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Spotlight: Bic Tieu

This is the first in a series of Australia craftspersons who are eligible for the World Crafts Council – Asia Pacific Award of Excellence. These include finely made and innovative objects that are designed for everyday use. The objects in … Continue reading

08. October 2018
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When Australia was the envy of the world: Robert Bell and the World Crafts Council

In 2008, I flew to Hangzhou to attend the General Assembly of the World Crafts Council. I was seeking UNESCO endorsement for a code of practice for artisans and designers and was told this required pre-approval by the World Crafts … Continue reading

28. August 2018
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Visit of Kyrgyz artists to Melbourne

The Melbourne UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education provides a platform from which research and professional networks grow, not only within Melbourne, but across Australia and in collaboration with other Arts Observatories within South East Asia. The Observatory provides avenues for … Continue reading

10. August 2018
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Vale Robert Bell (1946 – 2018)

With regret, we announce the loss of a grand figure of Australian craft. Dr Robert Bell’s leadership as curator on both Australian coasts helped give our crafts the national prominence it was due. He was also a keen advocate internationally for … Continue reading

30. July 2018
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Hamadan International Craft Fair – 21-25 August 2018

Here’s a wonderful chance to display your wares at one of the great craft cultures of the world. Hamadan Holds 14th National Craft Fair and First International Craft Fair Coinciding Hamadan Recognition as the Tourism Capital City of Asia Hamadanˊs … Continue reading

20. April 2018
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Will Robert Bell be replaced at the National Gallery of Australia?

For many years, the decorative arts in Australia were ably served by Dr Robert Bell. The National Gallery of Australia was the preeminent collector of the nation’s finest decorative arts and crafts. As Senior Curator, Decorative Arts and Design, Robert … Continue reading

08. February 2018
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Advice on Australia Council funding for craft

While there have been significant cuts to the Australia Council funding available to artists and organisations, it still remains a significant resource for supporting works of artistic promise. Having recently served as a peer, I can share some observations that … Continue reading

12. December 2016
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The road to China

Are you interested to invest in developing a Chinese market for your craft products? Here’s an invitation from our Chinese colleagues, the West China Cultural Industries Expo: WCCIE is an international and comprehensive cultural industries expo at national level which will … Continue reading

07. July 2016
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Vale Emanuel Raft (1938 – 2016)

We’re sorry that Emanuel Raft is no longer with us. Raft’s contribution to Australian craft is an example of the critical contribution that migrants played, particularly to the development of contemporary jewellery. Though he positioned himself as an artist, his … Continue reading

28. May 2016
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Impact of Australia Council organisational funding for Australian craft

There’s mixed news for Australian craft in the latest funding shake-up for organisations by the Australia Council. At the beginning of the 21st century, Australia’s craft organisations went through a corporate makeover that involved the move from elected to appointed … Continue reading

16. May 2016
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