This year’s annual Craft ACT member exhibition, Place Makers, as an absolute blockbuster, bursting at the seams with the best of the region’s art, craft and design. With 75 artists, all of whom are professional members of the organisation, and over 130 works, it showcases activity across all of Craft ACT’s membership mediums: Ceramics, Textiles, Wood, Metals, Design, Paper, Mixed Media, and Glass. The exhibition highlights Canberra’s distinctive identity, distinguished by design, experimentation and craftsmanship. It was opened by Canberra businessman and arts philanthropist Malcolm Snow.
Exhibition views. Photo: 5ft Photography
There’s something here for everyone. Established artists like ceramicist Bev Hogg mix with emerging contemporaries such as Richilde Flavell, whose ceramics production business, Girl Nomad, is used by many of Canberra’s hippest restaurants. There are international stars like industrial designer Tom Skeehan, and a plethora of glass artists – nine, to be exact – who were recently shortlisted in the prestigious Hindmarsh prize. Glass is one of the strengths of the Canberra craft community, and when you see the work on offer, those shortlistings are no surprise.
Kirstie Rea, From a Still Point 2, 2018. Digital print on glass. Photo: David Patterson.
The exhibition even spills out of the building with Paper/textiles artist Marilou Chagnaud showing her dazzling installation, The Wave Machine, downstairs in CMAG’s outdoor gallery. This collaboration with Canberra Museum and Gallery is another institutional intersection with DESIGN Canberra.
Marilou Chagnaud, The Wave Machine, 2017. Screenprinted Japanese paper, Tasmanian oak frame and installation (Wood frame, Shaun Duggan). Installed in the Hindmarsh Project Space, CMAG.
Place Makers runs in the Craft ACT gallery until 20 October. There’s an accompanying season of floor talks by participating artists, clustered by medium:
Check the Craft ACT Facebook page for more details of these events.