Deadlines August 2015

it’s back! And I’ve inserted a gratuitous Black Books reference to celebrate – now you just gotta find it.

I apologised for the lateness on the last of these posts. Little did we know… No, you didn’t just imagine it – there was no Deadlines post in July. It was a HELL of a MONTH, people! Suffice to say, if it stays this hectic around here (watch this space for the 4, yes I said FOUR! shows opening within a week, starting Tuesday) this is likely to become a bi-monthly collection of deadlines. And, as always, I’m soliciting entries, so send me something in the format and it’ll go up the day I receive it. (But, like I mentioned, f.o.r.m.a.t.)

*** NEW ADDITIONS, including THE BIG ONE (you know, in Germany?)***

JOBS –  THERE’S NEW ONES! It’s always a notable occurrence 😉

Now, more than ever, you might want to check out deadlines for yourself. (The main reason for no post from me was that I did not keep up with my Feedly stream of blogs in this last month – where I get my deadlines from – so it’s not unreasonable to assume that a few might be lurking in the shadows of the internet, waiting for you to happen upon them…)

  • CaFE – Call For Entry site: check out the site and sign up for email updates. America focused. (I’ve given up re-listing appropriate deadlines from their newsletter – it’s just too long…)
  • In the UK? Sign up to the benchpeg newsletter,  professional jewellery news, delivered weekly. Euro/Britain focused.
  • Klimt02. Newsletter. Epic site. Enough said.
  • Snag’s Springboard – you can get that in an RSS feed, so each new entry will come straight to your chosen portal. America focused.


*** Carstairs Residency Prize. Australians “Applications are now open for the Carstairs Residency Prize. Mid-career Australian visual & media arts, craft or design practitioners are encouraged to apply for this month-long residency at the breathtaking Bundanon Trust situated by the Shoalhaven River, NSW from 4 July – 1 August 2016.” Apply by 29 August 2015.

Finally, it is almost upon us… Radiant Pavilion! Taking place all over Melbourne. 1st – 6th September, 2015.

…ok… So.. If you need an explanation about this event WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN?! No, really, it’s ok, you’ll make it through, just click the link above, ok, look, we can work through this together SO LONG AS YOU GO SEE MY SHOW! And say hi to Jill (from me) and compliment her on the installation and her incredible work. And, you know, look at a book or two to encourage this sort of collaboration in future, after all, it’s in a book shop. “A BOOK SHOP!

There, that was easy, wasn’t it??

*** Call for Artists: Superstition and Belief. “Artists have dealt with myth, religion, belief, fantasy, dreams for centuries. Dragons, saints, druids, churches, tribal ceremonies, all of these can be classified as potential subject matter for this exhibit.” Entry deadline: September 4, 2015

“The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery at Central Washington University, … will host the INTERSTATE juried exhibit. The exhibition is open to all media and subject matter… The juror for the INTERSTATE exhibition is Jennifer Navva Milliken, Curator of Craft at the Bellevue Arts Museum.” Opportunity closes on September 4th.

CALL FOR ENTRIES | Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition. September 4th, 2015

WE ARE SNAG: Contemporary Smiths. “Seeks images of works crafted using traditional or contemporary smithing processes including, but not limited to: vessels, objects, sculpture, jewelry, and architectural works. Juried by Sue Amendolara, Greg Gehner, and Tom Muir, this online exhibition intends to embrace the work of contemporary smiths.” Snag Membership required. Deadline September 6, 2015.

Be a part of our 21th International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft.
$8,000+ in Awards. “Craft Forms 2015, the International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Crafts, will be on display at the Wayne Art Center from December 4, 2015 – January 30, 2016.” This opportunity closes on September 10th, 2015

“Secret” National Juried Exhibition, at Arc Gallery and Studios. JUROR: Joan McLoughlin of The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Exhibition Dates: November 7, 2015 – December 6, 2015. September 13th, 2015

*** CONFERENCE Parallels – Journeys into Contemporary Making is a rare opportunity to hear over 25 leading international and local makers, designers and curators share their view on the changing worlds of craft and design.” NGV – Melbourne. International Craft and Design Conference & Talks, 17 / 18 September 2015

The Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc. (CPAA)’s Sixth International Pearl Design Competition 2015-2016. Deadline 17 September 2015

The annual Smithsonian Craft Show is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American crafts and design. September 20th, 2015

The LEAP Award. “The program recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for these early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market.” Deadline to apply: September 30, 2015.

