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Grants for craftspeople and designers: breaking the myth

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Where: Artisan, 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

When: 6-7.30pm, Thursday 9 March 2017

Cost: Free

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About the event

When talking to craftspeople and designers about funding we find that one concern commonly comes up: arts funding is available for ‘visual artists’ and not for them. And vice versa, funding bodies have noted the lack of applications from craftspeople and designers in comparison to other art forms. But why is this? Often it’s because the term ‘visual arts’ is commonly misinterpreted to exclude craft and design, when in reality these opportunities are open to multiple art forms (including craft and design).

In this session we bust some myths about grants for craftspeople and designers in Queensland. Artisan brings together jeweller and grant recipient Clare Poppi with representatives from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts to talk about what grants are available for craftspeople and designers and how to best access funding in the coming year. Plus, there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions!

What to bring:

  • Pen and notebook

About the presenters

Guy Betts – Grants Officer, Grants and Engagement, Australia Council for the Arts

Guy Betts is a Grants Officer at the Australia Council for the Arts. His role is to explain and advocate for the Australia Council’s grants program to prospective grant applicants, and to provide them with guidance, advice and feedback throughout the application process. He also manages the Australia Council’s relationship with grant recipients.

Guy has extensive experience within the cultural sector. He has worked as a curator, developing exhibitions in the fields of visual art, social history, political history, and heritage. He has also played the harp for over twenty years.


Jan Irvine – Development Manager, Arts Queensland

Jan Irvine has 18 years’ experience managing a variety of funding programs, across art forms, at both Arts NSW and Arts Qld. She has also worked within the arts sector as a Manager at Sydney Festival, the British Council and Bangarra Dance Theatre.


Clare Poppi – Jeweller and grant recipient

Clare Poppi is an artist and jeweller living and working in Brisbane, Australia. After achieving first class honours in her Fine Art degree she received an ArtStart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts and has continued to make art, establishing a studio space, Bench, with three other jewellers. In 2013, Clare was the recipient of the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayors Young and Emerging Artist Fellowship which allowed her to travel to San Francisco to undertake a mentorship with eco-jeweller Christine Dhein and develop the exhibition ‘Greensmith’ in collaboration with Artisan.

Clare’s primary practice is in jewellery & metal-smithing, focusing on sustainable design and wearable art. Her pieces range from jewellery which grows live grass to minimalist inspired designs using recycled metals and bio-degradable components.



Event starts
Thursday 9 March, 2017
Event Ends
Thursday 9 March, 2017
Venue Address
381 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley

Queensland, Fortitude Valley

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