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

Craft ACT's Accredited Professional Membership fee is $250.00, we will contact you to make payment after your application has been approved.


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 before submitting an application.



  •   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.


  • 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.


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 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.


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


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

Lynsey Fryers

Yasmin Masri 

Lisa Cahill 

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

Call for speaker proposals

Calling designers, writers, bloggers, publishers, researchers, collectors and design lovers. Object Subject: 2019 National Design Writing Conference is an international platform for writers to address design as a positive change agent in society. 

At the inaugural national design writing conference, Object Subject (2017), keynote speaker and NY Times design critic Alice Rawsthorn called on the design sector to take seriously their responsibilities – social, environmental and ethical. This clarion call, teamed with multiple requests from national and international design writers to repeat the event, is a catalyst for the second design writing conference.

Presented as part of the popular DESIGN Canberra festival, Object Subject: 2019 National Design Writing Conference will build on the successful inaugural event, which inspired new conversations, connections and ideas, questioned the very role and responsibility of design, and resulted in the publication of a special issue of the international scholarly journal, Fusion.

Stay tuned for announcements about keynote speakers and other featured guests. Join our mailing list here.

Presentation types

We welcome proposals for presentations in a range of accessible and more formal formats. The below are suggestions only, if you have other ideas we would love to hear from you.


This is a 20-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions and answers.

We recommend against reading entire papers, and suggest you use visual supports such as PowerPoint. Multiple-authored presentations are welcome.

Visual presentation/show and tell

Alternative format proposals are welcomed.

Public conversation

This is a 30-minute conversation between two participants on a proposed topic.

Panel discussion

This involves the panel chair introducing the session followed by 40 minutes of discussion among the panel followed by 5-10 minutes of questions and answers.

Proposed panel discussion topics:

  • Sustainability by design - how can design writing address global environmental crises?
  • Kindness in design - can design make the world a better place?
  • Representation - counteracting gender imbalance to represent the opinions, ideas, voices, objects and buildings of design
  • Beyond superficiality - using design to face unprecedented changes
  • The rise of digital - the changing role of the design critic and design writing in a digital age
  • Radical design communication - exploring alternatives to the written word and letting design speak for itself
  • Design storytelling and object narratives - sharing personal, local, cultural and community stories
  • Other: please suggest a panel discussion topic

Submission Guidelines

All proposals must be submitted through the Craft ACT submittable page, and must include:

  • Title 
  • Abstract/outline which clearly and concisely describes the subject and nature of the presentation e.g. keynote, paper, paper, visual presentation, public conversation, panel (max 400 words)
  • Presenter's name, affiliation, contact information, and brief biography (max 200 words)
  • Additional presenters, if any

Presenters must obtain all necessary authorisations and clearances from their organisation(s), prior to the start of the conference. Presentations shall be unclassified and cleared for release to the public. Presenters and panel chairs must register for the conference and pay the applicable registration fee.  

Full papers will be submitted after abstracts have been accepted.

Key Dates

5 August: Deadline for speaker proposals (including papers, panels and presentations)

16 August: Notification of accepted proposals

1 September: Early bird registration closes

7 October: Deadline for full papers (where applicable)

3 November: Registration closes

8-9 November: Conference

Registration & Fees

Early bird: $190.00 (save $100 off full price registration until Sunday 1 September 2019)

Full registration: $290.00

Student: $120.00

The registration fee includes:

  • Welcome reception (Thursday 7 November)
  • Admission to Object Subject conference sessions (Friday 8 November)
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea (Friday 8 November)
  • Ticket to DESIGN Canberra Opening Party and Auction (Friday 8 November)
  • Research Forum (Saturday 9 November; includes morning tea)

Register now


All papers submitted to Object Subject will undergo a peer-review process. Selected papers from the conference will be published in an online edition of Fusion journal (established by Charles Sturt University and the University of Lincoln, UK). This publication will investigate the contribution that contemporary craft and design makes to society, and establish a dialogue between craft and design practice and cultural, social and environmental concerns.


All questions about submissions should be emailed to

Craft ACT