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.
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
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
Craft ACT will arrange an exhibition of the work between Thursday 19 March – Saturday 11 May 2021
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.
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?
- 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:
- 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).
- Artistic Excellence (eg. technical expertise).
- 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on 02 6262 9333.