22 January 2013

South Bank (m)art store - closing sale

After three fantastic years of trading at our South Bank (m)art store, our lease comes to an end on Sunday 27th January, 4pm.

Join us for an “End of Lease” Sale from Tuesday 15th January until Sunday 27th January.


Don’t miss this rare opportunity to stock up on your favourite products from Australia’s leading and emerging designers and craftspeople at these one-off SALE prices!

The operation of the South Bank (m)art store has been made possible due to the wonderful support of South Bank Corporation over the past three years. The artisan team would like to thank South Bank Corporation for their valuable contribution to the craft and design sector through their sponsorship of the retail space. The South Bank (m)art store has provided a strong commercial platform for over 200 craftspeople, designers and artists to sell their products to the public and has provided the community with an additional destination for purchasing the diverse collection of quality Australian design and craftsmanship.

While we mark the closure of the South Bank (m)art store and the valuable contribution this has provided our community and the craft and design sectors, the artisan team are looking forward to launching new opportunities and ventures to support and build the craft and design sectors in 2013 and beyond. 

Artisan’s retail activity will continue to offer an exquisitely crafted and intelligently designed collection of Australian product through our flagship store at Fortitude Valley and our 24/7 Online Store.

Employment opportunity at artisan

We are currently on the hunt for an Exhibitions & Public Programs Coordinator to join our talented team! If you think you might be the one we're looking for, please read the position description and selection criteria below and send us your application by 8th February.

LOCATION: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
HOURS: Full Time
CONTRACT: Until 31 December 2013 (extensions beyond this date are subject to ongoing organisational funding)

To support the Curator/Exhibitions Manager by managing logistical and administrative processes and procedures for exhibitions and public programs.

> Co-ordinate and manage logistical aspects of the exhibition program, including:
  • Contracts
  • Correspondence
  • Freight
  • SchedulesLoans
> Manage the installation of all artisan exhibitions including:
  • Booking contract staff
  • Preparing installation schedules
  • Sourcing display furniture
  • Arranging the production of exhibition design materials including
  • signage
  • Condition reports
> Co-ordinate operations maintenance for the gallery including ordering supplies, liaising with service providers/contractors, maintaining assets.

> Work with marketing and graphic design staff to produce marketing collateral including advertising, invitations and catalogues.

> Track expenditure under the direction of the Curator/Exhibitions Manager.

> Support the delivery of public programs and audience engagement activities, including:
  • Booking speakers, accommodation and travel
  • Setting up equipment for public programs
  • Liaising with Marketing staff to promote programs
  • Tracking visitor numbers
  • Presenting floor talks and guided tours as required
  • Providing administrative support to deliver audience engagement initiatives
A flexible working environment is highly valued within the organisation. Occasional evening, early morning or weekend work may be required in this position.
Manual labor and the use of tools is required of this position.

This position reports to the Curator & Exhibitions Manager. Regular consultation with other members of the artisan team will be required, including the CEO, Administrator, and Retail staff.

This position will provide gallery support and may liaise on behalf of artisan with artists, curators, sponsors, representatives of government departments and funding bodies, academics, researchers, national and international institutions, writers, speakers and members of the public.

If you are interested in this position, please familiarise yourself with the organisation by visiting our website www.artisan.org.au
You will need to provide evidence of your understanding of the organisation and the requirements of the position within your responses to the Key Selection Criteria below.

Your application should comprise:
  • A Cover Letter, no longer than one A4 Page
  • A Curriculum Vitae, no longer than two A4 pages, including the names and contact details of two current referees
  • Response to Key Selection Criteria no longer than three A4 pages

Arts-based knowledge
You have obtained an under-graduate education within an arts-based discipline and have a keen interest in current trends and movements within the visual arts and craft sector.

Achieves results
You possess organisational skills including the ability to manage various tasks and meet deadlines. You are diligent, efficient and effective in your processes and procedures and are proactive in learning new skills to attain this.

Supports productive working relationships
You actively work to develop productive and respectful relationships. You are self driven with an ability to work independently. You believe in quality and can see things from a variety of perspectives.

Displays initiative and personal drive
You commit energy and drive to see that work tasks and objectives are achieved.

Communicates with influence
You have the ability to communicate clearly and precisely in a logical manner respondent to a variety of contexts. Your verbal and non-verbal communication is professional and appropriate.

Closing date for applications: Friday 8th February 2013
Post or Email your application by 5pm on the closing date to:
Grace Keeffe
Administration Assistant
Ph: (07) 3215 0800
Email: info@artisan.org.au
Address: Level 2, 381 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006

19 December 2012

Artisan's Cherish Christmas Showcase: Day 13

Welcome to day 13, the final day of the Cherish 2012 Christmas showcase. While Cherish may be finished, there are countless other unique, beautiful products available for purchase in our stores in Fortitude Valley and South Bank.

For day 13, Lydia Pearson selected the quirky Haasch Lamps by Alison Schutt and Jan Schutt.

