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 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

The Irene Spilsbury Prize
To develop, conceptualize and present a body of work at Oigåll Projects as part of their 2023 exhibition program.
Judged by: Andy Kelly, Director of Oigåll Projects

The Annual Lemon Award of Excellence
Cash prize of $1000. This award recognises curious and experimental bodies of work.
Judged by: James Lemon and his boyfriend

The Artichoke Emerging Maker Prize
A profile in Artichoke magazine and a 2-year magazine subscription.
Judged by: Cassie Hansen, Editor of Artichoke Magazine

The Selection Panel

Each year, Craft Victoria and an invited team of craft and design professionals view graduate exhibitions across Victoria to search for the freshest emerging makers working within craft and design disciplines. The 2022 Fresh! selection panel included: Alexsandra Pontonio, James Lemon, Yu-Fang Chi, Zaiba Khan, Louise Meuwissen and Craft Victoria's Curatorial and Programs Manager, Eliza Tiernan.