Craft Victoria new Board appointments

Tuesday 24 July 2018


Craft Victoria, Australia’s leading organisation representing craft and design, is pleased to announce the following Board appointments. Current Board Member, Katrina Raymond, has been appointed the new Chair of Craft Victoria.

Katrina takes over the Chairmanship from Rob Camm, who has retired from the Board after 6 years’ service, the last seven months as Chair.

The Board wishes to thank Rob for his guidance and wisdom, and the significant contribution he has made to the organisation.

Katrina is committed to helping Craft Victoria build on its many recent achievements and expand the organisation’s capacity to promote and boost the careers of makers.

As a qualified gold and silversmith, a fine art expert and communications consultant for the arts, cultural and design sectors, Katrina is passionate about Craft Victoria’s role in enabling the Craft sector to flourish. 

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“In a world of increasing sameness; individual, bespoke, hand-crafted objects are becoming more important than ever.  There’s a fundamental beauty of form and process that can only be found in an object fashioned by the human hand.  Craft has the ability to raise our senses.  By future proofing the by-hand movement Craft Victoria can help make for a better world,” Ms Raymond said. 

Following a call for Expressions of Interest in February 2018 to fill two maker positions on the Board, Abby Seymour and Sim Luttin have been appointed.

Abby Seymour's artistic practice spans from jewellery to objects to print and is represented by Craft Victoria and other selected museums and boutique stores in Australia and internationally. Abby’s work focuses on sustainability by using ethical business practices and materials with minimal impact on the environment and she aims to bring equivalent innovation to Craft Victoria.

Sim Luttin is a practising contemporary jeweller who exhibits nationally and internationally and is represented by Pieces of Eight, Melbourne and Charon Kransen Arts, New York.  Sim is an experienced curator and gallery manager, working for Arts Project Australia and bringing extensive arts gallery management, marketing and sales expertise to Craft Victoria.

Sim Luttin and current Board member Marita Madden have been appointed Deputy Chairs.

Two further new Board members, Matthew Lucas and Lyn McColl, have been appointed to expand the breadth of skills to help lead Craft Victoria’s future growth, reach and success. 

Matthew Lucas is a luxury goods consultant with specialist expertise in retail and wholesale, marketing and communications and strategic business development.  He is an adviser to clients in fine art, furniture, objects, design, watches and jewellery.

Lyn McColl is a qualified accountant with significant corporate and business experience.  She has conducted senior leadership roles at BHP Billiton and now University of Melbourne and brings strong governance, financial and organisational skills.

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Media contact:

Viktoria Laux, Marketing and Partnerships Manager T: 03 9650-7775  or vlaux@craft.org.au

About Craft Victoria

From contemporary jewellery to tableware, art objects to large sculptural works and furniture to fashion, Craft is dedicated to innovative approaches to craft and design excellence.

In its new home on Watson Place tucked behind Supernormal off Flinders Lane with the gallery, retail space and its public programs and events, Craft brings together a vibrant and sustainable contemporary craft and design community by supporting, showcasing and celebrating all craft disciplines and practitioners.

Craft Victoria conducts an extensive program of exhibitions in gallery and regionally, an ongoing schedule of seminars, workshops, masterclasses and members’ advice clinics,  coordinates the Craft Hatch Market and the Craft Cubed Festival and runs innovative awards and initiates collaborations and commissions, all of which are designed to further the growth of contemporary craft. 

It is Craft’s mission to encourage a high standard of craftsmanship, to widen the interest in craft throughout Australia and abroad, presenting a cutting-edge vision of craft making in the 21st century.