Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre invites contemporary craft practitioners to apply for CO:LAB, a new development program which includes an exhibition, mentoring, sustainability advice, professional photography and an artist fee.

Two artists will be selected for this opportunity, receiving $5000 each:

  • 1 Craft ACT Accredited Professional Member
  • 1 Craft ACT member (any category)

An initiative supported by the Craft ACT Circle of Hands donor circle, the new CO:LAB program encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration and supports creative industries.

We encourage applications from artists who embrace a spirit of collaboration and wish to work across disciplines and gain exposure to commercial environments with other designers and clients.

The pilot of the CO:LAB program will be implemented to coincide with Craft ACT’s 50th anniversary year in 2021.


The opportunity

The Craft ACT CO:LAB is open to professional, practicing craft practitioners and designer-makers who have a demonstrated history of excellence in their practice. Applications are open to current Craft ACT members. Not a member? Join today online.

In 2021, two opportunities will be offered for craft practitioners to work with an architect and their clients to develop new work for a residential project in Canberra. The craft practitioners can work in any medium and be at any stage of practice.

The key requirement is that this opportunity will enhance or transform the craft practitioner’s practice.

At this stage, it is likely that each of the craft practitioners will develop a new light (fixture, fitting or pendant, for instance) for the project. 

This is an opportunity to learn about design collaboration in a real-life application. The selected artists will work closely with architects and their clients to respond to the site and client needs and develop an understanding of the residential architecture design process. A detailed briefing will occur with the selected artists. We do not require a detailed plan or proposal for works in the application process.

During the design process, the craft practitioner will receive professional support including sustainability advice, mentoring, and sales, marketing and technical support (eg electrical advice). We also hope to deliver some professional workshop visits to studios who are already designing lights for inspiration and advice. (This could include Canberra and Sydney studios such as Mud Ceramics, Cloth Fabric, Publisher Textiles, Koskela, F!NK, SKEEHAN, for example.)

A curated exhibition in November 2021 will be the culmination of a year-long program of professional development and exchange to forge new directions in the creative industries. The exhibition may include prototypes and the finished product, for instance.

We hope that this opportunity will become an annual program for Craft ACT based on the evaluation of the 2021 pilot.

To support the exhibition, Craft ACT will provide:

  • professional photography of the design process, finished work and installation
  • installation, demount and staffing for the duration of the exhibition
  • insurance and public liability at Craft ACT
  • an opening function (depending on COVID19 social distancing measures)
  • publicity, media engagement, social media and digital marketing including a video gallery tour
  • a commissioned essay to foster deeper critical engagement with contemporary craft practice
  • design and production of an e-catalogue which is shared on social media and the Craft ACT website
  • printed copies of the catalogue will be provided free of charge to the participating artists, architect, home owners and Circle of Hands donors.


Timeline:

October 2020: 

  • Select architect and residential architecture project for collaboration 

November 2020: 

  • Note – DESIGN Canberra 9-29 November

December 2020: 

  • 11 December - Call out opens for artists to apply for the CO:LAB opportunity

January 2021:

  • Craft ACT is closed for the annual summer shut down and reopens 28 January 2021.

February 2021:

  •  Call out closes 8 February 2021
  • Proposals are reviewed by a selection panel of Circle of Hands members and peers (Craft ACT Accredited Professional members)
  • Successful artists advised
  • Contracts signed
  • End Feb: Briefing meeting: artists and design collaborator

March-August 2021:

  •  Develop concept, seek feedback/input from client (attend approximately 6 meetings on dates to be agreed by all parties)
  • Studio tours – Canberra and Sydney (TBC)

September 2021:

  • Work finalised, professionally photographed, installed in situ 
  • Evaluate the pilot and outcomes to inform whether project will take place again in 2021.

October 2021:

  • Consider architect and project for 2022 collaboration*
  • Call out for artists to apply for the 2022 opportunity*

November 2021 

  • 11 November: CO:LAB 21 exhibition opens
  • Note: DESIGN Canberra 8-28 November 2021
  • Circle members meet to select an artist for the 2022 opportunity*

December 2021

  • 18 December 2021: CO:LAB 21 exhibition closes 2022 call out closes
  • Successful 2022 artist advised*

*if program recurs in 2022


Background information

Circle of Hands

Members of the Craft ACT donors circle ‘Circle of Hands’ agree that for Australia to have a healthy visual arts ecosystem, it needs a sustainable craft sector and a thriving independent studio practice.

Donor circle members include

  • Jenny Edwards, environmental scientist, Light House Architecture & Science  
  • Peta Furnell, craft supporter 
  • Graham Humphries, acclaimed architect, Cox Architecture
  • Paul Kerr, respected builder, Preferred Builders.

Circle of Hands members are supported by Craft ACT CEO + Artistic Director Rachael Coghlan.

