Kevin Murray – Curator and Writer

What we make of our world

Jugalbandi – Designed and Made in Australia and India

The aim of this exhibition is to explore new opportunities for Australian art, craft and design through creative dialogue with India. The principle of this dialogue is the understanding that no culture is sufficient to itself. Each culture has certain biases which prompt those within to seek values from other cultures that complement its deficiencies. [...]

Charm Schools

Charm Schools are part of a broader project Southern Charms which is a touring exhibition that will open at RMIT Gallery in February 2012. The workshops are intended to generate stories and ideas that will be documented in the exhibition. These workshops are primarily intended to provide ways in which individuals can share hopes and [...]

Contemporary jewellery in Australia and New Zealand

Contemporary Jewellery in Australia and New Zealand is a book project with New Zealand writer Damian Skinner Jewellery has a unique role to play in representing place. With the heritage of craft techniques and their own individual imaginations, jewellers are able to transform the world around them into wearable ornament. Thanks to their jewellers, it [...]

Sangam – Australia-India Design Platform

1. A Platform for Creative Partnership The Australia-India Design Platform is a three-year program of parallel forums, workshops and pilot study. It aims to build a common understanding between Australia and India about how designers and artisans might work productively together. This platform is a step towards the development of a Code of Practice for [...]

Welcome Signs: Contemporary Interpretations of the Garland

Welcome Signs website now online at http://welcomesigns.craftunbound.net A common cultural thread throughout the Asia Pacific region is the ceremony of welcome. Honoured guests, returning fisherman and sometimes lost strangers are treated to delicacies, gifts, song and dance. The garland plays an important role as a beautiful and scented wreath with which to adorn the neck [...]

The ayvu rapytá project

In 1893, a group of Australians set sail for Paraguay, where they sought to establish a utopian colony. Despite a generous land grant, the colony failed and was eventually abandoned. One problem is that it practiced a ‘white man’ socialism and tried to keep a distance from the local Indigenous Guarani. This isolated the colony [...]

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