RESKIN: Twenty artists from across Australia and distant European shores made Canberra their home for three weeks while they were expertly introduced to the world of wearable technologies, body adornment and electronic circuitry. The six facilitators charged with the task of delivering the program were Alistair Riddell celebrated Australian computer musician, Montreal based innovator of electronic textiles Joanna Berzowska, Los Angeles based multimedia designer and programmer Elise Co, internationally renowned designer and jeweller Susan Cohn working with Cinnamon Lee, lighting and object designer based at the ANU and Stephen Barrass, designer of ZiZi, the affectionate couch.
» reSkin Catrina Vignando
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In 2006 Craft Australia received additional funding through the Visual Art Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. Managed by the Australia Council for the Arts, this increase in funding enabled Craft Australia to increase the number of programs it delivered over the year and to expand its reach internationally.
This year we will continue to lobby on issues that are critical for the sector. Being a lead up to the election, Craft Australia, along with other peak arts advocacy groups such as NAVA, will bring the big issues for the arts to the attention of the decision makers. More details about these activities will unfold across the year.
2007 has already started with a major program that has been 18 months in the making. ReSkin wearable technologies lab and WearNow Symposium were developed by Craft Australia in collaboration with ANAT. A full overview of this program is in this issue of 716 craft·design online news.
Other programs to watch out for early this year include the Smartworks exhibition and symposium at the Powerhouse Museum, the Freestyle exhibition at Object Gallery, both presented in Sydney in March; the Klaus Moje Living Treasures exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Gallery also in March. A full listing of key craft·design events can be found in the 716 Craft Australia's events calendar.
» Looking 4ward Catrina Vignando
Call for nominations: 2008-10
Applications close 23 February
Launched in November 2005, the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian craft series is an initiative of Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design supported by Craft Australia and the network of Australian Craft and Design Organisations, ACDO. Each year, through the combination of a national touring exhibition and a major monograph publication, the series aims to celebrate the achievements of Australia's most iconic and influential crafts practitioners.
Craft Australia, as a key partner in Living Treasures, will continue to be actively involved in promoting the program through the Craft Australia website and will facilitate the nomination process for the selection of the 2008 to 2010 series.
Nominations for proposals are now open. Craft Australia invites you to nominate an artist for the program. Artists can self nominate or be nominated by an organisation or professional body. Applications are due to Craft Australia by:
23 February 2007.
The Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, has announced the three-year appointment of Ms Kathy Keele as Chief Executive Officer of the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s principal arts funding body. Australia Council
The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan congratulated Senator George Brandis SC on his appointment as the Minister for Arts and Sport and recognised the contribution of Senator Rod Kemp who will retire at the next election after holding the position of Minister for Arts and Sport since 2001. Australia Council
British-born Australian ceramist and teacher Alan Peascod passed away on Thursday 11th January after a long battle with a lung disease.
Australian Contemporary, an initiative of the Australia Council and JamFactory International Craft, is preparing to take the work of four outstanding craft practitioners to Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The initiative also featured four artists at SOFA 2006.
Smart Works: Design and the Handmade Symposium explores the shifting value of the handmade in the context of changing design, manufacture and cultural identity. The symposium runs 30 March -1 April 2007 at the Powerhouse museum, Sydney. Register online at Smart Works
News Update The building of the Canberra Glassworks will be complete in mid-March. The centre will then be open for construction tours and the studio access and the education programs launched. The Gala Opening will be held after the completion of the fitout on the weekend of Friday 25 May - Sunday 27 May.
Home-based business people from interstate and across NSW came to Sydney last November for the first-ever NSW Government workshop for the craft and design industry. More
The Australia Council convened the 4th annual meeting of the National Education and the Arts Network (NEAN), in Hobart in October, 2006. NEAN