Craft ACT's Accredited Professional Membership fee is $220.00, we will contact you to make payment after your application has been approved.

ASSESSMENT PROCESS

Professional craft practitioners and designers whose outstanding contributions demonstrate a high standard of artistic merit and technical skill.

Applications can be submitted throughout the year and are assessed by the Craft ACT Membership Sub-committee against the criteria set out below. Read through the APM information package, member benefits and insurance information documents available on the membership page of our website and if necessary to contact Craft ACT at membership@craftact.org.au before submitting an application.

ACCREDITATION REQUIREMENTS

Criteria

  •   Artistic Merit - demonstrate excellence of artistic merit. 
  •   Innovation - demonstrate an evolution in the concepts of their work.
  •   Technical Skill - demonstrate a high standard of technical skill. 
  •   Professional Standing - submit a CV demonstrating ongoing professional activities in both your specialised field and the broader arts sector.

Eligibility 

  • Individuals whose work demonstrates a consistent, high level of artistic and technical standard are eligible to apply for Accredited Professional Membership. 
  • Applicants should have a professional approach to their work and to the business of maintaining a professional career, though not essential to be full time artists.
  • It is not a requirement for applicants to have undertaken formal studies. 
  • Applications are ineligible where work submitted is undergraduate work. Applications by post graduate students will be considered on a case by case basis according to prior practice.

Length of accreditation

  • Length of accreditation is set to five year periods from initial accreditation.
  • Accredited Professional Members are reviewed every five years, giving artists a formal opportunity to update their documents and images.

Craft ACT's Associate Membership fee is $220.00, we will contact you to make payment after your application has been approved.

ASSESSMENT PROCESS

Applications are welcome anytime during the year. Ensure you meet and address the criteria requirements below and understand member benefits and insurance information. If you have questions, email membership@craftact.org.au before you submit your application. The Craft ACT Membership Sub-committee will assess and notify applicants of their status.

Eligibility 

  • Individuals whose work demonstrates a consistent, high level of artistic and technical standard are eligible to apply for Associate Membership. 
  • Applicants should have a professional approach to their work and to the business of developing and maintaining a professional career. 
  • It is not a requirement for applicants to have undertaken formal studies. 
  • Professional craft practitioners and designers seeking insurance to support their professional practices. 
  Assessment Criteria 
  • Artistic Merit - primary criterion is a demonstrated high level of artistic merit. 
  • Technical Skill - demonstrate a high standard of technical skill. 
  • Professional Standing - submit a CV demonstrating their commitment to ongoing professional activities in their specialised field. 

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.

Call for submissions

2018 Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre exhibition program

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is calling for new exhibition proposals from experienced artists, craftspeople, designers, makers and curators for the 2018 program.

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

About Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre

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

Your proposal needs to be with us by 5pm (AEST) Friday 3 March 2017.

About the exhibition program

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

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

FAQs

Who can apply?

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

·         All craft and design practitioners from a wide range of mediums including (but not limited to) textiles, fashion, furniture, wood, glass, design, design thinking, commercial products, jewellery, metals, ceramics, graphic design, paper etc

·         You can be an early, mid-career or established artist

·         Guilds, associations and artist-run initiatives

·         Groups or solo endeavours

 

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

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

What kind of exhibitions are you looking for?

·         Ambitious and engaging proposals that embody contemporary craft and design practice and concepts at all levels of experience and across all mediums

·         Collaborations between different disciplines, mediums and industries are encouraged.

Can I submit more than one application?

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

What kind of support do you offer?

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

·         Insurance and public liability at the Centre

·         Exhibition support material

·         Exhibition opening costs

·         Publicity, promotion and advertising

·         Commission of an article

·         Distribution of digital invitations to the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre database including media, industry and government organisations

·         We do not offer any financial support, but are happy to write a letter of recommendation to support your funding application if required.

What is the exhibitor responsible for?

·         Transportation and transit insurance to and from the Gallery

·         Installation assistance

·         All costs relating to specific mounting requirements of the exhibition

·         Supplying the work with suitable display accessories including stands, hanging materials or other aids necessary, by the installation date

·         Delivery (12 weeks prior to opening) of promotional information including a current curriculum vitae, artist statement and high resolution images

·         Exhibition works information prior to the exhibition commencing

·         Assisting in the promotion of the exhibition via social media and among your networks – see more about how to make the exhibition a success, below.

Does your gallery charge?

We are happy to promote and provide a venue for craft and design and we do not charge our exhibitors to use our gallery space.

To submit your EOI, you are not required to be a Craft ACT member. However, if your proposal is accepted, please note that all exhibitors are required to be current members of Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre.

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

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is a not-for-profit membership based organisation which supports artists, craft practitioners, designers and makers at every stage of their careers. We promote and celebrate excellence and innovation in contemporary craft in everything we do – in our retail space, exhibitions, events and membership program.

Sale of Works

All of the work, if not the majority, should available for sale during the exhibition. Craft ACT applies a 35% commission on the selling price of all works sold during the exhibition period

How are applications assessed?

Craft ACT works in partnership with a panel of industry experts and peers to review proposals for artistic rigor and well as diversity of exhibition types.

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 5pm (AEST) Friday 3 March 2017.

 

Need further information?

Please contact our curator, Mel George

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