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Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft

Third series 2012-14: Call for nominations

11 April 2011

Craft Australia in conjunction with Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design, Sydney, is calling for nominations to the Living Treasure: Masters of Australian Craft series for 2012 and 2014.


Living Treasures celebrates the achievements of Australia's iconic and influential crafts practitioners and is designed to promote the work of Australian artists whose exemplary craft skills have been recognised by their peers.


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.

Both recipients of Living Treasure - Master of Australian Craft in 2012 and 2014 will be honoured with a national touring exhibition and a major monograph publication.



Nominations are welcome from either individuals or organisations.  Artists may 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. 


Nomination Form can be downloaded here.


For further Information please contact:

Belinda Jessup
Craft Australia
T: (02) 6273 0088


Nomination details

Eligibility criteria

Applications are sought from Australian crafts people who meet the following criteria:

  • have at least 30 years of professional experience in their chosen medium
  • be currently active producing work and exhibiting in that medium
  • be an Australian resident
  • not have had a retrospective or major survey show in Australia in the last ten years
  • must be willing to complete and/or develop a new body of work for an exhibition that would travel for approximately two years

Supporting documentation

The Nomination Form includes:

  • Signed agreement from nominated artist as a craft practitioner
    A signed statement  from the nominated practitioner confirming:
    • their willingness to be nominated and, if selected,
    • their willingness to complete and/or develop a body of new work for an exhibition in August 2012 or August 2014 that would travel for approximately two years.
  • Signed Nominator’s Agreement
    A signed statement  from the nominator confirming:
    • the attachment of a Statement of Significance, and
    • provision of supporting documentation.
  • Statement of Significance
    The nominating organisation, individual or the artist, if self-nominating, must provide a concise statement about:
    • why they are nominating the artist for consideration for the Living Treasures Series 3 from 2012 and 2014,
    • the nominating artist’s achievements and lifetime art practice, highlight their contribution to the craft and design sector and particular areas of influence of their practice.(maximum one A4 page)
The signed Nomination Form and Statement of Significance must be accompanied by:
  • Images
    Nominees are to supply up to a maximum of 20 images of work completed, including at least, some images from works completed in the last three years.
    (Images must be supplied as digital files in jpeg or tiff file format and be no larger than 3 megabytes each on either CD or USB thumb drive.)
  • Curriculum Vitae
    A detailed Curriculum Vitae including information about training, exhibitions, publications, collections, teaching, residencies, industry activities, awards and commissions is to be included.
  • Copies of relevant publications
    Copies or photocopies of recent and relevant publications or articles about the nominated practitioner and/or their work must be supplied to support the nomination statement.

The process

  • Nominations are open from 13 April 2011
  • Nominations close on 11 May 2011
  • Nominations will be assessed by a panel of jurors in June 2011
  • Announcement of the Living Treasures for 2012 and 2014 in July 2011
  • Exhibition planning August 2011 to July 2012
  • Living Treasure Exhibition August 2012
  • Exhibition planning August 2013 to July 2014
  • Living Treasure Exhibition August 2014.

Nominations close

  • Nominations are due to Craft Australia by close of business 11 May 2011.

Where to send your nomination and supporting documentation

  • Please post or deliver to:
    Craft Australia
    Attn:  Belinda Jessup
    Level 1, Unit 7, National Press Club
    16 National Circuit
    Barton. ACT. 2600.
    Telephone: (02) 6273 0088

Previous nominees

Please note: When nominating please be aware that the previously shortlisted finalists recognised as ‘Masters of Australian craft’ will be invited to participate in the nomination process for 2012 and 2014 and therefore do not need to be nominated.  The Masters of Australian craft for 2008 to 2010 are:

Read related articles and information about the current Living Treasurers series.
Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft

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