3 news from the sector
New Minister for the Arts
We welcome Simon Crean MP, Federal Member for the Hotham Electorate in the House of Representatives as the new Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, and Minister for the Arts. A full run down of the labour ministry can be found on the alp web site
Australian design Alliance [AdA]
The Australian Design Alliance is a network of twelve peak organisations representing all aspects of Australia's design industry that launched to the public on the 3 September. AdA has been developed to boost Australia's productivity, sustainability and innovation. Craft Australia is represented on the Board of Directors of [AdA], through the General Manager. Over the past 18 months Craft Australia has been involved in planning and meetings to help establish this organisation. One hundred of Australia's leading designers, architects, planners, artists, educators and policy makers launched the new Alliance in the Utzon Room of Australia's design landmark, the Sydney Opera House.
OZCO launches the Throsby report
The report is an economic study of professional artists in Australia and profiles the careers of practicing professional artists across all major art forms (except film). It is based on interviews with 1,030 practicing professional artists conducted in Oct/Dec 2009. Read the report online
OZCO launches ART FARE: Australian Art Export
The Australia Council for the Arts has announced a new market development initiative to support Australian commercial art galleries to present the work of Australian contemporary artists at international visual art, craft or design fairs. ART FARE has been established to recognise the important role Australian commercial galleries play in selling contemporary Australian visual art, craft and design to international buyers and supporting the careers of living Australian visual artists, craftspeople and designers by promoting their work internationally.Any eligible Australian commercial art gallery officially invited to Art Basel (Switzerland), The Armory Show (New York) or Frieze Art Fair (London) or other international visual art, craft or design fairs. Further information can be viewed on the ozco web site
Artisan touring shows funded
The Australia China Council has awarded artisan funding to tour Desert Psychedelic: Jimmy Pike to the Ning Bo Museum in Ning Bo, China. The ACC Board were impressed with the project and artisan will be taking the textile, prints, and fashion of the late Indigenous designer, Jimmy Pike, to the people of China. Desert Psychedelic: Jimmy Pike will be travelling to Ning Bo in early 2011. artisan has also received funding from Visions of Australia to tour the highly successful glass exhibition Tour De Force: In Case of Emergency Break Glass. Curated by Megan Bottari, Tour De Force is a conceptual glass exhibition featuring works by nationally and internationally respected Australian glass artists Timothy Horn, Deb Jones, Jacqueline Gropp, Nicholas Folland, Neil Roberts, Tom Moore, Ian Mowbray and Patricia Roan. The exhibition will tour to nine venues throughout New South Wales, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Western Australia throughout 2011.
Director announced for the National Portrait Gallery
Ms Louise Doyle is the new announced Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Ms Doyle, who succeeds Mr Andrew Sayers AM as Director, has a background in arts administration and extensive experience in regional galleries, and metropolitan and national museums.
Unlimited announces one of the world's most influential creative thinkers, Bunker Roy, founder of India's social work and research centre; The Barefoot College, will be speaking as part of their public program on 5 October. Unlimited: Designing for the Asia Pacific is a new international event supported by the Queensland Government to promote the value of design thinking in shaping a positive future for the Asia Pacific region. From 4-10 October, Unlimited events will explore how design thinking can change your business, community and world via a series of workshops, talks, forums, exhibitions and events. Find out more at www.unlimitedap.com
Mud Australia opens second store in Melbourne
Sydney-based ceramicists Mud Australia have just opened their second store in Melbourne on Gertrude St Fitzroy. This store is in addition to their Sydney Store on Edgecliffe Raod Woollahra.Mud is run by husband and wife team Shelley Simpson and James Kirkton. Their company profile lists their global values of craft, community and sustainability. Mud Australia ceramics are available in Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, United States, and the United Kingdom.
Mud Australia online