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Volume 3   Number 5   July 2012   ISSN 2200-1972


The buzz was building. The plane circled for two hours before landing. Welcome to Canberra in winter. Spanish Design Professional and assistant curator, Sergi Vich, was flying in from Barcelona to install the Spanish international traveling exhibition Foodjects: Design and the New Cuisine in Spain. Coming from 30 degrees Celsius Sergi's first experience of the nation's capital was our wondrous hanging fog.

Straight from the airport to the Centre, Sergi installed the exhibition and over the next four days presented a curator's talk, media interviews and officially opened the exhibition. Guests arriving for the curator's talk were delighted to find they could hold selected items Sergi passed to them, a real treat and an unexpected pleasure.

A highlight for Sergi was a day spent visiting members' studios. Harriet Schwarzrock and Matthew Curtis had him glass blowing, making his own personal drinking vessel, which will be packed and returned with the exhibition. It was a first time visit to Australia and a first time glass blowing experience, a great memento of his Australian visit.

His great desire was to see a kangaroo. How could we put him back on the plane without his final desire realised? He was delighted when Diana Hare, our Curator and Exhibition Manager, drove him to the Canberra Nature Park where he saw a mob of kangaroos lounging around in the bush. His Australian visit was complete.

The opening was a tremendous success with over 200 guests joining us to celebrate the three exhibitions Foodjects, Signature and Canberra Bells and Ginninderra Peppercress.

We thank the Embassy of Spain for working with us to showcase their international travelling exhibition. Canberra is the only venue in Australia the exhibition will be showcased. It has been a great pleasure working with the Embassy and the Centre is honoured to be part of strengthening this important relationship between Australia and Spain.

Avi Amesbury, Executive Director

In this month's E-box


Calling for Expression of Interest. The Centre is calling for expressions of interest from our members to participate in a curated group exhibition. The exhibition, Off the square, will be curated by Peter Haynes and presented at the Belconnen Arts Centre. The exhibition is aligned with the centenary of Canberra celebrations in 2013 and held in association with the Centre's premier event showcasing craft and design during the Centenary. Download EOI form.Closes Friday 31 August 2012.

The Centre curates an annual exhibition, Embracing Innovation, which showcases practice-led research in the creative arts, with a particular focus on craft and design. The Centre is calling for expressions of interest from craft practitioners and designer makers who are embracing research and new modes of practice. More information and EOI form. Closes Friday 12 October 2012.

Behind the Scene Cashed up: Money for Artists is presented in partnership with CCAS, and will deliver a series of presentations and panel discussions by industry leaders and experts. Don't miss out, places are filling up. View the program and booking information.

Call for volunteers. If you can spare a few hours occasionally to help us with exhibition openings and/or office support - which can be fun - please contact michelle.symons [at]

Did you know that Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre offers a mail out service? We can include your exhibition or workshop invitations in our mail out for a small fee: $60 member (non-volunteer), $40 member (volunteer), $140 non-member (non-volunteer), and $100 non-member (volunteer). For more information please contact michelle.symons [at]

Professional members

Blanche Tilden, Wearable Cities A solo exhibition of Blanche's most recent work at Gallery Funaki, Melbourne from 31 July -25 August 2012.

Nikki Main has received a Thomas Foundation Artists in Residence (TFAiRs) with Canberra Glassworks for the first half of 2013. Congratulations Nikki!

Gilbert Reidlebauch is exhibiting in Designed 2 an exhibition by staff and alumni from the ANU School of Art. Designed 2 celebrates the Design Arts with works from across Australia and presents a wide variety of newly designed objects at the ANU School of Art Gallery, 3 - 25 August, 2012.

Visit our Professional Members calendar

Current exhibitions

Current exhibitions continue until Saturday 25 August 2012.

Foodjects: Design and the new cuisine in Spain: An exhibition of objects and utensils are spawned from the exciting movement towards the "new Spanish cuisine" - which is all about surprising the palate with an unexpected flavour, texture or temperature.

Signature: Showcases the strong, vibrant and highly skilled community of craft practitioners and designer makers that represent the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre's Accredited Professional Membership.

Canberra Bells and Ginninderra Peppercress by Cathy Franzi: This Crucible exhibition is based on Canberra as a designed garden city, with planned areas of natural bush land.


The Canberra Glassworks - call for applications The Canberra Glassworks are now calling for applications for TFAiRs (Thomas Foundation Artist in Residence) for the second half of 2013 and AiRs (Artist in Residence)for 2013.

