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Welcome to Kanazawa, Japan

On a hot steamy Tuesday afternoon in Kanazawa, Japan, I find my way from the hotel to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.  Today is just a reccy before we start installing our exhibition of Indigenous Australian craft and design for the Triennale of Craft or Kogei in Japanese.  The Museum is a vast white labyrinth, I’m not sure I ever want to find my way out of its beautiful spaces.

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Listen: Designer Bodies—The Heart Of It

On 9 July 2013, Fenella Kernebone, host of Radio National’s By Design program, facilitated a panel discussion featuring CUSP designer Leah Heiss, as well as Design + Industry Director Anthony Honeyfield and Dr John Cartmill, Professor of Surgery at the Australian School of Advanced Medicine. Click ‘Read More’ to listen to the full recording of the four talk on the topic of ‘Can design humanise medical technologies?’ Or if you prefer, you can always download the audio to listen to at your leisure!

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Vale Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

It was with sadness that we learnt last week of the passing earlier in July of Gwyn Hanssen Piggot, a potter also influential in the development of Australian and international contemporary ceramics.

Craft ACT published a piece in memoriam of Hanssen Pigott in their recent e-news, who died of a stroke in London on July 5. Read the article on their website here.

Hanssen Piggot’s fifty year career included work and study in Australia and overseas, and her incredibly valuable contribution to the Australian craft and design landscape will not be forgotten.

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CUSP Preview Video

We have just had the preview video for our next major design exhibition, CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade delivered by the uber talented Patrick Abboud.

It’s a 2 minute snapshot of the exhibition, the 12 amazing designers featured in it and the questions they are asking of design. It was pretty damn exciting to watch it the very day before the exhibition opens in Sydney at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre tomorrow and runs until 1 September. It is such a well shot piece that really gives you a taste of what design can do - the best Christmas in July present you could ever get!

Check out the video here.

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Behind The Scenes of the CUSP Installation

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade started arriving at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre on Monday and it was very exciting to finally see the Freeman Ryan Designs (FRD) designed exhibition furniture delivered into the Turbine Hall.  The last two days have been full on registering works from several of the designers such as Alison Page, Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller, Chris Bosse as well as sorting through all the digital and tech hardware. Searching through the crates of works, learning how to thread the sculptural fabric onto Chris Bosse’s rings, small adjustments here and there, finding out what goes with that and much more.

There have been some light times, as can be seen in the quick snap of our Project Manager Cynthia Colli trying out Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller’s Hanging Off A Bar installation late yesterday.

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Design Emergency Fort St Public School Style

Fort St Public students in Years 5 and 6 have been working through their Design Emergency challenge.

In a class where many students arrive and leave they wanted to design a way for each student to feel a sense of belonging and a valued member of the class no matter how long they had been at the school. After lots of discovery research and brainstorming the students began prototyping memory boxes so that students could store and share their memories with each other.

The students came up with some ingenious designs and are now iterating their prototypes to make their final product.

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A Day In The Life Of Object’s Touring Coordinator

As Object’s Touring Programs Coordinator, I get to do some very interesting and sometime different things in regards to our touring exhibitions.  You may think that once they are ‘on the road’ that there isn’t a lot involved in looking after them – but that is not always the case.

Yesterday, I flew down to Wagga from Sydney to look at a damaged work in our touring exhibition Hyperclay: Contemporary Ceramics that is currently showing at Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery until this weekend; before continuing its 13-venue/ 3 year tour across the country. 

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Ian Potter Cultural Trust Looking For ‘Lost’ Grantees

Over the last 20 years, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust have supported over 1200 individual artists to support professional and artistic development. 2013 marks 20 years since the first grant was given, and to celebrate the Trust is planning a gala event in October, along with other commemorations throughout the year.

Unfortunately, over the years they have lost touch with some of the artists they have given grants to, and so they need your help. They have published an alphabetical list of ‘lost’ grantees on their website here, so if you have received a grant from the Trust, or know someone who has, please check the list! If your name isn’t on there, you can assume that the contact details the Trust has are current.

If, however, your name, or the name of someone you know, is on the list, please complete the email contact form on the page to ensure you’re on the invitation list. Over 1200 artists have benefited over the years, and we want to ensure that the Trust can get in touch with every one of them!

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unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial at Samstag Museum, Adelaide

Yesterday afternoon I took some time out from the Robert Baines: Metal exhibition install at JamFactory to visit some of the galleries in the nearby art precinct. There were lots of great choices, but the one that resonated and stood out for me was unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial currently at the Samstag Museum, until 5 July, 2013. unDisclosed features 20 contemporary Indigenous artists; some already well known to Object audiences such as Danie Mellor, Lorraine Connelly Northey, Julie Gough and Lana Yarinkura.

A good excerpt taken from the brochure that I liked described its aim to: ‘’ daring exploitation of new fields of practice and artistic inform and redefine contemporary Indigenous art as we presently know it.’‘

 

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Robert Baines Installation at JamFactory, Adelaide

It is day two of the Robert Baines: Metal exhibition install at JamFactory, Adelaide. This is the last venue for this Living Treasure exhibition tour, which has been across the country for two and a half years. Audiences at venues have been amazed at the artistry, intricacy and sheer beauty of Robert’s work, as well as his quirky view on the ‘historical’ development of modern objects such as CDs.

Object initiated Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft in 2005 and it celebrates the achievements of Australia’s influential crafts. Robert Baines is no exception truly being at the top of his practice.

Always a great install team here at the Jam. The exhibition will look fantastic. If you are in Adelaide why not call in too see this exhibition, as it will be your last chance before it travels overseas.

Robert Baines: Metal is on at JamFactory, Adelaide from 22 June- 28 July, 2013.

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