Australia's diversity of culture and country kindles many strands of creativity, each strand with its own expression, message and origin. Fibre art and basketry, with practitioners from all points of the compass producing compelling works, generates its innovation from its multiplicity. But the quandary is how to twine those disparate, far-flung strands and compose a fabric that celebrates the best of contemporary fibre art.
Cultural Strands/Woven Visions and the accompanying exhibition, Woven Forms: Contemporary basket making in Australia is an innovative public program exploring the past, present and future of Indigenous and non-Indigenous fibre art and basketry.
» Cultural Strands/Woven Visions
In 1968 a group of like-minded people began meeting informally in their homes and workshops, and it was this so called 'potter's den' that developed into the Queensland Potters Association, which was incorporated in 1972. Fusions: Australian Network of Clay and Glass Artists, as it's now called, has steadily evolved into a national affiliation of ceramicists and, more recently, glass artists. As the name infers, the two areas of practice merge well together, with the common basic process of minerals fused by fire.
» From potter's den to national network
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We always look for markers and signposts to guide us as we start a new year and look forward to fresh prospects and adventures. As I write this column I am struck by two realities. 2006 is the year of the dog, it is also the year Craft Australia received an increase in funding from the Australia Council. This article is a brief outline of the tail wagging goings-on you can expect from Craft Australia as the year unfolds...(more)
Craft Australia has received an increase in funding through the Visual Arts Craft Strategy administered by the Australia Council. This funding has been awarded to key visual arts and craft organisations around Australia in response to the Myer inquiry undertaken in 2002. With this increase Craft Australia will develop new activities and expand existing programs...(more)
To reflect the vibrancy of Australian craft·design, Craft Australia will commission more articles for our online news. We are looking for stories that address issues relevant to the sector, exhibition reviews, key events, emerging practice and general issues relating to craft practice....(more)
Craft Australia collaborates with key industry partners to conduct research and to develop and promote craft·design programs...(more)
Export is the other major area of focus by Craft Australia and this year we will be launching makers' export online, a discussion list for craft artists and designer makers...(more)
On the pragmatic side of operations, the Craft Australia Annual General Meeing will be held in early April. There a 2 vacancies on the Board to be filled...(more)
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The Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) is the Australian Government's principal source of independent advice on issues in science, engineering and innovation. PMSEIC chose The Role of Creativity in the Innovation Economy as a major topic for presentation at its 14th meeting held in December, 2005.
Imagine Australia, the report into Creativity in the Innovation Economy is now available.
The Australia Council for the Arts has appointed Claire Duffy as Director of Strategy. Ms Duffy will lead the Australia Council's Strategy team, responsible for developing plans and options for the Council, including its own corporate plan, to address artform and sector-specific issues.
The Australia Council is releasing a new strategy: "supporting creativity as one of Australia's most valuable assets, of increasingly strategic importance to Australia's future as an innovative, progressive and prosperous nation." The four key components are (i) Creative Schools: Promoting arts education in schools (ii) Synapse Research: A Cross-Disciplinary Research Framework (iii) Creative Leadership: Developing creative leaders and international exchange (iv) Create + Accelerate: Support for creative enterprise and innovation. The 8 page strategy will shortly be posted on the Australia Council website.
The OIPC website is a central source of information about the new whole-of-government approach to programs and services for Indigenous Australians. Under the new arrangements, the Government has established Indigenous Coordination Centres (or ICCs) that have replaced ATSIC Regional Offices. OIPC website
As part of the recent restructure the Australia Council for the Arts is exploring the role of the arts in and with communities in Australia. It is looking to develop a strategic framework that will clearly identify how it will engage with the sector to support, through its Community Partnerships Section, community cultural development, youth, education, disability and regional development. The Australia Council has commissioned a scoping study to propose directions for the support and development of creative communities. The Scoping Study Reference Group is chaired by Anne Dunn and submissions closed on the 20 January, 2006. We now await the scoping study report.
Congratulations to Bev Hogg and Ian Jones recipients of this year’s ArtsACT Fellowships. Filippo Raphael Fresh Award winner is Linda Hughes, graduate from RMIT Gold and Silversmithing. Fresh is an exhibition of 25 students who had been selected from graduating craft and design courses across Victoria.
The Selling Yarns: Australian Indigenous textiles and good business in the 21st century conference investigates best practice and sustainability in the Indigenous textile industry and will be held over 2 days at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.