APRIL 24 TO JULY 19 2015
In 2013 JamFactory celebrated 40 years of nurturing and promoting contemporary craft and design in Australia with the landmark exhibition Designing Craft/Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory. Established by the South Australian Government under Premier Don Dunstan in 1973, JamFactory today remains a unique and iconic South Australian institution.
Curated by Margaret Hancock Davis, Margot Osborne and Brian Parkes, this exhibition presented new work by 40 selected artists, craftspeople and designers who have had a significant involvement with the JamFactory during its 40-year history and who are presently producing work of outstanding quality.
The exhibitors included alumni as well as past and present staff and studio tenants – from dynamic emerging talent through to some of the most established and recognised practitioners in Australia. Exhibitors were Frank Bauer, Clare Belfrage, Robin Best, Gabriella Bisetto, Stephen Bowers, Gareth Brown, Scott Chaseling, Kirsten Coelho, Lesa Farrant, Honor Freeman, Brenden Scott French, Christian Hall, Jim Hannon-Tan, Greg Healey, illumini, Kath Inglis, Takeshi Iue, Stephanie James- Manttan, Deb Jones, Elizabeth Kelly, Bronwyn Kemp, Erin Keys, Peta Kruger, Sue Lorraine,Leslie Matthews, Jeff Mincham, Tom Mirams, MONO, Tom Moore, Nick Mount, Belinda Newick, Julie Pieda, Lauren Simeoni, Vipoo Srivilasa, Christopher Thomas, Michelle Taylor, Prue Venables, Janice Vitkovsky, Peter Walker and Gerry Wedd.
The exhibition, sponsored by JamFactory’s 40th anniversary partner ANZ, showcased the vibrancy of craft and design practice and demonstrates the diverse pathways to a sustainable and successful career in the field.
The exhibition was accompanied by a 164 page book looking at JamFactory’s history, development and impact locally, nationally and internationally and features essays by Brian Parkes, Dick Richards, Ian Were and Margot Osborne and photography of the 40 exhibition pieces by Grant Hancock.