Fresh!: The Forefront of Emerging Craft

Celebrating it’s 20th year Fresh! Craft’s annual showcase of the best work from the graduate shows returns. Twelve artists have been selected, all of whom reflect the energy and passion of an emerging generation of practitioners across the fields of craft.

2014 Exhibitors
Ruby Aitchison, John Brooks, Grace Crawshaw-McLean, Saskia Doherty, Annie Gobel, Marcos Guzman, Kate Jones, Tracey Lamb, Alexander Maklary, Louise Meuwissen, Elise Sheehan, Kate Wischusen.

Fresh! is on now until 7 June 2014 at Craft, 31 Flinders Lane Melbourne

Fresh! is developed by a team of professional craft and design practitioners and curators who, in the months preceding the exhibition, actively view a vast array of work and attend the graduate exhibitions of over 35 departments within Tertiary and TAFE institutions.

This exhibition has traditionally been held at the end of each year but this year it will be presented in April and May, allowing for an even more rigorous and holistic approach to identifying and researching the freshest, most unique and exciting practitioners, about to embark on their professional careers.

Further celebrating the 20th year of Fresh! we are talking to previous finalists to talk about their graduating work and the developments in their practice and the industry since that time. Read interviews with some of Melbourne’s leading craftspeople here:

David Neale
Natalia Milosz – Piekarska

Stay tuned for more, interviews are uploaded each week.

Interviews with current exhibitors and award winners here (and in the downloadable document above)

Marcos Guzman
Kate Jones
Louise Meuwissen

Fresh! Award Winners

Craft wishes to thank all the finalists in this year’s Fresh! We are also extremely grateful for the support of the following organisations who are supporting Fresh! this year. Listed here are the winners of the different awards:

KATE JONES – Was selected to showcase her work at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins in their exclusive gallery/foyer space, valued at $3,000.

RUBY AITCHISON & KATE WISCHUSEN – Each win a $500 cash prize provided by Dr. Helen Sykes AM, Director of Future Leaders, a philanthropic initiative promoting leadership, achievement and potential  among young Australians.

ELISE SHEEHAN – Winner of professional photographic services from Screaming Pixel, valued at $500.

LOUISE MEUWISSEN – Winner The Dumbo Feather prize which includes being featured on their website and blog. The artist will also received a one year subscription to the magazine. Read and interview with Louise on the Dumbo Feather website.

MARCOS GUZMAN – Winner of the inaugural Lightly Design Mentorship Award.

Further information:

DOWNLOAD the Fresh! Artists Profiles and Interviews document

DOWNLOAD the Fresh! Pricelist

DOWNLOAD the Fresh! media release


IMAGES Installation photographs by  Anita Beaney