Brisbane boasts plenty of art galleries, and Artisan is one of them. But, to be even more specific, it's also one of Australia's only craft and design galleries. Since 1970, it has been shining a spotlight the kind of creative endeavours that don't always grace other gallery walls — think architecture, jewellery, fashion, weaving, industrial design and public art, just to name a few disciplines.
For its latest exhibition, Artisan is continuing that mission while also showing how craft and design are intertwined. On display from April 21 to June 9, Expanded Discrete States: Craft + Design demonstrates how one really can't exist without the other. The showcase highlights the work of six practitioners — Ari Athans, Chantal Henley, Clare Kennedy, Gail Sorronda, Belinda Smith and Anna Varendorff — with Henley, academic and redirective designer Nora Kinnunen, and industrial designer Leon Fitzpatrick also participating in a free panel discussion at 11am on April 21.
Not only is it a completely fitting display to grace Artisan's walls, but it's an appropriate choice to deck out its new digs. From the exhibition's opening date, the gallery will be celebrating its move from its Brunswick Street base of the past two decades to its new home at 45 King Street in Bowen Hills.