19 December 2008
This December issue of 716 craft·design reflects on the exciting 365 days spent in the hot seats at Craft Australia. From advocacy to redeveloping websites to research to saving our image archive. It's all been happening here at 7/16 National Circuit. Read on and find out just what we've been up to this year.
From the General Manager: Catrina Vignando - December 2008
As another great year draws to an end we reflect on the tremendous achievements in the field of Australian craft and design. We bring you some highlights to savour and in particular the changes and developments undertaken here at Craft Australia. We introduce our newly developed Craft Australia website. This new site contains all the information you have come to expect from Craft Australia, plus some exciting new additions. The new site will be officially launched next year. In the meantime enjoy the new look Craft Australia website and let us know what you think.
Craft Australia has actively promoted and advocated for the sector this year. This has been particularly important because of the new directions in policy proposed by the Labor government and the Party's interest in seeking information from the various fields in order to implement these changes.
This year Craft Australia has dedicated considerable resources to supporting craft and design research. Primarily this focus has been on establishing the Craft Australia Research Centre Committee that has been involved in developing the Research Centre and initiating a peer review process for papers to be published on the Craft Australia website.
The committee is made up of Anne Brennan, Kevin Murray, Louise Hamby, and Patsy Hely with the Program and Communications Manager Avi Amesbury and General Manager Catrina Vignando.
Having defined the terms of reference for the centre and the participating reviewers, the committee is now calling for papers for 2009. The theme is Cross cultural exchanges in craft and design. Papers are invited that interrogate cross-cultural practices, communicate the breadth of activity across cultural exchanges, and establish a dialogue between practice and policy for a rich and sustainable culture. Submissions are due 30 June 2009. continued …