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Jul
30
to Aug 31

Reverent Extrusions

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Jess Lyons,  Past, Present and the Before  (detail) 2018. Stoneware, Glaze. Dimensions variable. Photography Andrew Barcham

Jess Lyons, Past, Present and the Before (detail) 2018. Stoneware, Glaze. Dimensions variable. Photography Andrew Barcham

Reverent Extrusions
30 July - 31 August 2019

Jess Lyons

Reverent Extrusions looks to re-contextualise the Members’ Vitrine Gallery as a display or archival cabinet, like that within a traditional museum collection, displaying cylindrical ceramic sculptural objects.

“These 'core samples', as I refer to them in my practice, have acted as metaphoric vehicles of ‘parallel narratives of ecology and the autobiographical’ and include motifs of geological excavation, absorption and states of flux.”

Reverent Extrusions is part of­­­ the 2019 Craft Cubed Window Walk, funded by the City of Melbourne.

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Jess Lyons is a ceramic artist based in Melbourne. Her practice is grounded in a process-based and research-led exploration of materials; pushing clay bodies and glazes to a point of ‘brinkmanship’. Jess’s conceptual practice is concerned with influences of inherited craft skills and scientific wisdom that have been passed down through her family. Jess’s work is driven by an innate desire to articulate the ‘self’ via the ceramic process.
@wivenhoe_ceramics

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CRAFT x SAM Showcase: Way to your heart
Aug
14
to Nov 11

CRAFT x SAM Showcase: Way to your heart

Zhu Ohmu,  Tummyache #5,  2019. Image courtesy the artist

Zhu Ohmu, Tummyache #5, 2019. Image courtesy the artist

CRAFT x SAM Showcase
Way to your heart
14 August - 6 November 2019


Zhu Ohmu

Through this new body of work, Zhu Ohmu endeavors to expand her ceramic practice by introducing a stronger voice of environmental advocacy. Ohmu’s coiled pieces investigate the resurgence of the handmade and the ethics of slowness in an age of mass production. Through this exhibition she explores the entangled relationship between human and non-human ecologies in the current geological age.

The Craft x SAM Showcase is a curated program of exhibitions in partnership with Craft Victoria and Shepparton Art Museum.

Essay
With or Without You: Zhu Ohmu’s ceramic vessels as a personal response to the climate crisis.
– Mel Dixon

Workshops and Events

SAM Monthly Makers: A Fine Cut
Kids Workshop with artist Zhu Ohmu
Saturday 24 August from 10:30- 12:00pm at SAM

For kids 7-15 years. $15

Amoebic Planter Workshop
With artist Zhu Ohmu
Saturday 24 August from 1:30pm – 3:30pm at SAM

Adult Workshop, $45
Friends of SAM $40

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Open Door: Contemporary Makers and Designers
Aug
24
to Oct 5

Open Door: Contemporary Makers and Designers

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Open Door: Contemporary Makers and Designers

24 August - 5 October

Artists: Lionel Bawden, Kristel Britcher, Mark Edgoose, Warwick Freeman, Gillian Garvie, Tallara Gray, Cassie Leatham, Beverly Meldrum, Rowsaan, N’dene Riley, Rebecca Robinson, Vipoo Srivilasa, Lisa Waup and Dominic White

Curated by Julie Ewington

Open Door considers how contemporary makers think about arrival and welcoming. Entrances are highly charged, signalling social as well as physical transitions. Doorways identify inhabitants; a good doorway makes a great start to the day and a happy return; as feng shui suggests, energy enters through the front door. Yet the importance of the doorway, and the threshold, is often overlooked. This exhibition includes contemporary door-furniture by artists and makers in a variety of media, considering how this aspect of the built environment is beautiful, as well as useful, in Australian life.


Image: Rowsaan, Taco pull, 2018, stainless steel, 300 x 150mm. Image courtesy the artist

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Flourish
Sep
3
to Oct 5

Flourish

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Ailsa Morrant,  The value is in the connection  (brooch), 2018, Copper, brass, silver, 9ct gold, 60mm x 10mm x 10mm. Photo credits Ailsa Morrant


Ailsa Morrant, The value is in the connection (brooch), 2018, Copper, brass, silver, 9ct gold, 60mm x 10mm x 10mm. Photo credits Ailsa Morrant

Flourish
3 September - 5 October 2019

Curated by Michelle Stewart

Artists : Adrienn Pesti, Ailsa Morrant,Astrid Jaroslawsky, Caitlin Hegney, Rachel Hardie and Michelle Stewart.


An observation of commonality through diversity that emerges from shared experience.

Six emerging artists have gathered in the shifting milieu of Scotland’s largest city and spent a year working alongside one another in the Glasgow School of Art, Artist in Residence program. Each with a clear focus in mind and a personal direction to navigate and each bringing their own experiences and perspectives. From a deep ancestral belonging in the Glasgow Arts and comfortable familiarity of an adopted home to fresh eyes on an old city, these artists all have a way of interpreting this place that echoes the ingenuity and innovation of the Scots. With daily visual cues from a city that boasts an architectural tenacity of the ages, an undercurrent of resilience and strength of character embodies their work.