*** der Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern. Schmuck/Talente – if you need a description, you probably shouldn’t enter… Deadline October 1st – same time every year, folks.

*** People near RISD – this one is for YOU!: Artist Fellowships “Through generous funding by the National Endowment for the Arts, the RISD Museum is pleased to offer Artist Fellowships for 2016–2017. Two selected artists receive stipends of $10,000 each, professional development support, and the opportunity to work closely with the Museum’s collections and staff members.” Deadline October 1st.

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design. Craft Research Fund – Exhibition, Project, Graduate Research and Travel Grants (up to $15,000.) (More detail – Crafthaus. )Application Deadline: October 9, 2015.

SYMPOSIUM! Keystone Metals Forum II at Touchstone outside of Pittsburgh, PA, will take place Friday to Sunday, October 16th–18th.


The Seattle Metal Guild’s Symposium Committee are pleased to broadcast the details of the upcoming 20th Anniversary Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium. This year’s stellar lineup includes the dynamic designer-creator partnership of Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg – better known as Nervous System, jewelry artist and writer Jillian Moore, object maker Christine Clark, blacksmith John Rais and artist Jennifer Trask.

Saturday, October 17th, all day!

SYMPOSIUM MJSA ConFab is set to for Oct. 18 at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City. October 18th, USA.

*** The Saul Bell Design Award. Recognizing distinction in jewelry design – affilliated with Rio Grande (and therefore Berkshire Hathaway – aka Warren Buffet.) Entries accepted Aug. 5–Oct. 23, 2015

*** Revere Academy. “The New Student Scholarship contest is open to everyone who has not attended the Revere Academy before. The winner receives an all-expenses-paid round trip from anywhere in the US to San Francisco, including air, lodging, tuition and fees for any regular 3-day class at the Revere Academy in San Francisco.” This opportunity closes on October 31st, 2015

The AJF Artist Awards: AJF Artist Award cycle will open the application process in September 2015, with a deadline of November 15, 2015. Information about the purpose of the award, entry criteria, application requirements, and deadline will be available on AJF’s website in August/September 2015.

‘By Hand’ A National Biennial Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition. Juror: Elisabeth Agro. Deadline: Nov 12, 2015.

*** Hip Pop is a bridging program designed to help emerging artists enter the high-end craft show market. Application process opens September 1, 2015. First application deadline: November 13, 2015.

*** Jewelry Edition Workshop – Pittsburgh, PA. December 5th. Jewelry Edition is a web based exhibition and pop-up experience showcasing the work of emerging and early career jewelry artists. Two of its creators – Kat Cole and Laura Wood are hosting a workshop. Register by November 30.

*** Reis Nichols Jewelers is looking for a CAD designer/ bench jeweler to join our existing team of nearly a dozen jewelers. Closing December 12, 2015.

*** Jewelry Industry Summit. “The Open Forum on Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing in the Jewelry Industry.” Planned for March 2016 immediately preceding the JA/NY trade show.

***2016-17 Artist in Residence Program – Mendocino, CA. The AIR program brings emerging and established artists to this unique art center in rural Northern California. The deadline for 2016-17 applications is April 11, 2016

Rolling + Undated Opportunities

Artners Gallery, an online jewelry gallery selling fine art jewelry, is seeking new jewelry artists.”

Bag an Internship at Current Obsession Magazine. “We are looking for motivated interns for 2015 and it’s shaping up to be a fantastic year to join our team!”

++refresh++Klimt02 offers to students (Master or Bachelor degree) or professionals the opportunity to undertake internships for a period of 4 to 6 months. We offer different positions depending on the candidate’s skills and profile. Work at Klimt02 isn’t a “bench work” and most of the time will be spent in front of a computer / thinking. For this role it is very important to be aware of what is currently happening in the jewellery field, how the industry works but also it’s a theoretical work.”

