Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is a not-for-profit membership based organisation which supports artists, craft practitioners, designers and makers at every stage of their careers. We promote and celebrate excellence and innovation in contemporary craft in everything we do – in our retail space, exhibitions, events and membership program.

The Craft ACT shop carries unique handmade items from some of Australia’s leading craft practitioners. 

Stock Selection Criteria is assessed by the following points :

  • Design concept and functionality are demonstrated in the completed product.
  • All artwork has a sales potential and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
  • The artwork is original and innovative.
  • All work is produced and made within Australia
  • Applications are on a consignment basis and are reviewed regularly.
  • You're a Craft ACT member

The Craft ACT shop is a location for artisanal objects, which sit in the broader context of Australian craft and design. Our aim is to connect people with bespoke objects for their homes rather than throw away items.

Our GM, AM and AMP membership levels give you the opportunity to stock your work in our shop. Find out more about our membership program here

Any further questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact the retail coordinator at shop@craftact.org.au

Craft ACT's Accredited Professional Membership fee is $250.00, we will contact you to make payment after your application has been approved.

ASSESSMENT PROCESS 

Accredited Professional members are the top rung of the Craft ACT ladder: professional craft practitioners and designers whose outstanding contributions demonstrate a high standard of artistic merit and technical skill who have local, national and international experience and standing.

You need to demonstrate at least three examples of international activity (exhibitions, workshops, residencies); these could only be substituted by inclusion in national events that showcase artistic excellence. 

The Craft ACT Membership Sub-committee of peers will assess applicants. If APM status is not granted, applicants may be advised to apply for Associate Membership (AM) and build up their CV. 

Craft ACT will notify applicants of their status within four weeks; if you require your application to be expedited please get in touch. 

Please read through the APM information package, member benefits and insurance information documents available on the membership page of our website  and if necessary to contact Craft ACT at membership@craftact.org.au before submitting an application.

ACCREDITATION REQUIREMENTS

Criteria

  •   Artistic Merit - demonstrate excellence of artistic merit. 
  •   Innovation - demonstrate an evolution in the concepts of their work.
  •   Technical Skill - demonstrate a high standard of technical skill. 
  •   Professional Standing - submit a CV demonstrating ongoing professional activities in both your specialised field and the broader arts sector, with a national and international profile.

Eligibility 

  • Individuals whose work demonstrates a consistent, high level of artistic and technical standard are eligible to apply for Accredited Professional Membership. 
  • Applicants should have a professional approach to their work and to the business of maintaining a professional career, though it is not essential to be full time artists.
  • It is not a requirement for applicants to have undertaken formal studies. 
  • Applications are ineligible where work submitted is undergraduate work. Applications by postgraduate students will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to prior practice.


Craft ACT is always in need of professional publication quality images of our members work, please assist us to ensure the information and images we have reflect your current practice.

Craft ACT's Associate Membership fee is $250.00, we will contact you to make payment after your application has been approved.

ASSESSMENT PROCESS 

Craft ACT Associate Members (AM) are a mix of emerging and established professional craft practitioners and designers who have strong local experience and engagement. This membership level includes a Public Liability and Personal Accident Insurance package. It is also a stepping stone to our Accredited Professional Membership. All AM and APM members receive dedicated professional support and opportunities from Craft ACT.  

Applications are welcome to apply anytime during the year. Please ensure that you meet and address the criteria requirements below and understand member benefits and insurance information. If you have questions, email membership@craftact.org.au before you submit your application. 

The Craft ACT Membership Sub-committee will assess the application.  Craft ACT will notify applicants of their status within four weeks; if you require your application to be expedited, please get in touch.

Eligibility 

Individuals whose work demonstrates a consistent, high level of artistic and technical standard are eligible to apply for Associate Membership. 

  • Applicants should have a professional approach to their work and to the business of developing and maintaining a professional career. 
  • It is not a requirement for applicants to have undertaken formal studies. 
  • This membership level is open to professional craft practitioners and designers seeking insurance to support their professional practices. 

