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artisan plays an important role as the peak body for craft and design in Queensland and is the only dedicated organisation focused on the presentation, advancement and legacy of quality craft and design in the state. In 2020, artisan will celebrate 50 years as the home of craft and design in Queensland.
Core to our creative program is artisan’s role in connecting local, interstate and international stakeholders with the best of craft and design and celebrating the diversity of Australian artistic vibrancy.
Our values of collaboration, generosity, innovation, integrity and virtuosity inform artisan’s programming and help drive the organisation to deliver its core activities of: curatorship, learning, capacity building and leadership.
artisan’s ethos of sector advocacy, leadership, partnerships and marketing, benefits the sector through the creation of opportunities including: retail through artisan’s designer store, seminars and mentoring programs, exhibition development and touring, export, artist referrals, lecturing and critical writing, and corporate commissioning. Through these initiatives artisan builds markets and develops audiences enabling a self-sustaining and strong creative sector.
artisan is the trading name for Craft Queensland, a not-for profit company limited by guarantee. artisan is funded by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Federal Government through The Australia Council for the Arts.
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