Research Associate for Contemporary Jewelry – Dallas, TX. The Research Associate for Contemporary Jewelry is a 2-year, full-time appointment with primary responsibility to support the Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design.

New Jewelry Artist Studio and Gallery seeks work.Paul Bierker: “I am opening a new state of the art production gallery in Pittsburgh PA… I am hoping to find new candidates to showcase in this location… I seek various styles with renewable materials as a big plus. Please message me here [Crafthaus] or send info to Paul (AT) Pittsburgh Artists are STRONGLY encouraged to send work.

Artist in Residence in the Industrial Monument Jakob Bengel – Idar-Oberstein, Germany. 1-3 month residency for jewellers in the factory, including stipend and accommodation! Looks amazing.

Assistantships, Residencies, Volunteering & Employment at Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA.

PORTFOLIO AND EXHIBITION PROPOSALS FOR LINCOLN CENTER ART GALLERIES – entry via CaFE, but instructions on the linked site (hint, scroll down).

The Peoria Art Guild. “Currently accepting submissions, and are sending out a call to artists, around the world and at all stages in their careers, to submit their portfolios for consideration.”

Commissioners’ Choice Invitational Lone Tree Arts Center.– entry via CaFE, but instructions on the linked site (hint, scroll down).

Contemporary Metal in Perth have updated their class timetable and there is some great stuff on offer. Check it!

Tributaries: Call for entries. The Metal Museum, in Memphis, has an ongoing call for exhibitions from emerging and mid-career artists. First deadline Feb 2013, for upcoming shows, and they keep applications on file for 2 years.

The Imperial Centre for the Arts + Sciences in North Carolina have a permanent exhibition call out, with shows booked 2-3 years in advance.


Half Time Instructional Support Technician: Suny-New Paltz

Research Associate for Contemporary Jewelry. “The Research Associate for Contemporary Jewelry is a 2-year, full-time appointment with primary responsibility to support the Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design in the coordination, research, and overall development of the Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibition and publication of the Rose-Asenbaum Collection of Contemporary Jewelry.” Needs reading ability in German…

Jewelry and Metalsmithing teaching positions available for adult classes. EatMetal, Inc studio in the Hoboken and Jersey City area. This opportunity closes on September 5th, 2015

Instructor, Jewelry Manufacturing Arts (On-Campus Bench Jeweler). “Teach Graduate Jeweler (GJ) and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts (JMA) lab class course content creating a positive, constructive, and productive learning environment in which to deliver the On-Campus JMA GJ Program.” Opportunity closes on October 9th, 2015

 ***Bench jewellers / Goldsmiths wanted – Nanaimo , British Columbia , Canada. Alchemy Adornment is hiring! We are looking for a talented goldsmith/bench jeweler to join our team. Apply to with a cover letter and resume. This opportunity closes on December 23rd, 2015.

*** Professor of Jewelry. Join SCAD Savannah as a full-time professor of jewelry to support this unparalleled program. No date on this, but the sooner the better.

Out & about – jewels & jewellers

August, Erfurt and Artist Trust. Heat Exchange 2. All the haps, chaps 😉

August this year is shaping up to be a belter; I have the One Design exhibition opening in Sydney on the 1st with the workshop following later that month, while more of my works will appear in three other exhibitions opening in that same 31 day bracket, in America, Ireland and Italy. And most of this will happen while I’m in Germany!

I’m heading over to Erfurt for a two-week stretch to be with my mentor/friends Elizabeth Turrell and Beate Gegenwart and several of the second group of Heat Exchange artists, where we will be doing a group residency for two weeks at the Kuenstlerwerkstaetten. At the end it is planned that we will present a small showing of our ‘research findings’ to the community there.

To help me get over there, I’m pleased and proud to share that just last week I was amongst those awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship. Artist Trust is a Washington based organisation that supports Washington State-based artists with a merit based (rather than project-based) cash award.

