CRAFT VICTORIA presents 26th annual graduate exhibition, fresh! 

February 18, 2019

Craft Victoria's annual emerging maker showcase, Fresh!, returns with the next wave of new and emerging talent.

Eleven recent graduates have been selected from Tertiary and TAFE Institutions across Victoria by Craft Victoria and a team of craft and design practitioners and curators.

Running annually since 1993, Fresh! is a springboard for emerging craft makers into the Australian art scene.

The exhibition fosters the potency and potential in art graduates and provides an insight into the direction in contemporary craft and design.

Contemporary jeweller and past Fresh! finalist, Linda Hughes says “Fresh! is an artistic launching pad for selected students. [The exhibition] gave me the confidence to develop new ideas in my work.”

Fresh! is developed by a team of craft and design practitioners and curators who, in the months preceding the exhibition, view and attend the graduate exhibitions of numerous departments within Tertiary and TAFE institutions. 

Fresh! upholds Craft Victoria’s ongoing commitment to supporting emerging makers.

The exhibition will be opened on Thursday 28 March by artist and past Fresh! finalist Tassia Joannides.

Aphra Cheesman,  Plug and Socket  ( neckpiece), 2018, vitreous enamel on copper, mild steel, electrical cable, 40x40x60 length 700mm. Photography Andrew Barcham

Aphra Cheesman, Plug and Socket ( neckpiece), 2018, vitreous enamel on copper, mild steel, electrical cable, 40x40x60 length 700mm. Photography Andrew Barcham

FRESH! 2019
23  March – 4 May 2019

OPENING EVENT
Thursday 28 March, 6 – 8pm

ARTISTS
Aaron Billings (Monash), Aphra Cheesman (RMIT), Belinda Reid (VCA), Jess Lyons (RMIT), Jessie Balletta (RMIT), Javier Bermejo (RMIT), Mali Taylor (RMIT), Olive Gill-Hille (RMIT), Rosie Gunzburg (RMIT), Samantha Seary (RMIT) and, Zaiba Khan (Melbourne Polytechnic)

SELECTION PANEL
Josephine Briginshaw (Development Coordinator at Australian Tapestry Workshop), Andrei Davidoff (Ceramic Artist and Sculptor), Troy Emery (Artist), Daniel Poole (Furniture Designer and Cabinet Maker), Louise Meuwissen (Artist), Chloë Powell (Craft Victoria Curator and Exhibitions Manager) and Eliza Tiernan (Craft Victoria Curatorial and Marketing Assistant)

VENUE
Craft Victoria, Watson Place, Melbourne, VIC, 3000