Craft presents Fresh! celebrating 25 years

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2 February to 10 March 2018

Craft is excited to celebrate the next wave of Victorian graduates in contemporary craft and design with Fresh!. Presented annually since 1993, this year sees Craft celebrate 25 years of this highly anticipated program, which showcases the energy, skill and innovation of some of the best graduating students from craft and design disciplines throughout the State. Fresh! will be on view at Craft’s new exhibition space in Watson Place from 2 February to 10 March 2018.  

Fresh! presents a significant opportunity for graduates launching their career as makers and artists. We know from experience that Fresh! alumni can go onto great heights with internationally recognised craftspeople and artists Julia DeVille, Jacqueline Belcher and Esther Stewart numbering among over 300 artists previously showcased at Fresh!.

A panel of industry experts and experienced craft practitioners are invited by Craft to review the graduate exhibitions of over 30 departments within Tertiary and TAFE institutions across Victoria. From these exhibitions, the freshest and most intriguing works, exploring contemporary craft, are handpicked for the exhibition. 

This year, Craft is honoured to announce the following finalists:

Ana Petidis (RMIT), Anna Dunnill (VCA), Ashleigh Jessup (Whitehouse Institute of Design Australia), Brooke Coutts-Wood (RMIT), Cassandra Prinzi (RMIT), Dannielle Faran (RMIT), Jess Merlo (Monash University), Josephine Mead (Monash University), Madeleine Thornton-Smith (RMIT), Michelle Stewart (RMIT), Nigel Vogler (Whitehouse Institute of Design), Seala Lokollo-Evans (RMIT), and Te' Claire (RMIT).

In addition to the Craft Development Award, this year the Fresh! finalists are generously supported by awards from Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, Pieces of Eight Gallery, Future Leaders and Frankie Magazine, highlighting excellence and support further opportunities.

Fresh! will be on view from 2 February to 10 March at Craft, Watson Place, Melbourne, Australia. The exhibition opening event will be held on Thursday 8 February from 6-8pm. 

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For high resolution images and further info, please contact:

Media | Viktoria Laux | vlaux@craft.org.au |  03 0650 7775

Image by: Z. Rosli, Artwork by: Nigel Vogler, Blue Bastard 2017