Main Gallery and Small Object Space
5 June – 18 July 2020
July 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of artisan as the peak body for craft and design in Queensland.
To celebrate, The Hand-made Tale: 50 years of Qld craft & design explores the artistic and theoretical trends running parallel to Queensland’s and Australia’s social development.
The 70s rebirth of craft coincided with an increasingly culturally mature society. Then, as we moved towards the end of the century, the government provided greater support, cultural institutions developed and our cities modernized. Craft became less of a fringe or highly individualized pursuit and became enmeshed in urban and domestic design and an intricate market system.
The Hand-made Tale articulates pathways to where Qld craft and design is now and also provides audiences with an opportunity to re-discover the key artistic pioneers of each decade from the 70s.