Craft ACT / CAPO awards

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is pleased to announce that we will sponsor two awards as part of the acclaimed annual CAPO awards. 

CAPO seeks to foster the highest standards of excellence in the arts and contribute to cultural development in Canberra. Craft ACT is pleased to sponsor two cash awards and partner with this vital organisation.

The Craft ACT awards will support contemporary craft practitioners, designers and makers who are current members of Craft ACT. 

Craft ACT outstanding practice award - $2000 

$2000 will be awarded to the winner of the Craft ACT outstanding practice award to create new work. Applicants must be a current Craft ACT Accredited Professional Member (APM) and the work will be featured in next year's Craft ACT members show, opening 11 November 2021.

In 2019, glass artist Lisa Cahill received the inaugural Craft ACT outstanding practice award in the CAPO grants.Lisa Cahill is known internationally for her kilnformed and coldworked glass wall works which include several public art commissions. She has been a Craft ACT APM since 2012.

Our Accredited Professional Membership is for craft practitioners and designers whose outstanding contributions demonstrate a high standard of artistic merit and technical skill who have local, national and international experience and standing. If you think you meet this criteria and want to upgrade your General or Associate membership, apply for APM status.

Craft ACT emerging artist award - $500

$500 will be awarded to the winner of the Craft ACT emerging artist prize. Applicants must be an early career (first 5 years of practice) artist and current Craft ACT General or Associate Member. This award will support the development of work which will be featured in the annual Craft ACT Emerging Contemporaries exhibition, opening 4 February 2021.

In 2019, jeweller Kristina Neumann received the inaugural Craft ACT emerging artist prize in the CAPO awards. Kristina uses a diverse range of materials to make a series of sophisticated had fabricated wearable objects that help the wearer and the viewer to appreciate the beauty of built forms. She has been a member of Craft ACT since 2016.

Please note, for both awards, only current Craft ACT members can apply and must live in the Canberra region. Call or email to make sure your membership is up to date,

Awards open Wednesday 31st July and close 30th September 2020

Apply now.

Cover image:Lisa Cahill, Harbour, 2019, kiln formed glass. Photo: Greg Piper
Above images: Lisa Cahill and Kristina Neumann, recipients of the 2019 Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre CAPO awards, with Craft ACT CEO Rachael Coghlan and Program Director Kate Nixon.