Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft is an
initiative of the Australian Design Centre. The series aims to celebrate
the achievements of Australia’s most iconic crafts
practitioners, through a touring exhibition and a
major monograph publication.
Living Treasures celebrates the work and practice of exceptional individuals who have demonstrated more than three decades of excellence in their chosen discipline.
The series was conceived in 2004 when ADC reached out to the sector nationally to put together three authoritative panels that would come together to review nominations and select the next Living Treasure.
The Living Treasures exhibitions focused on current work – they were not historic surveys. This conceit aimed to enliven the show, and ensure that the work and ideas presented were current reflections of the practitioner’s process and output. Each exhibition was accompanied by a beautiful monograph, which not only celebrated the work contained within the exhibition but also delved into each artist’s background in more detail, contextualising their statues as a leading practitioner of their craft.
Image: Nick Mount. White Scent Bottle, Murrini Fruit and Pear: A Still Life #010112. 2012. Photo by Pippy Mount.