DESIGN Canberra and Canberra BMW are calling for students and professionals to submit designs for the 2021 BMW Car Wrap Competition.

The 2021 car wrap competition is proudly presented in partnership with Canberra BMW, the University of Canberra and ROJO Customs.

Presented in partnership with Canberra BMW, DESIGN Canberra the car wrap competition is open to the public, students and professionals who could see their design wrapped around a brand new BMW and take home a cash prize and more.

DESIGN Canberra is seeking four vibrant and exciting designs in each of these four categories:

1. Garden City (university students) – add car
 Canberra is one of the few designed national capital cities in the world. The foundations for the contemporary design of Canberra were laid down by Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin. The design was unique and beautiful drawings by Marion recognised the need to celebrate nature and respect the land, as did our Indigenous custodians. The Griffins’ vision for the urban landscape was expressed through a strong geometry derived from the natural topography of the surrounding mountains.
Download the information pack here / Download the car butterfly here.

2. Art in the City (school students) – add car
Public art in Canberra has been central to our city’s design and identity. Public Art fosters community pride and a sense of belonging, and outstanding examples can be found throughout our city and suburbs. In the city, enjoy Ethos (Tom Bass, 1961), Frank Hinder’s mosaic in Monaro Mall (1963) and Jan Brown’s Icarus (2009). North Canberra is home to Bert Flugelman’s 1979 sculpture and the infamous Owl (Bruce Armstrong, 2011). On the south side, the Moth ascending the capital (Alexander Knox, 2012) and Sculptured Form by Margel Hinder (1961).
Download the car butterfly here.

3. Designer Makers (Craft ACT members) – add car
Many people don’t realise that in our beautiful city, acclaimed makers, artists and designers who could choose to live anywhere in the world choose to live, work and make here in Canberra. The 2021 festival theme of transformation is a celebration of the ways that artists and designers transform raw materials and ideas into objects, spaces, buildings and experiences. Canberra’s thriving craft and design community is made up of jewellers, ceramic and textiles artists, glass and furniture makers who bring creative and unique perspectives to the cultural life of our city. This category is open to current members of Craft ACT.
Download the car butterfly here.

4. Mid-Century Mecca (open) – add car
Visitors to Canberra are often surprised to learn that Canberra is a mecca of mid-century design, public art and architecture. The DESIGN Canberra festival will focus on design in the 1970s and Canberra is a goldmine of gems from iconic buildings such as the School of Music (Daryl Jackson and Evan Walker, 1976), Clem Cummings concrete bus shelters (1975), experimental co-housing projects such as Wybalena Grove by Michael Dysart (1974), and fantastic public artworks like Sculptured Form by Margel Hinder (1970).
Download the car butterfly here.

Winners in each category will see their design wrapped around a brand new BMW which will be exhibited throughout the DESIGN Canberra festival at signature events from 8-28 November 2021. Winners of each category will receive a fantastic prize pack (valued at $1000 each) including:

  • A $250 cash prize and a BMW for the Weekend* from Canberra BMW (*conditions apply)
  • Private wine tasting with cheese board and a bottle of wine from Lake George Winery (University, Craft ACT Member, Open categories)
  • DESIGN Canberra gift bag including a tote bag, badge and Craft ACT voucher (School category)
  • and more

They will also have their design wrap applied to a BMW by ROJO Customs, and professional photos taken for their design portfolio.

Key dates:
19 July – Competition Opens
5 September – Competition Closes
8-28 November – Winning wraps will be displayed at events during the DESIGN Canberra festival

Terms and conditions

1. Entrants to the school student category must be currently enrolled in an Australian Primary/High School or College.

2. Submission dates: Monday 19 July – Sunday 5 September 2021.

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

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

5. Entries must not have been previously published or won a prize in another competition.

6. Current employees of Canberra BMW are ineligible for consideration in the Canberra Car Wrap competition.

7. Competition entries must be submitted as per the provided Instructions and Technical Requirements.

8. One winning design will be selected for each of the four categories for execution and the designs will be applied to the assigned car for each category. 2 Series Gran Coupe (Craft ACT members), 4 series coupe (open), i8 roadster (university students) and X5 M Competition (school student category). The winner of the university, open and Craft ACT member categories will receive a $250 cash prize and a BMW for the weekend from Canberra BMW, private wine tasting with cheese board and a bottle of wine from Lake George Winery. The winner of the school student category will receive $250 cash prize and a BMW for the weekend from Canberra BMW, a DESIGN Canberra gift bag including a tote bag, badge and Craft ACT voucher. Total prize value = $1000. The winners will be recognized on the Canberra BMW and DESIGN Canberra social platforms.

9. Prize Winners: All drivers of the vehicle must hold a full license and sign an indemnity form prior to driving the car. A copy of each driver's license will also be required. The vehicle must stay within the ACT & surrounding areas during this period. The vehicle provided will depend on availability and can be discussed upon arranging the date of collection. Pick up of the vehicle will be on a Friday afternoon and it will need to be returned on the Monday morning. Canberra BMW prize to be claimed before 30 October 2022. The car is arranged through Canberra BMW.