"Such a witty re-purposing of an originally non-aesthetic product into one that becomes a considered piece of functional art. The patterns, colours and form are completely in line with contemporary interior aesthetic, yet the fit is purely coincidental. Beautiful, functional, sustainable - perfect!"
- Lydia Pearson, designer, Easton Pearson

Haasch Lamps are now in-store from $143 - $352.

18 December 2012

Christmas bits and pieces at artisan

This festive season, there are a few more opportunities to get your Christmas shopping done at artisan and support unique and local design.

This Friday the 21st of December, the (m)art store at South Bank will be hosting a second VIP shopping night from 5pm - 8pm. All attendees will receive a 15% discount off products purchased on the night.

The artisan design store in Fortitude Valley and (m)art in South Bank will be open this Sunday the 23rd of December and Monday the 24th of December for last-minute shoppers.

  • Gallery artisan and the Fortitude Valley design store will be closed from the 25th of December 2012 to the 16th of January 2013, re-opening on Thursday the 17th of January.
  • The South Bank (m)art store will be open throughout the Christmas period, excluding public holidays.
  • The artisan office will be closed from the 25th of December 2012 to the 6th of January 2013.

From all of the team at artisan, thank you for your support over the year, happy holidays, and we look forward to an exciting 2013!

Australia Day at Government House

The Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC and Mr Stuart McCosker invite you to an Open Day at Government House to celebrate Australia Day 2013.

The Open Day will take place on Saturday the 26th of January, 2013, and will include free tours, musical entertainment, a sausage sizzle and refreshments.

For more information, click here or visit www.govhouse.qld.gov.au.

Artisan's Cherish Christmas Showcase: Day 12

On day 12 of the Cherish showcase, we bring you the 'Doves with me' kaftan by Sharka Bosakova and Renata Buziak, selected by Vogue Living Brisbane editor Margie Fraser.

"I love the way the fabric falls and drapes. I love the way Renata has used her organic photographic imagery on Bosakova's lovely draped form - so simple."
- Margie Fraser, Editor, Vogue Living Brisbane

The 'Doves with me' kaftan by Sharka Bosakova and Renata Buziak ($374) can be purchased in the artisan design store in Fortitude Valley.

17 December 2012

Artisan's Cherish Christmas Showcase: Day 11

The countdown to Christmas continues with Cherish day 11! Terry Bouton's Kangaroo salt and pepper shakers are the gift of choice for Easton Pearson's Pamela Easton.

"I love the wit behind the slightly macabre objects executed in smooth white porcelain. I want them on my table!"
- Pamela Easton, Easton Pearson

Terry Bouton Kangaroo salt and pepper shakers are available for purchase at our Fortitude Valley store.

14 December 2012

Artisan's Cherish Christmas Showcase: Day 10

By day ten of Cherish you've probably seen a whole pile of gifts that you would love to buy for your friends and family. But what about that one music-mad, stylin' friend who is too cool for most of your gift ideas? Dave Thorne from Bump and Grind Espresso Bar reckons these designer glass speakers by Bjorn Rust will do the trick.

"I love that these speakers are made from glass, a material that I haven't seen speakers made from before. I also like the materials that Bjorn has combined."
- Dave Thorn, owner, Bump and Grind Espresso Bar

The designer glass speakers by Bjorn Rust are now available in-store or online.

13 December 2012

Artisan's Cherish Christmas Showcase: Day 9

Cherish day 9 brings us the gorgeous Tennyson bags by Kristin Tennyson. The Tennyson Bags are fresh, unique and fun, incorporating reclaimed vintage fabrics, leather, seatbelt webbing and a variety of other industrial materials.

"Since I'm based in Cairns, I like the fact that regional makers of distinction supply both artisan and KickArts Shop. Kristin Tennyson migrated from Canada, lives in Cairns and is an accomplished painter with a strong affinity for mid twentieth-century textiles, which she sources to handcraft her bags. Admixtures of strapping, hose fittings and industrial buckles are witty features: a Tennyson bag definitely raises smiles. Her styles keep evolving and the look is hand-made but on trend. In Cairns our Tennyson collectors come back regularly, admitting their weakness for these quirky accessories, each one an original. I love mine for its leather straps made from repurposed belts with safety hooks, and of course its funky sixties furnishing fabric. Big smile!"
- Ingrid Hoffmann, Director - KickArts Contemporary Arts

A wide range of Tennyson bags is currently available for purchase in our Fortitude Valley and South Bank design stores.

12 December 2012

Artisan's Cherish Christmas Showcase: Day 8


The eighth day of Cherish brings us Julia de Ville's jewellery. This range merges the intricately beautiful with the macabre, and Alison Kubler loves it.

"I chose these pieces by Julia de Ville for the intricacy of the work but also for the Gothic attitude! I enjoy the references to Victorian mourning jewellery, and the allusions to memento mori. These small earrings and necklace are at once macabre and beautiful. They offer pause for thought about life and its brevity - isn't Christmas a time to be thankful after all?"
- Alison Kubler, freelance writer and curator, Director of mc/k art consulting

Julia de Ville's jewellery is available now in our Fortitude Valley store.