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2023 CRAFT ACT Artistic Program

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A R T I S T I C P R O G R A M

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre


Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is a not-for-profit membership

run organisation partially supported by the ACT Government

through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy. An initiative of the

Australian State and Territory Governments, and the Australia

Council for the Arts – the Australian Government’s arts funding

and advisory body.

CRAFT ACT CRAFT + DESIGN CENTRE

Tuesday – Friday 10am–5pm

Saturdays 12–4pm

Level 1, North Building,

180 London Circuit,

Canberra ACT Australia

+61 2 6262 9333

www.craftact.org.au

Front Cover: Eliza-Jane Gilchrist, Uncommon Installation View, 2019. Photo: Lorena Carrington.

Image: Tension[s} 2020 Opening Event, 2022. Photo: 5 Foot Photography.


Exhibitions 2023

Block 1

2 February - 18 March

EMERGING CONTEMPORARIES

Artists to be selected

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists.

This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional

practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions,

industry, and audience.


Craft ACT is always looking for new talent to nurture and add to our growing community. For

Emerging Contemporaries, we select emerging designers and makers from a numerous local

institutions including: Sturt School for Wood, Canberra Potters Society, Canberra Institute of

Technology, University of Canberra, the ANU School of Art + Design, University of New South

Wales and the CAPO Craft ACT Emerging Artist award.

Image: Oliver Owens, Lilli Pilli, 5pm, 2021. Photo: Brenton McGeachie.


Exhibitions 2023

Block 1

2 February - 18 March

DAISY CHAIN

Bolaji Teniola | Carman Skeehan | Courtney Hogan | Calum Donaldson | Holly

Phillipson | Lauren Murphy | Melvin Josy | Tom Summers

Daisy Chain is a group exhibition proposed by the eight new associates of JamFactory’s highly

respected associate program which seeks to accelerate and develop the skills of emerging

artists and designers. The focus of Daisy Chain will be to utilise the JamFactory's environment for

collaborative learning and mutual exchange of techniques and ideas across disciplines. The intent

is to capitalise on the unique opportunity that is at the associate’s fingertips, being the actual

facilities available through the JamFactory program and the dialogue that occurs by bringing

together such diverse and innovative designers from across Australia.

Image: Skeehan Homewares, 2021. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.


Exhibitions 2023

Block 2

23 March - 13 May

2022 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE EXHIBITION

Julie Ryder | Mel Robson | Bev Hogg

The annual Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre Artist-in-Residence program supports local and

national artists to each undertake a residency at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in the Namadgi

National Park, and a two week research component within a national cultural institution in

Canberra. The program facilitates access for the artist to national cultural, tertiary and research

institutions and their collections, curators and researchers. A group exhibition of new work by

each artist is held annually, and a catalogue produced about the program is disseminated

internationally.


Presented in partnership with ACT Parks and Conservation Service and National Library of

Australia.

Image: Mel Robson + Bev Hogg at the NLA, 2022. Photo: 5 Foot Photography


Exhibitions 2023

Block 2

23 March - 13 May

2022 INDIGENOUS RESIDENCY

Krystal Hurst | Jessika Spencer

The annual Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre Indigenous Artist-in-Residence program supports local

and national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to each undertake a residency at Gudgenby

Ready-Cut Cottage in the Namadgi National Park, and a two week research component within a

national cultural institution in Canberra. The program facilitates access for the artist to national cultural,

tertiary and research institutions and their collections, curators and researchers. A group exhibition of

new work by each artist is held annually, and a catalogue produced about the program is

disseminated internationally


Presented in partnership with ACT Parks and Conservation Service and local Cultural Institutions.

Image: Ready Cut Cottage, 2022. Photo: 5 Foot Photography.


Exhibitions 2023

Block 2

23 March - 13 May

TWO-TONE

Louis Grant | Madisyn Zabel

Two-Tone is a collaborative exhibition featuring two contemporary artists, Louis Grant and

Madisyn Zabel, who primarily work within a glass discipline. Extending on both Grant and Zabels

own practices, Two-Tone opens up a discourse around dualities, contrasts and material.

