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

DESIGN Canberra 

9–29 November 2020


The 2020 festival theme is… Care. 

In 2020, the value of care is more important than ever: for community, for creativity, for craft and for our world. The 7th edition of DESIGN Canberra (9-29 November 2020) will become a collaborative forum for contemporary, experimental and authentic design to celebrate and explore the ways that care and caring is valuable and vital.

Read more here.

Submit your proposals by 4 March 2020.


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
  • Food and drink
  • Online works
  • Research
  • Wellness programs

  

Note that programs can include dates before or after 9-29 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 2019, we attracted over 114,000 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 Canberra Centre, Rolfe Classic BMW, home. by holly, University of Canberra and Canberra Airport. 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 2019, DESIGN Canberra had more than 600,000 social media impressions and 200,000 web page views and 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 15,000 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 2019, artists and designers in DESIGN Canberra generated over $190,000 income directly through 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.


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 2020.

We hope to let you know by 3 April 2020 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 2020 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 2020.

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 endeavour. 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. 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

DESIGN Canberra
9–29 November 2020

From 9-29 November 2020, DESIGN Canberra will transform the nation’s capital, hosting over 200 events. Now in its 7th year, DESIGN Canberra increases its reach and engagement each year, linking makers and designers with new audiences and forging unexpected collaborations and marketplace connections. DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity of Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, a not-for-profit membership-based organisation which supports artists, craft practitioners, designers and makers at every stage of their careers.


Call for Expressions of Interest to Participate - Open Studios
Open Studios have been a feature of DESIGN Canberra since the 2014 festival. An Open Studio is a unique opportunity for the general public to engage directly with artists and designers, to learn about, and hopefully to purchase their work. Collectively, the program also makes an invaluable contribution to DESIGN Canberra’s efforts to create a culture that values craft artists and designers and the work they produce. As we work hard to attract new and more diverse audiences for design, Open Studios are a revealing part of the festival’s offering and one of the main ways we aim to give benefit back to Craft ACT members.

Each year DESIGN Canberra gains more experience in what makes an Open Studio successful for both makers and attendees. Building on lessons learned over the six years, each year we adjust the format based on feedback from participants and audiences. In 2020 we will be running Open Studios across each Saturday of the festival, from 10am - 4pm. Your Open Studio marketing pack will include: Open Studio postcards (printed on recycled paper with vegetable-based inks), re-useable corflute signage, festival posters and brochures. Last year over 5,300 people attended Open Studios over two days. 

There are ideas from successful Open Studios, both practical and creative, you may want to consider in thinking about hosting an open studio that works for you and the visitors to the studio:
 

  • Ceramicist Bev Hogg makes an event of her annual open studio, now timed to coincide with DESIGN Canberra. She enlists multiple volunteer helpers to be on hand to greet and talk to visitors, serves food, has music and promotes as heavily as possible through social media and other communication channels.
  • Previously, a collective of makers have held "Tea in the Potters Garden" in an open studio at Watson Arts Centre that combined the ritual of tea drinking with their sale of ceramics. They also incorporated musicians and florists and promoted the event heavily using beautiful photographs through social media (do you see a trend developing here about the use of social media… )
  • Wood artist Hiroshi Yamaguchi had flocks of people, especially families, to his studio where he was offering chopstick making workshops. For a small cost, visitors could make their chopsticks and take them home.
  • Other ideas may be to host scheduled live demonstrations, hands-on family activities, a 'seconds sale' or to collaborate with another maker. You can also still currently view 2019's Open Studio events here for inspiration.
  • In brief, it’s worth thinking about how you can do something to create an experience for visitors while being authentic to your craft. 

 Prior to the festival, Craft ACT will run a professional development workshop for members in hosting a successful open studio. Details will be released closer to the date.

Who can hold an Open Studio?
All open studios nominated by Craft ACT members will be accepted. Open studio events nominated by non-members will be included by selection by Craft ACT and that selection will be final. Past experience has shown that people are more interested in studios of makers than professional environments such as architecture offices, however, we welcome nominations from all different types of studios.

When to hold your Open Studio:
We will run Open Studios on each Saturday of the festival - Saturday 14, 21 and 28 November. Our aim will be to cluster the studios together by location to make it as easy as possible for attendees. The opening times will be 10am-4pm each of those days. As you fill out the form you will be asked about your preference among those dates and we will do our best to meet people's requests. We would ask that you please be as flexible as possible when indicating your availability, as it is always tricky to accommodate everyone's first preferences.