Circle of Hands members support our vibrant community of contemporary jewellers, furniture-makers, ceramic and textiles artists, glassmakers and designers. Their engagement and donations help Craft ACT to forge new international collaborations and residencies, invest in artist development and mentoring, and sustain Australia’s high-quality studio practice. Most importantly, their support will ensure more artists, more audiences and more venues can be part of the CraftACT story for many more years.

Craft ACT

For almost 50 years, Craft ACT has been sustaining the practice of craft – locally, nationally and internationally. Craft ACT: Craft + 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. Craft ACT is one of the longest continuously running visual arts membership organisations in Australia, supporting artists, craft practitioners and designers at every stage of their careers. In 2021, Craft ACT will be celebrating our 50th anniversary. We look forward to transitioning Craft ACT towards its next 50 years, creating greater opportunities for this community of craftspeople and designers, and for the growing audience who admire and appreciate the beauty, skill and excellence of their work. 

The architect and project

The practice

Light House Architecture and Science is a unique architectural practice based in Canberra founded on a philosophy of simplifying the sustainable design process to create comfortable, clever, energy efficient homes that are light-filled and light-footed. 

Through excellent design and scientific testing, they create homes that feel spacious and comfortable, and function beautifully, on a smaller than average floor area. Many of the homes they design achieve an energy efficiency rating of 8+ stars (6 stars being the current minimum standard). These houses require half as much energy per year to heat and cool them to comfortable temperatures compared to a 6 star home. Light House has been recognized in multiple awards, including the HIA Australian GreenSmart Energy Efficiency awards in 2020. They are true collaborators, providing an integrated service with an experienced team of architects, scientists and cost estimator, and Director Jenny Edwards is a keen collector of contemporary craft made in Canberra.

The project

Light House have designed a light-footed and light-filled new home in Ainslie for their clients Deb and Rom. Deb and Rom were keen to down-size into a beautiful, flexible, and energy-efficient home for their retirement. The smaller, smarter, sustainable home designed by Light House has a beautiful connection to the rear garden: it will be flooded with northern light on winter days and beautifully shaded in summer. With raked ceilings, concrete floors and custom joinery, the living areas of the home will feel delightful and lend themselves to lots of exciting lighting design ideas.

Passionate supporters of the arts, owners Deb and Rom are excited to be involved in this unique project.


Who can apply?

Applicants are required to be Craft ACT members in order to submit a proposal.

Two artists will be selected for this opportunity:

  • 1 Craft ACT Accredited Professional Member
  • 1 Craft ACT member (any category)


Exhibition:

Craft ACT will arrange an exhibition of the work in the Craft ACT gallery from 11 November 2021 to 18 December 2021. A contract and schedule of required deadlines including delivery of works, professional photography and artist statements will be provided to selected artists.


Application process

All applications must be submitted via Submittable and will be considered by a committee.

The opportunity is open to professional, practicing craft practitioners and designer-makers who have a demonstrated history of excellence in their practice. Applications are open to current Craft ACT members. Not a member? Join today online.

The craft practitioners can work in any craft medium (wood, glass, ceramics, metal and textiles) and be at any stage of practice.

Craft ACT works in partnership with a peer review panel of leading craft practitioners and designers to review proposals for artistic rigour, diversity, a reflection of current trends in Australian craft and design practice, innovation and experimentation. Members of the Craft ACT Circle of Hands will be part of the review process. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please note, this is an open-ended process of development and collaboration. It will be shaped by the distinctive elements of the site, the architecture, and the clients – together with the artist’s expertise, sensibilities and aesthetics. A detailed briefing will occur with the selected artists, architects, clients and Craft ACT. We do not require a detailed plan or proposal for works in the application process. We encourage applications from artists who embrace a spirit of collaboration and wish to work across disciplines and gain exposure to commercial environments with other designers and clients.


Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

Your application:

  • Value of this development program to extending the artist’s practice.

Your images

  • Artistic excellence (eg. Demonstrating technical expertise).

Your CV

  • External recognition (eg. formal qualifications, representation in collections, completed residencies and exhibitions)
  • Connection to contemporary design and craft practice, and mediums (wood, glass, ceramics, metal and textiles).


Submissions close: Monday 8 February 2021, 12 noon*

*Please note that Submittable is a US-based platform, and therefore the expiry date is displayed as mm/dd/yyyy

Applicants will be notified by late February 2021.


The Fine Print - a must read

Contract

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre requires each artist to enter into a standard short-term contract with the Centre for the duration of the professional development program and the exhibition in 2021. The contract must be signed by both parties before the program commences. The contract will be provided on confirmation of the successful applicants.

At all times, the artist retains intellectual property on the designs developed in this program.


Fees, Costs and Subsidies

The CO:LAB program is supported by Craft ACT thanks to donations from the Circle of Hands.