Image: Madisyn Zabel, same but different (aqua), 2022. Photo: Louis Grant.


Exhibitions 2023

Block 3

18 May - 1 July

CO:LAB

Lisa Cahill | Peter Bollington

CO: LAB is a culmination of a year-long Craft ACT professional development and exchange

program that forges new directions in the creative industries.

Artists' Lisa Cahill and Peter Bollington were selected and have worked with an architect and

their clients to develop a new range of lighting pieces for a residential project in Canberra.

Embracing the spirit of collaboration, these makers have worked across disciplines and have

gained exposure to commercial environments with other designers and clients.


During the project, Cahill and Bollington received professional support including sustainability

advice, mentoring, and sales, marketing and technical support. As well as participating in

professional workshop visits to studios working in the field of industrial design.

Image: Peter Bollington, Sku Bar Stool, 2017. Photo: Michael Gordon Hill .


Exhibitions 2023

Block 3

18 May - 1 July

SPECULATION NATION: MAKING UTOPIA

Curator | Penny Craswell

Jenna Lee | Krystal Hurst | Rachael Hanrick | Kim Johnston | Shaun Hayes | Dennis

Golding | Kyoko Hashimoto | Julia Drouhin | Soraya Abidin | James Lemon

The year is 2050 and Australia is a diverse, inclusive nation with a First Nations treaty, sustained

action on climate change and a thriving green economy. Speculation Nation: Making Utopia

presents the work of crafts practitioners across Australia to ruminate on this utopia and create a

material response. Artists might explore how we can reach this utopia or reflect on these ideas

more generally.

Image: Dennis Golding, Back Home From Home, 2021. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.


Exhibitions 2023

Block 4

6 July - 26 August

UNCOMMON

Eliza-Jane Gilchrist

With a mixture of older and new work, Craft ACT presents Eliza-Jane Gilchrist's ongoing

practice of making abstract sculptures based on plant/seed forms using cardboard. Gilchrist

combines craft techniques such as paper-cutting, folding, paper-engineering, papier Mache,

and pattern-making, with non-traditional materials, creating works are unusual, accessible and

thought-provoking.

Image: Eliza-Jane Gilchrist, ncomon Installation View 2019. Photo: Lorena

Carrington.


Exhibitions 2023

Block 4

6 July - 26 August

EXUBERANCE

Curators | Sharon Peoples + Carol Cooke

Artists | Leonie Andrews | Nichole O’Loughlan | Robby Wright | Nicole Kemp | Dijanna

Cevaal | Philomena Hali | Suzie Vickery | Belinda Jessup | Carol Cooke | Liz Payne |

Cathy Jack Coupland | Carolyn Sullivan | Wilma Simmons | Sharon Peoples | Makeda

Duong | Naomi Zouwer | Liam Benson | Amy Jones | Di Ellis

Sixteen contemporary Australian craft practitioners, designers and artists examine

the concept of exuberance through colour, materiality and politics through hand

stitch. Objects and wall pieces will reflect the current urge of re-engagement with

nature and the politics. We are using stitch as a metaphor of repair, care and

protection that is required for the environment, often reflecting the ability of plant life

to proliferate in weird and wonderful ways when given the opportunities. In

psychology, exuberance denotes child-like displays of lack of inhibition, and this

comes through many of the artists working on this project.

Image: Liam Benson, You Already Know - Echo, 2021-22. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.


Exhibitions 2023

Block 5

7 September - 21 October

ISLAND WELCOME

Curator | Belinda Newick

Artists | Jane Bowden | Melissa Cameron | Maree Clarke + Blanche Tilden | Laura

Deakin | Bin Dixon-Ward | Sarah Elson | Kath Inglis | Pennie Jagiello | Inari Kiuru | Kelly

McDonald | Alice Whish.

