THE DESIGN FILES
The Design Files feature on Craft's New Home!
'The Melbourne institution opened the doors to an incredible new location earlier this month. Craft Victoria is one of Melbourne’s oldest and most established organisations dedicated to supporting local artists. After a long stint at the top of Flinder’s Lane in the city, earlier this month they opened the doors to their INCREDIBLE new home in Watson Place!
Just a hop, skip and a jump from their previous location, the Craft Victoria (who recently celebrated their 47th year in business!) operates as a library, gallery, retail space and hub for local industry. With their new space designed by award-winning architect, Karen Abernethy (seriously amazing), Craft Victoria continues to celebrate contemporary Australian craft and design in their spiffy new locale.'
CRAFT MEDIA RELEASE | NEW SPACE OPENING
Craft Victoria opens the doors to its new home on 5 October 2017.
Craft Victoria has moved into its highly anticipated new home at 171 Collins Street. Accessed via Watson Place off Flinders Lane, the new space includes a number of galleries, a retail store, offices and storage space.
“We’re hugely excited to be in our new home at last”, says Craft Victoria CEO Melissa King. “In our 47th year, it’s the start of new era for Craft Victoria and it’s a joy to inhabit this beautiful new space that has been created to showcase the incredible work of our members. Karen has done an astonishing job in transforming Craft's new headquarters in the iconic 171 Collins Street BHP Building.”
Designed by award-winning Melbourne architect Karen Abernethy, the space features a backlit Foyer Gallery, a Main Gallery and integrates the retail and exhibition spaces.
“It was imperative from the outset that Craft’s new home considered first and foremost the makers, the most important component of the organisation’s membership. Consequently, the design and detail of the fit out is paired back and minimal to ensure that the protagonists of the space are the artists and their work.
Movable suspended screens allowing a multi-functional and flexible spatial arrangement, an illuminated and reflective atrium that floods the space with light and provides a showcase for some of the most beautiful objects at Craft are some of the features of Craft’s new home, “says Karen.
There is also a purpose-built Members Showcase Gallery that will feature the work of 6 members each month.
“Everything feels more spacious and open and we’re excited to be able to have the chance to bring an even greater diversity and range of works to the public. We want to celebrate the depth and breadth of our members’ work”, says Melissa.
The multiple gallery spaces also give Craft Victoria the flexibility to exhibit more artists and there is an exciting exhibition program in development.
The retail store opens on 5 October at 11am with the exhibitions program beginning from 12 October. The space will be officially opened by the Governor on 27 November to coincide with the opening of a major exhibition for Craft Victoria.
TUESDAY 23 JUly 2017
Craft welcome new CEO Melissa King
The Chair of Craft Victoria, Lousje Skala, today announced the appointment of Melissa King as Chief Executive Officer of Craft Victoria.
“The Board are delighted to announce that Melissa King will join Craft Victoria as its new CEO in July. Melissa has enjoyed a long career in the Arts on both sides of the Tasman and comes to us most recently from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Craft is a jewel in Victoria’s cultural life and after 47 years is entering a pivotal time in its growth and development. We are thrilled to have found someone so perfectly suited to transform and lead our organisation.” - Lousje Skala
For the past 13 years Melissa King was Head of Artistic Planning for the NZSO. She has also held previous positions at the Sydney Symphony, HLA Management and the Waverley Woollahra Arts Centre. She is a collector of glass, ceramics, jewellery and paintings by women of the Utopia Aboriginal Art Community.
“I feel extremely fortunate to be joining Craft Victoria. It is a dynamic time for this vibrant organisation. The breadth and depth of Craft’s activities is already remarkable and in August we move into our beautiful new gallery and retail space in Watson Place and start planning our 50th Birthday celebrations. I am looking forward enormously to working with the Board and talented staff to build on Craft’s already rich history as we continue to champion our makers.” Melissa King
WEDNESDAY 10 MAY 2017
VICTORIAN CRAFT AWARDS FINALISTS AND JUDGES ANNOUNCED
Craft thanks the State Government of Victoria, who have generously supported the Victorian Craft Awards with the major prize of $10,000 honouring Victorian Arts Minister Lynne Kosky's public service and commitment to the arts.
Craft Victoria is thrilled to announce the 100 finalists in the Victorian Craft Awards exhibition.
