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. 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.


Kate Nixon - Curatorial and Executive Assistant

Kate works closely with the Curator and CEO in the implementation of Craft ACT’s exhibition program, retail activities and overall organisation. With a background in human resources, Kate is also an emerging glass artist, an active member of the local and national glass community and current President of Ausglass, the Australian Association for Glass Artists.