Island Welcome a nationally touring group exhibition exploring contemporary jewellery as a

gesture of welcome, curated by Belinda Newick, seeks to bring attention to asylum seeker

issues and to extend the dialogue beyond art and craft audiences via expressions of Australian

values through craft practice.


With reference to welcome garlands gifted in many traditional islander cultures, each artist has

made a neckpiece, lei, or garland interpreting the theme of welcome whilst considering current

Australian immigration policies. The artists use the narrative and material potential of each

distinct garland to encapsulate a complex visual language and to express the emotions felt by

the maker during the process.

Image: Kelly MacDonald, Motherlode, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.


Exhibitions 2023

Block 5

7 September - 21 October

DRAWN BY STONE

Curators | Bridie Moran | Jody Rallah | Annette An-Jen Liu

Dean Cross | Ray Chan See Kwong | Jody Rallah | Wen-Hsi Harman | Ruth Ju-shih LI

Drawn by stones is a touring exhibition that brings together artists who utilise the ceramic medium

to interrogate contested histories, stolen land, Indigenous sovereignty, and national identity.

Exhibiting artists from Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan investigate ‘nationhood’ and ownership

through ceramics and demonstrate how the ceramic form can both memorialise and tell

alternative histories.

Taking its title from Marvin Bell’s 1984 poem Drawn by Stones, by Earth, by Things That Have Been

in the Fire, this exhibition recognises that the foundations of ceramic practice lie in the earth – and

through the work of exhibiting artists, aims to expand the relevance of ceramic histories, dialogues

and interrogations of land, place, sovereignty and ownership across Asia and Australia.

Drawn by stones is a 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art touring project. The exhibition and

associated programming are supported by the Australia Council for the Arts,.

Image: Ray Chan See Kwong, NEW RE NEW, 2018. Photo: Christian Capurro.


Exhibitions 2023

Block 6

26 October – 9 December

2023 CRAFT ACT MEMBERS EXHIBITION

Artist to be selected mid 2023

The Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre annual members exhibition will showcase contemporary

expressions of craft and design uniting time-honoured techniques with modern interpretations.

This is a showcase exhibition demonstrating the trends in contemporary craft and design in

Australia by practitioners from the ACT and surrounding region.

Image: Transformation: Craft ACT Members Exhibition Installation View, 2021. Photo: 5 Foot Photography.


Exhibitions 2023

Block 6

26 October – 9 December

DESIGN CANBERRA EXHIBITION

Exhibitions to be selected Early 2023

DESIGN Canberra celebrates and promotes Canberra as a global city of design.


Throughout November 2023 a curated program of events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations,

markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes will be showcased as DESIGN Canberra,

transforming the nation’s capital into a new platform for the best in design. The festival is for all

interests and ages and most events are free.


DESIGN Canberra values innovation, experimentation and collaboration and is generously

supported by like-minded organisations and brands.

Image: DESIGN Canberra Festival Civic Square Activation, 2019. Photo: 5 Foot Photography.


Exhibitions 2023

Block 6

26 October – 9 December

SPOON THEORY

Elizabeth Curry

‘Spoon Theory’ is an exhibition of spoons crafted to abstractly represent some of the

emotions experienced by a person living with an invisible illness, in this case autism.

Based on the concept of Spoon Theory created by Christine Miserandino, each

spoon will be crafted from scratch and represent an emotion felt by a specific

individual, the artist herself.

The aim of the exhibition is to bring awareness to invisible illnesses. It is hoped that it

may help some people either through recognition or understanding and assist in the

breakdown of associated stigmas.

Image: Elizabeth Curry, Untitled Shoulder Brooch, 2018. Photo: Simon Cottrell.


For further information, please contact:

Gallery and Retail Manager, Craft ACT: Craft + Design

craftact@craftact.org.au or 02 6262 9333

Image: Emerging Contemporaries Installation View, 2021. Photo: 5 Foot

Photography.

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