The fellowship awards are given to around fifteen artists annually, with the focus on music, media, literary and craft disciplines every even-numbered year, and emerging fields & cross-disciplinary, performing, visual and traditional & folk arts in odd numbered years.

In receiving the award, artists commit to: “participating in a Meet the Artist event held outside their place of residency yet within Washington State. The purpose is to outreach to underserved populations that are not aware of the artist and/or have little access to art.” So now I’m investigating where and who I should talk to, and hoping that wherever it is they can get past my accent to understand the content.

One thing I do know about it already, it won’t be happening in August…

Crafthaus Project Grant

So, shamless self promotion eh? Yeah, I dig it…

[this is a blog, right? shameless self promotion behind then too, eh?]

Please, please, please go to Crafthaus and vote for my project. The voting section is at the bottom of the page (hint – I’m number 4.) If you don’t fancy reading it all, put simply, my project is to go to the SNAG conference in the US next year, to help install the Heat Exchange exhibition that I’m co-curating with Elizabeth Turrell and Beate Gegenwart.

Should I be the successful recipient, I have to then blog about my project as it happens, on Crafthaus. Given that requirement it might raise the bar around here too…


Day 5 – samples

Melissa fires a few test rounds… In the kiln, of course.

I decided on two courses of action to improve on Friday’s performance. Fire layers with less enamel on them, and individually.

This way I get to play around with each layer, treating each as as a separate work, yet as a part of the structure that makes up the whole vessel.

Copper woven in and around the hoops with a coating of white enamel.

Copper black from being fired, and pasted down with enamel.

drum roll please

Melissa requests a drum roll for some Big News.

Exciting news!!
I’ve been awarded an Australia Council Visual Arts Board grant to undertake a residency with Elizabeth Turrell at the University of the West of England in March of next year! I’m going to spend all of March in Bristol working with liquid enamel, at the Centre for Fine Print Research, with the inspirational Elizabeth!

As you can tell by my (typical) overuse of exclamation marks, I’m excited!!

I was at Elizabeth’s second workshop, held after the JMGA conference in Perth this year, where she taught the fundamentals of liquid enameling to a very enthusiastic bunch of jewellers, including the amazing Inari Kiuru who has gone on to use her knowledge spectacularly. I waxed lyrical about the course and her at the time and I have been attempting ever since to find a way to get to work with her again. And finally, success!!

I cannot wait.

where do you go?

Name your sources! Melissa just did…

(thanks to TurboNerd who is a bit of a ‘hunners’ fan, just writing that title has lodged a song in my head…) Ahem..

OK, so I post every competition, grant and juried exhibition I apply for right here, to make sure the two of you who read are worded up to take appropriate affirmative action. I was asked the other day (a realbody question, no less) what sources I use to get the info about applications I oughta make? At the time, the idea of having to scribble words rather than copy-and-paste links just seemed too daunting. I promised a post on the subject instead.

So, without further ado (as Flacco might say, “bugger the ado, we’ll go without the ado!”) here’s a list of the places I find grant/competition/exhibition info. Please feel free to email/comment with more suggestions.

NAVA has a grants page as well as monthly email updates (for which you must be a member – fees apply) which includes other opportunities.

Craft Australia sends out a regular email with an opportunities section which is free to sign up to.

Craft Victoria also sends out their Craft Almanac email with Industry Events and  Opportunities listed, but this is only for professional members. To get the full deal you need to sign up (fee applies). They also have their own application deadlines for shows in their gallery, which are listed on their site.

CaFE is a US based online Call For Entry portal that sends out regular emails for upcoming application deadlines. Appropriate competitions/exhibitions are few and far between for Australia-based jewellery artists, but I have become involved in shows through this site.

