Support New Indigenous Craft + Design Residency and Workshops

By Craft ACT: Craft & Design Centre


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A Little Bit About Our Project

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is a respected 40-year-old membership organisation which supports artists, craft practitioners, designers and makers at every stage of their careers. We are committed to embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practice into Australian arts and culture and need your help to pilot an important new project.

Craft ACT has partnered with acclaimed visual artist and writer Jenni Kemarre Martiniello (Kemarre Arts) and the Indigenous Jewellery Project to help create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and raise the profile of contemporary Indigenous work. Together, we would like to present a new residency and a workshop program.

The residency will be offered to an established Indigenous artist (or artists) who want to further develop their craft and design practice. For Indigenous emerging artists in the Canberra region, the acclaimed Indigenous Jewellery Project will present a new program of jewellery making workshops.

Why Is This Important?

The residency and workshop programs are designed to help Indigenous artists develop their practice in a professional capacity, educate public perception about the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jewellery and raise the profile of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and contemporary craft as a dynamic and exciting part of the Australian craft sector.

Works created through the residency and workshops may be exhibited during the Design Canberra Festival, which last year attracted over 94,000 people. The exhibition will also map the journey of the artists using photography and video.

But We Need Your Help

We were successful in securing a Plus-1 grant from Creative Partnerships Australia who will match dollar-for-dollar funds raised for this project (up to $10,000). With your help, our goal is to raise $10,000 to secure a total budget of $20,000 for this important project. Your contribution will go towards travel and accommodation for visiting artists and educators, artist fees, materials and post production, professional photography, venue hire and an exhibition.

Craft ACT is registered by the ATO as a Deductible Gift Recipient organisation.
Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Who We Are

Craft ACT is coordinating the project in close collaboration with the project's mentor, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, and the Indigenous Jewellery Project. Craft ACT aims to support artists to make a living from their practice, promote and celebrate excellence and innovation in contemporary craft and forge deeper relationships with Indigenous Australian artists, locally and nationally.

Jenni Kemarre Martiniello is the project mentor. Jenni is an award-winning visual artist and writer of Aboriginal (Arrernte), Chinese and Anglo-Celtic descent who has been recognised for her community and individual work over her career. In 2013, Jenni received the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, Corning Museum of Glass USA, and the British Museum, UK. Jenni established Kemarre Arts, the ACT's first independent Aboriginal-run social enterprise which provides professional development to Indigenous artists in the Canberra region.

The Indigenous Jewellery Project will lead the jewellery workshops. The Indigenous Jewellery Project is a nation-wide Indigenous Australian contemporary jewellery project, working primarily with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned art centres across Australia. This will be their first project in an urban environment.

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre 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.

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