2023 Craft ACT Artist-in-residence program

Applications are now open (Tuesday 26 April)

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and ACT Parks & Conservation Service are pleased to present our acclaimed Artist Residency once again for Contemporary Craft Practitioners and Designers.

For 16 years, this residency has been a unique opportunity to research a nationally significant collection, spend time in the beautiful Namadgi National Park, and prepare new work for an exhibition a year later in the Craft ACT gallery.

Since 2006, artists have found that their practice is profoundly altered by the experience of this residency which allows time and space for investigation, reflection, and the generation of new work.

Applications are now open for artists to participate in the 2023 program, which is presented in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery.

There are exciting opportunities that the collection at the National Portrait Gallery can provide to make this program rich and rewarding. With their extensive collection, our artist residency will bring faces to places!

Theme:

Southfacing at the National Portrait Gallery is a representation of the Southern Hemisphere. Faces and impressions emerge in everyday life. From humans to mountains, faces are an integral part of our everyday experience. This residency will bring artists into the Southfacing perspective: one that brings us all closer to each other as well as finding our role in the natural world.

The 2023 residency program will include:

· A 2-week Research period at the National Portrait Gallery to explore connections and directions for the residency. This includes access to 3000 portraits across a range of mediums.

· A 2-week Residency at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in Namadgi National Park.

· An Artist-in-residence Open Day which will include artist talks, and artist-run workshops

· A group exhibition of contemporary craft and design work created as a result of the residency, supported by a printed catalogue, commissioned essay and public programs.

· An artist payment of $1,000 (incl. GST) to each artist.

About Craft ACT:

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.

The resulting work from the artist-in-residence program will be displayed in a group exhibition at Craft ACT the following year. This is one of the significant strengths of the Craft ACT residency: it includes an opportunity to exhibit new work emerging from the residency in a professional gallery space. A catalogue will be produced to support the exhibition, including a commissioned essay and professional photography.

About the National Portrait Gallery:

Craft ACT is honoured to collaborate with the National Portrait Gallery as our 2023 research partner. Artists-in-residence will undertake research in the Gallery’s collection and specialist Research Library. The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra is a collection of portraits of prominent Australians who are important in their field of endeavor or whose life sets them apart as an individual of long-term public interest. The permanent collection stands at approximately 3000 portraits across a range of mediums – including photography, painting, drawing, multimedia, sculpture and textiles – and continues to grow through an acquisition and commissioning program tied to a judiciously applied collection development criteria.

It is important to note in relation to the Research Period at the National Portrait Gallery:

· In order to undertake the Research Period in the secure areas at the Gallery, artists will be required to undergo a Police Check and complete an induction provided by the National Portrait Gallery. Craft ACT will assist with the administration of the Police Check.

· While working at the Gallery the artist will be required to abide by the Gallery’s safety and security protocols.

· All collection viewing in areas other than the public galleries will be facilitated and supervised by NPG staff.

· While the NPG will make every effort to accommodate the requests of artists,  sometimes collection works are not able to be accessed due to operational demands, such as exhibition install, loan, preparation for exhibition, or staff availability to facilitate collection access.

· Any use of images from the National Portrait Gallery within any resulting work must comply with Intellectual Property and Third-Party Rights requirements.

About Namadgi National Park:

The research period will be followed by the residency at Namadgi National Park, where the selected artists will have the use of a shared living and working space at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage thanks to the generous support of ACT Parks & Conservation.

Declared a national park in 1984, Namadgi National Park has helped protect the biodiversity of the ACT, preserving diverse bird and animal species, plant life, and Aboriginal and European cultural heritage sites.

Namadgi has a rich heritage of human history:

· Aboriginal people have been living in the region for the last 21,000 years.

· European pastoralists settled in the upper valleys of the Cotter, Gudgenby, Orroral, Naas and Tidbinbilla rivers from the 1830s.

· Timber extraction began in the Brindabellas in the 1930s.

· Recreational skiing began in the Brindabella Range with the formation of the Canberra Alpine Club in 1934.

· Space tracking stations operated at Honeysuckle Creek and in the Orroral Valley from the 1960s to the 1980s.

