After more than 20 years on Brunswick Street, Artisan is moving its gallery to King Street in the heart of RNA’s Brisbane Showgrounds redevelopment, with the new gallery, store and workshop space opening its doors to the public on Saturday 21 April, featuring two new exhibitions. The main gallery features the Expanded Discrete States: Craft + Design exhibition, which looks at craft and design as traditionally two different entities, before melding the two genres together. The Small Object Space will be showcasing the Re: Watch & Wear exhibition, where eight artists have created wearable objects.

The opening weekend of the gallery will feature a free panel discussion and a Mumgarr weaving workshop, hosted by exhibiting practitioner Chantal Henley. The Nughi/Mununjali textile designer Chantal Henley articulates the significance of reclaiming, retaining and retelling Australian First Nation’s design, dance and languages. This exhibition is the encore to Henley’s Kindred 2017 collection shown at Cairns Indigenous Art Festival’s fashion performance and the sibling collection to the body of work presented at the Spirit Festival’s Nurlanthi fashion showcase for the 2016 Adelaide Fashion Festival.

Artisan is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary craft and design practice for both makers and their audiences began its legacy in 1970 and has, for almost 50 years, been the home of craft and design in Queensland. Artisan shares, celebrates and offers advocacy for Australian practitioners with exhibitions, events, workshops, and the Artisan store. Artisan enriches cultural life in Queensland by harnessing creative and commercial opportunities, and collaborates with organisations, businesses and the broader community. Artisan’s new purpose built workshop space and store currently showcases the handmade work of more than 80 Australian craft and design practitioners.

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