You will be responsible for:
 

  • Organisation of your Open Studio
  • Staffing during your Open Studio
  • All relevant insurances and public liability (Craft ACT Accredited Professional Members and Associate Members have insurance included in their membership)
  • Ensuring safety of any/all participants for your Open Studio
  • All costs associated with your Open Studio
  • Payment of the Participation Fee (for non-members of Craft ACT)
  • Delivery of promotional information by due dates (as requested by Craft ACT) to be used for promotional purposes
  • Helping to promote your Open Studio through social media etc
  • Keeping a count of visitors (where possible)
  • Completing a short survey for reporting purposes

 
What will DESIGN Canberra do?
DESIGN Canberra festival will manage the Open Studios program overall, including selecting and coordinating open dates and times among the nominated studios. DESIGN Canberra will promote the Open Studios program through the festival’s marketing and publicity.
We will provide signage for outside the studio and make posters available for studio holders to display in the week(s) leading up to your event.

Participation fee
Hosting an Open Studio in DESIGN Canberra is free to members of Craft ACT: Craft & Design Centre.
For non-members, if your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to pay a Participation Fee, of $110, when you provide your final information. Become a member of Craft ACT – membership starts from $66.

Submissions close Monday 16 March 2020.

LIVING ROOMS: Architecture + design + craft = an open home with a difference. 

 9–29 November 2020


DESIGN Canberra has struck a chord with architecture lovers from all over Australia, proving itself a powerful platform to celebrate the best in architecture from the Canberra Region. Tours and talks have also captured audiences and media attention, but by far the most popular program of the festival is Living Rooms. An open home with a difference, Living Rooms is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore some of Canberra’s finest houses, all while discovering works on sale by local artists, makers and craft practitioners. 

Canberra will once again demonstrate its impressive design credentials as DESIGN Canberra gets set to take over the nation’s capital for three weeks from 9 – 29 November 2020.  Architects are invited to propose recent projects for the 2020 Living Rooms program. For added inspiration, the theme of DESIGN Canberra 2020 is ‘Care’. 

"In 2020, the value of care is more important than ever: for our community, for our environment, for architecture and for our world. The festival will become a collaborative forum for contemporary, experimental and authentic design to celebrate and explore the ways that care and caring is valuable and vital."  -CEO of Craft ACT: Craft & Design, and Artistic Director of DESIGN Canberra, Rachael Coghlan

Architects are also invited to propose talks, tours or other projects for the festival via our general call-out here. A cherished example of this is the 2018 ‘Embassy of Kindness’ project. Driven by artist @legojacker, the Embassy was a mobile exhibition and conversation space reimagined and built by the Australian Institute of Architects ACT Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN ACT). 


Program Overview

Living Rooms is DESIGN Canberra’s showcase of the best architect-designed houses in Canberra which offer an insight into different housing typologies, showing firsthand the impact of good design on day-to-day living.  

Each open home will have a specially curated pop-up exhibition of work by emerging designers and craft practitioners; typically in dining rooms or on kitchen benches, with work on display for sale to the public. These artists are Craft ACT members. 

Opening homes to the public on each Sunday of the festival, Living Rooms shines the light on the value of engaging an architect and celebrates architecture, design and craft in Canberra. We are calling out for architecturally designed or renovated homes to feature in the 2020 Living Rooms program. 

Selection Criteria

The House:

  • Is designed by an architect or features a renovation by an architect
  • Demonstrates design excellence which enhance people’s health and well-being and provides a sense of delight.
  • Ideally located in the inner North or South of Canberra.

The Owner / Architect is:

  • Willing and able to be open to the general public for between 1-2 hours on one Sunday during the festival – either 15, 22 or 29 November, 2020. Opening date and time will be confirmed closer to the festival.
  • Willing to open the main living areas of the home to the public.  Other areas, such as bedrooms and bathrooms, do not need to be open to the public.  A request for guests to remove their shoes can also be specified.
  • Willing and able to host a pop-up exhibition of a craft artist or designer within the home on the open day.  The exhibition will be curated to be in sympathy with the home and at a manageable scale. Sales and inquiries will be managed by Craft ACT staff and volunteers.
  • The owner and/or architect will identify and remove, or address, any hazards prior to opening.
  • Willing to promote their involvement in the Living Rooms program through their networks.

The Architect is:

  • Present during the opening of the home and willing to engage with the public about design.
  • Willing to complete a Project Description pro-forma and provide high quality images of the project for use in the Promotional Flyer.