Ian Potter Cultural Trust - call for applications The Ian Potter Cultural Trust offers national grants to assist early career artists of exceptional talent to undertake professional development, usually overseas. Applications close 3 September 2012.

ANCA Gallery - call for proposals ANCA Gallery is currently seeking exhibition proposals for the second half of 2013. Proposals are due Friday 17 August 2012.

Textile Triennial - call for expressions of interest Expressions of Interest are now open for the 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial, to be held in August 2014.

Business skills online course for artists NAVA Connect's Expanding Your Career is a 7-week online course aimed at developing skills to increase your capacity to work beyond the studio and gallery.

National crowdfunding roadshow Artsupport Australia is running a free seminar exploring crowdfunding opportunities for artists. Book your place for 31 July 2012.

Industry news

Act Arts Policy Framework released
The ACT Arts Policy Framework was released last week. The Framework sets out four Foundations central to the Government's recognition of the importance of the arts, identifies arts priorities and provides a structure within which future arts policy will be developed.

New Australia Council leaders
The Minister for the Arts, Simon Crean announced the appointment of Rupert Myer AM as the new Chair and Robyn Archer AO as the Deputy Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Avi Amesbury and Fiona Hooton, and CMAG's Senior Social History Curator Dale Middleby, will present Canberra Stories Talk: Canberra for Sale about the many ways Canberra is promoted from the 1920s to 2013 at CMAG on Tuesday 31 July.

Call for Artists for the Art, Not Apart Festival
This October Festival at NewActon aims create an open platform for all creative genres, from classical music to graffiti artists, and to bring out artists Canberra rarely have the opportunity to witness. Expressions of interest close 27 August 2012.

ANU Art Forum: Penny Byrne
Penny Byrne meticulously constructs manipulated figurines from damaged and antiquated ceramic objects into artworks that fiercely wield a political message on 8 August 2012.

DIA student and graduate awards
The Design Institute of Australia's new national student and graduate awards programme AGOTYA was revealed to the public for the first time at the recent designEX 2012 expo in Sydney.

Also showing

Daily Rituals, by Kate Ward and Sarah Walker
Through their artworks Kate Ward and Sarah Walker illustrate how one might enjoy a moment of ritual and appreciate its fragility. Showing at GAFFA, Sydney between 26 July and 6 August 2012.

Contained Defining Space by Carlier Makigawa
An exhibition of objects that are empty but also full of form and feeling; structures of a fragile appearance suggesting an illusive, unplanned growth - a world within. Showing at Bilk until 10 August.

ECHO by Wendy Fairclough and Honor Freeman
A joint exhibition from glass artist Wendy Fairclough and ceramic artist Honor Freeman. At Sabbia Gallery from 25 July to 18 August 2012.

Student of the Red-Brown Earth by Craig Edwards
A collection of ceramic works that explore the notion of place through the use of local materials found on location. Showing at Straithnairn from 20 July to 5 August 2012.

Lucas Boswell, Melinder Brower, Amy Hick and Erin Kocaj

Courage to Care
This is an anti-bullying, anti-discrimination and anti-racism travelling exhibition/ program aimed at promoting racial tolerance, harmony and understanding showing at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery from 26 July -23 August 2012

18th Biennale of Sydney underway
The 18th Biennale of Sydney is Australia's largest contemporary visual arts event was launched in late June 2012 unveiling the work of more than 100 artists from over 44 countries. The Bienniale continues until 16 September 2012.



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Images (top to bottom):

  • Banner: Dianne Firth, Fire, 2012, stitched felt.Photograph: courtesy of the artist
  • Sergi Vich, Foodjectsassistant curator. Photograph: Jay Cronan courtesy of the Canberra Times
  • Luki Huber, Cooking Mesh, 2006, silicone. Photo: Santi De Pablo
  • Cinnamon Lee, Equilibrium #5, 2010, 925 silver, oxidised, 30 x 35 x 35 mm. Photograph: Courtesy of ANU School of Art Gallery.
  • Cathy Franzi, Canberra Bells, 2012, cool ice porcelain, sgraffito, inlay and brushwork. Photographer: Stuart Hay.
  • Echo, A joint exhibition from glass artist Wendy Fairclough and ceramic artist Honor Freeman. Photo: Courtesy of Sabbia Gallery

Logos of Craft ACT's funding bodies Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is supported by the ACT Government; the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy - an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments; and the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body.

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