The park also plays an important ecological role:

· Namadgi's biodiversity is extensive with more than 700 species of plants, 222 species of vertebrate animals, 15 threatened species and over 40 rare or uncommon species recorded to date

· Namadgi protects Canberra's main water supply catchment, and its mountain ranges from a distinctive backdrop to the city.

· The western parts of the ACT and adjacent land in NSW have, historically, been the source of bushfires that move in an easterly direction towards Canberra. In 2003 the park was hit by major fires and fire management has become an increasingly critical issue, with regular prescribed burns used to reduce fuel hazards and protect resources.

· The Bendora Arboretum was established in 1940 and is the sole surviving arboretum in the Brindabella ranges. It was established to determine suitable softwood species for industry in the region and is now home to some of the best examples of mature conifer trees anywhere in the world.

· Please note that the site of the residency in Namadgi’s Gudgenby Valley is remote and isolated in the Australian bush and artists must be self-sufficient. The cottage is located approximately 50-60km from the nearest town centre, Tharwa, ACT. Successful artists are required to engage with the community and participate in a public program at an open day at the Cottage.

Key Dates*

Research Period at National Portrait Gallery

Monday 8 May 2023 to Friday 19 May 2023

Residency Period at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage
Friday 2 June – Friday 15 June 2023

Open Day at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage
Saturday 16 June 2023 (Date could change)

Artist-in-residence group exhibition at Craft ACT
TBC

*Final dates may be subject to change due to ACT Government legislative changes related to the Pandemic and bushfires.

Residency FAQs:

Who can apply?

Expressions of interest for the artist- in-residence program are open to professional, practicing craft practitioners and designer-makers who have a demonstrated history of excellence in their practice. Applications are open to Craft ACT members and depending on quality and type of applications; two to four residency placements will be awarded. Craft ACT recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia's first people. We encourage applications from first nations artists and offer at least one place in each year’s residency program to an indigenous artist.

Applicants are required to be Craft ACT members in order to submit a proposal. Not a member, join at craftact.org.au\membership.

N.B. Previous participants in this Craft ACT program are NOT eligible to apply again.

What work can I produce for the exhibition?

This residency has been designed to allow craft practitioners and designer-makers to extend their artistic boundaries and to focus on the development of new work and ideas. The work created as a result of this residency should draw on their current craft and design practice.

Can I bring my partner/children/pets to the residency?

Due to national park safety procedures, visitors, including partners, children and friends of resident artists are not permitted to join them during the program at the residency sites. Namadgi National Park is a wildlife sanctuary and with that pets and other animals are not allowed into the National Park and Nature Reserve.

What facilities are there at Namadgi?

Artists-in-residence will have the use of a living and working space at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in Namagdi National Park. The Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage is a fully furnished and powered site. Artists must have access to their own transport and provide their own food and linen.

Will I have the cottage to myself?

No, artists will share the living and working space at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage with other participating residency artists. Typically, two to three artists are selected to participate in the residency.

Who has participated in previous years’ residencies?

Previous Craft ACT artists-in-residence include:

2022: Bev Hogg, Julie Ryder and Mel Robson

2021: Harriet Schwarzrock and Valerie Kirk

2020: Jenni Kemarre Martiniello and Sharon Peoples

2019: Sean Booth, Michelle Hallinan, Rohan Nicol, Sabine Pagan and Megan Watson

2018: Simon Cottrell and Vicky Shukuroglou

2017: Marilou Chagnaud

2016: Cathy Franzi and Sione Maileseni

2015: Ruth Hingston and Jodie Hatcher

2014: Sally Blake, Annee Miron, and Satoshi Fujinama

2013: Ceretha Skinner and Michael Brennan-Wood

2012: Christine Atkins, Marily Cintra, Marian Hosking, and Antonia Aitken

2009: Kirstie Rea and Paull Mckee

2006: Joanne Searle and Daniel Maginity

Exhibition:

Craft ACT will arrange an exhibition of the work in the Craft ACT gallery from Thursday 21 March – Saturday 4 May 2024 (TBC). A contract outlining the schedule of required deadlines including delivery of works, professional photography, artist statements will be provided to selected participants.