Each of the artists are recently graduated and have been accepted into the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) Artist in Residence (AiR) 2018-2019 program. Still within the supportive environment of the GSA but each taking a step towards an independent arts practice these artists are working hard to explore and define themselves in their work. The surrounding environment of Glasgow city and the renewal, yet again, of the beloved Mackintosh Building are reflected in the pieces developed during their tenure. The Artists are Adrienn Pesti, Ailsa Morrant, Astrid Jaroslawsky, Caitlin Hegney, Rachel Hardie and Michelle Stewart.

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Conversation with the artists: Working with local materials
Sep
12
1:00 PM13:00

Conversation with the artists: Working with local materials

Warwick Freeman,  Lava Handles , 2015, Found volcanic lava, various sizes. Image courtesy the artist.

Warwick Freeman, Lava Handles, 2015, Found volcanic lava, various sizes. Image courtesy the artist.

Conversations with the artists: Working with local materials
Thursday, 12 September, 1 - 2pm


With Julie Ewington, Karen Abernethy, Lisa Waup, Warwick Freeman
FREE but please RSVP below

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Open Door: Contemporary Makers and Designers
24 August - 5 October 2019

Artists: Lionel Bawden, Kristel Britcher, Mark Edgoose, Warwick Freeman, Gillian Garvie, Tallara Gray, Cassie Leatham, Beverly Meldrum, Rowsaan, N’dene Riley, Rebecca Robinson, Vipoo Srivilasa, Lisa Waup and Dominic White”

Curated by Julie Ewington

This exhibition considers how contemporary makers can help us make social as well as physical transitions. Featuring contemporary door-furniture by artists and makers in a variety of media, Open Door considers how this aspect of the built environment is beautiful, as well as useful, in Australian life.

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CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ARTISTS: INTEGRATING HANDCRAFTED ELEMENTS INTO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ARTISTS: INTEGRATING HANDCRAFTED ELEMENTS INTO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Lisa Waup,  Ancestors  (detail), 2018, feathers, ceramic, glaze, oaten hay, fibre, birds wings, wool, cotton, 300 x 300 x 200mm. Image courtesy the artist

Lisa Waup, Ancestors (detail), 2018, feathers, ceramic, glaze, oaten hay, fibre, birds wings, wool, cotton, 300 x 300 x 200mm. Image courtesy the artist

Conversations with the artists: Integrating handcrafted elements into the built environment
Thursday, 26 September, 6 - 7pm


With Karen Abernethy, Mark Edgoose, Rowsaan
FREE but please RSVP below

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Open Door: Contemporary Makers and Designers
24 August - 5 October 2019

Artists: Lionel Bawden, Kristel Britcher, Mark Edgoose, Warwick Freeman, Gillian Garvie, Tallara Gray, Cassie Leatham, Beverly Meldrum, Rowsaan, N’dene Riley, Rebecca Robinson, Vipoo Srivilasa, Lisa Waup and Dominic White”

Curated by Julie Ewington

This exhibition considers how contemporary makers can help us make social as well as physical transitions. Featuring contemporary door-furniture by artists and makers in a variety of media, Open Door considers how this aspect of the built environment is beautiful, as well as useful, in Australian life.

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Small Gatherings
Oct
8
to Nov 9

Small Gatherings

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Stephanie Hicks,  Small Gatherings,  2019. Image courtesy of the artist

Stephanie Hicks, Small Gatherings, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist

Small Gatherings
8 October - 9 November 2019

Stephanie Hicks


Small Gatherings in an ongoing project that originated during my residency at Craft in August last year. Over several weeks, I collected, cut out and rearranged photographs sourced from the library at Craft to develop a series of works on paper: collage ‘samplers’ created with the specific intention of application to fabric.

The initial phase was guided in part by my aim to extend my creative practice into textile design. It also allowed me to explore an interest in materiality and assemblage, which continues here.  

Melbourne-based artist Stephanie Hicks works with drawing, artist’s books, textiles, and primarily, collage. Her practice is informed by traditions of printmaking, craft and decorative arts, and a love of picture books and storytelling. The collection and arrangement of photographic images is central to Stephanie’s creative practice. Disparate fragments are brought into new relationships with each other to create a visual dialogue, or poetry.

stephaniehicks.com.au
@stephaniefhicks

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Nanakorobi Yaoki
Nov
12
to Dec 14

Nanakorobi Yaoki

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Elysha Rei,  Wagara I (detail) , 2019 Handcut paper. 45 x 104cm

Elysha Rei, Wagara I (detail), 2019 Handcut paper. 45 x 104cm

Nanakorobi Yaoki - Fall down seven times, get up eight
12 November - 14 December 2019

Elysha Rei


These works form part of a body of work created and exhibited in Japan in December 2018, as part of an Asialink Creative Exchange. The work features hand cut paper installations inspired by the patterns found in Rei's Samurai ancestor's armour-wear, which took on additional meaning when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, becoming a warrior herself. The works illuminate the patterns of Rei's mixed Japanese-Australian heritage, and pay homage to her battle with breast cancer.

Elysha Rei is a Japanese-Australian visual artist whose work draws upon her mixed heritage and lived experiences between places, cultures and communities. Her works are created from personal and historical archives which embed narrative and symbolism within a Japanese design aesthetic. Works include portraits, patterns and paper cutting which have been translated into large-scale murals and public art commissions. Since completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2008, Rei has created and exhibited work, curated exhibitions and managed cultural spaces across Australia, New Zealand,Thailand, Japan and the US. In November 2018 she completed an Asialink Arts Creative Exchange in Japan creating work at Studio Kura in Fukuoka, then exhibited at No.12 Gallery in Tokyo.

elysharei.com
@elysharei


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SEE YOU IN THE SOUP “MEET & EAT” MINI TOUR
Aug
10
4:00 PM16:00

SEE YOU IN THE SOUP “MEET & EAT” MINI TOUR

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SEE YOU IN THE SOUP “MEET & EAT” MINI TOUR
Saturday 10 August, 4pm

Meet artists Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles at their exhibition See You in the Soup at Craft Victoria, then continue on foot to their nearby studio in the Nicholas Building for a glimpse into their maker space, and then finishing up with nibbles and sips on Flinders Lane.

