Meet your maker – Artisan craft and design studio makes the move to King Street
When it comes to the Brisbane, there are some pretty iconic names floating around that have played an integral part in shaping our unique arts and culture landscape. One of these names is Artisan, the not-for-profit organisation that has been dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary craft and design practice for both makers and their audiences since 1970. Following a 20-year stint on the Brunswick Street strip, Artisan is heading to a brand-new home at the thriving King Street precinct.
Artisan has long been known as a hub for Brisbane’s creative community, and its move to King Street will see a range of exciting upgrades for the organisation. The new space – located on the corner of Machinery and King Street – has allowed Artisan to truly reinvent itself and thrive with an all-new gallery, store, and year-round calendar of exhibitions and events in the works. In particular, the purpose-built workshop space means that budding makers are in for even more hands-on action than ever before – already registrations are open for stamp carving, embroidering, millinery and loads more lost arts.
The opening of Artisan at King Street will be celebrated with two brand-new exhibitions in the space – Expanded Discrete States: Craft + Design in the main gallery and Re: Watch & Wear in the Small Object Space. Those who visit on the opening weekend across April 21–22 can register to attend free panel discussion or in conversation events, participate in a Mumgarr weaving workshop with exhibiting practitioner Chantal Henley, or simply head in to check out the exhibitions and new Artisan store. The store is stocked to the brim with handmade wares that have been crafted using both traditional and modern techniques, and will continue to celebrate the work of more than 80 Australian makers in its new home.
You can check out Artisan’s new digs from Saturday April 21 when it opens its doors to the public for the first time – for opening hours, head to the Stumble Guide.
Chantal Henley / K I N D R E D (2017) / Photo by Tim Ashton / courtesy of Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.
(L – R) Carleah Flinders, Nauma Wren, Perry Mooney, Jarron Andy, Thalia Brown, Shantel Miskin Ripia, Adrienne Verevis, Taaliah Markos, Rhondell Williams, Yazzie Jean Bingarape.