716 craft·design   ISSN:1835-1832
Issue 035 October 2008
716 craft·design news is published monthly by Craft Australia.

Above: Rodney Glick and Marco Marcon, The Face of The Community, 2006. Two digital prints onto vinyl, steel support panels. Dimensions of each print: 4m x 3m
Banner image: Daniel Templeman, Confluence, 2004. Brisbane Magistrates' Court, Brisbane, Queensland.

Art in public spaces

The focus for this issue of 716 craft·design is Art in public spaces. To utter the words 'public art' ensures a response, and at times a fervent one. In this series of articles we have aimed to capture a snapshot of the state of play around Australia.

The history of public art, its role and how models have changed over recent times are all part of Ruth Fazakerley's national overview. As Ruth states, "... public art [is] one those essentially uncomfortable and unloved terms with which almost everyone has some dispute: what does it really mean ... to put the words public and art next to each other?"
»  Notes for a history of public art ...
    by Ruth Fazakerley

In her article Catharina Sacks takes us to Western Australia and the outer suburbs of Perth, into the laneways and tainlines seeking the potential of public art in our everyday. Still in Western Australia we are introduced to Artsource's innovative thinking and their drive to take Australian artists to an international public art market.
»  Public Art: the Practice of the Everyday
    by Catharina Sack
»  Artsource: developing international markets
    by Jude van der Merwe

State and territory governments play a leading role in our public art policies and programs. Louise Dauth looks at Queensland's landmark public art program Art-Built-in to their newly developed policy art+place. Belinda Robertson reveals, "the Tasmanian Government has been investing in public art projects since 1979", along with their processes for managing a variety of programs. Artwranglers comment on the political and cultural controversy around art in public spaces in Canberra, where it competes with federal monuments.
»  Queensland - a place for public art - art+place
    by Louise Dauth
»  State of Play
    by Belinda Robertson
»  Canberra's schizophrenic affair with monuments

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From the General Manager

Catrina Vignando
October, 2008

This issue focuses on art in public places and draws attention to the breadth of practice in which craft·design practitioners are involved. Developing work for the public realm creates a different conversation between the artwork and the spectator. For many creatives working in craft·design this dialogue affords new opportunities for the presentation of their work. It takes engagement beyond the gallery and into the public sphere to new audiences. It also enables multidisciplinary collaborations with other creatives in architecture, landscape, urban design and town planning. These cross disciplinary activities present new opportunities for creative innovation.

The arts and innovation

It is the inherent attraction to innovation by creatives in the craft·design area that has seen Craft Australia focus considerable energy in a submission to the Government's review of the national innovation system. Craft Australia on behalf of the network of Australian Craft and Design Centres, ACDC, submitted a response that outlined the range of innovative practices that the sector is involved in.
Review of the National Innovation System Submission   pdf invite

The government received over 600 responses to its review which was chaired by Dr Terry Cutler. With a panel of industry experts these submissions were condensed into a report titled Venturous Australia, building strength in innovation, which was released in September and makes 73 recommendations. This green paper report is under consideration by the government before it becomes adopted as the innovation white paper for policy and budget development. Venturous Australia   pdf invite

Dr Cutler gave a stirring presentation at the Opera House as part of the Currency House series of talks prior to the release of the green paper in his speech Creativity, the Arts and Innovation. Speech   pdf invite

Dr Cutler makes a strong and dynamic case for the role of the arts in the innovation agenda. He argues that 'the imagination in the innovation process helps us to envision alternative futures.' His presentation is a compelling read and defines a solid position for the arts in respect to the green paper on innovation.

Venturous Australia argues strongly for the role of innovation in solving current issues that face our population and has a predominant focus on industry and the application of innovative practices. The role of the creative industries in this dialogue is vital for envisioning alternative futures. To quote Dr Cutler again, 'the arts provide "windows into realities under construction". At Craft Australia we believe that the creative industries, particulalalry craft·design practice have a clear role to play in driving new thinking for the future solutions of this country.

The future role of craft·design practice and its connection to industry was an area of focus for the ACDC network that had their biannual meeting in Canberra at the end of September. Key meetings were held with Dr John Howard, Director Innovation and Engagement Canberra University, and author of Between a Hard Rock and Soft Space; Christopher Nedin, Assistant Manager, Review and Panel Policy, National Innovation System Review Secretariat; and Paul McInnes, Assistant Secretary, Arts Policy and Access, Department of Water Heritage and the Arts. Other representatives attending the meeting were Laura McLeod and Tara Kita from the Australia Council for the Arts and Tamara Winikoff, Executive Director, NAVA.

Design, innovation and science appear to be key topics within Federal government policy. The implication for funding to craft·design as a result of this focus is yet to be determined. In light of this the ACDC group is currently considering a number of national policy goals that align sector activities with government areas of focus.

Selling Yarns 2 update

The Selling Yarns 2: Innovation for sustainability conference program is now on the website. You can also subscribe for Selling Yarns 2 Updates to stay up-to-date with conference news and programs. Visit www.sellingyarns.com

Craft and Design Journal

The Craft Australia Craft and Design Research Centre has developed an online refereed journal. The e-journal will be published on the Craft Australia website and will promote the pursuit of academically rigorous craft·design research. The inaugural call for papers is now open and the Craft Australia Craft and Design Research Centre is seeking contributions for 2009 on the theme Cross cultural exchanges in craft and design. Full details on our homepage.


Mariella McKinley has won this year's Italian Centre Design Award, a collaboration between JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design and the Italian Centre.

FASHION EXPOSED has announced Moneypenny as Apparel winner and Deborah de Stefanis as Accessory winner of debut, 2009.


Seventeen Australian designers across textiles, fashion, furniture, lighting, product and object design have been selected from around the country to participate in stage two of the project Springboard. More

Fossik at London Design

Fossik, a newly formed London based agency that sources Australia's best contemporary jewellery designers, represented selected artists at the London Design Festival. More

Australia Council

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the appointment of Dr Nick Herd as Director, Arts Development Division, Research and Strategic Analysis.


Craft Australia, as part of the the National Visual Arts, Craft and Design Network (NVACN), will attend the next meeting with the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council to discuss new developments in the sector, policy and funding.

Review of visual education

The report of the National Review of Visual Education has been released. The four key recommendations included that visual education should become a compulsory stand alone subject in the school curriculum and the development of radical new models for pre and in-service teacher training. Media release

Resale royalty

A resale right for Australia's visual artists is expected to be in place by 1 July 2009, Arts Minister Peter Garrett has announced. More

National standards

The National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries have been developed collaboratively by the National Standards Taskforce and are now available online at Collections Australia Network (CAN).

Indigenous Code

NAVA, with partners Desart and ANKAAA, are progressing the Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct (IAACCC) and are currently investigating the right model for the Code Administration Committee to take up responsibility for monitoring compliance and applying penalties.