Exhibition FAQs:

What kind of support do we offer?

· Exhibition installation, demount and staffing for the duration of the exhibition

· Insurance and public liability at Craft ACT

· An opening function (including refreshments, an opening speaker and support staffing*) *subject to pandemic related restrictions

· 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 a printed and e-catalogue which is shared on social media and the Craft ACT website. A printed copy of the catalogue will be provided free of charge to participating artists.

· 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.

· An artist material fee of $2000 (on top of the $1000 artists fee) to be shared equally among participating artists will be provided to assist with the purchase of materials to make new work for the exhibition at Craft ACT. If additional funding is required, Craft ACT will write a letter of recommendation to support artists’ funding applications.

What is the artist 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, high resolution images

· Exhibition works information (including captions and pricing) 2 weeks prior to the exhibition commencing

· Participation in associated public programs such as a floor talk

· Assisting in the promotion of the exhibition via social media and among your networks.

Application process:

All applications must include:

1. A residency proposal which responds to the selection criteria below

2. 6 to 10 high quality images indicative of each artist’s practice

3. An up-to-date CV

All applications must be submitted via Submittable and will be considered by the Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre Membership Committee for peer review. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.

All proposals must address the following four points:

1. Why would you/the group like to undertake residency; and what do you hope to achieve during:

  • The residency in Namadgi National Park
  • The research period at the National Library of Australia

2. How will the residency enhance your current craft or design practice/s?

3. How will this proposal engage with the community?

Provide details of:

  • What public workshop would you propose for the Open Day at Namadgi National Park
  • What could you discuss at an exhibition floor talk
  • Other ideas to engage with the public and/or other collaborators

4. How will the residency build and enhance contemporary craft and / or design practice in Australia?

Applications will be assessed according to:

Your proposal:

· Originality (e.g., research direction, ideas, workshop proposal)

· Achievability (do not plan a trip to the moon, unless you have exceptionally good funding)

· Community engagement (floor talks, workshops, etc.)

· Curatorial narrative (e.g., concept and coherence of exhibition statement).

Your images:

High quality images demonstrating artistic excellence (e.g., Demonstrating technical expertise and strength of concept).

Your CV:

Strength of artistic career (e.g. education, exhibition history, grants, and awards; representation in collections and completed residencies, both local and international.)

Value of the exhibition/residency/program to the artist’s practice.

Submissions close: 11.59pm, Sunday 2 June 2022

*Please note that the Submittable program is written in US format, and therefore the expiry date is reversed and written incorrectly. Submissions close 2 June 2022.

Applicants will be notified by the end of June 2022 of the outcome of their submission

The Fine Print - a must read

Contract:

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre requires each artist-in-residence to enter into a short-term contract with the Centre for the duration of the residency and the exhibition in 2024. The contract must be signed by both parties before their residency commences.

As part of the artist-in-residence program at Namadgi National Park, a Site Usage Agreement (SUA) between the artist and Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is required. The artist is required to agree to and sign the SUA prior to commencement, as well as to attend an on-site induction provided by ACT Parks and Conservation Service. The SUA forms part of the residency Contract between Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and the artist.

Costs and Subsidies:

The artist-in-residence program is supported by Craft ACT and ACT Parks and Conservation. In 2023 the National Portrait Gallery will provide in-kind support for the research period.

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre will provide a materials fee subsidy of $2,000 AUD divided between selected makers once the proposed works for the exhibition are approved by Craft ACT. Shared accommodation at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage is provided to artists-in-residence at no cost. Artists will cover all living and transport expenses for the duration of the residency. Craft ACT will provide a suitable amount of firewood for use during the residency. Artists are responsible for covering any further firewood supplies as needed.

The artist will agree to:

· Undertake the artist-in-residence program (residency, community engagement activities, research period and exhibition) for the purpose of creating new craft and design work based on their experience and expands on their current practice.

· Comply with all security, health and safety requirements when on site at the National Portrait Gallery.

· Comply with the directions of National Portrait Gallery staff when accessing the collection.

