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CUSP Install At JamFactory

I’m sitting here today planning day 4 of the install of CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade at JamFactory in South Australia and reflecting on the past three days of the install. I’m happy to say that all is looking good – in fact, doubly good because CUSP will be showing in two locations at the same time! CUSP‘s South Australian leg of the national tour is split over two venues, the iconic JamFactory in Adelaide and JamFactory’s new and beautiful sister gallery and store in Seppeltsfield Winery, in the Barossa Valley. We’re excited that the CUSP experience will now reach two geographically separated audiences, and for those keenly interested in cutting-edge design thinking, offers an experience that has you travelling to two great South Australian locales.

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JamFactory Seppeltsfield Studios Expressions of Interest

In November of this year JamFactory in South Australia is opening a new facility at Seppeltsfield Winery in the Barossa Valley, an hour outside of Adelaide. At 1,000 square metres for the entire facility, JamFactory Seppeltsfield will include a public gallery (where part of CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade will be housed next year, alongside the JamFactory premises in Adelaide city), a retail shop, and studio space for approximately 12 artists/artisans.

In the lead up to the opening, JamFactory is seeing expressions of interest from professionally focused artists, craftspeople or designers who might like to lease space at the subsidised rate of $4.00/sqm/month plus outgoings (power and water.)

At these studios you will not only be a part of this exciting new venue in the beautiful Barossa, but will be able to engage with the public and will be assisted and promoted through JamFactory’s activities. At present, the Seppeltsfield Winery received over 90,000 visitors annually!

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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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JamFactory Looking For An Assistant Curator

JamFactory, a leading centre for contemporary craft and design located in Adelaide, is looking for an assistant curator to join their team. The position is funded through the Australia Council Curatorial Fellowship Grant, and is a 12-month opportunity for an emerging curator.

You should have some curatorial experience, and will need to address the selection criteria—you can download the job description here.

Closing date for applications is Friday 3 May, so don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to join a great team at a wonderful organisation!

Applications should be posted to: Margaret Hancock Davis, JamFactory, 19 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA 5000 or e-mailed to margaret.hancockdavis@jamfactory.com.au.

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WOOD: art design architecture at JamFactory

Co-curators of WOOD: art design architecture, Elliat Rich and Brian Parkes, have created a little wooden forest of objects for us to float around and get lost in. The insightful duo have collected together the sublime works of 28 talented contemporary Australian artists, designers, and architects and created an engaging celebration of all things wood.

The exhibition of these works is a wonderful exploration of the historical, technological, and social significance of this ancient material.

Even though wood appears to be a simple, static material to work with, it is often not the case. Wood can crack, expand, and warp (I have experienced all three of these occurrences at once), and only the most skilled craftspeople can get the most out of this deceptively problematic substance.

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Working Together — The SLQ Perspective

A couple of weeks ago, representatives of the venue partners for CUSP: Designing for the Next Decade gathered in Sydney for a two day workshop exploring ways to exchange information and engage audiences, passing knowledge around the country. Previously, Sandra Brown outlined her reaction to the day, and here Naomi Takeifanga of the State Library of Queensland reflects on the two days.

Sitting in Brisbane at a picnic table in the middle of a swimming complex for yet another kids birthday party, the notion of design and its importance in our lives for the everyday becomes more than apparent. I won’t bore you with the details but, living in the sunshine state where swimming pools are a way of life, public swimming pools need that extra special design. Kid spotting is hard enough, let alone being set up 50m from the kids. Nothing good design in its basic sense couldn’t easily fix.

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