This is the second biennial event facilitated by Craft Victoria in the pursuit of presenting and celebrating excellence in craft and design. The awards exhibition will take place across three venues — Craft Victoria, Collins Place Gallery and Sofitel Melbourne on Collins from 3 June–8 July.
The awards welcome emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople from across the state of Victoria. Craft was impressed by the quality of applications of individual works utilising a range of craft skills, processes and materials.
Selection judges Mardi Nowak (Senior Curator, The Town Hall Gallery, Boroondara), Richard Ferguson (Executive Director, Craft Victoria) and Olivia Poloni (Curator, Craft Victoria) undertook the challenging task of shortlisting the 100 finalists.
Lousje Skala, Chair, said “Following the success of the first Victorian Craft Awards in 2015, we are thrilled to once again deliver an exhibition that showcases excellence across the craft and design sector. The Victorian Craft Awards offers a unique opportunity to experience the diversity and skill of Victorian craft practitioners, and we’re proud to share this compelling snapshot of contemporary craft with the wider community.”
The Victorian Craft Awards opens on Saturday 3 June, with the Awards Ceremony and Launch from 4–6pm.
TUESDAY 06 JUNE 2017
VICTORIAN CRAFT AWARDS 2017 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
With thanks to our major supporters, the State Government of Victoria, Craft is thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s Victorian Craft Awards. Presented biennially, these awards celebrate excellence in contemporary craft and design practice across Victoria.
The Winner of the Lynne Kosky Jewellery Award ($10,000) is KIRSTEN HAYDON
Honouring the legacy of Victorian Government Minister, Lynne Kosky and her outstanding committment to the arts
Supported by Creative Victoria
The Winner of the Jewellery Encouragement Award ($2,000) is MICHAELA PEGUM
Supported by the Family of Lynne Kosky
The Winner of the Ceramic Award $5,000 is KATHERINE WHEELER
Supported by a generous Craft Victoria donor
The Winner of the Excellence Award ($5,000) is CLAIRE MCARDLE
Supported by the Bowness Family Foundation
The Winner of the Chair’s Award for Innovation ($1,000) is ANNA DAVERN
Supported by Lousje Skala, Chair of the Board at Craft Victoria
The Winner of the Chair’s Award for Innovation – Emerging ($500) is SAI-WAI FOO
Supported by Lousje Skala, Chair of the Board at Craft Victoria
Voting is now open for the People’s Choice Award ($700)
Supported by Craft Victoria
Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to enter the Victorian Craft Awards 2017 People's Choice Award. Entrants can vote by completing an entry form using the paper ballots provided in the exhibition space at either of the following venues; Craft Victoria (31 Flinders Lane) or Collins Place Gallery.
Image credit: Untitled (White Cow Head) by Natalie Ryan
Lynne Kosky Jewellery Award $10,000
Honouring the legacy of Victorian Arts Minister, Lynne Kosky
Judged by Gene Sherman and Marian Hosking
Jewellery Encouragement Award $2,000
Supported by the Family of Lynne Kosky
Judged by Gene Sherman and Marian Hosking
Ceramics Award $5,000
Judged by Nellie Castan and Shane Kent
Excellence Award $5,000
The Bowness Family Foundation
Judged by Sarah Bond and Gregory Bonasera
Chair’s Award for Innovation $1,000
Judged by Lousje Skala
People’s Choice Award $700
Supported by Craft Victoria
Details on each of the finalists' work will be available on www.craft.org.au/victoriancraftaward from 18 May.
VICTORIAN CRAFT AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Saturday 3 June 4pm–6pm
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
Olivia Poloni - Curator, Craft Victoria
03 9650 7775 firstname.lastname@example.org
Craft can arrange high resolution images, interviews and more.