10. Entrants submitting to the Craft ACT member category must have up-to date membership at the time of submission.

11. Entrants must retain a copy of their entry.

12. 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 the Prize and its Administrators against any loss or damages resulting from a breach of this warranty.

13. The winners will be notified by the 1st of October and may be asked to supply further information and images for marketing and communications purposes.

14. Selected works will be required to be produced and installed between the 2 October and 5 November 2021.

15. This award may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of DESIGN Canberra and Canberra BMW. COPYRIGHT, MORAL RIGHTS, PRIVACY, AND LIABILITY: Copyright in the design remains with the artist.

16. By submitting an entry, the winners grant a worldwide, non-exclusive, non-commercial license, in perpetuity to the Prize Administrators (Craft ACT) to (i) permit it to publish the entry as a car wrap, in print and on the Craft ACT website; and (ii) permit it to record and broadcast the selected entries, online and in any other media, for a period of 3 years from the date that the design was submitted to the Prize, without fee, for the purpose of promoting Design Canberra and Craft ACT.

17. Designs must be available to be published as a car wrap to be eligible to win the competition. Refusal by an entrant to accept the Prize or to allow publication will disqualify the entry from eligibility.

18. Designs may need to be modified to meet technical specifications inherent in the car wrap process. This will be done in consultation with the artist. We will not modify or edit the work without the permission of the artist.

19. 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.

20. 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.

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. 

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 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. 

 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 

Transformation: 2021 Craft ACT annual members exhibition

4 November - 14 December 2021


This year's Craft ACT members exhibition, Transformation, will celebrate the ways raw materials and ideas are transformed into original craft and design pieces that creatively express layers of meaning, history and connection.

As the centrepiece of Craft ACT’s 50th– golden – anniversary, the exhibition will also explore the values, tradition and symbolism of gold. Beyond its colour and shine, gold reflects alchemy, prosperity and transformation – symbolic of Craft ACT’s growth over the years.


A Craft ACT curated exhibition, current Craft ACT Accredited Professional Members and Associate Members are invited to submit proposed works for inclusion in Transformation: 2021 Craft ACT members exhibition.

The theme of transformation is broadly defined and could include work which reflects how you:

  • showcase contemporary expressions of craft and design
  • unite time-honoured techniques with modern interpretations
  • forge new relationships to materials
  • invest time to learn and develop techniques, skill and practice
  • pay respect to craft’s tradition of exchange, mentoring and collaboration
  • nourish and sustain collective wellbeing.


Last year's members exhibition, c/o Craft, received proposals from over 75 artists and over 80 works were selected, helping to shape and secure the future of craft and design.

In his 2020 exhibition essay Glenn Adamson (American curator, writer and historian) wrote,“you see so many things in the [Craft] ACT show that have that kind of combination of values, of respect and creativity. And that's really what you come to craft for… you don't come to it just to be reminded of what you already love. You also come to it to see things that are new. Equally you don't just come to it for novelty. You also come to it for a kind of foundational experience of culture. And I think the show does that marvelously”.

The exhibition was also well received by local media with Meredith Hinchliffe from City News commenting, "The exhibiting artists are working at the top of their fields. Canberra is privileged to see such a range of work that is of consistently high quality."


We hope that this year’s exhibition will achieve the same level of success and community support, to reflect the excellent work and deep engagement with contemporary craft and design in the Canberra region.The 2021 members exhibition will coincide with the DESIGN Canberra festival (8-28 November 2021) which shares the Transformation theme.


We invite you to submit images of two different pieces (made within the past two years) proposed for the exhibition in the Craft ACT gallery. This will help Craft ACT to thoughtfully curate the exhibition and present your work at its best. These two works can be a single object or a small series (in case of works larger than 1m in any direction, please contact us to discuss your proposal before submitting).

The deadline for submissions is 11.59 pm, 30 July 2021


Become or renew your membership here.


Key dates:
 

  • Exhibition dates: Thursday 4 November - Tuesday 14 December 2021
  •  Exhibition opening: Thursday 4 November 2021
  •  Online submission for curatorial consideration: Friday 30 July, 11.59 PM
  • Deliver work: On or before Thursday 21 October 2021
  • Installing: 26 - 29 October 2021
  • Demount/Collection dates: 15 - 17 December 2021


How to submit work:

  1. Provide name, contact, social media details
  2. Submit artwork details + high-resolution images of two works for consideration
  3. Advise if there are any installation requirements
  4. Advise if you would like to participate in a public floor talk (as part of a group) during the exhibition.


Once work has been selected:

  1. Sign and return exhibition contract within 2 weeks of receiving
  2. Deliver selected work to Craft ACT on or before Thursday 21 October 2021
  3. Promote the exhibition through your networks, invite friends and collectors
  4. Collect your work (if unsold) from Craft ACT during collection dates


If you have a disability or access requirement that may affect your ability to complete this application form successfully, please contact Madisyn Zabel at gallery@craftact.org.au or phone 02 6262 9333  

Craft ACT