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The Victorian Craft Awards Exhibition

29 Apr 2022

Exhibition: 5th April – 21st May at Watson Place gallery.
Link: https://craft.org.au/whats-on/all-events/victorian-craft-awards/

Established in 2015 and now in its fourth iteration, the Victorian Craft Awards is Australia’s only awards event solely dedicated to craft and design. This year’s awards were initially postponed from September 2021 due to ongoing lockdowns, and features 59 finalists from a variety of disciplines. Head across to Craft Victoria’s gallery on Watsons Place to view all the finalists pieces. The Awards showcase exceptional works utilising craft skills, processes and materials, including emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople from across Victoria.

Here are some of the Furniture maker finalists who entered. 

Machine room bookings

VWA members can book a place to use the machine room for timber machining on the first Sunday of every month from 1.00 – 4.00pm. The cost is $30 per hour.

May’s machine room will be open on May 8th, not the 1st.

Machining is supervised by long standing woodworker and respected teacher Carl Lutz.

Members must have previous experience in using machinery and/or have undertaken at least one term of a Victorian School of Woodwork class or equivalent. Current students can also book the machine room at this time, but the classroom will not be available.

To book a spot, please fill out the form at:  https://vwa.org.au/membership/machine-room-booking/


Gippsland Gallery - Mnemosyne's Gift

Mnemosyne’s Gift

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Andrew Potocnik

Meet our Members: Andrew Potocnik

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1) Introduce yourself – where are you based, what do you do and how long have you been a VWA member? I’m based in Macleod in suburban Melbourne working from a home based workshop which …

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Greg Allan

Meet our Members: Greg Allan

29 Apr 2022 / Meet our Members

1) Introduce yourself – where are you based, what do you do and how long have you been a VWA member?  I’m a furniture maker and designer from Aotearoa New Zealand, currently residing in Melbourne, …

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Victorian Craft Awards

Victorian Craft Awards – Furniture Finalists

29 Apr 2022 / Events & Exhibitions

Alex Pontonio: Biplane American white ash, linen Biplane Sideboard is a study in lightness. Referencing box kites, biplanes and objects that float, the sideboard features vertical parallel struts, lightweight fabric sails and long, horizontal planes. …

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'Three Easy Pieces for Two Hands' - Finished pieces.

VWA Artists in Residence Update

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Simeon Dux The last couple of months have gone by quickly. I finished my piece ‘Hand Operated’ in Hydrowood Celery Top Pine, designed by John Wardle, which was exhibited at Heide MOMA over Melbourne Design …

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Introduction to the exhibition by curators Ruth Thompson and Dale Dryen: Understanding that the field of timber design and make has historically been dominated by men, this curated exhibition showcases the work of women, exploring …

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Will Matthysen on The Art of Making Exhibition

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MDW: Relatively Useful

3 Mar 2022 / Events & Exhibitions

This pop-up exhibition for Melbourne DesignWeek is a survey of works in timber and ceramic designed by John Wardle and Simon Lloyd. A number of VWA tenants and members have been making these designs for …

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Dan Barker

MDW: C.R.E.A.M presented by Bricolage

3 Mar 2022 / Events & Exhibitions

As part of Melbourne Design Week Dan Barker of Bricolage will be hosting C.R.E.A.M, a solo pop up exhibition in his Collingwood-based showroom.  Bricolage is a small team of passionate furniture makers specialising in one-off …

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WDC Entrance Upgrade

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Over the last few months the WDC has seen a big clean up. A skip was organised in January by one of our Artists in Residence Raven, who with the help of other members, removed …

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