Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre

Craft ACT: Craft + Design- 2020 Exhibition EOI

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is calling for new exhibition proposals from artists, craftspeople, designers, makers and curators for the 2020 program. We are looking for ambitious and engaging exhibitions which engage with contemporary craft and design practice and concepts at all levels of experience and across all mediums.

Craft ACT is recognised as a leading centre in Australian craft and design, with a vision to strengthen the dynamic link between the arts – as encompassed in the craft sector – and the broad creative industries and design sector.

Artistic excellence underpins Craft ACT’s rationale for existence. The annual artistic program showcases and supports recent graduates and early career artists through to high-calibre, iconic practitioners as well as craft and design researchers. The program is diverse and innovative, supporting experimental and traditional exhibitions, as well as hosting regional, national and international projects. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to apply. Recognising the core dynamic role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Australian arts and culture, Craft ACT supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists through major events and the annual artistic program. Craft ACT has a policy of specifically seeking participation from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists for events and artistic programs. 

What kind of exhibitions are we looking for?

• Ambitious and engaging proposals that embody contemporary craft and design practice and concepts at all levels of experience and across all mediums

 • Collaborations between different disciplines, mediums, industries and interstate artists are encouraged

• Joint proposals of two or more solo exhibitions

• Outstanding solo exhibitions

• Exhibitions that are underpinned by a strong curatorial narrative and foundation

Who can apply?

Any artist, designer, maker, curator or craftsperson who locates their practice within craft and/or design is welcome to apply.

 • All craft and design practitioners from a wide range of mediums including (but not limited to) textiles, fashion, furniture, wood, glass, design, design thinking, commercial products, jewellery, metals, ceramics, graphic design, paper etc 

• You can be an early, mid-career or established artist

• Guilds, associations and artist-run initiatives

• Groups or solo endeavours Sorry, we do not take submissions from current undergraduate university students. Tip: for group exhibitions, guilds, and membership organisations etc, it is advisable to have a well thought out curatorial rationale with a strong and coherent connection between the artworks.


Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is a not-for-profit membership-based organisation which supports 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, events and membership program. A fee of $1050 per exhibition will be introduced for the 2020 artistic program. This fee is waived in full for Craft ACT members. Membership starts at $66 and is available online from the Craft ACT website. Be a part of the creative, professional community at Craft ACT and connect into the vibrant contemporary craft and design scene locally and nationally. 

Applications close: 12am, Sunday 31  March 2019

For more information or to apply, please visit our website

Image:Elizabeth Kelly, Macrocosmia Exhibition 2018. Photo: 5 Foot Photography.


Wednesday 27 February, 2019
Sunday 31 March, 2019
Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre
Venue Address
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit Canberra ACT


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