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 focuses on current work – they are not historic surveys. This concept aims to ensure that the work and ideas presented are current reflections of the practitioner’s process and output. Each exhibition is accompanied by a beautiful monograph, which not only celebrates the work but also delves into each artist’s background in more detail, contextualising their status as a leading practitioner of their craft.
The ninth Living Treasures exhibition, focusing on the work of ceramicist Prue Venables, launches at ADC in August 2019 before commencing its national tour. More information on the development of this upcoming project can be found here.
The Living Treasures series of nine exhibitions has been supported by the Federal Government’s Visions of Australia program.
Image: Prue Venables, Group of forms, black ovals and yellow sieve. 2018. Image by Terence Bogue