· Comply with Intellectual Property and Third-Party Rights requirements in any resulting work that includes imagery drawn from the National Portrait Gallery collection.

· Comply with all occupational, health and safety requirements when living and/or working within Gudgenby National Park.

· Sign and return the Site Usage Agreement before commencing the residency and undertake an induction provided by ACT Parks and Conservation Service on commencement. Comply with the guidelines set out in the Craft ACT Induction and Guidelines Manual for Artists.

· Provide their own transport, food and linen. Namadgi National Park is a wildlife sanctuary. Pets and other animals are not allowed into the National Park and Nature Reserve. Due to national park safety procedures, visitors, including partners, children and friends of resident artists are not permitted to join during the program at the residency sites. Provide own access to WIFI if needed (No there is no reception at the cottage, residents will get limited access to a phone).

· Participate in community engagement activities through the residency’s Open day public program April Saturday 8th 2023.

· Provide completed art works (craft and design based) for the exhibition in 2024.

· Provide Transportation of and transit insurance for exhibition work.

· Installation assistance, if applicable. Cover all costs relating to specific mounting requirements of the exhibition. Supply the artwork with suitable display accessories including stands, hanging materials or other aids necessary, by the installation date. Supply promotional information 01/10/2023 - a current curriculum vitae, artist statement and high-resolution images. Supply information about the exhibition artworks to the gallery prior to the exhibition commencing on 01/10/2023

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is responsible for:

· Organising the public program, Artist in Residence Open day and assisting with the exhibition installation and demount

· Insurance and public liability for the exhibition in 2024.

· Publishing exhibition support material including list of works, online catalogue, photographer and promotional material.

· Publicity, promotion and advertising of the residency and exhibition in 2023/2024 via social media channels and on the Craft ACT website

Sale of works during exhibition:

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

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre takes a 35% commission on the sale 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:

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

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 

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. 

This membership level can include a Public Liability and Personal Accident Insurance package (please indicate whether you require this when filling out the form).

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 can include a Public Liability and Personal Accident Insurance package (please indicate whether you require this when filling out the form). 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 

Applications open for the 2022 Robert Foster F!NK National Metal Prize: 


Craft ACT is honoured to present the new Robert Foster F!NK national metal prize, supported by the Tall Foundation and F!NK + Co Director, Gretel Harrison.

The award will celebrate outstanding work in the field of contemporary metal working by designers and craftspeople - both established and emerging. In recognition of the value of high-quality craft making skills, good design and innovation ten artists will be selected and have their work exhibited in the popular DESIGN Canberra festival. From the finalists, two makers, representing an established and an emerging artist, will be selected and awarded generous cash prizes.

This program is generously supported by the Tall Foundation, F!NK + Co.and Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre.

Submission close: 11.59 pm (AEST) Monday, 27 June 2022


The opportunity

The Robert Foster F!NK National Metal Prize is open to Australian-based metal working artists who create hollow-ware, flatware, lighting, small scale sculpture and objects. (Please note the prize is not open to jewellery or 3D printed objects.)

Ten artists, including a minimum of three emerging artists, will be selected by a panel of esteemed judges: Brian Parkes (Jam Factory), Ewan McEoin (National Gallery of Victoria), and Rohan Nicols (University Tasmania).

Finalists’ work will be featured in an exhibition at Craft ACT as part of the DESIGN Canberra festival.

At the exhibition opening, three winning categories will be awarded cash prizes for an overall winning artwork, an artwork acquired by the Tall Foundation Collection, and an emerging artist’s artwork:

  • Winner (Open): $10,000
  • Winner (Tall Foundation Acquisition): $5,000
  • Winner (Emerging): $3,000

The remaining seven finalists will receive an artist's fee of $250 each for participating in the exhibition.


Application requirements

All applications must include:

  • A proposed artwork which responds to the selection criteria below.
  • 6-10 high quality images indicative of your practice.
  • Up to date CV.

All proposed works must address the following criteria:

  • Use the medium of metal to produce either hollowware, flatware, lighting,      small scale sculpture and/or objects.
  • Demonstrate contemporary metal making and craft skills, good design, and innovation.
  • Connection to contemporary design and craft practice and metal working.
  • Be the original un-exhibited work of the submitting artist.
  • Must have been proposed or completed within the last twelve months.
  • Work must be made predominantly using metal, however other materials may be      included.
  • Excludes 3D modelling and jewellery.

All applications must be submitted via the form below and will be considered by a panel.

The opportunity is open to emerging and established Australian designers, designer/makers, and craftspeople. The submissions can be for proposed or completed work from the last 12 months.

Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Staff and relatives related to the sponsors, the Tall Foundation and F!NK + Co., are not permitted to apply.


Submission close: 11:59 pm, Monday, 27 June 2022


For the fine print and further information:

2022 Robert Foster F!NK National Metal Award guide


Contact:

Welly McGarry Gallery and Retail Manager, Craft ACT: welly.mcgarry@craftact.org.au or 02 6262 9333 

or

Jodie Cunningham CEO/Artistic Director, Craft ACT: ceo@craftact.org.au or 02 6262 9333

DESIGN Canberra
2–20 November 2022

From 2–20 November 2022, DESIGN Canberra will transform the nation’s capital, hosting over 200 events. Our format of small talks, tours and events, combined with outdoor public installations, lent itself well to changing COVID-19 restrictions and this has meant that we can approach 2021 with the confidence that we can deliver another exciting, safe festival this year, no matter what the restrictions are.

DESIGN Canberra increases its reach and engagement annually, 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 applications - Open Studios
Open Studios have been a feature of DESIGN Canberra since the festival began in 2014.

Our popular Open Studio program is a unique opportunity for the public to engage directly with Canberra-region artists and designers and purchase new work.

Collectively, the program support's DESIGN Canberra’s commitment to create a culture that values craft artists and designers and the work they produce. As we attract new and more diverse audiences, Open Studios have become an integral part of the program and one of the main ways the festival supports Craft ACT members.

Each year DESIGN Canberra gains more experience in what makes an Open Studio successful for both makers and audiences. Building on lessons learned over the past seven years, each year we adjust the format based on feedback surveys. Last year over 6,200 people attended Open Studios over three Saturdays and generated record income for artists of over $120,000.

In 2022 we will present Open Studios across each Saturday of the festival, from 10am – 4pm. Each participant will receive a marketing pack which includes: Open Studio flyers, festival posters and brochures (all printed on recycled paper with vegetable-based inks) and re-useable corflute signage.


Need some inspiration?
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 your visitors.

Think about how you can create a unique experience for visitors while being authentic to your craft.

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

  • Ceramicist Bev Hogg has been cultivating her open studio audience for years and always makes it a big event. She enlists multiple volunteer helpers to greet and talk to visitors, opens her garden, has music and promotes it as heavily as possible with signs and flyers around the neighborhood, through social media and other communication channels.
  • Strathnairn Arts ran a Pinch Pots & Pizza workshop during their open studio. For a small fee, visitors could make their own small bowl, spoon, spice dish, mug or plate with the help and guidance from a Strathnairn Arts Ceramic Studio Artist, followed by a delicious slice of house made woodfired pizza courtesy of Stepping Stone Cafe.
  • 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 handmade ceramics. They also incorporated musicians and florists and promoted the event heavily using beautiful photographs through 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.
  • In brief, it’s worth thinking about how you can do something to create an experience for visitors while being authentic to your craft.


Who can hold an Open Studio?
All open studios hosted by current Craft ACT members will be accepted.

For non-members of Craft ACT, applications from craft practitioners and designers are encouraged.

Past experience has shown that audiences tend to be more interested in studios of makers and artists than professional environments such as architecture offices, however, we are open to ideas from different types of studios.


When to hold your Open Studio:
We will run Open Studios on each Saturday of the festival – Saturday 5, 12 and 19 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 including compliance with relevant COVID-19 restrictions and directives
  • 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, publicity and digital engagement. We will provide signage for outside the studio and make posters available for studio holders to display in the lead up to your event. DESIGN Canberra will also provide advice and support in managing COVID-19 restrictions such as COVID-safe plans and the Check-in Canberra App.


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.


Applications close 31 May 2022

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