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Conference and Forum

Saturday 12–13 November 2005
James O Fairfax Theatre
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Harlan Butt, 'Earth beneath our feet: horizon #1' 2003, silver, enamel, copper and paint, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Harlan Butt, 'Earth beneath our feet: horizon #1' 2003, silver, enamel, copper and paint, Collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
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The Transformations Conference on Saturday 12 November 2005 and Forum on Sunday 13 November 2005 are being held in conjunction with the National Gallery of Australia’s major exhibition, Transformations: the language of craft. 

Showcasing the recent work of 85 Australian and international artists working in the area of studio craft, this exhibition reveals new expressions in the fields of glass, ceramics, textiles, wood, metalwork and through a variety of materials in furniture, jewellery and sculpture. 

Amplifying the exhibition experience for visitors, the Conference and Forum bring together leading national and international artists, craft curators and writers to discuss their work and the state of contemporary craft. A number of the speakers are visiting Australia for the first time.

At the Conference, 18 artists from Australia, the United States of America, Europe and Asia will discuss their work in three concurrent sessions, focusing on ceramics, textiles, metalwork and glass.

At the Forum, leading international craft curators, writers and industry professionals from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America will discuss the interpretation and promotion of contemporary craft.

Conference registration fees (including GST):
Full registration $AUS30.00
Groups and craft associations $AUS25.00
NGA Members and Concessions $AUS20.00

Admission to the forum is free

Registration and booking enquiries
Peita Cockram +61 2 6240 6504

Further information +61 2 6240 6504

James O Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra


Conference Program Saturday 12 November 2005

10.30am Introduction | Ron Radford Director NGA and Robert Bell Senior Curator Decorative Arts & Design

10.35–11.30am | Keynote speaker Adrian Saxe (Ceramics, USA)

11.45am–12.45pm :
Parallel session 1 | Bill Samuels (Ceramics, Australia), Merran Esson (Ceramics, Australia), Toni Warburton (Ceramics, Australia)
Parallel session 2 | Catherine Truman (Objects, Australia), Harlan Butt (Enamelling, USA)

12.45–2.20pm Lunch

Parallel session 3 | Ritzi Jacobi (Fibreworks, Germany), Agneta Hobin (Textile structures, Finland), Tsukasa Kofushiwaki (Lacquer, Japan)
Parallel session 4 | Marilyn da Silva (Metalwork, USA), Alice Whish (Metalwork, Australia), Helen Shirk (Metalwork, USA)

Parallel session 5 | Klaus Moje (Glass, Australia), John Stanwell (artsACT, Canberra Glassworks), Scott Chaseling (Glass, Australia)
Parallel session 6 | Lia Cook (Textiles, USA), Tetsuo Fujimoto (Textiles, Japan), Sara Lindsay (Textiles, Australia)

Forum Program Sunday 13 November 2005

11am Introduction | Robert Bell, Senior Curator, Decorative Arts and Design

Interpreting contemporary craft

11.05–11.20pm | Mark Leach, Director Mint Museum of Craft and Design (USA)
11.25–11.45pm | Tanya Harrod, Craft writer (UK)
11.50–12.10pm | Kevin Murray, Director Craft Victoria (Australia)

12.10–12.25pm Lunch

Australian contemporary craft: an innovative player in the creative industries, panel discussion

12.30–1.30pm | Brian Parkes, Associate Director of Object: Australia Centre for Craft and Design | Christine Ballinger, Executive Director Craft Queensland

Presented in association with Craft Organisations of Australia (COA) and Craft Australia.
Followed by 2pm opening of Craft for Christmas at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre.

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