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