The artists (contemporary craft practitioners) selected for the 2021 Craft ACT CO:LAB will receive:

  • $5,000 (inc GST) artist fee
  • Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre will provide a materials subsidy to each artist of up to $2,000 AUD once the proposed works for the project are approved by Craft ACT.

Artists will cover all living and transport expenses in Canberra for the duration of the program. If the Sydney professional development trip proceeds, it is likely that Craft ACT will car pool and/or reimburse petrol costs to attend.

The home owners will make the final decision about whether the proposed work/s will be purchased and installed in their home. If they choose to install the work, a purchase price will be agreed by the artist, home owner and Craft ACT. Craft ACT will take the standard 35% commission on the agreed sale price.


The artist will agree to:

  • Undertake the professional development program for the purpose of creating new craft and design work in response to the client and architect’s brief
  • Comply with all occupational, health and safety requirements when participating in the program
  • Participate in community engagement activities during the exhibition (including a floor talk and media interviews)
  • Make work (craft and design based) for the exhibition
  • Transportation of and transit insurance for exhibition work
  • Installation assistance, if applicable
  • Supplying the work with suitable display accessories including stands, hanging materials or other aids necessary, by the installation date
  • Punctual delivery of promotional information - a current curriculum vitae, artist statement
  • Supply information about the exhibition works to the gallery prior to the exhibition commencing.


Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is responsible for:

  • Organising the development program, providing development opportunities, and supporting the exhibition installation and demount
  • Insurance and public liability for the exhibition in 2021
  • Publicity, promotion and advertising of the program.


Sale of works during exhibition

The artist will make all work produced during the program available for sale unless prior approval to the contrary has been given in writing by Craft ACT.

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre applies a standard 35% commission on the selling price of all works sold during the exhibition period. If Australian, the artist will supply an ABN or Statement by a Supplier and GST status before the exhibition commences.


For further information, please contact:

Rachael Coghlan CEO + Artistic Director Craft ACT: Craft + Design

ceo@craftact.org.au

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

If you have a disability or access requirement that may affect your ability to complete this application form successfully, please contact Kate Nixon at designcanberra@craftact.org.au or phone 02 6262 9333 

DESIGN Canberra
8–28 November 2020

The 2021 festival theme is… Transformation. 

In the context of the upheaval and disruption of the global pandemic and other confronting experiences of 2020, we have a shared responsibility and extraordinary opportunity to achieve real transformation.

After world changing events, history has shown that citizens, business and communities have responded with a celebration of life and gratitude and a burst of entrepreneurial energy. We hope that (after a well-earned rest at the end of 2020), 2021 creates momentum to build a more resilient, connected, creative and responsible way of living. The eighth edition of the DESIGN Canberra festival asks what should we retain and what can we discard to connect more meaningfully as a community, to nurture wellbeing and health, celebrate creativity and reduce our burden on the environment? Can design foster a vibrant, equitable, sustainable and innovative society?

The festival theme arose from our planning for Craft ACT’s 50th - golden - anniversary which takes place in 2021. We explored the values, tradition and symbolism of gold and, through that, alchemy and transformation.

‘We remain constantly inspired by the ways that artists and designers transform raw materials and ideas into objects, spaces and buildings to creatively express layers of meaning, history and connection from the domestic to the public sphere,’ said Rachael Coghlan, CEO and Artistic Director of the festival since 2016.

Read more here.

Submit your proposals by 9am Monday 8 March 2021.


How can I get involved?

In calling for proposals from across all design disciplines, we encourage a spirit of collaboration where Canberra’s creative community works together to showcase the best in contemporary design. We welcome proposals which align with the festival values, ambitions and aspirations including: contemporary, relevant, exploratory and authentic.

Whether you are an individual maker, a collective, a cultural or educational institution, a business, a researcher or a government agency, the festival provides a platform for a multi-faceted exploration of design, arts and creative industries. DESIGN Canberra is attracting more, and new, audiences each year. 


Proposals are welcome for:

  • Exhibitions
  • Events
  • Tours
  • Workshops
  • Activations
  • Installations
  • Design-related performance
  • Public talks
  • Publication launches
  • Online works
  • Research

PLEASE NOTE: A separate call-out for DESIGN Canberra Open Studios will happen in early 2021.

Programs can include dates before or after 8-28 November, but must have some overlap with DESIGN Canberra dates to be included in the program. 

DESIGN Canberra encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers to submit proposals for the festival program.

What will DESIGN Canberra do to support my event?

DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, a not-for-profit membership-based organisation which supports local artists, designers and makers at every stage of their careers. The festival is delivered in collaboration with industry, associations and educational institutions committed to the design arts and creative industries in Canberra. In 2020, we attracted over 84,000 people to the festival.

