Saturday 23 February 2013

Latest Opportunities & News

Embroidery on wood
, owl sculptures made of wood shavings, enormous knitting and textile installations, lace balloons, anatomical jewellery, and short video tutorials are just some of what you are likely to see on the Craft Aotearoa Facebook page. Every day we post a range of national and international craft news items. There are lots of opportunities we would otherwise not know if it wasn't for Facebook and we have made lots of connections this way. Thanks to our 823 followers for sharing content too. Here is a snapshot of what is on the page at the moment. 


Life in Vacant Spaces is on the lookout for entrepreneurial projects. If you are a designer or craftsperson who has always wanted to give it go with your own shop, get in touch with them asap.

The Silversmiths Guild of Canterbury is up and running again at The Tannery Boutique Retail and Arts Emporium. Having relocated twice already since losing their home at The Arts Centre following the earthquakes, they are pleased to call the Tannery their new home and welcome students for Level 1 and 2 courses on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and Thursday mornings. Since 1983, over 1,000 students have learnt silversmithing skills with the Silversmiths Guild of Canterbury. Watch this short video to hear Arthur Harrison, Chairperson, speak about their new premises. 


The Australian Ceramics Association seeks photos of New Zealanders work for consideration in their upcoming issue of The Jac and inclusion on their Facebook page too. Those already showcased include Darryl Frost, Nadine Spalter (whose work is currently on show at Form Gallery, Christchurch), Suzy D√ľnser, Helen Perrett, Roy Burgoyne, and Sue Lavender. 

Also, submissions for the Masterworks Domesticware competition close Thursday 28th February. 


Would you like your work to be exhibited at Auckland's Lopdell House Gallery's curiosity cabinet? Applications from emerging and established jewellers are currently being sought. Lopdell House Gallery is currently operating from off-site premises in New Lynn and is continuing to deliver an exciting arts programme with monthly window installations, the Curiosity Cabinet exhibitions and a gallery shop.The Curiosity Cabinet exhibitions will be monthly throughout 2013 and will be promoted within the gallery’s marketing material. Please contact to Kirsty MacDonald for further details on

Applications are also being sought by Masterworks Gallery for 'Neckware 10' - a group jewellery show from 5 - 29 June 2013. The aim of this annual exhibition is to 'showcase excellence and innovation in this particular form of adornment within contemporary jewellery.' Open to graduates, emerging and established jewellers, you will need to select one piece of work produced in the past 12 months and post it to Masterworks for consideration, along with an artist statement, by 1st May. For further information, contact Director, Eloise Kitson.


The Koru Gallery
specialises in jewellery, art, homeware and gifts from around New Zealand, has an onsite jade carver (Graeme Wylie) and is currently for sale. There is a full shopping website that is included in the price that has yet to be launched and also an opportunity for investment into making the space into a cafe/bar with a workshop space at the rear of the building no longer in use. 


This fellowship is open to established and senior New Zealand practitioners. It's open to practitioners, curators and writers working in both traditional applied arts and contemporary pr
actice. Genres may include ceramics, jewellery, glass, textile, metal and wood work and studio-based design.The amount/offer for this funding opportunity is$65,000. The next round closes: 8 March, 2013.

The Fellowship will be awarded to an established or senior craft/object practitioner, curator or writer. It provides the time and/or resources for the Fellow to commit to a period of deep investigation, experimentation or research in their practice. The Fellowship was offered annually for its first three years (2004 – 2006) and is now offered biennially. For more information contact Kate Montgomery (Senior Arts Advisor - Visual Arts) at Creative New Zealand via email:


Applications for the Creative New Zealand Arts Grant close on 1st March.


Avid Gallery, Wellington: beautiful work by Masahiro Sasaki
Artspost Galleries & Shop
, Hamilton:  new ceramic bowls by Mia Hamilton

Black Asterisk, Auckland: Figurative sculptures by Chris Moore
Fingers Jewellery, Auckland: new rings by Karl Fritsch.
Form Gallery, Christchurch: new ceramic work by Aaron Scythe and Nadine Spalter
Gallery 33, Wanaka: new 'Fragments' work by jeweller Elfi Spiewack
Masterworks Gallery Jewellery Box, Auckland: new work by jeweller Eileen Leahy
Objectspace, Auckland: annual 'Best in Show' exhibition.
Piece Gallery, Matakana: 'The Vase Show' opening March 1st featuring glass and ceramics.
The National, Christchurch: 'Year of the Snake' group exhibition featuring top New Zealand jewellers.

Somerset House, London: next month, Wool House will present a vision for wool as a modern, versatile, lifestyle fibre and it will feature a showcase of interiors, fashion and the world of artisan and craft making, along with a hi-tech educational suite. 

Each year, the Coal Prize Art and Environment rewards  a project by a contemporary artist involved in environmental issues. The 2013 Coal Prize will reward entries that focus on ADAPTATION issues. Adaptation: This word is at the heart of contemporary thought and strategies used by nations, cities, businesses, and communities in order to cope with climate change. It is the subject of a movement, of appropriation, of adaptation by artistic creation. 

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