VICTORIAN CRAFT AWARDS FINALISTS
Aidan Mackinnon, Alan Constable, Alison Frith, Alterfact, Andrei Davidoff, Anna Davern, Anne Van der Auwera, Anthony Kleine, Aphra Ellen Cheesman, Bin Dixon-Ward, Blanche Tilden, Bryan Cush, Byron Raleigh, Cassie Leatham, Catrine Berlatier, Chris O'Brien, Christopher Plumridge, Claire Best, Claire Lehmann, Claire McArdle, Dan Bowran, Dana Falcini, Dawn Vachon, Donna Blackall, Elise Sheehan, Elnaz Nourizadeh, Ema Shin, Emma Greenwood, Fiona Hiscock, Gabbee Stolp, Glenda Nicholls, Glenys Mann, Hannah Gartside, Holly Grace, Inari Kiuru, Irianna Kanellopoulou, Isabel Avendano Hazbun, Jane Sawyer, Janetta Kerr Grant, Janine Tanzer, Jill Stanbury, Joanne Linsdell, Kari Lee McInneny-Mcrae, Kate Just, Katherine Bowman, Katherine Wheeler, Katie Collins, Kirsten Haydon, Kirsten Perry, Kirsty Macafee, Kris Coad, Laura Eyles, Lauralai Wilson, Lauren Trojkovic, Lindy McSwan, Lisa Waup, Louise Kyriakou, Louise Meuwissen, Madeleine Thornton-Smith, Mark Edgoose, Mechelle Shooter and Richard Greenacre - Shacre Studio, Michaela Pegum, Michelle Cangiano, Mika Chiba, Natalie Ryan, Neville French, Annie Gobel, Pennie Jagiello, Peter Waples-Crowe, Pip Haydon, Robyn Phelan, Ryan Foote, Sai-Wai Foo, Samuel Mertens, Sarah Schembri, Sarah Tracton, Sarra Tzijan, Seb Brown, Sharon West, Sim Luttin, Stephen Ziguras, Susan Buchanan, Tae Schmeisser, Tai Snaith, Tallara Gray, Terry Williams, Tessa Blazey, Tessy King, Tracy Muirhead, Vanessa Lucas, Vicki Mason, Wendy Jagger, Yoko Ozawa, Yu Fang Chi, Yuko Fujita and Zhu Ohmu
18 APRIL - 07 MAY
Exploring tensions between the functional and aesthetic nature of the vessel, Botanica showcases the work of seven contemporary makers, utilising a diversity of craft material and practice in collaboration with floral studio Cecilia Fox.
Jeweller and object maker ACV studio, ceramicist Sharon Alpren, 3D ceramic printers Alterfact studio and stone mason Den Holm, have created works which draw reference from the natural world and historical craft forms. This window also features the work of ceramicist Andrei Davidoff and Victorian Aboriginal Weaving Collective’s Donna Blackall and Glenda Nicholls.
Exploring interactions between flora and form, Botanica servers as an immersive reminder of our connection to the crafted object and to nature.
Craft showcases emerging makers and curators
Melbourne, Australia: Craft announces the first exhibitions taking place as part of its new Emerging Makers and Curators Program. In the first year of this program, Craft will host two concurrent exhibitions: Slice of Life, a group exhibition curated by Sophia Cai and Sun Room, a solo show by artist Tessy King curated by Jade Bitar.
Both exhibitions will be on view at Craft Victoria's exhibition space (31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) from 22 April to 27 May 2017.
The Emerging Makers and Curators initiative has been designed to showcase the work of exciting new talent to a wider audience. It provides key professional development opportunities, acting as a vital stepping stone for emerging makers and curators supported by the expertise and profile of Craft. Following an open call for expressions of interest, the final selection of artists and curators was made by an advisory group of external experts including artist Kate Rohde.
Slice of Life is a group exhibition curated by Sophia Cai that examines a contemporary approach to everyday objects and still lifes through craft-based practices. The exhibition will feature works by Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Julie Burleigh, Scott Duncan, Phil Ferguson (Chili Philly), Katie Jacobs, Josephine Mead, Tricia Page, and Cat Rabbit. The artists work across diverse mediums including ceramics, textiles and jewellery to playfully depict natural and man-made objects to create familiar scenes from unexpected materials. This focus on ordinary scenes told through handcrafted works highlights the inspirations found in the everyday, and re-imagines our personal relationship to objects, history and nature.
