In real life

In Real Life

I am delighted to let you know that the Craft ACT shop and gallery will reopen to the public on Tuesday 2 June 2020.

We have been closed to the public since the end of March and we are looking forward to seeing our community – in real life – again soon.

We are carefully following government advice about the safest way to welcome visitors back to Craft ACT HQ. Please help us reduce the spread of COVID-19 by following a few simple steps:

  1. Use hand sanitiser on arrival (we have set up multiple stations including an automatic dispenser)
  2. Download the COVIDSAFE app (or leave your first name and mobile phone number with us) to help with tracking and tracing if needed.
  3. Adhere to the safe capacity limits in our gallery and shop space (currently 20)
  4. Maintain physical distancing of 1.5m
  5. Use contactless pay (if possible).

I’d like to thank the artists who were patient and supportive when we moved our exhibitions online. As a result of working from home, we have developed new skills in online publishing and video production and these will enhance all our exhibitions in the future.

Thanks to the small but (yes, you know it) ALWAYS mighty Craft ACT team, our online shop has been performing really well. This is a significant development for Craft ACT and the way we support our members and we will continue to build on this in the future. Thanks to everyone who has purchased from our shop over the coming months, it’s been so wonderful to support our member artists in this way.

A mammoth achievement during our shutdown has been archiving decades of materials, ready for our 50th anniversary next year and to store with the ACT Heritage Library. Thanks to Cat Evans for her energetic work in completing the archiving, and to the whole team who helped out on the last day so we could be ready for reopening next week.

Please help us to support our member artists and come and see our two beautiful exhibitions, A Common Thread and Transference. For those of us who love beautiful objects, there’s nothing better than seeing the work in person.

I hope to see you soon.

Stay safe.

Rachael Coghlan

CEO + Artistic Director

Cover image: Transference exhibition. Photo: 5 Foot Photography
Above image: A Common Thread exhibition. Photo: 5 Foot Photography