For its 25th anniversary of Fresh! Craft presents the work of 13 recent graduates in contemporary craft, design and fine art practice.

Last year, a panel of professional craft practitioners, curators and industry experts were invited by Craft to attend graduate exhibitions of over 30 departments within Tertiary and TAFE institutions across Victoria.  From these exhibitions, the freshest works that explore contemporary craft and design practice were selected to become part of this years’ Fresh! exhibition program.

Presented annually since 1993, Fresh! showcases the energy, skill and innovation of some of the best graduating students from throughout the State practicing within craft, design and fine art disciplines. The exhibition provides an important opportunity for graduates beginning their career as makers.


Ana Petidis | Anna Dunnill | Ashleigh Jessup | Brooke Coutts-Wood | Cassandra Prinzi | Dannielle Faran | Jess Merlo | Josephine Mead | Madeleine Thornton-Smith | Michelle Stewart | Nigel Vogler | Seala Lokollo Evans | Te' Claire


Claire McArdle | Dale Hardiman | Eddy Carrol | Josephine Briginshaw | Louise Meuwissen | Sarah Weston | Sophia Cai | Sim Luttin


Cassandra Prinzi | The Future Leaders Award
Nigel Vogler & Seala Lokollo Evans | Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Award
Brooke Coutts-Wood | Pieces of Eight Award
Michelle Stewart | Frankie Magazine Award
Seala Lokollo Evans | Craft Retail Developement Award


$500 cash prize plus professional development session with Melanie Katsalidis.
Judged by: Melanie Katsalidis, Gallery Director

FRANKIE magazine
Online interview or feature which will be promoted through social media plus a prize pack including subscription and products.
Judged by:  Sophie Kalagas, Frankie Editor

CRAFT Retail Development Award
Professional development sessions and opportunity to be showcased within the Craft retail space and exhibition program. 
Judged by: Sarah Weston, Retail and Business Developer at Craft Victoria

Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Prize. 
An exhibition in their exclusive gallery/foyer space, valued at $3000
Judged by: Clive Scott, GM

Image from the Exhibition Opening and Award Night. Photography by Guy Grabowski

To help celebrate 25 years of FRESH! we spoke to some of our alumni to hear their experience and journey as a maker and artist since being exhibited.