Celebrating the next wave of Victorian graduates in contemporary craft and design. Presented annually since 1993, Fresh! showcases the energy, skill and innovation of some of the best graduating students from craft, design and fine art disciplines throughout the state.

Fresh! provides an important opportunity for graduates beginning their career as makers. The exhibition fosters the potential of graduating students and provides an insight into new directions of contemporary craft.

The Prizes

The John Wardle Architects Craft Prize
$1000 Cash Prize
Judged by Partners Meaghan Dwyer and James Loder

The Design Files Emerging Maker Award
A photoshoot, interview and feature on
The Design Files website.
Judged by: Lucy Feagins, Editor and Founder of TDF

The Future Leaders Award 
A philanthropic initiative promoting leadership, achievement and potential among young Australians. Cash prize of $1000.
Judged by:  Dr Helen Sykes AM

Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Prize 
An exhibition in their exclusive gallery/foyer space, valued at $3000
Judged by: Clive Scott, General Manager, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, and Lisa Warrener and Donald Williams, Global Art Projects

Rose Chong Costumiers Prize
An exhibition in Gertrude Street shop window
Judged by: Rose Chong, Owner of Rose Chong Costumiers

The Selection Panel

Craft’s invited team of professional craft practitioners, curators and industry experts attend graduate exhibitions within tertiary and TAFE institutions across Victoria. From these exhibitions, the freshest works that explore contemporary craft and design practice are selected to become part of the Fresh! exhibition program.