Craft and design curators on artists to watch

From fashion to ceramics to drones – these artists have caught the eyes of curators this year.
Brightly coloured contemporary ceramic vessels. Ebony Russell.

Whether they reflect new trends bubbling up, or are long practising artists finally getting some visibility in 2024, these craft and design curators share their thoughts on who to keep an eye on this year.

Selected by: Nicole Durling, Executive Director of Craft Victoria.

Why: Placed firmly in expanded practice, Louise Meuwessin’s meticulously deliberate work is driven by a strong sense of history and craft processes. She creates intricate embroidered paintings, sculptures, installations and wearable art. With a background in painting, and concerned with texture, composition and colour, Meuwessin now “paints” with found materials of yarns, beads and textiles.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina