FRESH! 25 years
Presented annually since 1993, this year Craft celebrates 25 years of FRESH! which showcases the energy, skill and innovation of some of the best graduating students from craft and design disciplines throughout the State.
FRESH! presents a significant opportunity for graduates launching their career as makers and artists, and many have gone on to great heights. To help celebrate 25 years of FRESH! we spoke to some of our alumni to hear their experience and journey as a maker and artist since being exhibited.
Amy Kennedy - Fresh! Finalist 2003 & 2005
"It was a thrill and honour to be nominated for Craft Victoria's Fresh! exhibition in 2003 and 2005 (in 2003 it was one of the first exhibitions I had taken part in!) Being a part of the exhibitions introduced me a wider community of inspiring makers and was a tremendous boost to my confidence at such an early stage in my career. The exposure and recognition gained through Fresh! helped set a foundation on which to build a career in ceramics. Thank you Craft."
Annie Gobel - Fresh! Finalist 2014
“Being a Fresh! finalist in 2014 really boosted my confidence in becoming an artist. Ever since then, I have not stopped making.
It is also great the fact that I am still in touch with many of the other finalists too.”
Bin Dixon-Ward - Fresh! Finalist 2012
"The opportunity to be involved in Fresh in 2012, when I graduated from. RMIT, introduced me to a new galleriest. Our relationship has evolved and I continue to show with her."
Dan Bowran - Fresh! Finalist 2011
“I recall being really chuffed that I had been selected for Fresh 2011.
It’s a great stepping stone for graduating students to move on and exhibit in new places. As is definitely the case for me, I returned to London to study at Royal College of Art. This lead to participating in masterclasses, residencies and exhibiting internationally. And in a surreal circular fashion, I now run the glass studios in which I made the work for Fresh!”
Inari Kiuru - Fresh! Finalist 2011
“Being selected as a Fresh finalist (thank you Anna Davern for spotting my enamelled objects at RMIT in 2010!) had a tremendous positive impact on my confidence, spurring me on to continue object making and experimenting with different materials. A heartfelt thank you, Craft”
Julia Deville - Fresh! Finalist 2004
“Fresh was my first exhibition in a gallery. My first solo sculpture exhibition in 2007 was also at Craft Victoria. Since then I have exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria, MONA and The Art Gallery of South Australia as well as having over 10 solo shows in commercial galleries.”
Lindy McSwan - FRESH! Finalist 2012
Being selected for Fresh! in 2012 was one of the great highlights of graduating. Working towards my first solo exhibition at the Sofitel started a continuing trajectory for me. I am grateful for exciting and ongoing opportunities that followed; many of them beyond what I could have imagined at the time of graduating. Congratulations to Craft Victoria on 25 years of Fresh! I am very proud to have been part of this history.”
Linda Hughes - FRESH! Finalist 2005
“Fresh! is always an outstanding exhibition and an artistic launching pad for selected students. The Fresh! award gave me confidence and funds to develop new ideas in my work.”
MARCOS GUZMAN - FRESH! Finalist 2013
"Having been a part of Fresh! gave me the needed push to continue establishing my creative goals. It's a very special situation where the momentum is set ahead for you. I am grateful towards Craft for investing support into my artistic vision"
David NealE - Fresh! finalist 2003
“Opportunities to exhibit my work at Craft have no doubt helped me to find some of the true fans of my jewellery- the ones who really ‘get it’ are often other makers.”
Hannah Gartside - FRESH! finalist 2017
"Fresh! was my first exhibition after graduating and gave me a confidence in the validity of my emerging textile based sculptural practice. The reception to the work was very positive, and helped me to trust this wild path. I am grateful to Craft, and specifically to curator Olivia Poloni for her support and care."
Mary Odorcic - FRESH! finalist 2001
“Fresh was the catalyst that gave me not only the confidence but a helping hand to turn my artistic passion into my career.” - Mary Odorcic
John Gosper - FRESH! finalist 2011
“The Fresh! Experience was a great culmination, and exercise in display, of the work I’d produced for my Honours year at RMIT. It was also insightful to engage with other graduate artists/makers, and their practices from varying disciplines”
Katie Jayne Britchford - FRESH! finalist 2012
"Being part of Fresh! gave me the confidence straight out of graduation to continue to pursue my ideas and concepts through art. Receiving recognition for what you do is an imperative part of growing as an artist. The exhibition opened up a broader audience to my work and I also made new contacts and friends through the experience."
Yuko Fujita, FRESH! finalist 2005
“The experience gave me confidence and further opportunity to pursue a career as a jeweller and an artist.”