2015 Exhibition Program

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artisan presents a program of exhibitions that showcase the best of emerging and established Australian makers. Our exhibitions focus on engaging with themes at the forefront of contemporary practice and investigate the crossovers between art, craft and design. We invite our audiences to explore, engage with, debate and take inspiration from our pioneering exhibitions. findoutmore

Current Exhibitions

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25 July – 7 November 2015

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Technology is increasingly penetrating all aspects of our environment, and the rapid uptake of devices that live near, on or in our bodies is facilitating radical new ways of working, relating and socialising. findoutmore

Craft and Design Sector Announcement – Parallels: Journeys into Contemporary Making



Melbourne, September 17 – 18

National Gallery of Victoria


In partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Craft Initiative presents Parallels – Journeys into Contemporary Making an international event exploring the future of contemporary craft and design. findoutmore

Product Launches


Supporting Craft and Design

artisan supports local and emerging designers with regular launches of new and innovative products. artisan has recently launched several fantastic products, and we have more exciting launches planned – tune into our Facebook page for more updates…

Product Launches


October 2014 saw artisan launch the collection of Brisbane designers Domm Watson and Ruth Birtwell. findoutmore

Meet the Makers + Studio Tours

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Meet the Makers

artisan are eager to provide more opportunities for the public to meet artists and hear their stories, so in 2014 we introduced what has proven to be the very popular, Meet the Maker series. This behind-the-scenes look at creative practice has seen each maker’s work selling off the shelves as visitors acknowledge the special quality that only a handmade product can provide.


Recent Projects


Things We’ve Worked On

National Craft Initiative Report: ‘Mapping the Australian Craft Sector’

2014 saw a continuation of the established partnership between the Australian Craft and Design Centres (ACDC) and the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) through the activities of the National Craft Initiative, including the commission of a report investigating the nature of Australian craft and design. findoutmore

artisan on Tour – Past Exhibitions


artisan’s past touring exhibitions

The Antipodean Steampunk Show

This fantastical exhibition, the first major Steampunk exhibition in the country, showcases handcrafted Australian Steampunk sculpture, photography, fashion, lighting, illustration, jewellery and communication devices. Steampunk merges a 19th century aesthetic with scientific invention, salvage, and new technology. findoutmore

Past Exhibitions


23 January – 18 April 2015

Chain Reaction Two

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As a twist on the usual exhibition format, the artists, designers and craftspeople of Queensland have determined the content of this exhibition series. Chain Reaction 2 continues the chain started in the first instalment of the exhibition in 2014, where two initial artists each selected another two artists who inspire and influence their practice, and these artists in turn nominated another two. findoutmore