Discover: Craft + Design Pubic Art Trail in City West 

October-November 2022

DESIGN Canberra in partnership with City Renewal Authority 

Sponsored by Graham Humphries and Meredith Hinchliffe

Supported by Contour 556


Craft ACT members are invited to submit proposals for a temporary craft and design trail designed to activate City West in DESIGN Canberra 2022. The trail will engage audiences in a process of discovery and see the city in new ways. Artworks will be installed to be on display for both Contour 556 (1-29 October) and Design Canberra (2-20 November).

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with mentors and will receive a $2000 artist fee to develop their concept and an additional materials fee based on their proposal (Maximum proposed materials fee must not exceed $5000). 

Applications close 5pm, Monday 14 February 2022.


Craft ACT recognises the devastating impact the Covid 19 crisis has had on the local arts industry and our devoted audiences. Design Canberra presents ‘Nurture’, draws on the well documented benefits of creativity to support wellbeing and is aimed at supporting our artists and the Canberra community during this difficult time. The program is specifically tailored to focus on the well-being aspects of creativity, making and crafting as tools for health and recovery; and as an antidote to the stresses brought about by the pandemic.

As part of DESIGN Canberra presents Nurture, Craft ACT is working in partnership with the City Renewal Authority to develop Nurture: Discover: Craft & Design trail.

This trail will activate City West and invites audiences to participate in a process of exploration and discovery as they follow the trail, and to engage with the city in new ways, changing our communities' experience of place.   

 How to Apply

  • Submissions open:  Monday 6 December 2021
  • Information session: 11am -12pm, Friday 14 January 2022

The information session will cover the Concept Brief, Mentor arrangements, possible sites in City West, artists’ budget and submission process. The session will be recorded and available on our website.

  • Applications close: at 5pm, Monday 14 February 2022.

Applications will respond to the concept brief and will be assessed by a panel including the mentors on:

  • Strength of concept
  • Quality of proposal in relation to the brief and chosen category
  • Artist /designer practice development potential
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Safety and security
  • Realistic budget.

Nurture: Discover Concept Brief: 

Create temporary, site specific works of art that respond to the theme of Transformation:

  • Theme: Transformation – Reflection on Canberra's recent experiences including the bushfires and the pandemic; and possibilities for transformation - what will Canberra’s immediate and long-term future be like? 
  • Experiential: inviting intimacy, close inspection, contemplation, discovery, interaction and or sensory engagement.
  • Ephemeral or Temporary public art in the form of single works or component parts within a specific space.
  • Materials: Any - but they must be able to last outdoors for 8 weeks
  • Site specific:  All proposed sites must be in the City West Precinct and artworks must demonstrate a creative response to their site
  • Security: Must be difficult for people to steal or damage.
  • Safety: Must be safe for public interaction


Applicants will select a specific category for their submission. Four of the categories will have a mentoring component working with local experts in their field. 

  1. Casting (with mentor Nick Stranks)
  2. Digital fabrication (with mentor Sam Tomkins)
  3. Wood (with mentor Thor Dissendorf)
  4. Textiles (with mentor Valerie Kirk)
  5. Open 
  6. Open


The aim of the mentors is to work with art, craft and design practitioners to translate their practice into a different context, that of the public realm. Each mentor will be on the selection panel and will spend approximately 10 hours with their chosen mentee to assist the artists with the realisation of their concept.

Casting (Mentor Nick Stranks)

Nick Stranks has extensive experience in the construction and installation of public art. He has been a lecturer in sculpture for over 20 years at the Australian National University and since leaving that appointment has managed a casting foundry on a rural property on the outskirts of the ACT. This foundry specialises in working closely with artists, mentoring them and producing a wide range of cast and fabricated sculptural works. 

Nick is keen to share this extensive experience with the selected artist. He can offer professional advice on how a project or concept may be developed into a physical outcome. He also has an extensive technical knowledge base specifically in metal fabrication, mould making and casting. He would be happy to meet and work with the artist if they are local or can meet virtually to discuss prospective projects. 

Digital fabrication (Mentor Sam Tomkins, University of Canberra)

Sam Tomkins is an Industrial Designer and lecturer at the University of Canberra with expertise in digital design and fabrication. He has extensive experience across a broad range of materials, fabrication techniques and technologies spanning both the traditional and the emergent.

Sam will work with the successful mentee to realise the physical artwork through guidance in digital to physical workflows. To execute the work, the successful mentee will also have the potential to engage with the digital fabrication facilities housed within Workshop7, the Faculty of Arts and Designs state of the art workshop at the University of Canberra. These include 3D printing, laser cutting and other digital processes supplemented by a wide range of manual equipment including lathes and welding.

Wood (Mentor Thor Diesendorf, Thor’s Hammer)

Thor Diesendorf is an expert in design and production of furniture and architectural components using recycled and other timbers. He has experience in old school hand work methods and large-scale production machinery. Thor also has experience fabricating steel components and hardware.

Thor will work with the successful mentee to refine designs and make sure they are suitable for construction in timber. For qualified or experienced woodworkers there will be potential to use the Thor’s Hammer workshop & machinery.

Textiles (Mentor, Valerie Kirk) sponsored by Meredith Hinchcliffe

Valerie Kirk is an artist and tapestry weaver who has worked on public and private commissions, community art and curatorial projects. From 1991-2017 she was Senior Lecturer and Head of Textiles at the Australian National University, School of Art and Design and is now an Emeritus Professor. Since then, she has continued to work in her studio in O’Connor towards solo and group exhibitions, produced commissioned tapestries and held public Open Studio days. 

She can share her experience and knowledge of collaboration and teamwork, verbal and visual communication, working to a brief and meeting a deadline. Valerie is happy to set up a schedule of meetings with the artist in person locally or online.

5. & 6 Open Category

This category does not have a mentor but allows the artist to respond to the concept brief and work up their idea independently and in a medium of their own choice. 


  • 6 December 2021: Competition launch and call out.
  • Friday January 14 ,2022: Online information session. A recorded version will be available on the website after this date.
  • Monday 14 February 2022:  5pm Competition deadline 
  • March 2022: Winners announced
  • March 2022: Artists concept development
  • April 2022: Mentoring 
  • May 2022: Production & Permissions
  • September: Site preparation & installation
  • 1-29, October 2022:  Public launch at Contour 556 
  • 2-20 November 2022: Design Canberra 2022
  • December 2022: De-installation and Evaluation

Selection committee and sponsors:

The selection committee will include the mentors, event sponsors and Craft ACT staff.


Public Programs Manager, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre

02 6262 9333

Terms and conditions

1. Entrants must be aged 18 or over at the time of entering the competition.

2. Entrants must be Craft ACT members.

3. Submission dates are from 6 December to 14 February 2022

4. All submissions must be made via DESIGN Canberra website. Emailed or posted entries will not be accepted.

5. Incomplete entries, or entries submitted past the submission deadline, will be deemed ineligible.

6. The competition will accept one (1) design per artist. Any entries in excess of one (1) design will be invalid. (The design can contain composite parts)

7. Entries must not have been previously exhibited or won a prize in another competition.

8. Current staff and board members of Craft ACT are ineligible for consideration in NURTURE: Discover: Craft & Design Trail.

9. 5 - 10 works will be selected for execution. Successful artists will receive a $2000 artists fee to develop their concept and an additional materials fee based on their proposal, Materials fee up to $5000, Transport, installation, deinstallation and engineering fee up to $2000.

10. Entrants must retain a copy of their entry form.

11. Entrants warrant that: (i) they have personally created their entry and own all rights to it; (ii) all related intellectual property belongs to the entrant; and (iii) the entry does not violate any laws of any country or infringe upon another party's trademark or copyright. Entrants indemnify Nurture: Discover: Craft & Design Trail and its Administrators against any loss or damages resulting from a breach of this warranty.

12. The winner will be notified in March 2022 and may be asked to supply further information and images for marketing and communications purposes.

13. Selected work will be required to be produced and installed within the timeline outlined above.

14. This award may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of Craft ACT. 

15. Artists must maintain their artwork in a presentable condition throughout the exhibition.  This includes the repair of any minor damage to the artwork.

