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Posted on 14 January 2015

Major International Craft and Design Event Announced


The National Craft Initiative (NCI) is very pleased to announce that in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), it will present a significant 2-day international conference on the 17th and 18th September 2015 and a month of associated exhibitions and events. The Ian Potter Centre, NGV will be the primary venue for the event.

With the working title ‘Parallels: Journeys into Contemporary Making’,the conference will deliver national and international speakers, promote excellence in Australian practice through associated exhibitions and showcase leading thinkers who will stimulate innovative approaches to craft and design practice in Australia.

The NCI and NGV will work in partnership with Craft (Vic) through their Craft Cubed Festival program, Design Tasmania through their Spring 2015 Program, and Radiant Pavilion’s set of September events, to present a dynamic month-long program of linked events that will include:

·  ‘Parallels: Journeys into Contemporary Making’ international conference

·  an exhibition at NGV to relaunch the Rigg Design Prize (formerly the Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award). This will open during the conference period, featuring object-based work by 6-8 leading Australian design practitioners.

·  Craft will be expanding the scope of its Craft Cubed Festival 2015.

·  Design Tasmania will host an ‘immersive design camp’ in Tasmania for 15-20 participants selected through EOI to collaborate with design leaders in a 2-3 day program of professional development.

·  Radiant Pavilion will host a concurrent range of contemporary craft events.

The NCI invites all Australian craft and design practitioners to participate in this exciting international event. More details on the program, key national and international participants and how to become involved will be announced over the coming weeks.

Download the press release here

For further information please contact:

NCI Program Manager, Susan Wacher

p: 02 9368 1900 e: