Mark Edgoose,  Domestic rail  2015, Titanium, niobium, steel, nylon, 1600 x 4500 x 480mm. Image courtesy the artist.

Mark Edgoose, Domestic rail 2015, Titanium, niobium, steel, nylon, 1600 x 4500 x 480mm. Image courtesy the artist.


Crossing Thresholds - Inspirational Entrances by Contemporary Makers

Craft Victoria is elevating the everyday experience of opening doors and crossing thresholds in a new exhibition of symbolic entry ways and beautifully crafted door furniture.

Open Door: Contemporary Makers and Designers (24 August – 5 October) features seven contemporary makers who have created practical objects to enhance the socially charged experience of entering and leaving a room or building.

Visitors will enter the gallery under an arch of eucalyptus branches created by artists from Baluk Arts, Mornington Peninsula’s urban Aboriginal community arts centre. The entrance will create a powerful reminder of the history and earliest dwellings of this country’s first inhabitants.

Open Door is the culmination of a project to expand opportunities for contemporary craftspeople and designers, bringing their invention and expertise to new areas of practice.

Among the exquisite objects on display will be door handles made of lava from Auckland’s Rangitoto volcano by New Zealand artist Warwick Freeman; contemporary Dvarapala (door guardians) by Melbourne-based Thai ceramic artist Vipoo Srivilasa; and door pulls by South Australian glass artist Kristel Britcher, inspired by Czech-cut glass of the past.

Exhibition curator Julie Ewington commented, “The core proposition of Open Door is that the physical and psychological action of moving from one space to another has received relatively little attention from contemporary designer-makers.

“As Australians continue to build new homes, and to commission commercial and public spaces, we could all benefit from including imaginative, innovative and practical solutions to negotiating these threshold spaces.

“It’s been a wonderful experience to work closely with each of the artists and architect Karen Abernethy to assist in the realisation of ideas and objects that enlarge our sense of the built environment.

“Transitions between spaces should be memorable, and as we all open doors every day, why not do so with knowing pleasure?”

Details about the exhibition and associated events are available from the Craft website at

Open Door: Contemporary Makers and Designers will run from 24 August to 5 October at Craft Victoria, Watson Place (off Flinders Lane) Melbourne.


For further information please contact:
Grace Smith, Communications Coordinator, Craft Victoria:
Ph. 03 9650 7775 M. 0401 577 446

Available for interview:
- Julie Ewington, Curator
- Chloe Powell, Craft Victoria Curator
- Bryony Nainby, Craft Victoria Director
High resolution images are available on request

Image credit above: Mark Edgoose, Domestic rail 2015, Titanium, niobium, steel, nylon, 1600 x 4500 x 480mm. Image courtesy the artist


Founded in 1970, Craft Victoria is dedicated to championing aspirational making and ideas-driven practice through exhibitions, public programs, events and retail opportunities.

In December 2017 Craft Victoria opened a new gallery, retail and office premises in the prestigious Flinders Lane arts precinct, further positioning the organisation as a leader in excellence and innovation in contemporary craft.  Located in Watson Place, just off Flinders Lane behind Supernormal and opposite the Adelphi Hotel, Craft Victoria is a showcase for beautiful local crafts and handmade objects, including jewellery, ceramics, glass, design objects, fashion, textiles, and furniture.