Save Craft Australia

2 11 2011

As I mentioned recently, Craft Australia has been defunded.

The content of their post on 27th October is replicated below.
I plan to do something about it.
Will you?

Craft Australia Defunded by the Australia Council

Craft Australia is challenging this decision and is also seeking your support.

What will you loose [sic] if Craft Australia is lost to the Australian craft and design sector.
The ramifications of not having a national peak organisation representing the craft and design sector are significant.
  •  There will be no visible national portal to represent the work of the many artists, designers, gallerists, curators, writers and researchers working in this field.
  •  Australia will be the only OECD country without a dedicated agency to advocate and promote the work of this area of practice.
  • The many initiatives that Craft Australia has been advocating for to link craft and design with innovation and industry will be lost.
  •  Substantial digital content about this sector will be lost, creating a significant knowledge gap about our cultural traditions.
How can you help: 
  1. Sign our petition
  2. Forward to petition to friends and interested parties 
  3. Write to the Visual Arts Board: Kon  Gouriotis email
  4. Write to the Minister for the Arts Simon Crean MP contact details
  5. Write to the Shadow Minister for the Arts George Brandis SC contact details
  6. Write to your local Minister

Update (3rd November): thanks to Mel Miller for her comment; be sure to check out Mel’s blog and her letter to save Craft Australia.



2 responses

3 11 2011

It’s dreadful that we might lose such a valuable resource.

I’ve signed the petition and written a letter to the contacts listed by Craft Australia (which you’ve posted above). The content of my letter is on my blog here:

Anyone is welcome to borrow freely from the text if you’d like to send your own letter to the Ministers and Visual Arts Board!

3 11 2011

Thank you SO much Mel … excellent work!

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