An Update for our Members

19 January 2018

Dear Members and friends of Craft,

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018 which is shaping up to be another exciting year of achievement for Craft Victoria.

2017 was a momentous year for Craft Victoria, which saw us move to our new purpose-built gallery and retail space in Watson Place. The Board expresses its gratitude to management and staff who saw this through successfully.

 While Craft Victoria experienced some significant management and staff changes during the year, the Board is confident the organisation is on track, fulfilling its mission to represent and promote craft, makers and members in Victoria.

Late last year, the Board recalled experienced CEO, Jane Smith.  Jane has now been appointed as acting CEO for 12 months, to provide stability and sound management.  The Board will now commence the search for a new General Manager later this year.

The Board is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Curator, Chloe Powell, the well- respected co-founder of Radiant Pavilion, who will start with Craft Victoria on 5 February.

New marketing and partnerships manager, Viktoria Laux, starts with Craft Victoria on 26 January. 

At the Board Level, we are calling for Expressions of Interest for two new makers to come onto the Board to expand the breadth of skills to lead Craft Victoria’s future growth, reach and success.  We encourage makers who would like to contribute to their member organisation by writing to the CEO Jane Smith, outlining all their related interests and professional background by Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Board member Fran Wheelahan is stepping off the Board at the completion of her term later this month, and Georgina O’Farrell is coming onto the Board.  Georgina brings extensive experience in the law, arts and membership organisations. 

Craft Victoria is pleased to report that its end-of-year results have been positive, and, looking forward, a strong program of exhibitions and public programs is in place for 2018.

We look forward to welcoming you to our first exhibition, the 25th anniversary of Fresh, featuring the work of 13 recent graduates in contemporary craft, design and fine art practice, on from 2 February until 10 March with the official exhibition opening, 6 – 8pm Thursday 8 February 2018.

Stay tuned for further announcements on exhibitions, events and programs.  

- Rob Camm, Acting Co-Chair

An Update for our Members


Dear Members,

As 2017 draws to a close and our attention turns to festivities and celebrations with family and friends, we would like to provide Members with a short update.

On behalf of the Board, we wish to advise that Craft Victoria has appointed Jane Smith as acting CEO following the resignation of Melissa King. We would like to acknowledge Ms King for her service during the move to our new premises in Watson Place.

The Board has commenced a search to appoint a CEO to lead Craft Victoria into a new era capitalising on the organisation’s strengths in promoting excellence and innovation in contemporary craft.

Craft Victoria is pleased to receive the continuing support of our Members, the Foundation and our major funding partners - Creative Victoria, Australia Council and the City of Melbourne.

This year we had a very successful fundraising dinner thanks to the generous contribution from our Foundation and other supporters of Craft and the strong leadership of our Chair, Lousje Skala. The development of Craft Victoria’s exciting new gallery and retail space has been a momentous undertaking, and will deliver major benefits for Craft Victoria, Australia’s foremost organisation representing craft and design.

We encourage you to come and familiarise yourself with our new premises if you haven’t already. Our new purpose built home provides even more opportunities to showcase the work of members.

The move from 31 Flinders Lane to our new home could not have happened without the patience and dedication of our loyal team at Craft Victoria. The team is busy with the Christmas trade and with putting the foundations in place for a comprehensive program of exhibitions, events, programs, and seminars in 2018.

Craft Victoria is 47 years young and our new premises mark the next chapter in the proud history of the organisation. It also provides a strong springboard as we approach our 50th birthday – a magnificent achievement and testament to the loyal support of our Members, makers and lovers of all things hand made.

The Board, supported by the dedicated team at Craft Victoria, is looking forward to leading the organisation on this exciting journey.

As the new year approaches, we will see a number of changes on the Board of Craft Victoria. Lousje Skala’s term on the Board as Chair has concluded and she is relishing the opportunity to return to her own practice after many years of service to Craft Victoria. The Board would like to thank Lousje for her enthusiasm and resolute commitment to Craft Victoria as both a Director and Chair.

We are looking to further build on the skills and expertise of our existing Board. Importantly, we want to ensure that our makers are contributing to the strategic direction of Craft Victoria as Directors on the Board. In the new year we will be undertaking an expression of interest process to appoint new Directors to the Board. Succession planning is important, and this process will enable a smooth transition for our retiring Directors while also expanding the breadth of skills to lead Craft Victoria’s future growth, reach and success.

Thank you for your continued support and all the best wishes for a safe and prosperous festive season and New Year.

Rob Camm & Frances Wheelahan

Acting Co-Chairs

December 2017



architecture au

Architecture Au 's look at our new home designed by Karen Abernethy

'Craft Victoria, Australia’s largest members-based craft organization, has moved into new premises in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

Designed by Karen Abernethy, the pared-back, minimalist space occupies the basement level of the Bates Smart-designed 171 Collins Street. With a compact floor space of 300 square metres, it will boast a purpose-built exhibition gallery, a retail centre, offices and storage.'

art guide australia

Art Guide Australia's feature on our new CEO and new premises!

'Melissa King became CEO of Craft Victoria in July 2017. Prior to joining the organisation, King was working with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Founded in 1970, Craft Victoria will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary as a membership based, not-for-profit institution. At the time of King’s appointment, Lousje Skala, chair of Craft Victoria said, “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.”'


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.'