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 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.

The Craft ACT Membership Sub-committee will assess and 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.

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 post graduate 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

Associate Members are emerging and established professional craft practitioners and designers who have strong local experience and engagement. 

Applications are welcome anytime during the year. Ensure 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 and 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. 
  • Professional craft practitioners and designers seeking insurance to support their professional practices. 
  Assessment Criteria 
  • Artistic Merit - primary criterion is a demonstrated high level of artistic merit. 
  • Technical Skill - demonstrate a high standard of technical skill. 
  • Professional Standing - submit a CV demonstrating their commitment to ongoing professional activities in their specialised field. 

Call for submissions

2019 Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre exhibition program

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is calling for new exhibition proposals from artists, craftspeople, designers, makers and curators for the 2019 program.

We are looking for ambitious and engaging exhibitions which engage with contemporary craft and design practice and concepts at all levels of experience and across all mediums.

About Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre

Craft ACT is recognised as a leading centre in Australian craft and design, with a vision to strengthen the dynamic link between the arts – as encompassed in the craft sector – and the broad creative industries and design sector.

About the exhibition program

Artistic excellence underpins Craft ACT’s rationale for existence. The annual artistic program showcases and supports recent graduates and early career artists through to high-calibre, iconic practitioners as well as craft and design researchers. The program is diverse and innovative, supporting experimental and traditional exhibitions, as well as hosting regional, national and international projects.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to apply. Recognising the core dynamic role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Australian arts and culture, Craft ACT supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists through major events and the annual artistic program. Craft ACT has a policy of specifically seeking participation from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists for events and artistic programs.

FAQs

Who can apply?

Any artist, designer, maker, curator or craftsperson who locates their practice within craft and/or design is welcome to apply.

  • All craft and design practitioners from a wide range of mediums including (but not limited to) textiles, fashion, furniture, wood, glass, design, design thinking, commercial products, jewellery, metals, ceramics, graphic design, paper etc
  • You can be an early, mid-career or established artist
  • Guilds, associations and artist-run initiatives
  • Groups or solo endeavours

 Sorry, we do not take submissions from current undergraduate university students.

Tip: for group exhibitions, guilds, and membership organisations etc, it is advisable to have a well thought out curatorial rationale with a strong and coherent connection between the artworks.

What kind of exhibitions are you looking for?

  • Ambitious and engaging proposals that embody contemporary craft and design practice and concepts at all levels of experience and across all mediums
  • Collaborations between different disciplines, mediums, industries and interstate artists are encouraged
  • Joint proposals of two or more solo exhibitions
  • Exhibitions that are underpinned by a strong curatorial narrative and foundation

Can I submit more than one application?

·         Yes you can, there is no limit for the number of submissions

What kind of support do you offer?

  • Exhibition installation, demount and staffing for the duration of the exhibition
  • Insurance and public liability at the Centre
  • Exhibition room sheet
  • Exhibition opening costs
  • Publicity, promotion and social media
  • Commission of an article
  • Distribution of digital invitations to the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre database including media, industry and government organisations
  • We do not offer any financial support and do not produce catalogues, but are happy to write a letter of recommendation to support your funding application if required.

What is the exhibitor responsible for?

  • Transportation and transit insurance to and from the Gallery
  • Installation assistance
  • All costs relating to specific mounting requirements of the exhibition
  • Supplying the work with suitable display accessories including stands, hanging materials or other aids necessary, by the installation date
  • Delivery (12 weeks prior to opening) of promotional information including a current curriculum vitae, artist statement and high resolution images
  • Exhibition works information prior to the exhibition commencing
  • Participation in associated public programs
  • Assisting in the promotion of the exhibition via social media and among your networks – see more about how to make the exhibition a success, below.

Does your gallery charge?

Craft ACT supports and advocates for contemporary craft and design and as part of this mission we do not charge our exhibitors to use our gallery space.

To submit your EOI, you are not required to be a Craft ACT member. However, please note that if your proposal is accepted, you must be a current member of Craft ACT in order to secure your place in the program.

Membership starts at $66 and is available online from the Craft ACT website. Be a part of the creative, professional community at Craft ACT and connect into the vibrant contemporary craft and design scene locally and nationally.

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.

Sale of Works

All of the work, if not the majority, should available for sale during the exhibition. Craft ACT applies a 35% commission on the selling price of all works sold during the exhibition period. Please inform us if you have an existing arrangement with another gallery that we should be aware of.

How are applications assessed?

Craft ACT works in partnership with a panel of industry experts and peers to review proposals for artistic rigour, diversity, a reflection of current trends in Australian craft and design practice, innovation and experimentation.

What can I do to make the exhibition a success?

Working in partnership is the key to a successful exhibition.

Craft ACT will promote the exhibitions through our marketing and social media channels and networks. Exhibiting artists should also promote their projects via social media, direct marketing and their own contacts to reach the widest audience, to generate and/or follow up sales opportunities, and to ensure success of your project.

When is the submission date?

Your proposal needs to be with us by midnight (AEST) Sunday 4 March 2018.

 

Need further information?

Contact Rachael Coghlan, CEO/Artistic Director, Craft ACT:

ceo@craftact.org.au or 02 6262 9333.

Please note that Craft ACT is closed from 23 December 2017 to Sunday 28 January 2018, reopening on Monday 29 January 2018. Enquiries are unable to be answered during this time.