International Craft and Design Conference & Talks
17 / 18 September 2015

Parallels – Journeys into Contemporary Making is a rare opportunity to hear over 25 leading international and local makers, designers and curators share their view on the changing worlds of craft and design.

Looking both globally and locally this 2-day conference provides a range of informative, inspirational, and provocative talks revealing the shifting priorities and emerging opportunities for Australian craft and design.

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The talks and conference program have been developed for both a general audience and those immersed in the worlds of craft and design.Each invited speaker is, in their own way, working at the intersection of craft and design – a realm that is rapidly expanding and evolving as society reappraises the importance of the hand made in an increasingly industrial world.Speakers will discuss the rising significance and importance of hand made objects, the relationships between commercial design and crafted objects, and the ways in which technology, sustainability, digital connectivity, and globalisation are impacting traditions.This is an unique opportunity to explore new landscapes for contemporary making, and to understand the forces reshaping the parallel (and convergent) worlds of craft and design.

This international craft and design conference is presented by the National Craft Initiative and the National Gallery of Victoria.

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International Speakers

Local Speakers

Rapporteurs

Speaker Program

Day 1 — MARKET
Thursday 17 September
9.00am – 5.30pm
Clemenger Auditorium
NGV International
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

New production, presentation and curatorial models and growing collector and commercial markets (both geographic and demographic) are redefining the traditional commercial landscapes for craft and design. Through the stories of our international and local guests, Parallels sets off on a broad scan of the new craft and design landscape—visiting niche brands and innovative workshops, digital platforms and international design events geared around limited editions and collectables.

Speakers will explore and communicate the accessibility, scale and dynamism of the international market for collectable craft and design through the lenses of making, exhibiting, collecting, and selling.

At the same time they will consider how accelerating global connectivity and shifting retail fortunes are powering consumer demand for hand made items and bespoke brands—artefacts that combine innovative design and materials with heritage and the handmade.

Day 1 speakers include:

Day 2 — MAKING
Friday 18 September
9.00am – 5.30pm
Clemenger Auditorium
NGV International
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

The convergent worlds of craft and design are diverse and ever changing. Parallels asks a group of internationally respected craft and design practitioners to reflect on their practice—revealing inspirational journeys of heritage, technology, purpose and place.

These conference presentations each examine the ways that people differently embrace and apply skills, materials and ideas. Stretching from ancient materials to emerging technologies—we ask each speaker to articulate the personal and professional landscape within which they operate.

Through their unique individual trajectories, we traverse broad terrain—from research, narrative, materials and technology, to tradition, ceremony and culture.

As technology and globalisation redefine the ways in which we all consume and value objects, how does each practitioner perceive and interpret change?

Day 2 speakers include:

Allied Events

A vibrant program of gatherings, exhibitions and independent but allied events extends the Parallels speaking events into a broader celebration of craft and design. Delegates can access a rich array of interlinking events in Melbourne in September. See you here!

Craft and Design as a Career

15 September

Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Craft Victoria’s annual daylong seminar features nine prominent speakers talking about career journeys and providing advice, stories, philosophies and unique perspectives on different working methodologies in creative fields.

Cost: $45 / $90

Craft Window Walk

1 to 21 September 2015

Various (see program)

The Craft Window Walk represents a collaborative project between Craft Victoria and some of Melbourne’s favourite spaces and makers. Presenting a series of innovative window installations throughout the CBD, the immersive program will showcase the work of emerging and leading practitioners, working across a diversity of medium and scale in local shopfronts.

Image credit: The Golden Opportunity Shop, Ria Green and Aliça Bryson-Haynes

Plan your Parallels visit

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Parallels offers a two-day program of international and local speakers, panels and associated networking opportunities. Delegates can purchase individual day tickets plus optional lunches. Venue capacities vary and some events are expected to sell out. All prices are inc. GST.

Read the descriptions below and then proceed to book your selected events. Some allied events are independently ticketed while others are free. See the allied events listings above.

Parallels – Day One
Date: 17 September
Time: 9.00am – 5.30pm (registrations from 09.00)
Venue: Clemenger Auditorium, NGV International
Cost: $200

Includes full day program, arrival refreshments and afternoon tea. 20% discount for students (must show student card at registration). 10% discount for NGV members (login and book as an NGV member to access).

Networking Lunch – Day One
Date: 17 September
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Venue: NGV International
Cost: $50 per person

A shared lunch designed to react to the themes of the day. Catering for dietary requirements and food allergies with prior notice. Seats limited.

Parallels – Day Two
Date: 18 September
Time: 9.00am – 5.30pm (registrations from 09.00)
Venue: Clemenger Auditorium, NGV International
Cost: $200

Includes full day program, arrival refreshments and afternoon tea. 20% discount for students (must show student card at registration). 10% discount for NGV members (login and book as an NGV member to access).

Networking Lunch – Day Two
Date: 18 September
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Venue: Federation Square
Cost: $50 per head

A shared lunch designed to react to the themes of the day. Catering for dietary requirements and food allergies with prior notice. Seats limited.

Partners

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Parallels is developed by the Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the NGV as part of the National Craft Initiative (NCI).

The National Craft Initiative (NCI) is a partnership between the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and the Australian Craft and Design Centres (ACDC) to support, build and advocate for the craft and design sector in Australia.

This project follows on from the publication of its major report, ‘Mapping the Australian Craft Sector’.

The NGV and the NCI gratefully acknowledge the assistance provided by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

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