Fresh! celebrates the next wave of Victorian graduates in contemporary craft and design. Presented annually since 1993, through Fresh! Craft continues to showcase the energy, skill and innovation of some of the best graduating students from craft, design and fine art disciplines throughout the state.
Fresh! provides an important opportunity for graduates beginning their career as makers. We know from experience that Fresh! alumni can go onto great heights.
A team of professional craft practitioners, invited by Craft, attend graduate exhibitions of over 30 departments within Tertiary and TAFE institutions across Victoria. From these exhibitions the freshest works that explore contemporary craft are handpicked.
Read more in the Fresh! catalogue
This year's Fresh! finalists are generously supported by awards from Sofitel, Pieces of Eight Gallery, Future Leaders and Frankie Magazine. In addition to the Craft Development Award, these awards highlight excellence and support further opportunities for emerging craft practitioners.
Cara Johnson, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Prize. An exhibition in their exclusive gallery/foyer space, valued at $3000.
Michaela Pegum, Pieces of Eight Prize. $500 cash prize plus professional development session with Melanie Katsalidis.
Bec Smith, Frankie Magazine Prize. Online interview or feature which will be promoted through social media plus a prize pack including subscription and products.
Lauralai Wilson, Craft Retail Development Award. Professional development sessions and opportunity to be showcased within the Craft retail space and exhibition program.
Rachael Siklic, Future Leaders. A philanthropic initiative promoting leadership, achievement and potential among young Australians. Cash prize of $1000.