$30



See You in the Soup is a surreal narrative exploration of the Melbourne epicurean landscape, seen through the eyes of a small and curious duck. In a city constructed from cardboard and fluffy fabrics, a cast of urban birds share a food adventure in this short stop motion film. With food exploration as a central theme, the film will screen in an immersive, soft, food-laden installation which encourages playful thinking and tempts you to consider your culinary comfort zone. See You in the Soup will bring together audiences of all ages and encourage interaction between generations through a shared appreciation of food and entertainment.

www.softstories.com.au
@soft_stories #seeyouinthesoup
See You in the Soup is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program

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Artist Talk | See You in the Soup
Aug
3
1:00 PM13:00

Artist Talk | See You in the Soup

Soft Stories,  See You in the Soup , 2019. Image courtesy the artist

Soft Stories, See You in the Soup, 2019. Image courtesy the artist

SEE YOU IN THE SOUP
ARTIST TALK
Saturday 3 August, 1pm


Join artists Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles as they take you behind the scenes of their latest project combining soft sculpture, stop motion animation, crafted narrative, immersive installation and character development.

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See You in the Soup is a surreal narrative exploration of the Melbourne epicurean landscape, seen through the eyes of a small and curious duck. In a city constructed from cardboard and fluffy fabrics, a cast of urban birds share a food adventure in this short stop motion film. With food exploration as a central theme, the film will screen in an immersive, soft, food-laden installation which encourages playful thinking and tempts you to consider your culinary comfort zone. See You in the Soup will bring together audiences of all ages and encourage interaction between generations through a shared appreciation of food and entertainment.

See You in the Soup is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program

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Felt Food Workshop with Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles
Jul
20
2:00 PM14:00

Felt Food Workshop with Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles

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FELT FOOD WORKSHOP
with Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles
Saturday 20 July, 2 - 4pm

Join the artists behind Soft Stories for a workshop of fun making suitable for beginners.  Be inspired by their immersive exhibition about adventures in eating.  Take home a small felt souvenir made by you.  Tools and materials supplied.

$50



See You in the Soup is a surreal narrative exploration of the Melbourne epicurean landscape, seen through the eyes of a small and curious duck. In a city constructed from cardboard and fluffy fabrics, a cast of urban birds share a food adventure in this short stop motion film. With food exploration as a central theme, the film will screen in an immersive, soft, food-laden installation which encourages playful thinking and tempts you to consider your culinary comfort zone. See You in the Soup will bring together audiences of all ages and encourage interaction between generations through a shared appreciation of food and entertainment.

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See You in the Soup
Jul
13
to Aug 17

See You in the Soup

Soft Stories,  See You in the Soup , 2019. Image courtesy the artist

Soft Stories, See You in the Soup, 2019. Image courtesy the artist

SEE YOU IN THE SOUP
13 JULY - 17 AUGUST 2019

Soft Stories

See You in the Soup
is a surreal narrative exploration of the Melbourne epicurean landscape, seen through the eyes of a small and curious duck. In a city constructed from cardboard and fluffy fabrics, a cast of urban birds share a food adventure in this short stop motion film. With food exploration as a central theme, the film will screen in an immersive, soft, food-laden installation which encourages playful thinking and tempts you to consider your culinary comfort zone. See You in the Soup will bring together audiences of all ages and encourage interaction between generations through a shared appreciation of food and entertainment.

See You in the Soup is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program 

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Jun
25
to Jul 27

Time body

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Nora Thamthanakorn,  Time Body 2 , 2018, Earthenware Clay, 19cmWx25cmHx19cmD. Image courtesy the maker.

Nora Thamthanakorn, Time Body 2, 2018, Earthenware Clay, 19cmWx25cmHx19cmD. Image courtesy the maker.

Time Body
25 June - 27 July 2019

Nora Thamthanakorn


Time Body is a series of sculptural ceramic work exploring the notion of impermanence. Inviting reflection on the momentary nature of existence, each vessel is an expression of perishable conditions and transformation.

“Perceiving erosion and architectural ruins as metaphors for the temporary nature of us and our surroundings, I hope to create a universal visual language through recognisable forms,  recontextualising their permanent household functional values, and raising mindfulness of the ephemerality we experience in our daily routine and living cycle. I hope that these works bring attention to the constant change in us and our surroundings.“

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Nora Thamthanakorn’s practice explores the concept of impermanence. Being self-taught, she works in clay to express the perishable conditions and the transient nature of existence. Growing up in Thailand, the Buddhist belief in Impermanence is central to her practice; as one encounters transformations through a lifetime, there is a sense of uncertainty after one transition to the next. Interacting with this vulnerability, Nora aims to capture and bring into presence the relationship between the impermanence and life.

www.norathamthanakorn.com
@norathamthanakorn

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The 2019 Victorian Craft Awards close Monday 15 July 11:59pm
Jun
3
to Jul 15

The 2019 Victorian Craft Awards close Monday 15 July 11:59pm

Image: Byron Raleigh, 2017 Victorian Craft Awards Finalist

Image: Byron Raleigh, 2017 Victorian Craft Awards Finalist

Final week to apply to the 2019 Victorian Craft Awards.

