27 February 2012

Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award

Now in its third year, this exciting art competition is again open to national and international artists for 2D artworks up to 60cm in any direction. The judging based on three equally evaluated criteria of creativity, originality and skill. $10 000 will be awarded to the winner.

Entries close 4 May 2012

For more details and online entry please visit http://www.lethbridgegallery.com/

2012 Queensland Premier's Design Awards

The 2012 Queensland Premier's Design Awards are open for entries. Australia's richest design prize, the Awards recognise the importance of design to business, lifestyle and innovation through the presentation of:

A $40 000 Smart State Design Fellow to an individual or team who has significantly contributed to developing a design culture within Queensland. Entrants may be from any industry or sector.

•A $10 000 Emerging Design Leader Award to an emerging Queensland designer who embodies excellence in their expertise, talent, skill and commitment to design.

For more information and to download entry forms visit

QUT Window Project

The Window Project is a partnership conceived by the QUT School of Design Interior Design discipline and artisan, to open upprovide opportunities for design students to work collaboratively on small scale retail and exhibition design projects. QUT Design students teamed up with artisan staff over a six week period to develop a concept aligned to artisan’s exhibition and retail program, with supervisory assistance provided by QUT lecturers. . The program fosters real world engagement and networking, and allows students to showcase their talents in the public realm as an introduction to professional practice.

The current Window Project showcases the award winning Wambamboo range by designer Kent Gration. Wambamboo encompasses stylish and functional bamboo furniture and everyday objects.The range highlights bamboo's versatility as a natural high-end material using bamboo poles, cross-laminated boards and veneers, whilst promoting the environmental benefits of this rapidly renewable resource.

Photography by Andrea Higgins 2012.

Design team:
Karlee Blackburn - Interior Design student
Simone Lockley - Interior Design student
James Luu - Interior Design student
Jonathan Morehen - Architecture student
Vanessa Parker - Interior Design student
Natalie Wright - Lecturer in Interior Design

25 February 2012

Animated Steel: Heavier Metal by Christopher Trotter

Animated Steel: Heavier Metal features the work of Queensland artist Christopher Trotter. Inspired by nature, and fast cars and machinery, Trotter, recycles industrial scrap metal into animals, fossils, zany vehicles or alien creatures. He carefully selects components, and his intimate understanding of structure and movement, both natural and mechanical, imbues his works with life and vigour. This selection of sculptures are from the artists collection. The exhibition is on display at Gallery artisan until the 31st of March 2012.

Animated Steel: Heavier Metal exhibition at Gallery artisan.

Animated Steel: Heavier Metal exhibition at Gallery artisan.

Baron Von Bird Racer, 2007-2012, recycled materials, 170 x 190 x 160 cm.

D-Seriers Super Scooter, 2009-2012, recycled materials, 256 x 285 x 80 cm.

Penguin, 1998, recycled materials, 55 x 42 x 30 cm.

Environmentally Friendly Hunting Trophy, 2001, recycled materials, 110 x 60 x 30 cm.

Vessels of Garnesha, 2011, recycled materials, 55 x 40 x 22 cm.

All photography by Andrea Higgins, 2012.

24 February 2012

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor opens at Jam Factory in Adelaide

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor started its two year national tour at Jam Factory in Adelaide on Thursday night. Opened by Penny Wong, the exhibition showcases the stories of 100 inspirational Australian women, transformed into 100 brooches by 100 of Australia's most talented women jewellers.The exhibition is on display at Jam Factory until the 5th of April.

The Honourable Senator Penny Wong, opening the exhibition Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor opening event at Jam Factory, Adelaide.

Photos courtesy of Jam Factory.

23 February 2012

New look for Fortitude Valley store.

Artisan's Fortitude Valley store recently received a makeover to coincide with the latest exhibitions focussing on the themes of upcycle, recycle and repurpose. Come in and check out our new look and view the work of feature designer Kent Gration from Wambamboo.

14 February 2012

Christopher Trotter: Animated Steel Heavier Metal & Bespunk by Derlot Opening Night Photos

Christopher Trotter & Simone Eisler

Elizabeth Cowie & Dev Lengjel

Erin Lea, David Shaw, Marc Harrison & Annette Turner

Jess Shipard & Alexandra Mulder

Karl Hilton & Nadia Haralampon

Alexander Lotersztain

Liana Heath, Rob Allen, Gavan Ranger & Kent Gration

Mary Schmann & Suzanne Brooks

Max Schroder

Megan Trotter, Donna Peters, Chris Trotter & Louise Trotter

Raf Persichetti & Leon Fitzpatrick

Suzan Williams & KT Doyle

Virgina Rigney & John Stafford

Woody & Sue Harle

Yukio & Tiga