Craft ACT curates the festival program, presenting opening and keynote events and exhibitions that form the backbone of the festival and providing a context for the events, exhibitions and activities of other presenters. We work with a network of stakeholders to present the festival and are generously supported and inspired by our design-focused corporate sponsors including the City Renewal Authority, Rolfe Classic BMW, home. by holly, University of Canberra, the Suburban Land Agency, Midnight Hotel,  Canberra Centre and the Alastair Swayn Foundation. ACT Government funding underpins the presentation of the festival, with a commitment to fund the festival every year from 2017-2022. This is a time for growth and long-term ambition.

Craft ACT has overall management responsibility for DESIGN Canberra, including governance, fundraising and high-level marketing and publicity. We are the central repository and contact point for a diverse range of presenters who engage with the festival. We manage a festival website on which all events are listed and coordinate DESIGN Canberra social and digital media. These are the main channels to access the program for most attendees. In 2020, DESIGN Canberra had more than 400,000 social media impressions and 190,000 web page views and 2.3 million impressions on digital ads. 

We produce and distribute a hard-copy festival flyer for high-level promotion with featured events and exhibitions that is distributed to 10,000 people. We send electronic newsletters to DESIGN Canberra followers who have been signing up since 2014. We will engage with selected proposals on cross-promotion and DESIGN Canberra branding requirements.

DESIGN Canberra provides a platform for linking makers and designers with new audiences and forging collaborations and marketplace connections. In 2020, artists and designers in DESIGN Canberra generated over $210,000 income directly through commissions, open studios, market sales and exhibitions. While we cannot provide funding for projects in the festival, we encourage you to include in your program a way to generate income to support your practice and project. This could include selling your work and/or charging a ticket price. DESIGN Canberra is also open to seeking collaborative funding opportunities for appropriate projects. Feel free to give us a call to discuss.


I’ve submitted my proposal. What next? 

Thank you for submitting a proposal to DESIGN Canberra. We can’t wait to hear what you have in mind and hope to work with you to present an inspiring and creative festival in 2021.

We hope to let you know by mid April if your proposal will be included in the festival program.
A curatorial panel will review the proposals and determine which ideas make a good fit with the 2021 festival program. The panel will include the Artistic Director and Program Director of DESIGN Canberra, as well as members of the DESIGN Canberra committee of cross-disciplinary experts and collaborators.

What if my proposal is accepted?

Congratulations! Your event will be included in DESIGN Canberra 2021.
Once we advise that your proposal has been accepted, we will ask you for additional information for marketing and promotional purposes. This will include text and images, with credits, that we can use on the DESIGN Canberra website.
We will ask for evidence of your public liability insurance (PLI) coverage. If you are a Craft ACT Accredited Professional or Associate member, your membership also buys you PLI coverage.

We will also provide you with DESIGN Canberra key promotional dates and information about how we can best promote your project and how you can best promote your participation in DESIGN Canberra. The festival has a growing, but still limited, budget for marketing. Increasing public and interstate recognition of the festival is where the bulk of that money goes and that is in the interest of all participants. Running a successful project or event in DESIGN Canberra is a collaborative endeavor. We require you to bring your audiences to DESIGN Canberra and in turn we will bring awareness of the DESIGN Canberra audience to your project. In our experience, projects in the festival are successful when all parties actively promote their participation to their own networks and communities, and we share in each other’s hard work.

Requirements

You will be responsible for:

  • Organisation of your activity
  • Staffing during your activity
  • All relevant insurances and public liability (Craft ACT Accredited Professional and Associate members have insurance included in their membership)
  • Ensuring safety of any/all participants for your activity
  • All costs associated with your activity
  • Delivery of promotional information by due dates (as requested by Craft ACT) to be used for promotional purposes
  • Completing a brief survey at the end for reporting purposes


What happens if my proposal is not successful?

We will let you know if your proposal is not accepted. Please don’t be discouraged or disheartened if your proposal is unsuccessful. It simply is not possible to include all proposals in the program. There are many ways to be involved in the festival; we also welcome volunteers to help on a range of programs. We hope to see you at the festival.

Fees, charges and ticketing

In response to audience feedback, all ticketing will be managed by DESIGN Canberra and delivered on a central platform. Free events will not incur any fees or charges and paid ticketed events will incur a 20% commission on ticket sales.

Commercial operators who wish to participate may be invited to become a sponsor of the festival where appropriate, or will be charged a participation fee commensurate with the event. Advertising packages are also available. For more information contact designcanberra@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.

 If you have a disability or access requirement that may affect your ability to complete this application form successfully, please contact craftact@craftact.org.au or phone 02 6262 9333 

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. 

 If you have a disability or access requirement that may affect your ability to complete this application form successfully, please contact craftact@craftact.org.au or phone 02 6262 9333 

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