Craft Australia ‘defunded’

21 10 2011

Just spotted this news on the Craft Australia website:

Dear friends and colleagues,

On Thursday, 12 October, Craft Australia was officially notified that it has been ‘defunded’: it will receive no more triennial funding from the Australia Council for the Arts beyond the end of 2011.

While Craft Australia and the broad constituencies it represents and supports would dispute this decision, the result effectively means the organisation has no funds to operate beyond 31 December 2011. This decision comes at a point when the sector is poised to make some significant developments in relation to craft, design, innovation and the creative industries, and in which Craft Australia has played and would have continued to play a significant role.

We will be sending more detailed information to you next week.  More information about how you can help Craft Australia will also be sent to you next week and will be posted on the Craft Australia website and Blog.

Catrina Vignando
General Manager
21/10/2011

Why am I sad about this you may ask? Well, mid-last year I wrote about the initiative of Craft Australia to digitalise their slide collection (and in fact, also a year before that!) – many of which are irreplaceable jewellery and object images. That’s only one of the reasons I’m sad.

I’ll do some more reading about this in the coming weeks (hopefully) … in the meantime, I’ve since found that Melissa Cameron is totally on top of this already (yay!).

Update (23rd October): Kevin Murray of Craft Unbound has also written about this topic.


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