DESIGN Canberra's Role

DESIGN Canberra will curate, manage and promote the Living Rooms program.

Specifically this includes the selection of houses and pop-up exhibitions for inclusion in the program, tailor the pop-up exhibition for each house, nominating the open house dates and times, liaising between all the participants and promoting the Living Rooms through the festival’s marketing campaign. 

DESIGN Canberra will provide:

  • Social media and marketing in the lead-up to the event
  • An “on-the-day checklist” for owners / architects
  • Curators who will ‘bump in and bump out’ the pop-up exhibitions, in consultation with the owner
  • Volunteers who will provide a moveable sign for placing on the verge, greet the public and hand out festival programs, survey and flyers
  • A Promotional Flyer for each house
  • A detailed risk management plan

Living Rooms is proudly supported by home. by holly (Holly Komorowski) and Rolfe Classic BMW. Holly will welcome visitors as they arrive, and BMW may display a car in the driveway which aligns with the architecture of the house.  

Costs

A Participation Fee of $500 (incl. GST), which contributes to the costs of managing, resourcing and promoting the Living Room program, is payable in full to Craft ACT within 21 days of acceptance of an offer to participate.  It is non-refundable.  Payment of fees confirms participation and promotion in DESIGN Canberra.

Selection Process & Program

DESIGN Canberra will call for Expressions of Interest from architects or owners.  Houses that best contribute to aims of the Living Rooms program will be invited to confirm their participation in the program, with payment of the Participation Fee due within 21 days of acceptance.

DESIGN Canberra will contact participants in early October to facilitate preparations for the open houses. 

DESIGN Canberra festival is from the 9 to 29 November 2020

About DESIGN Canberra

DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity for Craft ACT: Craft + 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.

DESIGN Canberra has resonated with ever-increasing audiences near and far because design is in our city’s DNA.  DESIGN Canberra is a powerful platform to promote design and the work of designers. Presented annually since 2014, DESIGN Canberra has grown to embrace a regional and global focus, becoming a critical and collaborative forum for contemporary, relevant, experimental and authentic design.

DESIGN Canberra is also the ACT’s fastest growing festival. 2019 was an amazing year of growth, inspiration, excellence and engagement – a result of creative collaborations and strategic partnerships with Canberra’s craft and design sector and the broader community. In 2019, over 114,000 people engaged with the festival’s curated program of exhibitions, talks, tours, collaborations, open homes and artist studios, activations and markets showcasing the best in design. 


For more information, contact Kate at designcanberra@craftact.org.au or 02 6262 9333

  

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. 


List your exhibition for free on the DESIGN Canberra 2020 festival website 


About DESIGN Canberra 

DESIGN Canberra has resonated with ever-increasing audiences near and far because design is in our city’s DNA. Presented annually since 2014, DESIGN Canberra has grown to embrace a regional and global focus, becoming a critical and collaborative forum for contemporary, relevant, experimental and authentic design.

DESIGN Canberra is also the ACT’s fastest growing festival. 2019 was an amazing year of growth, inspiration, excellence and engagement – a result of creative collaborations and strategic partnerships with Canberra’s craft and design sector and the broader community. In 2019, over 114,000 people engaged with the festival’s curated program of exhibitions, talks, tours, collaborations, open homes and artist studios, activations and markets showcasing the best in design.
Head to designcanberrafestival.com.au to find out more. 

DESIGN Canberra has always been a shared platform for celebrating the broader Canberra creative community. Craft ACT is committed to supporting a vibrant and sustainable local arts sector and is pleased to share the DESIGN Canberra platform with like-minded organisations and artists.

Eligibility 

DESIGN Canberra reserves the right to exclude exhibition listing submissions if the Selection Committee believes they are not sufficiently relevant to contemporary craft and design practice. 

Note that exhibitions can include dates before or after 9–29 November, but must have some overlap with DESIGN Canberra dates to be included in the 2020 program. Dates falling outside the festival will not be advertised.


What will DESIGN Canberra do to support my exhibition?

DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre. In 2019, we attracted over 114,000 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. Events ACT provide ACT Government funding to underpin the presentation of the festival. 

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 will be listed and coordinate DESIGN Canberra social media. These are the main channels to access the program for most attendees. In 2019, DESIGN Canberra had more than 600,000 social media impressions, over 200,000 web page views and festival media coverage reached an audience of 1.9 million.

