Following its defunding from the Australia Council for the Arts in October 2011, NAVA regretfully announces our sister organisation, Craft Australia, closed its doors on 30 April 2012.
NAVA and the Australian Craft and Design Centres are discussing possible future collaboration to continue to build the capacity of the sector.
However although Craft Australia is no longer operational its many resources will continue to be available to the sector.
Here's how you can continue to access them:
Craft Australia website
The Craft Australia website, in its entirety, has been archived through Pandora, a program at the National Library of Australia. This ensures that all the articles and referenced information on the site continues to be accessed and is able to be referenced.
craft + design enquiry journal
The future of the C+DE Journal has been secured with new hosts at the Australian National University School of Art. Craft Australia developed the craft + design enquiry journal in 2009 to promote the research capabilities in the craft and design sector.
The digitized image collection
Over 4,000 images from this collection, made up mostly from the education slide kits developed by Craft Australia in the 80s and 90s is now accessible online through ehive. This is a tremendous resource for the sector that will now be managed by the National Gallery of Australia who has included this digital material in their Research Library.
The Historical Collection
The 41 year archive of the organisation, the Craft Australia Library of monographs, journals and ephemera have all been accepted into the National Gallery of Australiaâ€™s Research Library. In addition all of the undigitized slides held by Craft Australia and most of the collection will also be housed at the NGA. Additional works from the Craft Australia Collection will also be going to the Tasmanian Museum and Gallery and the Art Gallery of South Australia.