We love craft and design
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.
Meet the team
Rachael Coghlan - CEO
Rachael is CEO, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre with 20 years' experience in senior management and leadership roles in national cultural institutions, shaping strategic planning and the full continuum of visitor engagement from audience development, exhibitions and events, to digital and external communications. Rachael is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University exploring opportunities to democratise the museum experience using audience participation.
Mel George - Curator
Mel curates diverse and innovative exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists. She is passionate about developing the contemporary craft and design movement through Craft ACT's artistic programs and . As an acclaimed glass maker, Mel exhibits her work both nationally and internationally.
Julian Hobba - Creative Producer DESIGN Canberra
Julian aims to deliver a great and growing DESIGN Canberra using valuable creative production experience from events like Centenary of Canberra and Silver Linings, a festival to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. He is also the Artistic Director of Aspen Island Theatre Company, a contemporary Australian theatre company based in Canberra.
Ged Jones - Retail Manager
Ged brings decades of specialised boutique retail experience and is also a practicing artist, having exhibited nationally and internationally. He strongly believes in the ongoing support of local and national artists and hopes that his experience and knowledge will help many maintain a creative and profitable practice.
Richilde Flavell - Membership
Richilde provides members the support they need and identifies opportunities to improve their membership benefits. She was a committee member of the Stepping Up - Australian Ceramics Triennale and the Students of Sustainability Arts and Ideas Festival. Richilde is an emerging artist who works under her own name and also as Girl Nomad Ceramics.
Missy Amaricai - Communications and Marketing
Missy is responsible for promoting exhibitions, activities and events. She believes in breaking down communication barriers and increasing understanding by making information accessible. She brings marketing communications experience in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors.