Craft + Design Canberra Call Outs

Craft + Design Canberra is a not-for-profit membership-based organisation supporting artists, craft practitioners, designers, and makers at every stage of their careers. We promote and celebrate excellence and innovation in contemporary craft in everything we do – in our retail space, exhibitions, membership program, events and Biennial Craft + Design Festival.

2024 OPEN STUDIOS PROGRAM | 9 + 10 NOVEMBER 2024 | CALL OUT OPEN

Our long-standing Open Studios Program returns for another year! As part of the Craft + Design Canberra Festival, craft artists, designers and arts organisations across the region will open their creative spaces to share insights into their practice and processes.

The Open Studios program will take place in Canberra, Queanbeyan, and surrounding regions, Ngunnawal, Ngambri, Ngarigu and Walbunja Country and is supported by home.byholly.

Would you like to open your studio space to the public? Then this is a great opportunity to showcase your work, engage with curious audiences, and be part of the Craft + Design Canberra community for an exciting weekend filled with creative practice! We are encouraging artists to open their studios for both Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November to maximise the success of the program.

Applications are open now until 14 June 2024. 

FIND THE SUBMISSION GUIDE AND APPLICATION FORM HERE.

 

2025 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM | CALL OUT OPEN

Craft + Design Canberra, ACT Parks & Conservation Service, and our research partner National Zoo & Aquarium (NZA) are pleased to present our acclaimed Artist-in-Residence program once again for contemporary craft practitioners and designers.

For 18 years, this residency has been a unique opportunity to research nationally significant collections, spend time in the magnificent Namadgi National Park, and prepare new work for an exhibition at the Craft + Design Canberra Gallery the following year.

Successful artists for the 2025 Artist-in-Residence program will undertake a two-week research period at the National Zoo & Aquarium, exploring the Bushland Aviary on a guided tour, connecting with staff to discover more about NZA’s conservation mission and values, and going behind the scenes with a Zookeeper.

They will then spend three weeks at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage, surrounded by the natural beauty of Namadgi National Park.

Since 2006, artists have found, time and again, that their practice is profoundly altered by the experience of this residency, which allows precious stillness and space for investigation, reflection, and generation of new work.

Applications are open now until 14 June 2024.

FIND THE SUBMISSION GUIDE AND APPLICATION FORM HERE.

Images By Tim Ngo + 5 Foot Photography

2024 FESTIVAL WORKSHOP | CALL OUT OPEN

We are seeking expressions of interest from Craft + Design Canberra members to run workshops that respond to the theme of Regenerate. We are looking for offer creative experiences connecting artists and the community and offer audiences unique workshops that showcase the skills and knowledge of our members.

We are look for workshops that will run during 2024:

  • 2024 Craft + Design Canberra Festival | Making by Hand Workshops | 1–10 November
  • 2024 Craft + Design Canberra Festival | Kids Workshops | 1–10 November
  • 2024 Craft + Design Anytime School Holiday workshops in the Canberra Centre | 30 September–11 October

Theme | Regenerate

The theme for the 2024 Craft + Design Canberra Festival and Anytime Programs is Regenerate - no longer is it enough to be sustainable, we must innovate to solve the big problems of our time, to reverse the devastating impacts of climate change and regenerate environments, relationships, and communities. Our 2024 program advocates for design thinking, imagination collaboration and making by hand to support innovation and problem-solving providing hope for our future.

Applications are open until Friday 7 June 2024. 

FIND THE SUBMISSION GUIDE AND APPLICATION FORM HERE. 

Image | Sharon Peoples Spring Stitching Workshop | Tim Bean Photography

2024 ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION + CRUCIBLE SHOWCASE EXHIBITION

2024 ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION

Applications are now open for our 2024 Annual Members Exhibition which is held in the Craft + Design Canberra Gallery from Friday 6 September - Saturday 20 October 2024. 

Craftspeople, designers and artists have long used their practices to observe, create, and respond to events and innovations in the world around them. In 2024 we invite Craft + Design Canberra members to respond to the theme Regenerate. Members working across all mediums are encouraged to consider ways in which their practice reflects the theme of regeneration, either through a new understanding and further development of their own work, or by addressing and suggesting solutions to the big environmental and social challenges of our times. This curated exhibition celebrates the extraordinary skills of our makers, showcasing innovation, collaboration and making by hand.

When applying for the exhibition we ask members to consider the following: How does your work respond to the theme of Regenerate? Does your work demonstrate ways in which your practice is regenerating and evolving? Does your practice reflect experimentation with new materials, techniques or collaborations?

CRUCIBLE SHOWCASE EXHIBITION

Craft + Design Canberra is calling for new exhibition proposals from craft artists and designers to exhibit in the Crucible Showcase for the remainder of 2024 and for all of 2025. We are looking for exciting and engaging proposals which engage with contemporary craft and design practice at all levels of experience and across all mediums. The Crucible Showcase can be used to exhibit new work, to showcase saleable products or to feature key pieces of work.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander craft artists are encouraged to apply.

Applications are open until Monday 1 July 2024.

FIND THE SUBMISSION GUIDE AND APPLICATION FORM TO BOTH OPPORTUNITIES HERE.

 Image 5 Foot Photography