19 November 2009
Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft celebrates the achievements of Australia's iconic and influential crafts practitioners and promotes the work of Australian artists whose exemplary craft skills have been recognised by their peers.
The Living Treasures series features the selected artist through a solo exhibition of new work, a major monograph publication, a public lecture program and a national tour of the exhibition. The series also celebrates the short-listed finalists as 'Masters of Australian Craft' and acknowledges the wealth and dynamism they have contributed to the Australian contemporary studio craft movement.
The Living Treasures series was launched in 2005 and is an initiative of Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design. The series is promoted by Craft Australia and supported by the national network of Australian Craft and Design Centres (ACDC).
New biennial series
From 2011, Living Treasures will have an expanded new format as a biennial series, held every two years. Object Gallery will present an exhibition by the recognised Living Treasures in 2012 and 2014.
The Living Treasures exhibitions will be complemented in the alternate years with a group exhibition that explores a traditional craft medium: 2011, 2013 and 2015 will explore clay, wood and textiles respectively.
Nominations have been called for 2012 and 2014. Nominations were welcome from either individuals or organisations. Artists could self-nominate. There will be only one panel of jurors for both the recognised Living Treasures in 2012 and 2014
The names of the two Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft recipients will be announced in July 2011.
Nominations closed on 17 May 2011.
Craft Australia advances the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series and profiles the artists through its website and includes video production, publication of feature articles, biographical information about the artists, and images of their recent work.
2014: Lola Greeno, Indigenous artist
2012: Nick Mount, Glass
2010: Robert Baines, Artificer and goldsmith
2009: Jeff Mincham, Ceramic artist
2008: Liz Williamson, Textile artist
2007: Marian Hosking, Gold and Silver Smith
2006: Klaus Moje, Glass artist
2005: Les Blakebrough, Ceramic artist
Masters of Australian Craft
The series has expanded to celebrate the short listed finalists as Masters of Australian craft. This accolade is a new development that acknowledges the wealth and dynamism of the Australian studio craft movement of the past thirty years. The Masters of Australian craft for 2008 to 2010 are: