Emily Beckley in studio

Indigenous Craft + Design Workshop

Craft ACT: Craft & Design Centre, in Partnership with the Indigenous Jewellery Project (IJP) and the ANU School of Art and Design will host artists from remote Indigenous communities to participate in an extended contemporary jewellery making program. This will include a residency at ANU School of Art Gold & Silversmithing studios working with IJP curator Emily McCulloch Childs and contemporary jeweller & academic Melinda Young. The residency will work towards future exhibitions at Craft ACT and other major city galleries.

The artists have completed IJP workshops previously. This extended workshop program will provide access to professional contemporary jewellery studios and further development. In addition to building these artists’ skills in lost wax techniques, the artists will learn to work with wire and sheet metal (sawing and stamping).

This residency is the first contemporary jewellery residency in Australia’s south-east for remote Indigenous jewellers. It will be the first time remote-based Indigenous jewellers have worked in a professional contemporary jewellery studio in Australia. It creates a fundamental opportunity to further develop remote Indigenous jeweller’s practice, skills, and professional development.

This workshop has been made possible due to generous support of Creative Partnerships Australia and Australian Government Ministry for the Arts Indigenous Languages and Arts Program.