18 February to 11 March 2017

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