Craft ACT / CAPO awards

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is pleased to announce that for the third year 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 8 September 2022.

In 2020, textile artist Sharon Peoples received the Craft ACT outstanding practice award in the CAPO grants. Sharon has exhibited nationally and internationally over her career. In 1994, she completed a Masters (Visual Arts) in the textiles workshop at the Australian National University’s School of Art. In 2004, she embarked on a PhD in fashion theory in the former Art History Department of the ANU. She has been a Craft ACT APM since 2000.

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 3 February 2022.

In 2020, ceramist Daniel Leone received the Craft ACT emerging artist prize in the CAPO awards. Daniel is a multidisciplinary emerging artist from the Canberra region. Daniel’s ceramic work is handbuilt, using a system of concentric coils which are pinched into the desired form. Daniel graduated from Sturt School for Wood in 2019 and continues to work in a variety of media, creating a range of functional, abstract and wearable objects. He has been a member of Craft ACT since 2018.

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 Friday 6 August and close Monday 4 October 2021 ( Deadline extended to midnight, Monday 18 October ! )

Apply now.