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

2020 Vision: Understanding our past, imagining our future

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and ACT Parks & Conservation Service have presented this acclaimed artist-in-residence program since 2006. Artists have found, time and again, that their practice is profoundly altered by the experience of this residency which allows precious stillness and space for investigation, reflection and generation of new work.


The annual residency program includes:

- Research period at National Museum of Australia to explore connections and directions for the residency based on the National History Collection

- Residency at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage 

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

- A group exhibition of craft and design work created as a result of the residency 

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, designers at every stage of their careers. In 2021, Craft ACT will be celebrating our 50th anniversary. We look forward to transitioning Craft ACT towards its next 50 years, creating greater opportunities for this community of craftspeople and designers, and for the growing audience who admire and appreciate the beauty, skill and excellence of their work. The 2020 residency and 2021 coinciding exhibition will be an excellent opportunity for the participating artists to look back at our past and image our future. 

In 2020, we are honoured to collaborate with the National Museum of Australia (NMA) as our research partner. Artists-in-residence will undertake research on the National Historical Collection with a focus on themes surrounding the cultural and emotional aspects of the Anthropocene. 

In 2021 the Museum will open its new environmental history gallery, and celebrate its twentieth year since opening, and the artist-in-residence program offers an opportunity to explore how historical collections and craft practice can combine to generate hope in the face of a challenging future. 

The research period will be followed by the residency period at Namadgi National Park, where the selected artists will have the use of a shared living and working space at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage. The site 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. Artists will be asked to engage with the community and participate in a public program including an open day at the Cottage. Resulting work from the artist-in-Residence program will be displayed in a group exhibition at Craft ACT the following year.


Dates

Research Period at National Museum of Australia

Wednesday 13 – Friday 22 March 2020 (TBC)

Residency Period at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage

Monday 23 March – Sunday 12 April 2020

Open Day at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage

Saturday 11 April 2020

Extra Research Period at National Museum of Australia (optional)

Monday 13 April – Thursday 18 April 2020 (TBC)

Artist-in-residence group exhibition at Craft ACT

Thursday 19 March – Saturday 11 May 2021


Residency FAQs:

Who can apply?

The artist-in-residence expressions of interest 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. 

Applicants are not required to be members in order to submit a proposal but must become members before signing the contract if accepted. 

N.B. Previous participants are not eligible to apply again for the residency.


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 their work and ideas. The works 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 202other animals are not allowed into the National Park and Nature Reserve.


What facilities are at Namadgi?

Artists-in-residence 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 only have access to shared living and working space at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage. 


What artists have participated in previous years?

The Craft ACT artist-in-residence is an acclaimed program that has had an array of professional practicing individuals participate, including;

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, Satoshi Fujinama

2013: Ceretha Skinner, Michael Brennan-Wood

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

2009: Kirstie Rea, Paull Mckee

2006: Joanne Searle, Daniel Maginity


Exhibition:

Craft ACT will arrange an exhibition of the work between Thursday 19 March – Saturday 11 May 2021


Exhibition FAQs:

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, 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 floortalk

- 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.


Application process

All applications must include:

1. A residency proposal which respond to the 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 Artistic Program for peer review. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


All proposals must address the following three points:

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

- The residency in Namadgi National Park 

- The research period at National Museum of Australia

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

3. How will this proposal engage with the community?

Consider:

- What public workshop would you propose for the Open Day at Namagi National Park

- Exhibition floor talk

- Other ideas to engage with the public

4. How will the residency build and enhance contemporary craft practice?


Applications will be assessed on the following points:

Your proposal:

- Originality (eg. Research direction, ideas, workshops)

- Achievability (don’t plan a trip to the moon, unless you have very good funding)

- Community engagement (floor talks, workshops, etc)

- Curatorial narrative (eg. coherence in group applications, exhibition statement, concept). 


Your images

- Artistic Excellence (eg. technical expertise). 


Your CV

- External recognition (eg. of practice representation in collections, completed residencies, study both local and international)

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


Submissions close: 5pm Sunday 2 June 2019

*Please note that Submittable program is written in US, and therefore the expiry date is reversed and written incorrectly. Submissions close 2 June 2019.

Applicants will be notified by end of June 2019


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 2021. The contract must be signed by both parties before the 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, ACT Parks and Conservation, and in 2020 the National Museum of Australia. Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre will provide a materials 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.


International Artists

Shared accommodation will be provided for one international maker during the research period as well as the residency at Namadgi National Park.

No funding is available to assist with international travel; we strongly advise international and national artists apply for funding to support their activities within this residency.


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 occupational, health and safety requirements when researching within the National Museum of Australia. 

• Comply with all occupational, health and safety requirements when living and/or working within the 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 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

• Participate in community engagement activities through the residency’s public program.

