September has seen some very exciting developments, from Government changes to an active month of cultural developments for craft and design. Australia now has its first elected female Prime Minister, with Julia Gillard and the labor party re-elected for another term. We welcome Simon Crean MP, Federal Member for the Hotham Electorate in the House of Representatives as the new Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, and Minister for the Arts. Craft Australia will be working closely with newly formed Government to present the developments and issues in the craft and design sector including the role of craft in design and innovation. … read more
Ceramics artist Angela Valamenesh utilises imagery drawn from early scientific representations of microscopic life as research material in the development of her current body of work. These scientific illustrations held in collections worldwide are now accessible through the web via online libraries. Angela's work has recently featured in Khemia: Living Alchemy at the Royal Institute of Australia (RiAus) and is currently showing in Abstract Nature curated by Margo Osborne at the Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide.
Over the course of 2010 Craft Victoria has been quietly celebrating its 40 year anniversary. CEO and artistic director of Craft Victoria, Joe Pascoe traces the beginnings of the organisation and shifts in thinking in the craft sector over the past four decades and new projects on the horizon for Craft Victoria. read more
Visual artist, registrar and arts educator Tina Lee discusses her arts practice and the works of her contemporaries who, over the last decade, have engaged in a nostalgic return to Australian studio and commercial ceramic traditions of the late nineteenth and twentieth century. She proposes that through this nostalgic enquiry, contemporary ceramicists are demonstrating a form of cultural mourning, a longing to identify with a range of Australian ceramics traditions of the past, possibly overlooked and underappreciated. This article has been commissioned by Craft Australia to celebrate 40 years of innovation in the Australian studio craft movement. …read more
When surveyor Alfred Canning established a cattle droving track in Western Australia a little over a hundred years ago, he was venturing into some of the nation's most remote and forbidding desert lands. His team encountered people who had never seen a white man before; people who through countless generations had belonged to and cared for the land, and whose lives and livelihoods would irrevocably be changed by the collision of two opposing cultures. A major exhibition which has just opened at the National Museum of Australia shares, for the first time, a contemporary Aboriginal perspective on the stock route and the pastoral industry it served. read more
An online discussion and community about future directions for Indigenous craft and design.
Craft Australia announces the publication of the second issue, Cross-cultural Exchanges in Craft and Design Volume 2, edited by Dr Louise Hamby this issue focuses on Australian Indigenous practice.
Ceramicist Louise Fulton, based in the Northern Rivers area of NSW, recently undertook a residency in Darwin with Territory Craft culminating in an exhibition inspired by the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's publication of On the Origin of Species and his 200th birthday anniversary. In this tale of adventure she takes us on a drive to the top end and through her process of creating works for the exhibition Dyad - an unnatural selection.…