The “Nurture” program unveiled by Design Canberra


Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Open Studios, Photo: 5ft photograph

DESIGN Canberra announced today (October 20) the full schedule of its “Nurture” program (November 5 to 28), instead of its annual festival, which has been postponed to 2022.

The program is designed to focus on the wellness aspects of creativity, manufacturing and craftsmanship as health and recovery tools and is considered by Craft ACT, for which it is the main awareness program, as an antidote to stress caused by the pandemic.

Craft ACT CEO: Craft + Design Center and DESIGN Canberra Art Director Jodie Cunningham says: “We are excited to use the tools we know best, creativity, design thinking; and do as a means to help our community heal and come out of lockdown.

She added that the underlying goal of the business, as with the postponed festival, was to bring contemporary craftsmanship, manufacturing and design into the center of daily life in the Australian capital, which she describes. as “a global city of design”.

Highlights of the ‘Nurture’ program include ‘Conscious Creation’ workshops covering activities such as Sensory Impressions with Mariana del Castillo, Sewing with Clare Mazitelli, Weaving with Spinners & Weavers, Reflective Clay with Fran Romano , watercolor painting with Naomi Zouwer and spoon sculpture with Hiroshi Yamaguchi.

Daniel Leone, clay workshop. Photo: 5 foot photograph

An Artisanat + Design auction will celebrate experimental, small-scale or unique pieces by great artisans and designers. All artwork has been handcrafted by Craft ACT members and all proceeds go directly to the artists, as Craft ACT waived the usual 30 percent commission on sales.

There will also be online professional development workshops with jeweler Melinda Young and Caitlin Marshall, of Makeshift, a support and education agency connecting creativity and mental health and with business and marketing expert Michael Oefi.

The “Creative Journaling Month Challenge” will see participants receive a sketchbook in the mail, a daily email invitation related to the theme of “Transformation” and will have the option to send their completed journal to be scanned for the exhibition. online, with a chance to win a $ 2,000 cash prize for the most innovative answer.

And once the restrictions are relaxed, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Friday in November, there will be an informal gathering in the Craft ACT gallery where guests can share a drink, meet old friends and enjoy a conference at 5 p.m.

Videos will be available to watch each week of Nurture here by clicking on the “DESIGN Anytime” tab.

In the “Discover” project, members of Craft ACT are invited to submit proposals for a small-scale ephemeral sculpture trail designed to activate City West in Design Canberra 2022. Successful artists will have the opportunity to work with mentors and receive an artist’s fee of $ 3000 for the concept and material costs. Applications will open on November 8 and registrations will be due by December 9.

‘Nurture’ will also feature exhibitions featuring more than 70 artists, including ‘Transformation Craft ACT: 2021’, the annual Membership Show and ‘CO: LAB’, the culmination of a pilot professional development program. and one-year exchange on Craft ACT, featuring works by Alison Jackson, Dan Lorrimer and Cathy Franzi.

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