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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For further information and/or images please contact Olivia Poloni at Craft on 0421 852 929 or

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. He is also 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 to direct engagement with and entry into management of collections, cultural institutions and philanthropic foundations in Australia and England. 

Immediately prior to joining Craft Victoria he was Project Manager Cook 250 Anniversary Program at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney.

He has worked in museums 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) which manages two extensive sports related collections and is based at the iconic 100,000 seat Melbourne Cricket Ground. During his time at the MCC he led a whole of collections audit and establishment of new collections stores and 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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For further information please contact or call Liberty Scott on 9650 7775.







Dear Members;

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.

Lousje Skala

Australia - 29 September 2016


Image courtesy the artist's estate

Image courtesy the artist's estate

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


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.
Genevieve Reid.
Chairman Craft Council of Victoria