Australia’s most prestigious award for contemporary craft is closing soon with applications open until Monday 15 July 2019, 11.59pm AEST.


Applications of works made since mid-2017 by established, mid-career and emerging artists are encouraged from across the state. Works by the finest contemporary makers in Victoria will be selected for exhibition, with this years’ finalists being announced on Friday 9 August 2019

The 2019 Victorian Craft Awards exhibition will be open to the public Saturday 19 October - Wednesday 30 November, presenting some of the most exciting artists working in Australia today.
The 2019 Award category winners will be announced at a launch event and celebration held at the La Trobe Ballroom at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins on Thursday 31 October.

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Crease-resistant
May
21
to Jun 22

Crease-resistant

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

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Crease-resistant
21 May - 22 June 2019

Anna Fiedler

The weavings are made with crimplene thread, a synthetic fabric that was discontinued in the 1970s. Woven loosely, they become thin and fragile. The vacuum seal bags preserve their fragility, keeping them from being used or damaged. Removing the air from these bags emphasises each woven thread and the form of each weaving so that every movement and gesture that went into making them is highlighted.

Both the synthetic fabric and the vacuum seal bags have similar purposes; the invention of crimplene thread was to make wrinkle-free clothing, however the material does not allow the skin to breath; vacuum seal bags keep household clothes and fabrics from creasing while in storage through removing oxgyen.  

Anna Fiedler's practice utilises the process of weaving to remove the boundaries surrounding traditional craft making. Objects are created to become something no longer recognisable as a classic weaving; attempting to re-deduce their fixity between both craft and new materialism.

In size, the works often respond to the loom they were made on. This idea of a relationship between woman and loom is substantiated through the melodic and calming process of making the weavings. These works find their criticality within this process, softening differences between process and outcome. Her fragile works explore preservation but also encapsulate their history and ancient methods.

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Warped Perspectives
May
11
to Jul 6

Warped Perspectives

Meghan Spielman,  Contradict  (detail) , 2019. Image courtesy the artist

Meghan Spielman, Contradict (detail), 2019. Image courtesy the artist

Warped Perspectives
11 May - 6 July 2019

Co-curated by Beck Jobson

An exhibition of contemporary tapestry and loom woven textiles that explores materiality, process, and the intersections between textiles, painting, and sculptural form.

Artists: Meghan Spielman (USA), Jennifer Robertson (ACT), Tim Gresham (VIC), Amanda Ho (VIC), Ana Petidis (VIC), Britt Salt (VIC), and Sara Lindsay (VIC).

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 CRAFT x SAM Showcase: earth bound, in flight
May
9
to Aug 7

CRAFT x SAM Showcase: earth bound, in flight

Lisa Waup, Keeping Culture 5/7, porcelain, Emu feathers, parrot feathers, cotton, hand forger copper railway waire, silver solder, 21 x 10 x 10 cm. Photography Amina Barolli

Lisa Waup, Keeping Culture 5/7, porcelain, Emu feathers, parrot feathers, cotton, hand forger copper railway waire, silver solder, 21 x 10 x 10 cm. Photography Amina Barolli

CRAFT x SAM Showcase
earth bound, in flight: ceramic artists of Baluk Arts
9 May - 7 August 2019

Baluk Arts


earth bound, in flight is a record of making at Baluk Arts, punctuating the importance of collaboration and shared understanding of culture and community.
The Craft x SAM Showcase is a curated program of exhibitions in partnership with Craft Victoria and Shepparton Art Museum.

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Afternoon tea with the Fresh! Artists
Apr
18
2:00 PM14:00

Afternoon tea with the Fresh! Artists

AFTERNOON TEA WITH THE FRESH! ARTISTS

GUSH , 2018, reclaimed Geelong Limestone, reclaimed Tasmanian Huon Pine. Dimensions variable  Photography Tim Hardy

GUSH, 2018, reclaimed Geelong Limestone, reclaimed Tasmanian Huon Pine. Dimensions variable

Photography Tim Hardy

Afternoon tea with the Fresh! artists
Thursday 18 April, 2 - 3:30pm

Join us for cake and conversation with some of the Fresh! artists.

Free event, but please RSVP below

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FRESH!
23 MARCH - 4 MAY 2019


Presented annually since 1993, Fresh! showcases the energy, skill and innovation of some of the best graduating students from throughout the State practicing within craft, design and fine art disciplines. The exhibition provides an important opportunity for graduates beginning their career as makers.

This year, Craft Victoria will present eleven recent graduates selected by a team of professional craft practitioners, curators and industry experts. 

THE FINALISTS

 Aaron Billings | Aphra Cheesman | Belinda Reid | Jess Lyons | Jessie Balletta | Javier Bermejo (Boy Mode) | Mali Taylor | Olive Gill-Hille | Rosie Gunzburg | Sam Seary | Zaiba Khan

THE SELECTION PANEL

Josephine Briginshaw | Andrei Davidoff | Troy Emery | Daniel Poole | Louise Meuwissen | Chloë Powell | Eliza Tiernan

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Conversations With A Landscape
Apr
9
to May 18

Conversations With A Landscape

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Robyn Phelan,  Conversation with a Tree - Recording,  2018, digital image.

