Anke Kindle. Photographer Lauren Bamford

Make art possible.

The Artist Fund is a dedicated financial resource aimed at supporting the growth of professional practice and building sustainable careers for Australian artists working in craft and design disciplines.

Your investment in the Artis Fund will provide Craft the security to continue our role in defining creative careers. Our commitment extends beyond the mere creation of art, as we continue to deliver comprehensive support through professional development initiatives that encompass all facets of sustainable creative practice.

Your contribution will enable our local talent to create and present bold and innovative works through our exhibition program; and provide crucial opportunities to support their professional development journeys.

By directly investing in artists, you are fuelling innovation in our vital creative ecosystem and providing them with expanded opportunities to ensure career sustainability and creative independence.

Your donation to the Artist Fund will make a tremendous impact to ensure we can continue to directly support artists in the following ways –

  • Development and presentation of new work
  • Access to professional development programs & mentoring
  • Learning resources and workshops
  • Build networks and increase career opportunities

Invest in ideas. Make art possible.

The Artist Fund is supported by Creative Australia’s Plus-1 program.

This means that until 30 May 2024, your investment will be matched dollar-for-dollar allowing Craft to continue generating viable and sustainable creative careers into the future.

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Our Impact

Over the past five years:
3,177 artists engaged | 156 exhibitions |154,040 gallery visitors

Craft positions the handmade as a complex study in problem solving, with exhibitions exploring prescient themes and ideas; expressed through materials, driven by skill, formed through function and experimental practice. In 2022, our exhibition program presented the ideas of 185 artists, featuring a total of 132 commissioned new works

Your donation will provide us the financial confidence to continue supporting Australian artists.

We are proud to have supported the Australian craft and design sector for over 50 years, and we welcome you to join us in our mission to continue this important work by donating to the Artist Fund today.

Craft is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission. All donations over $2 are Tax Deductible. Your donation, large or small, is truly appreciated and will make a genuine difference.

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IntoTheEverywhere Shahn Stewart

Gunyagawa, 2022, Shahn Stewart

"Getting proper funding is incredibly important. You come up with an idea or concept but without adequate financial support, it is difficult to find the time and resources to bring it to fruition." - Shahn Stewart

Gunyagawa was commissioned by Craft for the exhibition Into the Everywhen, 2022, curated by Shahn Stewart and Eden Fiske of Alchemy Orange.