Central Craft is a not for profit member organisation based in Alice Springs that supports and promotes traditional and contemporary craft and design practice in Central Australia.
In 2024, we celebrate our 50th Anniversary as part of Territory Craft. As one of the longest standing arts organisation in Central Australia we provide advocacy and support, promotion, professional development opportunities as well providing as access to workshop facilities, equipment, a group meeting space, a retail outlet and gallery space for craftspeople.
In 2022, Central Craft will be hosting The Australian Ceramic Triennale to come to Alice Springs which will expose our organisation to a national and international audience, and place Central Australia well and truly in the centre of the craft landscape in Australia; positioning us well to attract potential artists in residence and workshop facilitators.
Central Craft is a hub where designers, artists and craftspeople come together to create, play, explore, discover and/or weave raw materials transforming them into functional or decorative final products. Central Craft has a well-equipped studio including pottery equipment with a gas and electric kiln, glass kiln, printing press, screen printing equipment, weaving looms, spinning wheels, sewing machines and overlockers, jewellery making equipment, dye lab with gas burners, dark room and photography equipment and a lapidary/gem club.
Central Craft offers workshops and other activities that enrich lives and encourages community participation and social inclusion. People from all walks of life including people from non-English speaking backgrounds, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, people with mental illness, and older people are welcomed at Central Craft and encouraged to learn new skills and form friendships and connections to keep them engaged in our community.
Central Craft strengthens our community by providing opportunities for learning, creative expression and social networking. It supports emerging practitioners through to established artisans working in disciplines such as ceramics, lapidary, jewellery making, leather craft, woodwork, painting, basketry, weaving, spinning, lace-making, felt making, knitting, screen printing, silk painting, surface decoration, fabric manipulation, embroidery, fashion design and construction.
As a member based organisation, Central Craft aims to:
- build the visibility of contemporary craft and design from the Northern Territory
- exhibit high quality craft and design to local, regional and international audiences
- engage and educate individuals and groups in craft and design practice
- improve the viability of emerging and professional craft and design practitioners
- build strong cross-cultural partnerships to create opportunities for innovation in craft and design practice
- enhance the reputation of the Northern Territory as a significant centre for contemporary craft and design
Central Craft 2019 - 2020 Committee
The Central Craft AGM was held on the 21st May 2019, with the following members being elected to the Central Craft Committee:
|- Chairperson||Pam Collier|
|- Vice Chairperson||Amee Porter|
|- Secretary||Hayley Causer|
|- Treasurer||Bernice Bristow|
|- Public Officer||Pam Collier|
|General Members:||Lisa Scarfe|