• Make work (craft and design based) for the exhibition in 2021

• Transportation of and transit insurance for exhibition work.

• Installation assistance, if applicable.

• 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.

• Punctual delivery of promotional information - a current curriculum vitae, artist statement and high-resolution images.

• Supplying information about the exhibition works to the gallery prior to the exhibition commencing.


Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is responsible for:

• Organising the public program and supporting the exhibition installation and demount

• Insurance and public liability for the exhibition in 2021.

• Exhibition support material.

• Publicity, promotion and advertising of the residency and exhibition in 2020/2021.


Sale of works during exhibition

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

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre applies a 35% commission on the selling 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.

The artist-in-residence program is presented in partnership with ACT Parks and Conservation Service and National Museum of Australia.

 

For enquiries, further information or artist contract specifics, please contact Madisyn Zabel at gallery@craftact.org.au or on 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. 


 Ready Set Market! Professional Development Program

To celebrate the range of beautiful handcrafted work being created in Canberra, and nurture Canberra’s talented emerging artists, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is proud to present the 2019 Ready Set Market program.


Ready Set Market will support a small group of makers to get market ready. From developing production work, crafting your brand, being sales ready and presenting your work and your brand in one of Australia’s leading design markets, Undercurrent Design Market at the National Portrait Gallery (22-24 November 2019).


Following a successful pilot in 2017, this program has been expanded and offers a solid foundation for budding production makers, though a series of intensive workshops led by leading stylists, photographer and makers, and step by step support in a small group over five months.


Each place includes:

  • A shared market stall at Undercurrent Design Market presented by the Curatoreum as part of the DESIGN Canberra Festival at the National Portrait Gallery on November 22nd, 23rd and 24th
  • Workshop - Product development with acclaimed glass artist and Canberra Glassworks Art Group Creative Fellow, Lisa Cahill
  • Workshop – Product development with medium-specific established makers 
  • Workshop - Crafting your brand with communication and marketing professional Yasmin Masri
  • Photoshoot – product styling and photoshoot with photographer and stylist Anisa Sabet 
  • Workshop - Market Ready with Sydney-based prop stylist Lynsey Fryers
    Your participation in the Undercurrent Design Market will be supported by DESIGN Canberra’s active Social Media and Marketing campaign
     


Cost:

This program including your Undercurrent Market stall fee, 11.5 hours of quality workshops and photoshoot is $450 for Craft ACT members ($720 for non-members) (inc GST) per participant.


Learn From 

Anisa Sabet http://anisasabet.com.au/

Lynsey Fryers http://www.lynseyfryers.com/

Yasmin Masri https://www.yasminmasri.com/ 

Lisa Cahill https://www.lisacahill.com/ 


Applications close Sunday 23 June, midnight. 

Craft ACT 2019 Members Exhibition
Curatorial context:
This year’s Craft ACT annual members exhibition will reflect the theme of ‘utopia’, to align with the theme of the DESIGN Canberra festival in 2019. Utopia is an opportunity to re-imagine the past, build a more creative and inclusive present, and boldly experiment with the future of craft and design.

Over 500 years ago, the concept of utopia was introduced to the Western world. Derived from the Greek ou-topos meaning 'no place' or a place that doesn’t exist, Thomas More’s vision of a perfect imaginary world has spawned debate and inspiration among artists, designers and thinkers ever since. In 2019, we will explore the concept of utopia to harness the power of imagination to shape the future in Canberra and the world.

Brief to artists:
Each AM and APM Craft ACT member is invited to contribute a recent work to the exhibition. New work is encouraged, but recent work that reflects your current practice and has been made in the last couple of years is also appropriate.
Please submit 2 works for curatorial consideration. Each work can be a single object or a small series. Please contact us to discuss works larger than 1m in any direction. The exhibition will be installed in the Craft ACT gallery - please propose works appropriate for the space. 


Become or renew your membership here.


We also call for volunteers to assist with installing and demounting.
Key dates:
Exhibition dates: Thursday 12 September - Saturday 26 October 2019
Exhibition opening: Thursday 12 September 2019
Online submission for curatorial consideration: 30 June 2019
Deliver work: Saturday 31 August and Monday 2 September
Installing: Tuesday 3 September - Tuesday 10 September 2019
Demount: 26 and 28 October 2019
How to submit work:
1.      Complete online submission by 30 June 2019
2.      Deliver selected work to Craft ACT on or before Saturday 31 August and Monday 2 September 2018
3.      Promote the exhibition through your networks, invite friends and collectors
4.      Volunteer to assist with painting on 2 September, installing 3 - 10 September, and demounting 26 and 28 October
5.      Collect your work from Craft ACT on Monday 22 October 2019

Craft ACT