  Assessment Criteria 

  • Artistic Merit: the primary criterion is a demonstrated high level of artistic merit. 
  • Technical Skill: applicants should demonstrate a high standard of technical skill. 
  • Professional Standing: applicants must submit a CV demonstrating professional activities in their specialised field and speak to their ongoing commitment to their practice. 


Call for speaker proposals

Calling designers, writers, bloggers, publishers, researchers, collectors and design lovers. Object Subject: 2019 National Design Writing Conference is an international platform for writers to address design as a positive change agent in society. 

At the inaugural national design writing conference, Object Subject (2017), keynote speaker and NY Times design critic Alice Rawsthorn called on the design sector to take seriously their responsibilities – social, environmental and ethical. This clarion call, teamed with multiple requests from national and international design writers to repeat the event, is a catalyst for the second design writing conference.

Presented as part of the popular DESIGN Canberra festival, Object Subject: 2019 National Design Writing Conference will build on the successful inaugural event, which inspired new conversations, connections and ideas, questioned the very role and responsibility of design, and resulted in the publication of a special issue of the international scholarly journal, Fusion.

Stay tuned for announcements about keynote speakers and other featured guests. Join our mailing list here.

Presentation types

We welcome proposals for presentations in a range of accessible and more formal formats. The below are suggestions only, if you have other ideas we would love to hear from you.

Paper

This is a 20-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions and answers.

We recommend against reading entire papers, and suggest you use visual supports such as PowerPoint. Multiple-authored presentations are welcome.

Visual presentation/show and tell

Alternative format proposals are welcomed.

Public conversation

This is a 30-minute conversation between two participants on a proposed topic.

Panel discussion

This involves the panel chair introducing the session followed by 40 minutes of discussion among the panel followed by 5-10 minutes of questions and answers.

Proposed panel discussion topics:

  • Sustainability by design - how can design writing address global environmental crises?
  • Kindness in design - can design make the world a better place?
  • Representation - counteracting gender imbalance to represent the opinions, ideas, voices, objects and buildings of design
  • Beyond superficiality - using design to face unprecedented changes
  • The rise of digital - the changing role of the design critic and design writing in a digital age
  • Radical design communication - exploring alternatives to the written word and letting design speak for itself
  • Design storytelling and object narratives - sharing personal, local, cultural and community stories
  • Other: please suggest a panel discussion topic

Submission Guidelines

All proposals must be submitted through the Craft ACT submittable page, and must include:

  • Title 
  • Abstract/outline which clearly and concisely describes the subject and nature of the presentation e.g. keynote, paper, paper, visual presentation, public conversation, panel (max 400 words)
  • Presenter's name, affiliation, contact information, and brief biography (max 200 words)
  • Additional presenters, if any

Presenters must obtain all necessary authorisations and clearances from their organisation(s), prior to the start of the conference. Presentations shall be unclassified and cleared for release to the public. Presenters and panel chairs must register for the conference and pay the applicable registration fee.  

Full papers will be submitted after abstracts have been accepted.

Key Dates

5 August: Deadline for speaker proposals (including papers, panels and presentations)

16 August: Notification of accepted proposals

1 September: Early bird registration closes

7 October: Deadline for full papers (where applicable)

3 November: Registration closes

8-9 November: Conference

Registration & Fees

Early bird: $190.00 (save $100 off full price registration until Sunday 1 September 2019)

Speakers: $190

Full registration: $290.00

Student: $120.00

The registration fee includes:

  • Welcome reception (Thursday 7 November)
  • Admission to Object Subject conference sessions (Friday 8 November)
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea (Friday 8 November)
  • Ticket to DESIGN Canberra Opening Party and Auction (Friday 8 November)
  • Research Forum (Saturday 9 November; includes morning tea)

Register now

Publication

All papers submitted to Object Subject will undergo a peer-review process. Selected papers from the conference will be published in an online edition of Fusion journal (established by Charles Sturt University and the University of Lincoln, UK). This publication will investigate the contribution that contemporary craft and design makes to society, and establish a dialogue between craft and design practice and cultural, social and environmental concerns.

Contact

All questions about submissions should be emailed to designcanberra@craftact.org.au

Craft ACT