Robyn Phelan, Conversation with a Tree - Recording, 2018, digital image.

Conversations with a landscape
9 April - 18 May 2019

Robyn Phelan

Conversations with a landscape presents an investigation into our relationship with Australian landscape.

”I have visited this area of the Victorian high country for many years. All works have been made at the site of investigation, using the pliant material of clay to capture a tangible sense of place.

These objects respond to a tree and the place in which it grows. The artist would like to acknowledge that this work was made beside the waters and on lands of the Taungurung Clans. This tree stands majestic and sublime, its imposing size suggesting it is many hundred years old. A vital living thing, a survivor of colonial impact of saw milling, the high-country cattle industry,19th century and ongoing farming and leisure activities. It stands on the verge of a stone-filled mountain river, teetering on the boundaries of possessed and Crown lands.

Conversations with a Landscape uses the framed space of a vitrine to propose that we occupy a newly defined place in nature and within the genre of landscape. The making of these ceramic artefacts is the outcome of a corresponding and complimentary flow of material with a vital connection to place.”




Robyn Phelan makes sculptural and ceramic works out of the Elm Place Studios in North Melbourne. Referencing art history, a sense of place, and concern for the environment, her works question ‘what and who are we? For the artist, clay is a material with immense agency and is intrinsic to the universal human experience. Robyn has a diverse range of professional visual arts experience, and is an avid observer and writer of contemporary ceramic practice. Robyn is currently undertaking a Masters by Research at RMIT. She also teachers in Ceramics and Professional Practice.  

https://robynphelan.com.au/
@robynphelan

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Fresh!
Mar
23
to May 4

Fresh!

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!
23 March - 4 May 2019


Presented annually since 1993, Fresh! showcases the energy, skill and innovation of some of the best graduating students from throughout the State practicing within craft, design and fine art disciplines. The exhibition provides an important opportunity for graduates beginning their career as makers.

This year, Craft Victoria will present eleven recent graduates selected by a team of professional craft practitioners, curators and industry experts. 

The Finalists

 Aaron Billings | Aphra Cheesman | Belinda Reid | Jess Lyons | Jessie Balletta | Javier Bermejo (Boy Mode) | Mali Taylor | Olive Gill-Hille | Rosie Gunzburg | Sam Seary | Zaiba Khan

The Selection Panel

Josephine Briginshaw | Andrei Davidoff | Troy Emery | Daniel Poole | Louise Meuwissen | Chloë Powell | Eliza Tiernan

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100 Models
Mar
16
to Mar 20

100 Models

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100 Models is an exhibition by BKK Architects celebrating new modes of digital thinking: a creative process made possible through the arrival of affordable and accessible 3D printing. 100 ideas are frozen in physical form as unpolished experiments, provocations, an follies, drawn from an eclectic mix of influence: Culture, technology, science, philosophy, politics and urban form. Processed by the network of thinking within a practice, the 100 ideas overlap in a unique expression of collective design intelligence

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Maree Clarke: Reimagining Culture; Contemporary Connections to Country at Mildura Arts Centre
Mar
9
to May 12

Maree Clarke: Reimagining Culture; Contemporary Connections to Country at Mildura Arts Centre

Maree Clarke,  Kangaroo Tooth Necklace,  2013. Kangaroo teeth, kangaroo leather, kangaroo sinew and pigment. Monash University Collection. Purchased by the Monash University Library 2016.

Maree Clarke, Kangaroo Tooth Necklace, 2013. Kangaroo teeth, kangaroo leather, kangaroo sinew and pigment. Monash University Collection. Purchased by the Monash University Library 2016.

Presented in association with Mildura Art Centre as part of Craft Victoria’s Craft Forward series, Reimagining Culture - Contemporary Connections to Country will bring together a selection of existing works by Mutti Mutti, Boonwurrung, Yorta Yorta woman and multi-disciplinary artist Maree Clarke, and new works made in collaboration by Maree and her nieces and nephews.

Maree’s family lives in Mildura and the surrounding area. Reimagining Culture is an opportunity for them to (re)imagine their culture in the place they live and have lived. It will explore how they create their traditions through research and respect of the land, while drawing strength from their Ancestors.

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I do not belong
Mar
5
to Apr 6

I do not belong

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Christina Darras,  I do not belong , 2018, embroidery on calico fabric painted with watercolours, 20cm X 20cm,

Christina Darras, I do not belong, 2018, embroidery on calico fabric painted with watercolours, 20cm X 20cm,

I do not belong
5 March - 6 April 2019

Christina Darras

“When you arrive in a new place - whether a country, age, situation - you are so new, so undefined. Everything you used to be, you are not anymore. Your identify has to be reinvented: the language, the way of thinking, the way of feeling. You feel like a blur. Your eyes are all you have in order to survive. Look, learn, adapt. Anxiety is your state of mind. And the question pops, why do we need to belong so much somewhere? Why does the feeling of not belonging make us feel unwanted and unsafe? Why can’t we belong to nothingness, to transparency, to air, to water?

I chose calico and old kitchen cloths from my previous home, to carry the memory of the old home. Moving to the unknown is reconstructing oneself from scratch. Finding the words to use, a place to feel familiar, grow new roots and leaves and flowers, finding a place to belong.”