Sun Room is a solo exhibition in which artist Tessy King displays a selection of artwork that considers the meaning and value attached to the ceramic vessel. With a playful nod to the practice of displaying one’s prized objects, this exhibition subverts notions of priceless craft and preciousness. Curated by Jade Bitar, Sun Room remarks on the status of clay making by referencing past incarnations of ceramic objects in antiquity and domestic wares. Contemporary appropriation associated with cultural cringe is deconstructed while emphasizing the ceramic vessel’s historic prevalence. The artist’s hand is visible in every decision made in the construction, which results in a haptic yet perfectly defined and purposeful result. A recent RMIT graduate, King’s original and confident approach in her practice has made her one to watch in contemporary craft. King has exhibited regularly both nationally and internationally.
Slice of Life and Sun Room will be on view from 22 April to 27 May at Craft, 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia. The exhibition launch will be held on Saturday 29 April from 4–6pm, and will feature a public performance by artist Chili Philly.
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Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Pizza Face, 2016, glazed earthenware, 3x29 x29cm. Photograph by Robin Hearfield.
Tessy King, Sun Room (Rainbow Vessel), 2016, glazed stoneware, lustre, granite, steel, turmeric dyed calico, dimensions variable
Craft Presents annual fresh! graduate showcase
Melbourne, Australia: Craft celebrates the next wave of Victorian graduates in contemporary craft and design with Fresh!. 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! will be on view at Craft’s exhibition space from 18 February to 11 March 2017.
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.
Craft is honoured to announce the 2016 finalists:
Katie Barter (RMIT), Matt Fairbridge (VCA), Hannah Gartside (VCA), Katherine Hubble (RMIT), Cara Johnson (RMIT), Tessy King (RMIT), Claire Lehman (Holmesglen TAFE), Michaela Pegum (RMIT), Rachel Siklic (RMIT), Bec Smith (RMIT), Siteng Wei (RMIT) and Lauralai Wilson (RMIT).
This year the 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.
Fresh! will be on view from 18 February to 11 March at Craft, 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia. The exhibition opening will be held on Saturday 18 February from 4–6pm.
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Image Credit: Hannah Gartside, New Terrain (The Fantasies), image by Rhett Wyman | Bec Smith, Spring 2016, image by Screaming Pixel | Rachael Siklic, RUSS Sideboard
Australia - 22 December 2016
Craft Chairman Lousje Skala today announces the appointment of Richard Ferguson as the new Executive Director at Craft Victoria.
Richard will be commencing his role in mid-February 2017.
Richard has been involved in the cultural, heritage and education sectors for more than 30 years in both Australia and England. A craft and arts practitioner, his initial tertiary training was at the National Art School in ceramics. Later training in visual arts and photography enabled him to undertake original research and Antarctic field work, on five expeditions, on the use of photography on polar expeditions initially based at the Mawson Institute for Antarctic Research at the University of Adelaide.
This and other creative and curatorial projects ultimately gave rise management of collections, cultural institutions and philanthropic foundations in Australia and England.
Immediately prior to joining Craft Victoria he was Project Manager of the Cook 250 Anniversary Program at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney. Having worked in museum management at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (one of twelve lead National Museums of England), the South Australian Museum and the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC). During his time at the MCC he led a collections audit and established new collection facilities as part of a $35 million redevelopment. Prior to that he was Manager of the Museums Australia, Museums Accreditation Program and implemented the introduction of their reaccreditation processes. Richard also has business development and retail experience in the gallery and private sectors.
He was elected as Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1993, is a member of the Royal Society of Victoria and currently a Council Member of ICOM Australia. Richard also has a Masters of Philosophy from Cambridge University.
Craft Chairman, Lousje Skala said “The Board is delighted to welcome Richard to Craft. Richard has had an impressive career across a number of prestigious arts organisations in Australia and the UK. His expertise across many aspects of the sector and his organisational experience will provide invaluable insights into the future for Craft.”
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MESSAGE FROM THE NEW CHAIR: LOUSJE SKALA
I am honoured to be the new Chair of the Board of Craft and wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and participation as a valued member.
As a practicing Contemporary Art jeweller, I became the Chair of Craft in late September and feel that I have insights into the opportunities and challenges of being a local maker in Victoria.
One of the key reasons Craft Victoria is seen as a leading arts organisation is because of the special relationship it has with its makers and members. Recognising this, Craft has reviewed its membership and increased the value of the offerings.
It is the number one goal of the organisation to grow our membership base and offer new membership packages but also to provide more value. The Accredited members at $250, receive over $1100 of insurance at the current market rate. There will also be exclusive career and business development information on the website for Accredited and General members.
