Canberra, Australia: c/o Craft ACT – 2020 Craft ACT Members Exhibition

Craft ACT, Canberra City, and online at
29 October – 12 December 2020

Due to the social distancing Craft ACT will deliver its members exhibition public programs a little differently this year. Forty people are allowed in the gallery at any time. There will therefore be two events to celebrate the opening of the 2020 members show:

  • c/o Craft ACT: 2020 members exhibition preview, Craft ACT gallery, Thursday 29 October (3 sessions, bookings essential)
  • Members celebration, Festival Hub (City Walk) Friday 20 November, 5-6pm.

This exhibition showcases current trends in contemporary craft and design and illustrates how care underpins a maker’s commitments. Craft ACT Accredited Professional Members and Associate Members were invited to submit proposed works. More than 80 works are included in the exhibition.

Highlights from the exhibition include:

  • With Care by Acclaimed glass artist and 2020 DESIGN Canberra designer-in-residence Kirstie Rea.
  • Twofold by artist and textile designer Marilou Chagnaud
  • Conversations by textile artist Belinda Jessup
  • Sola Coffee Table by industrial designer René
  • Mountain Devil by ceramicist Cathy Franzi
  • Connect by contemporary jewellery designer and maker Sarah

Floortalks will also be presented by participating artists throughout the exhibition:

  • Saturday 14 November at 12.15 pm with Jo Victoria, Sue Hewat, Moraig McKenna, Anne Masters and hosted by Craft ACT Accredited Professional ceramic member Julie Bartholomew.
  • Saturday 21 November at 12.15 pm with Dianne Firth, Gail Nichols, Melanie Olde, Ruth Hingston and hosted by Craft ACT Accredited Professional textile member Jennifer Robertson.
  • Saturday 28 November at 12.15 pm with Annette Blair, Julie Bradley, Caren Florance, Emilie Patteson, Ann McMahon and hosted by Craft ACT Accredited Professional glass member Mark Eliott.

Acclaimed American craft curator, writer and historian Glen Adamson was commissioned by Craft ACT to write the exhibition essay. He opines:

Artisans have a justified reputation for caring, and caring a great deal. If they are any good at all, they will certainly know their materials, probably cherish their tools, and stand 100 per cent behind what they make. But a big part of effective craftsmanship is knowing just when to care, and how much. Amateur makers do mostly work “off the clock,” free from the pressures of time and money.

Not so for professionals. Every unnecessary hour lavished on an object, to get it just so, drives down profit. The same goes for material wasted on ;seconds’, or the scrap heap. Since time immemorial, the rigour of craft has not just been in getting it done, but getting it done right, and on time.

Image credit: Image: 2020 DESIGN Canberra signature artwork, With care, created by glass artist Kirstie Rea. Timber fabrication: Zeljko Markov. Photo: Lean Timm