16. All risk in the exhibition of sculptures remains with the artist at all times. By signing the entry form, artists authorise the exhibition staff to move their artwork or remove it from the site for any reason, including but not limited to public safety, damage or potential damage to the artwork.

17. Artists must provide a Public Liability certificate of currency with their application. Craft ACT Accredited professional and Associate members have Public Liability insurance included with their membership.

18. The exhibition does not have an accidental and malicious damage insurance policy to cover the sculptures.

19. Artists are to provide a written statement on how they propose to install and de-install their artworks. 

20. Artists are responsible for the transportation of their artworks to and from the exhibition site and for arranging the removal of all packaging materials from the site.

21. Ensuring their exhibits is safely and securely in place is the responsibility of the exhibitor.

22. The responsibility for installing and de-installing the artwork is the artist’s.  Assistance will be given where negotiated, with regard to Temporary Traffic Management, provision of volunteer assistance as arranged with the event team. Please bring your own tools.

23. After deinstallation, all sites must be returned to their original condition by each exhibiting artist. 

24. Work exhibited as part of this trail is not for sale.

Copyright, moral rights, privacy, and liability

25. Copyright in the design/artwork remains with the artist.

26. By submitting an entry, the successful applicant grants a worldwide, non-exclusive, non-commercial license of the copyright in the Artwork for as long as the Artwork remains installed on the Site for the exclusive purpose of making and using images of the Artwork for non-commercial purposes including but not limited to:

(i) permit it to publish the images of the entry, in print and on the Craft ACT and DESIGN Canberra Websites;

and (ii) permit it to record and broadcast the selected entries, online and in any other media without fee, for the purpose of promoting Design Canberra and Craft ACT.

27. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that the Artist is attributed in any publication or communication of images of the Artwork by Craft ACT.

28. We will not modify or edit the work without the permission of the artist.

29. By entering the Prize, you guarantee that the personal information you provide is accurate. Personal information will only be used in administering the Prize. When you provide this information, you consent to it being used for this purpose.

30. Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, the Administrators (including its respective officers, employees and agents) are not responsible for and exclude all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of: (a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Administrators' control); (b) any theft, unauthorized access or third party interference; (c) any entry that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Administrators) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Administrators; and (d) any variation in prize value to that stated in these Terms and Conditions.


The DESIGN Canberra Festival 2021 was cancelled due to COVID-19 but we are back, and are planning for 2022!

The 2021 theme Transformation will continue to be the theme for DESIGN Canberra 2022.

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 2022 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? As 2021 draws to a close and uncertainty remains, this vision for the next DESIGN Canberra Festival seems more timely than ever.

How can I get involved?

There are two main ways to get involved:

1. DESIGN Canberra Commission - Curated Programs and Call Outs
Your work is selected via a curatorial approach or call out for a specific stream of DESIGN Canberra.
Each year DESIGN Canberra runs several programs that provide opportunities for local craftspeople and designers to participate:

If you are successful in gaining a DESIGN Canberra Commission we will pay Artists fees, materials fees and exhibition fees. Amounts depend on the program you are part of and range from $250-$5000. 

Please do not use this form to apply for Curated Programs or Call outs. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive information about Call Outs.

Curated programs for DESIGN Canberra 2022 are full due to DESIGN Canberra 2021 programs being rolled over.

2. Cross Promoted programs
List your talk, tour, book launch or exhibition etc to be part of the DESIGN Canberra program.

Your proposal can include dates before or after 2-20 November 2022 but must have some overlap with DESIGN Canberra 2022 dates to be included in the program. Programs will be listed from 2 November 2022.

Please note if we accept your proposal, we will manage the ticketing and we take a 20% commission of the ticket price. 

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, aspirations and theme including being 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.

Proposals for Cross Promoted programs are welcome for the following fields:

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

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

What will DESIGN Canberra do to support my program?

  • DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity of 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 Festival has grown from an audience of 24,000 in 2014 to a record 114,770 audience in 2019. We were very pleased that 84,731 people attended in 2020 during the global pandemic.
  • Craft ACT curates the Festival program, presenting opening and keynote events and exhibitions that form the backbone of the festival and provides 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, Canberra BMW, home. by holly, University of Canberra, A by Adina Hotel, Capital Airport Group, 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 the Festival website on which all programs 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.
  • In 2020, artists and designers in DESIGN Canberra generated over $210,000 income directly through commissions, open studios, market sales and exhibitions.
  • We provide a team of volunteers to assist with the running of the DESIGN Canberra program.

Fees, charges and ticketing

  • All ticketing is managed by DESIGN Canberra
  • Free unticketed programs will not incur any fees or charges
  • Free ticketed programs will not incur any fees or charges
  • Paid ticketed programs will incur a 20% commission paid to DESIGN Canberra
  • All charges by our ticketing provider are absorbed by DESIGN Canberra as part of the 20% commission. Booking fees are NOT passed onto ticket purchasers ie: if your ticket is priced at $25, a ticket purchaser will only pay $25.
  • DESIGN Canberra 20% commission will be deducted from your total ticket sales with the balance being transferred into your nominated bank account in December 2022

Please note whilst Design Canberra would love to support your proposal we cannot provide funding so please provide information on how you intend to fund your program. Should your proposal be accepted, if you are a Craft ACT member we are happy to assist you in applying for grants by writing a letter of support for you.

I’ve submitted my proposal. What next?

A curatorial panel will review the proposals and determine which ideas make a good fit with the DESIGN Canberra 2022 Festival theme of Transformation and the overall program. The panel will include the Artistic Director of DESIGN Canberra, as well as members of the Craft ACT staff and DESIGN Canberra committee of cross-disciplinary experts and collaborators.

What if my proposal is accepted?

Congratulations! Your proposal will be included in DESIGN Canberra 2022.

Once we advise that your proposal has been accepted, we will draft your program listing for the DESIGN Canberra 2022 website based on the information you submitted in your proposal.

Running a successful program 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 program. In our experience, programs 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.


You will be responsible for:

  • Providing accurate marketing text and high-quality images for your program in the submission process
  • Providing any additional promotional information by due dates
  • Assisting in media interviews to promote DESIGN Canberra when requested
  • Organisation of your program
  • Staffing your program
  • All relevant insurances and public liability (Craft ACT Accredited Professional and Associate members have insurance included in their membership)
  • All approvals (Works Approval for outdoor activities etc as required) and Licences (electricians, riggers etc as required)
  • Ensuring WHS and COVID safety of any/all participants for your program
  • All costs associated with your program
  • Completing our evaluation survey at the end for reporting purposes

Design Canberra will be responsible for:

  • Listing your program on the DESIGN Canberra website, social media and in other marketing channels locally and nationally
  • Managing the ticketing process, including setting up tickets and managing financials related to tickets
  • Compiling a comprehensive report on the Festival

What happens if my proposal is not successful?

We will let you know if your proposal is not accepted. It is not possible to include all proposals in the program. Please don’t be discouraged if your proposal is unsuccessful and please submit a proposal again in the future.

Key dates 2022

  • 15 February - information session (to be recorded if you can't make this date)
  • 28 March - DC22 Submissions close
  • Late April - notification if your proposal has been accepted to be included in DC22 program
  • 1 June – DC22 website listing proof to be sent by Craft ACT for approval
  • 15 June – DC22 website listing approval due
  • First week of September – DC22 Program launch/DC22 website live/tickets on sale
  • 2 Nov – DC22 Festival commences
  • 2 Nov – DC22 VIP launch
  • 20 Nov - DC22 Festival concludes
  • Dec – Transfer of any outstanding balances (ticketed - purchase events only)

Please contact Justine Merrony, Production Manager on if you have any further questions.

We look forward to receiving your proposals. 

Warm regards, the DESIGN Canberra team

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

If you have a disability or access requirement that may affect your ability to complete this application form successfully, please contact Kate Nixon at 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.


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 before submitting an application.



  •   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.


  • 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 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.


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 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.


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 or phone 02 6262 9333 

Craft ACT