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Australian Craft and Design Centres

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The network of Australian Craft and Design Centres (ACDC) is a group of peak organisations from all states and territories in Australia that represent the professional craft and design sector. The organisations engage with the sector at a local, national and international level and offer services and programs that support sustainable practice.

Based in Fortitude Valley, artisan is the peak body in Queensland presenting and promoting unique and individual quality crafted design to an Australian and international audience. Artisan's ethos of sector advocacy, leadership, partnerships and marketing benefits the sector through the creation of opportunities including: retail through artisan's designer store (m)art, seminars and mentoring programs, exhibition development and touring, export, artist referrals, lecturing and critical writing, Corporate Gifts and corporate commissioning.

Australian Tapestry Workshop
The Australian Tapestry Workshop is a not-for-profit company established in 1976 and managed by an independent board of directors. It is regarded as a world centre and one of only a small number of similar workshops in the world. The Tapestry Workshop boasts an international reputation for the freshness, vitality and technical excellence of its hand-woven tapestries. The Australian Tapestry Workshop has also been influential in helping establish tapestry and textiles as a contemporary studio craft in Australia. Almost 400 tapestries, designed by some of the world's pre-eminent artists, hang in a range of significant public buildings and private collections around the world.

Canberra Glassworks
Canberra Glassworks is a cultural centre that is wholly dedicated to contemporary glass art. The Centre provides artists with state-of-the-art equipment; intensive workshops taught by leading glass artists; studios and mentorship programs; and a unique context to explore, develop and realise new work. The Glassworks has extensive visitors and education programs; manages a national glass exhibition program and showcases contemporary Australian glass through their retail outlet.

Central Craft
Central Craft is a member based organisation in Alice Springs that supports and promotes contemporary craft and design practice in Central Australia. It provides advocacy and support, promotion and professional development opportunities for emerging and established practitioners through a workshop program, access to studio space, an Artist in Residence program, a Retail Outlet and the June Marriott Gallery. Central Craft values the important role of creative expression in contributing to the wellbeing of individuals and the broader community.

Craft ACT
Craft and Design Centre
Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is a membership organisation based in Canberra. The organisation provides support for and development of contemporary craft and design in the ACT. The organisation delivers a range of services which includes accredited professional membership for craft practitioners, an extensive exhibition program including travelling exhibitions, a diverse range of public programs and one-off projects.

Craft Australia
Craft Australia is the national peak advocacy organisation for the Australian contemporary craft and design sector. The organisation actively lobbys government and agencies for the benefit of the sector; supports research; encourages dialogue and debate through a biannual national online forum; and promotes Australian craft and design practice to audiences nationally and internationally.

Craft Victoria
Craft Victoria promotes creativity, experimentation and professional practice in contemporary craft and design. The organisation has a range of membership services, presents craft and design to a wide range of audiences and promotes craft values through exhibitions, their retail space COUNTER, publications and public programs.

Centre for Contemporary Craft and Design
Craftsouth is a peak industry organisation for craft, design and visual art practitioners in South Australia. The organisation is membership based and assists with the professional development of craft practitioners and delivers a wide range of services to equip craft, design and visual art practitioners with the skills to establish markets and build audiences for their work. Craftsouth also provides accreditation to practitioners and a referral service.

Design Centre Tasmania
The Design Centre - Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the support of Tasmanian design. The organisation runs a program of temporary and touring exhibitions and manages a retail space. The Centre is home to the Tasmanian Wood Design Collection, a permanent contemporary collection and the organisation manages a Biennial Exhibition as part of the collections' acquisition policy.

Building a state of creativity
FORM is a cultural organisation that works to enhance Western Australia's competitiveness and creativity through industry, regional and Indigenous development programs. FORM provides opportunities to grow businesses and artistic practices; invests in regional sustainability; and integrates community support, professional development and employment opportunities in Indigenous cultural and creative projects.

Contemporary Craft and Design
The JamFactory, based in South Australia, supports the professional development of practitioners in the areas of design, production, exhibition and sale of Australian contemporary craft and design. The Centre has a state and national focus and maintains four studios working in the areas of ceramics, furniture, metal and glass; provides access to studio spaces and facilities; and manages two galleries and two retail spaces. Through their Associate Program, and in association with the University of South Australia, the Centre facilitates a Master of Visual Arts/Design (Specialisation).

Australian Centre for Craft and Design
Established in 1964, Object is considered to be one of Australia's most innovative arts organisations. Object is a not-for-profit organisation that creates opportunities for people to engage with craft, design and creativity through dynamic and high-quality exhibitions, publishing, retail, online and educational activities. Through our programs, Object provides a lively and accessible connection between people and the dynamic world of design and creativity.

Sturt Contemporary Australia Craft
Sturt is a centre of excellence for contemporary craft education. Situated in Mittagong, New South Wales, Sturt has played a developmental role in contemporary studio craft and design in Australian since the 1940s. Sturt runs a full-time Fine Woodworking course as part of the Sturt School for Wood established in 1941. Part-time courses are offered in jewellery, ceramics, wood and weaving as part of the Sturt workshops. The Jewellery and Metal workshop was established in 1969, the Sturt Pottery established in 1953, and the Weaving workshop, was begun in 1941 and established as a professional workshop in 1951. Sturt Gallery exhibits the work of Australian artists, designers and craftspeople.

Territory Craft
Territory Craft is a membership based organisation which represents craft and design practitioners working in the Top End and Katherine. They are based in Darwin in the Northern Territory and support the development of makers through an Artist in Residence program; exhibitions; workshops, a retail boutique and craft fairs.


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