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Christina Darras moved to Melbourne three years ago from Athens, Greece. She is a visual artist and jewellery designer. She studied painting at Ecole Nationale des beaux Arts in Paris, France, and printmaking at Central St Martins in London, UK and has had 20 solo exhibitions and been a part of numerous group exhibitions in Paris and London. Christina is currently collaborating with art galleries and Museums in Athens, and Melbourne.

"I don’t feel tied to a style, or that anyone has to be tied to a style in order to market his work. I feel that art is a journey to keep discovering, to keep your mind open and broaden your knowledge and potential." - Christina Darras, 2019.

christinadarras.com
@christinadarrascom

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 Floor talk with Catherine Truman
Feb
2
12:00 PM12:00

Floor talk with Catherine Truman

Catherine Truman,  In Preparation for Seeing: SEM Glove Installation,  2015, black cotton glove encrusted with black glass spheres, mircoscope slides, steel forceps, petri dishes, light pad. Dimensions variable. Photo: Grant Hancock

Catherine Truman, In Preparation for Seeing: SEM Glove Installation, 2015, black cotton glove encrusted with black glass spheres, mircoscope slides, steel forceps, petri dishes, light pad. Dimensions variable. Photo: Grant Hancock

With a 35-year practice that covers film to public artworks to intricate carvings, ‘Jeweller’ as Catherine Truman is sometimes referred to, hardly embraces the true expanse of her practice. Rather, she is an accomplished artist, with a love of research flowing in the undercurrent to all of her practice, a practice that is of and about the body as much as it is intended for it.

Join Catherine among her exhibition JamFactory ICON: Catherine Truman: no surface holds for a reflection on her work and practice.

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situation gravitas
Jan
29
to Mar 2

situation gravitas

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

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situation gravitas cube drop, 2019, ceramic, glaze, lustre, various approx 80 x 80 x 20. Image courtesy the maker

situation gravitas
29 January - 2 March 2019

Pie Bolton


situation gravitas
considers gravity and the force of attraction between objects. Through the repetitive act of dropping moist clay from a height of 5 metres, Bolton experiments with ‘release, velocity and impact’ to build forms that interrogate ideas surrounding geological change.

Gravity is considered a ‘field of influence’ controlling the motion of an object. My PhD research at RMIT involves practice-based enquiry into humanity as a geological ‘field of influence’. Conceptually, by utilising the earth’s force of gravity to create this work, I interrogate ideas about geological change imposed on the earth by humanity through continued extraction and exploitation.

The title ‘situation gravitas’ is a play on the word ‘gravity’ as the ‘earth force’, ‘gravity’ as in ‘the gravity of the situation’ referring to an event of extreme seriousness, and the word ‘gravitas’ referring to weight, seriousness and commitment to task.”


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Pie Bolton is a contemporary installation artist working at the human/geological interface. Her practice is grounded in materiality and temporality. She uses transformation of geological processes to expand ideas about humanity as a geological force. Tertiary studies in art and science (geology) have resulted in Pie’s unique, authoritative practice. Innovative objects and installations are backed up by sound research and technical expertise to assist the development of a clearer understanding of the complex relations between the human and nonhuman. Pie has worked as a field exploration geologist, is an experienced ceramic technician and a PhD candidate at RMIT.

                                                             

www.piebolton.com

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JamFactory ICON: Catherine Truman: no surface holds
Jan
19
to Mar 9

JamFactory ICON: Catherine Truman: no surface holds

Catherine Truman,  No Surface Holds: Crab Claw Installation , 2015-17. Objects: found crab claws encrusted with glass spheres. Dimensions variable. Photo: Grant Hancock

Catherine Truman, No Surface Holds: Crab Claw Installation, 2015-17. Objects: found crab claws encrusted with glass spheres. Dimensions variable. Photo: Grant Hancock

“As an artist I have learnt that making things with my hands leaves me with much less of a sense of dislocation from the world I live in - and this I feel, is an interesting premise from which to examine the world of science.” - Catherine Truman

Internationally renowned for her contemporary jewellery, no surface holds explores the breadth of Catherine Truman's research-based practice, bringing together an extraordinary collection of film, images, installation and sculpture.

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Nov
24
to Jan 12

Clarity

Kath Inglis,  Spark  cuff, 2018. Hand cut Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Photo: Craig Arnold

Kath Inglis, Spark cuff, 2018. Hand cut Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Photo: Craig Arnold

Clarity
24 November 2018 - 12 January 2019
Jessica Loughlin, Kirsten Coelho, Kath Inglis, and Lindy McSwan


Mystification is simple; clarity is the hardest thing of all.
- Julian Barnes


Honouring the calm strength of a clear voice, Clarity brings together the work of four Australian artists - Jessica Loughlin (glass), Kirsten Coelho (ceramics), Kath Inglis (jewellery), and Lindy McSwan (metal).

Working in different craft disciplines, they share the rare ability to distil an idea into form, and an understanding of material that allows them to express that idea with conviction and humility.

It takes courage to make work this honest. There’s nowhere to hide here. Each work stands calm, peaceful, resolved. Nothing can be added, nothing can be removed. Yet their apparent simplicity belies the years of learning, deep contemplation, and rich material knowledge of their maker.

There is so much noise in the world, so much vying for our attention, it can be hard to filter through it all; to focus on what matters. Here, in this room, are works that allow and invite contemplation and rest.

A moment of clarity.

A ringing truth.

- Chloë Powell, Curator

 

Opening Event Thursday 29 November 2018, 6 - 8pm
To be opened by Katie Scott, Director of Gallery Funaki

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smother talk
Nov
14
1:00 PM13:00

smother talk

Join us for an open panel discussion in the gallery amidst the current exhibition “smother” at Craft.

A conversation about the intersection of feminism, making and motherhood. 

How do we construct and make our ideas – whether it be jewellery, photographs, structures or words?  How does the body and our politics inform this?  How, indeed, is feminism crafted?

·         Tiffany Parbs
conceptual based jeweller

·         Karen Pickering
feminist presenter, writer and educator

·         Gemma Jones
Public Programs Manager, Craft

Tiffany Parbs,  gnash , 2018,porcelain teeth, sterling silver enamel paint, giclée print on aluminium, 50 x 125 x 25mm object, 470 x 340 x 12mm print. Photography Tobias Titz

Tiffany Parbs, gnash, 2018,porcelain teeth, sterling silver enamel paint, giclée print on aluminium, 50 x 125 x 25mm object, 470 x 340 x 12mm print. Photography Tobias Titz

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Nov
13
to Dec 15

Three Trees

Cara Johnson,  creek , 2016. crack willow, iron, paper. Image Jeremy Dillon

Cara Johnson, creek, 2016. crack willow, iron, paper. Image Jeremy Dillon

Three Trees
13 November - 15 December
Cara Johnson

One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.

- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

Three Trees looks to narrate fraught and fragile human relationships to trees through material choices and making processes.

Willow, classed as a ‘Weed of National Significance’ has been harvested and carved to reflect and mourn past mistakes, that have caused irreconcilable damage. Agricultural debris and old plastic tree guards present a way to consider current conservation and regeneration efforts and the complexities of our impact on the environment.

The exhibition responds to three individual trees, and through highly involved making processes, seeks to heighten their importance.

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Cara Johnson completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (First Class Honours) at RMIT University in 2016. She resides in the Otways in Victoria’s southwest, and is a PhD Candidate at RMIT where she is examining narratives of land management, through a craft based practice.

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MASCOTS
Oct
9
to Nov 10

MASCOTS

Cat Rabbit and Andrea Innocent,  TELEPHANT.  Image courtesy the artists

Cat Rabbit and Andrea Innocent, TELEPHANT. Image courtesy the artists

Mascots
9 October - 10 November 2018
Cat Rabbit and Andrea Innocent

Cat Rabbit, known for her plush characters who inspire good feelings, and Andrea Innocent, known for her character design and emotive illustrations, have come together to create a series of ‘Everyday Anxieties Mascots’. Each mascot, supports a particular feeling/mood/anxiety produced by modern living and the human condition. Held in an (as yet) imaginary expo of mascots, these characters inhabit different realms of anxieties and function as a talisman to those who find the world overwhelming and confusing at times. Let’s face it, that's most of us.

Our various characters include the 'Telephant' mascot for those of us who feel fear and dread when the phone rings, when it feels like every ping of our device is another demand on our time and attention and is frankly draining our very life force. The ‘I’d rather be with my pets’ mascot for those of us who experience agoraphobia - maybe you have actually left the house to go to a social event and are at a party talking to someone you really don’t know and wishing they were as interesting as your sleeping cat but instead they are experts at boring chit chat. Juniper the King Parrot is also here to soothe the heart ache of existential angst and loneliness. No small feat but isn’t it nice to know he’s got your back at 2am when the world seems a relentless machine. There is no judgement here just lots of cuddles, hand holding and waving, they are all on your side.

The mascots will greet you at the entrance of Craft Victoria, in the snug vitrine space, acting as bouncers to bad feelings. They are the perfect size to sit on your shoulder and whisper in your ear ‘it’s gonna be ok’.

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Sea HER LAND
Oct
6
to Nov 10

Sea HER LAND

Beverly Meldrum, (detail)  Washed Up,  2018, ghost net, bailing twine, shark vertebrae, fishing line, kelp, 190 x 170 x 150mm. Photography Fred Kroh

Beverly Meldrum, (detail) Washed Up, 2018, ghost net, bailing twine, shark vertebrae, fishing line, kelp, 190 x 170 x 150mm. Photography Fred Kroh

Curated by Lisa Waup Sea HER Land emanates strong cultural ties to individual stories and complex interconnections. Through the collecting of materials from places lived or travelled to, examining them, and finding considered new uses, these strong Indigenous women identify with their heritage and reclaim and reignite their innate cultural expression.  This collection of works explores both the protective and nurturing role of nature, and the ancient practice of using elements from the natural world to create diverse works as a rich expression of culture, identity, and place that links generations together.

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smother
Oct
6
to Nov 17

smother

Tiffany Parbs,  nullify,  2015, 22kt gold leaf, thermoplastic, giclée print on aluminium, 470 x 340 x 12mm. Photography Tobias Titz

Tiffany Parbs, nullify, 2015, 22kt gold leaf, thermoplastic, giclée print on aluminium, 470 x 340 x 12mm. Photography Tobias Titz

smother forms part of a larger body of research by Tiffany Parbs, examining contrary frameworks used to depict women in the media, their psychological impact on individuals and pervasive influence on socialisation of attitudes towards women in the wider populace.