We produce and distribute a hard-copy festival flyer for high-level promotion and featured events and exhibitions. 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 participants are responsible for:

  • Overall organisation of your DESIGN Canberra exhibition
  • All staffing during your DESIGN Canberra exhibition
  • All relevant insurances and public liability for your DESIGN Canberra exhibition
  • Ensuring safety of any/all participants for your DESIGN Canberra exhibition
  • All costs associated with your DESIGN Canberra exhibition such as signage, catering etc.
  • 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

 


 2021 Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre exhibition program

Be part of Craft ACT’s respected artistic program in our 50th anniversary year, 2021.

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is now accepting proposals for our 2021 exhibition program. We are seeking proposals for engaging and unique exhibitions from craftspeople, designers, makers and curators, welcoming all levels of experience and all mediums of practice. Do not miss the chance to be part of our anniversary program. 

 

About Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre

Since 1971, Craft ACT has played a vital role in sustaining Australia’s high-quality studio practice and supporting craftspeople, designers and audiences. We are proudly one of Australia’s longest continuous-running membership organisations in the visual arts and we have much to celebrate. As part of our golden anniversary in 2021, our artistic and public programs will celebrate the ability of artists to transform raw materials into objects which creatively express layers of meaning, history and connection from the domestic to the public sphere.


About the exhibition program

Craft ACT promotes artistic excellence within contemporary craft and design. Each year our respected exhibition program supports recent graduate and early career artists as well as established and distinguished practitioners and researchers. Recognising the core dynamic role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Australian arts and culture, Craft ACT encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to apply to exhibit in our 2021 program.  

 

FAQs


Who can apply?

Any artist, designer, maker, curator or craftsperson who locates their practice within contemporary 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 shows

Unfortunately, we do not accept submissions from current undergraduate university students.


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 and group exhibitions

• Outstanding solo exhibitions

• Exhibitions that are underpinned by a strong curatorial narrative and foundation

If your proposal forms part of an exhibition tour, please include (itinerary) details in your submission. Preference is given to exhibitors which premiere at Craft ACT. 


Can I submit more than one application?

• Yes, 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 Craft ACT

• An opening function (including cheese platters, drinks, an opening speaker and support staffing and volunteers)

• Publicity and media engagement via media release and direct contacts

• Commissioning an essay to foster deeper critical engagement with contemporary craft practice

• Coordination of sale of works and liaison with buyers

• Design and production of an exhibition room sheet

• Design and production of an e-catalogue which is shared on social media and the Craft ACT website.

• Marketing and promotion of the exhibition including design and distribution of e-invitations, an active social media campaign, website listing and electronic direct marketing to media, industry and government organisations

• We do not offer any financial support and do not produce printed catalogues. We 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

• Delivery of promotional information including a current curriculum vitae, artist statement, high resolution images

• Exhibition works information (including captions and pricing) 

• Participation in associated public programs such as a floor talk

• 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.

• Meeting all deadlines in the development and delivery of the exhibition, as defined by Craft ACT (see indicative timeframe)


Does your gallery charge?

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. To submit your exhibition proposal, you are not required to be a Craft ACT member. A fee of $1050 per exhibition will apply for exhibitions included in the 2021 artistic program. This fee is waived in full for current Craft ACT members. 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.

For group exhibitions, the full exhibition fee will be applied if any participating artists are not members. If you don't want to pay the exhibition fee, please note that if your proposal is accepted, all participating artists (in solo or group shows) must be or become current members of Craft ACT within 30 days of accepting the offer of an exhibition and signing the exhibition contract to secure your place in the 2021 artistic program. Failure to either become a member or pay the exhibition fee in full within 30 days of the offer being made will result in the offer being withdrawn and the gallery space being offered to the next proposal on the order of merit.

To receive the contract, all exhibiting artists must be financial members.


Sale of Works?

All of the work, if not the majority, should be available for sale during the exhibition. Craft ACT applies a 35% commission on the selling price of all works sold during the exhibition. We require you to inform us in your exhibition proposal if you have an existing arrangement with another gallery.


How are applications assessed?

In line with best 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.

Selection is highly competitive every year. Please note Craft ACT receives more application than we have gallery space for. At the end of the review process, we are available to give feedback to unsuccessful applicants if desired. 

Due to existing commitments in the Craft ACT exhibition program please be aware that there will be limited spaces available.   


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 11.59 pm (AEST) Sunday 15 March 2020. Late proposals will not be accepted.


Need further information?

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

ceo@craftact.org.au or 02 6262 9333

or

Madisyn Zabel, Gallery manager, Craft ACT:

gallery@craftact.org.au or 62629333


Download Gallery Floor Map here.

Craft ACT