Image: Richard Whiteley (left) with Robert Foster at the exhibition opening of Crafting Waste and Aesthetics in the Time of Emergency, 26 May 2016.


It is with the deepest regret and profound sadness that we have learned of the passing of our friend Robert Foster.

Robbie is an iconic designer and silversmith, and was a mentor, collaborator, leader, supporter, inspiration, and teacher; but he has also been a true friend to so many people in both our professional and personal communities here in Canberra.

We are devastated that such a great man and talent has been taken from us too early. We gain some comfort from the knowledge that his legacy will endure. Robbie’s contribution is great, both near and far. There is a Robert Foster F!NK jug in practically every second house in Canberra, yet his reach is international with sales in New York, London, Germany and beyond. He is revered and admired for his sculptural installations and exhibitions, and his work is held in major Australian and international collections.

Our love, friendship and sympathy go to Gretel and their two daughters, and the F!NK & Co team. We send our condolences to the entire craft and design community in Canberra and beyond, who share in this loss.

Robert has been a Craft ACT Accredited Professional Member since 1993.

- Rachael Coghlan, CEO Craft ACT


F!NK + Co pop-up exhibition
Thank you F!NK + Co for the special pop-up exhibition in Craft ACT's lightbox gallery, which showcased until 3 September 2016, and to all who shared memories and tributes in the condolence book.

Other tributes

National Gallery of Australia - a small tribute exhibition of Robert's works from the NGA collection (in the Lake end of the foyer), along with a tribute in the NGA Members’ Lounge, where Robert had just installed two new commissioned lamps. (Obituary)