With this instalment, Tiffany uses jewellery to reframe the prevailing good/bad mother dichotomy, with particular emphasis on the gap between visceral realities of motherhood and the gamut of unrealistic expectations placed on women from ‘Ideal Mother’ myths pervading through Western advertising that promote happiness through procreation, autonomic nurturing perfection and unattainable standards.

smother offers an alternative reference point - one that revels and reveres in mundanity and demonstrates a heightened awareness of ongoing psychological and physical states of mothering, the involved labour and loading of parenting.

Opening Event: Thursday 11 October

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Deeper: Ceramics by David Pottinger
Sep
1
to Sep 29

Deeper: Ceramics by David Pottinger

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David Pottinger, Porcelain Nerikomi Vessels (detail), 2018. Photo: Tim Gresham.

Deeper:
Ceramics by David Pottinger

1 - 29 September 2018

My work is an exploration of form through the interplay of colour, tension, rhythm, and pattern in porcelain, utilising the ancient technique of Nerikomi.

One of Australia's foremost ceramic artists, David Pottinger presents a new body of work in the exhibition Deeper.

Through the meticulous and meditative layering and slicing of hand-coloured porcelain, David creates hand-built vessels that bring to mind natural landscapes and sedimentary rocks. The intricate patterns draw you in, asking you to look deeper in peaceful reflection.

Entry Free


Opening Event: Thursday 6 September, 6 - 8pm

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Shinki Burning Vessel
Aug
25
to Sep 29

Shinki Burning Vessel

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Shinki (Burning Vessel)

25 August - 29 September

Makiko Ryujin

Shinki (Burning Vessel) draws from ceremonies Makiko Ryujin took part in while growing up in Japan and is concerned with the uncontrolled transformative nature of fire. 

'The change that is bought to the bowls by fire is in stark contrast to the controlled transformation from wood to bowl on the lathe', explains Makiko. 'After spending many hours working the wood into the bowl, I then must release control to fire and let go of the shape that I have created, welcoming whatever the burning brings to the vessel.'

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Teapot
Aug
15
to Sep 22

Teapot

‘Full’ Teapot, Yoko Ozawa, image Craft

‘Full’ Teapot, Yoko Ozawa, image Craft

TEAPOT 

15 August - 22 September

Whether functional or sculptural, each teapot possesses its own identity. Appearing across many cultures throughout the centuries, this well-known form has seen numerous interpretations and has left an indelible mark on the history of the world. 

From the elaborate to the minimal – this showcase at Craft presents the teapots of over fifteen contemporary craftspeople working across a diversity of discipline. 

Featuring the works of makers Janet Beckhouse, Adriana Christianson, Nicola Coady, Andrei Davidoff, Minna Graham, Wayne Guest, Tessy King, Sai-Wai Foo, Vanessa Lucas, Yoko Ozawa, Christopher Plumridge, Ted Secombe, Kevin Boyd, William Eicholtz and Pee Bear (Vipoo Srivilasa) working across a diversity of material in this new showcase. 

 

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Memories of Landscape
Jul
31
to Oct 6

Memories of Landscape

Jill Symes,  Heart of Gold,  2018 (View#1). Image courtesy the artist

Jill Symes, Heart of Gold, 2018 (View#1). Image courtesy the artist

Memories of Landscape
31 July - 6 October
Jill Symes

“Inspired by years of travel in the outback and coastal areas, my practice explores the forms of the Australian landscape.

Through the use of handcrafting methods I am able to feel the tactility and natural rhythm within the clay. When the finished form is dry, porcelain slips coloured with oxides and stains are painted onto the surface. The firing and final glazing reveals the layers of colour and movement in the work, achieving a tactile combination of soft lines, natural curves and a sense of immediacy.

Works from old to new are presented together as punctuated moments and “memories of landscape.”

Jill Symes is a Melbourne-based ceramic artist producing a continuously developing body of distinctive ceramic works which demonstrate developed handbuilding skills and a mature understanding of the exciting possibilities of earthenware clays and glazing techniques.

Symes has an intensive national and international presence spanning the past 30 years. Exhibitions include but are not limited to Women in the Whitehorse Art Collection 2018, Victorian Craft Award 2015, Big Ceramics 2014 (Craft sponsored exhibition in Federation Square), Moments in Time 2014 (Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney), Fragments of Landscape (Kazari Collector, Melbourne 2010), Impressed, Contemporary Australian Ceramics (2006, New Delhi Pottery, India). Her work is in numerous public and private collections, Australia- wide and world-wide, and recent commissions include limited edition sculptures for the NGV Design Store.

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SARAH CROWEST - MATERIAL CONSTRUCTS: THE HOME STRETCH at Ararat Gallery TAMA
Jul
18
to Oct 28

SARAH CROWEST - MATERIAL CONSTRUCTS: THE HOME STRETCH at Ararat Gallery TAMA

Sarah crowEST,  Beaten and Left for Dead  (detail) 2013 - 2018, linen, synthetic polymer paint, 254 x 218 cm

Sarah crowEST, Beaten and Left for Dead (detail) 2013 - 2018, linen, synthetic polymer paint, 254 x 218 cm

Presented in association with Ararat Gallery TAMA as part of Craft's Craft Forward series, Material Constructs: The Home Stretch features new work by Sarah crowEST, in response to two earlier textile artworks acquired from the artist in 1995 and 2013. A leader and innovator in textile art, crowEST's work operates in the gaps between geometric abstraction, hand-crafted apparel and the expanded field of 'painting'.

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