Australian Craft & Design Centres
Australian Craft and Design Centres (ACDC) is a national network of peak organisations representing the professional craft and design sector in Australia. ACDC meet biannually to engage with issues relevant to the promotion and presentation of Australian contemporary craft and design.
Guildhouse is a member of the ACDC network. Through ACDC, Guildhouse advocates on behalf of our members in the visual art, craft and design sector, and brokers national and international market and presentation opportunities for its members. Through ACDC and in collaboration with the National Association of Visual Arts we are developing a National Craft Initiative. Funding has been secured through the Australia Council for the Arts to deliver our strategic plan that will build strong foundations for the long-term growth and sustainability of Australian craft and design. The National Craft Initiative will develop effective ways to offer greater career development, support, and opportunities to craft and design practitioners. It will encourage innovation and excellence in design and craft practice, and build capacity and collaboration.
The Initiative will also foster a wider appreciation and participation by communities both nationally and internationally.
ACDC Member Organisations
- Artisan – Queensland
- AustralianTapesty Workshop – Victoria
- Craft ACT – Australian Capital Territory
- Guildhouse – South Australia
- Craft – Victoria
- Design Centre – Tasmania
- FORM: Contemporary Craft and Design – Western Australia
- JamFactory: Contemporary Craft and Design – South Australia
- Object: Australian Design Centre – New South Wales
- Sturt Centre for Contemporary Craft – New South Wales
- TactileARTS – Northern Territory
Provides workshops and classes in traditional methods to create contemporary baskets and sculptural forms. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Sunday of each month (February to December, except the 4th Sunday in December) from 10:30am to 2pm. Come along and learn new skills.
C/O: Handspinners and Weavers Guild of SA,
196 South Road, Mile End SA 5031
Post: PO Box 163, Torrensville SA 5031
Embroiderers’ Guild of South Australia
Formed in 1965 to promote the practice, study and appreciation of embroidery in all its forms and to encourage excellence by practice and example. The Embroiderers’ Guild holds monthly embroidery classes, embroidery groups and a host of other embroidery related activities – from beginner to expert.
Handspinners and Weavers Guild of South Australia
The Guild has been assisting South Australians in the fields of spinning, weaving and associated crafts since 1963. The guild helps maintain skills and techniques that have been passed down for generations and encourages the development of new techniques and ideas.
Adelaide Hills Handspinners and Weavers Guild
The Guild meets on the last Thursday of the month at Peace Hall, Littlehampton between 10am and 3pm, and hosts workshops / speakers on the third Thursday of the month.
Post: PO Box 462, Mt Barker SA 5251
Tel: Kath (08) 8389 6417 or Eleanor (08) 8339 2717
Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (SA Chapter)
JMGA (SA Chapter) supports and promotes South Australian contemporary jewellers and metalsmiths.
Quilters’ Guild of SA
Formed in 1984 and has grown to encompass over 500 individual Guild members and over 100 groups. The Quilters Guild of SA aims to promote the art of patchwork and quilting and maintain a high standard of design and technique in both traditional and contemporary quilt making. The guild organises exhibitions and workshops as well as a slide and book library.
Studio Potters SA Inc.
Established in 1954 and remains one of the largest teaching and exhibiting groups in South Australia. Studio Potters SA provides workshops in traditional handmade pottery, contemporary ceramics and sculpture and operates a gallery to promote the work of its members.
Woodgroup SA Inc.
Woodgroup SA was established to promote fine woodcraft. Woodgroup SA provides workshops and an annual competitive exhibition for members.
Post: c/- Secretary, 9 Eucalypt Ave, SALISBURY SA 5108
The Arts Law Centre of Australia
The Arts Law Centre of Australia is the national community legal centre for the arts. Arts Law gives preliminary advice and information to artists and arts organisations across all artforms on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters including contracts, copyright, business names and structures, defamation, insurance and employment.
Australian Copyright Council
Provides information, advice and training about copyright in Australia. Their website features comprehensive information about copyright in Australia, including information sheets, while their publications include practical guides and discussion papers.
Post: PO Box 1986, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Tel: (02) 8815 9777
Copyright Agency Limited (CAL)
Is an Australian copyright management company whose role is to provide a bridge between creators and users of copyright material. CAL represents authors, journalists, visual artists, surveyors, photographers and newspaper, magazine and book publishers as their non-exclusive agent to license the copying of their works to the general community.
Licenses the copyright in artistic works and pays the artist or copyright owner a royalty for the reproduction. VISCOPY represents its artist members for the full range of rights, reproduction, publication and communication, thereby providing copyright users with authorised access to thousands of artistic works for commercial, non-commercial and educational purposes. Membership is free, and there are no annual fees.
Is the Australian Government agency responsible for administering patents, trade marks, designs and Plant Breeder’s Rights. By encouraging increased innovation, investment and trade through the effective use of IP, IP Australia is making it possible for Australian businesses to establish and maintain globally competitive position.
Code of Practice
National Association of Visual Artists (NAVA)
NAVA has developed The Code of Practice for the Australian Visual Arts and Craft Sector in partnership with the national arts sector. The Code of Practice provides practical and ethical guidelines for exhibiting, selling and collecting art and craft; commisioning of public art; residencies and workshops; competitions, prizes, awards and fundraising exhibitions; fees and wages; copyright, moral rights, resale royalty, equal opportunity and freedom of expression; tax, insurance and occupational health and safety. Visit their website to view or purchase a copy of the Code of Practice.