Craft + Design transforms our world
The last few years of challenges including the pandemic and mass climate change events like the devastating bushfires and floods have been an unprecedented time of difficulty for artisans, designers and craftspersons everywhere; as well as our community.
Through this Craft + Design Canberra continues to champion a secure future for a valued, creative and essential community of contemporary craftspeople designers and audiences; and empower the creative community to make a valuable contribution to transforming our world!
In our continuing response to these major and prolonged events, Craft + Design Canberra has embraced creative collaboration and digital innovation to build resilience and sustain our community. Online retail and gallery sales, as well as audience engagement, have reached record levels: in 2021 our team utilised digital delivery with our online shops, workshops and videos; commissioned content, engaged with new audiences; and contributed to improving the health and wellbeing of our community.
But we still need your help.
In a time where it feels like we have so much stacked against us, we should not underestimate the value of imagination, design thinking and the importance of supporting the creative community has never been greater.
As we enter a new fiscal year Craft + Design Canberra is reaching out to its committed member and supporter base to raise an additional $20,000 to directly support its member artists, programs and exhibitions and connected them to our audiences, thereby contributing to positive outcomes in the wider community.
"In the recent challenging years, it is more important than ever to recognise the intrinsic value the arts have on the health of our community. Artists, craftspeople, and designers make work that reflects our society and our humanity - telling our stories, connecting with our audiences and strengthening our sense of community, belonging, place and wellbeing. Furthermore, by utilising design thinking artists, craftspeople, and designers; also have the capacity to generate innovative solutions to the big problems of our time.
Craft + Design Canberra firmly places Canberra as a global city of design and a creative capital, expanding audiences and driving economic growth through the arts. As an industry the arts contributes $4.2 billion to Australia’s GDP, yet remains critically underfunded compared to other industries bringing in similar revenue. Your generous donation supports the careers of artists, designers and some of Australia's finest creatives which directly translates to positive social and economic outcomes for our community, our city, and our country. Thank you so much for your continued support of Craft + Design Canberra."
Jodie Cunningham CEO + Artistic Director, Craft + Design Canberra
Support the future of Craft + Design
Craft + Design Canberra has been endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and is registered as a charity (as CRAFT + DESIGN CANBERRA) with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN: 33314092587. All donations of $2 or more will be tax deductible if you live in Australia.
Thank you for your generous support, even a small amount can make a significant difference to those who create.
Craft + Design Canberra acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the ACT and surrounding areas. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We also acknowledge other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that have made Canberra their home and we aim to respect cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous peoples.