Firla, from the Sydney restaurant, Oscillate Wildly. In this essay, Grace Cochrane discusses the history of The Side Project, from the beginning of the collaboration through to the finalized exhibition, and explores the intricate relationship between design and food, as we see it through Cueva's work.

Title: Inhabit - Living in design     by Richard Wood     18 June 2013    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Gallery    
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Canberra is a design laboratory, always new, always in the present. Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre continues this tradition by curating an exhibition with objects from our Accredited Professional Members that inhabit our homes and define the spaces we live in.

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