The support of our members is vital to Craft and enables us to deliver vibrant programs, exhibitions, festivals, fairs, forums and professional and career development.
My ambitious aim is to double our membership before Christmas and I need your help.
If each of you finds just one NEW member we will achieve this all important goal. But please don’t limit yourself to one ask, help us get as many new members as we can. Ask your friends, your colleagues, your relatives, because together we can make this happen. Give the gift of a Craft membership for Christmas.
To congratulate and thank the members who have been most active, we are offering some great prizes. Start now and sign up the most number of new members and win…
1st Prize: One night in a classic room at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Street with breakfast in the No.35 Restaurant plus two tickets to the MTC’s performance of the 1940s Broadway Classic, Born Yesterday, and a bottle of French champagne, valued at over $700.
2nd Prize: Four bottles of French champagne valued at $320
3rd Prize : $250 Craft store voucher.
Be sure your candidates acknowledge your introductions when they join, either in the ‘Notes’ section on the online Membership Form, or to a staff member.
We will be in touch with you throughout the month to keep you up to date with our progress.
And in anticipation, thank you for helping us grow into a stronger, more vibrant organisation.
Australia - 29 September 2016
VALE KLAUS MOJE
Craft would like to honour Artist Klaus Moje, who has died at the age of 79 after a few months of ill health. Known as the father of Australian glass art, the German-born artist created his own aesthetic language which continues to influence Australian artists. Klaus was also the founder of Australian National University Glass Workshop in Canberra and pioneered a fused glass technique using specially developed glass rods.
His works are held in hundreds of private collections, and in more than 60 public collections both in Australia and internationally, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
We join with those in the community in acknowledging this great loss and pass on our condolences to his family.
Melbourne, Australia - 31 August 2016
LOVE LOCKS LOTTERY WINNERS
Artists Dr Anton Hasell, Dr Louiseann King, Elise Sheehan, Kirsty Macafee, Katheryn Leopoldseder have explored themes of memory, devotion, love and loss to commemorate our city and the people who claimed Love Locks for private ritual. To preserve each devotional artefact for posterity, the 20,000 locks have found new life in the diverse forms of a harmonic bell made from 120 kgs of Love Locks, a large necklace inspired by the convict coin traditions, slip-cast porcelain locks, brooches and sculptures.
Heavy Memories, Elise Sheehan
(jeweller and artist), Melbourne: Sculptural pieces out of dust particles filed down from the locks.
WINNER: Jen Leibhart
Lovelocked Bell, Dr Anton Hasell
(sculptor and bell designer) Mia Mia, Victoria: A harmonic bell from the metal of the love locks.
WINNER: Victoria Goodridge
Devotion, Katheryn Leopoldseder
(jeweller and artist) Kew, Melbourne: A large-scale necklace of the locks inspired by the convict coin tradition, where inscribed pennies were worn by the loved ones around the neck, close to the heart.
WINNER: Juliette Sutton
Outpouring, Kirsty Macafee
(artist and photographer), Canterbury, Victoria: A photograph of slipcast porcelain locks created from the originals.
WINNER: Jane Brownrigg
Melbourne, Australia - 17 August 2016
I'm writing to advise that Craft Victoria's CEO & Artistic Director, Jane Scott, has tendered her resignation effective Wednesday 31 August 2016.
The Craft Victoria Board respectfully acknowledges Ms. Scott's achievements over the past three years and we thank her for her service to our organisation.
The Board has engaged an interim CEO, Ms. Jane Smith who will join Craft Victoria as interim CEO effective Thursday 1 September 2016.
Ms. Smith has more than 25 years experience in Arts Organisation management, and we are confident that she will bring immediate and expert day to day leadership to Craft Victoria.
Please join us in making Ms. Smith welcome to Craft Victoria, and should you have any queries please contact me.
Chair and Board of Craft Victoria.
Chairman Craft Council of Victoria
- Apr 11, 2017 Emerging Makers and Curators Program Apr 11, 2017
- January 2017
- Aug 30, 2016 CEREMONIAL Aug 30, 2016
- July 2016
- May 2016
- Jan 27, 2016 LOVE LOCKS Jan 27, 2016
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- Oct 5, 2015 Mayoral Chain Media Release Oct 5, 2015