Klimt02 maintains a list of awards on their site. They also have an email list (unrestricted) but some information on the site is barred from non-members.

crafthaus online craft network has a blog which I regularly read (and a members only section of which I’m not a part, so there is more than just the blog to check out for entry/deadline info) that members add items to, some of which are upcoming competition deadlines. Brigitte Martin generally posts such info (and I’m not sure that she’s not the one in charge of the place. I should just join, I know…)

kit and caboodle, administered by the lovely Cate Salter, is another such network for jewellers and related types (galleries, organisations etc.) The main page is up to date with the blog posts and exhibition listings of its members, though I also subscribe to the rss stream of the site (which results in a LOT of messages, some useful, most not.)  It pays to snoop around there occasionally to see what galleries/organisations are up to.

Melbourne Jeweller also blogs a monthly calendar. Often this is exhibition related, but the odd competition link sneaks in. I must read many of the same blogs as her though, since by the time of her monthly posts I have normally already seen the competitions/exhibition opportunities featured.

And while I’m on the whole idea of RSS – I have a dedicated RSS reader from which I read many blogs daily. Between what’s said on many of them, and my email lists and some semi-regular searches (how I found out about Noosa, for example), I like to think I’m fairly well informed of upcoming opportunities.

Finally, the deadlines for the Australia Council and Arts Victoria are pretty concrete from year to year, so it pays to keep them in the back of your mind too. And in your bookmarks list.

cashing in

Melissa shares what has been taking up some bandwidth on her news radar.

I follow Marcus Westbury’s blog and so last week read his post Where Australia Council funding goes – 09/10 version with interest, especially given that I’m just about into the last quarter of my my ArtStart funding from The Australia Council.

Seeing the graph at the top of the post was a real eye opener – I had no idea what got spent where and was surprised to see that the classics get so much support. I’ve been to see an Opera Australia production in the last year or so (these things become much easier when you live in Melbourne rather than lil ole Perth) and thought that it was really well attended, so the idea that it was government funded never crossed my mind.

As always though, the devil (or God, if we’re going by the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe quote) is in the detail, which Westbury provides at the end of his post. Particularly pertinent to me – the Artstart Grant – does not figure in these calculations, nor do two other major sources of funds, Key Organisations and Arts Development (in total , these 3 add up to $22.4 million). But even still, (given that these other funded areas apply across arts and are not broken up into artform, I have to trust that Westbury’s attempt is even-handed) it’s very interesting reading for all those involved in the arts.

And the response seems to have been on-par with it’s interesting-ness. Richard Gill, (who even has a blog, albeit slightly aged) has responded with an article in The Age that calls  Westbury’s original article a “serious attempt… to create an arts debate”, and then ends in a call for more money for everyone. (The dates seem to have the response before the original post, though last week I definitely read them the other way around.)

Well, that’s a great idea too, but with a federal parliament pretty much tied at 0-0 for the foreseeable future, it doesn’t seem a likely option at the moment. As for Gill’s article as a whole, it’s a pure opinion piece which really lacks the punch of the original post, and the weight of the post relies on those figures. On who gets what.

The debate that has continued on over at Wesbury’s blog is really interesting, as people weigh up arts jobs against one another. I don’t want to go into the ‘which arts are more worthy’ argument, but it has made it more evident to me that over at the Australia Council this must happen all of the time, at every single funding round.

I have flicked through the list of recipients of the ArtStart grants at each round, mostly to see if any of my friends have got through (and yes, quite a few of them have) and I always find it makes for some interesting reading. Now knowing that orchestras, classical music and opera gets so much of the pie, I might be paying more attention to the rest of the funding rounds too.


Mel’s applying herself to applying. Wanna join the fun? There’s plenty of links to go round!

First of all a community service announcement for any recent grads in Melbourne:
ArtStart info session
Tuesday 25 May 2010, 6-8pm
Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall

FREE! RSVP: Melissa Habjan, ArtStart Administration Officer,
 on 02 9215 9162 or at m dot habjan at australiacouncil dot gov dot au
2010 ArtStart Grant information
 – Closing date: 4 October 2010. 
Applications available online from 23 August 2010.


In other news, here’s what I’m currently applying for:
a show at Object – closes June 30
a few travel grants – Noosa, British Council and the Samstag Scholarship (the last two for grads) and New Traditional Jewellery.

I made it into NTJ in ’07, so it’s not that hard, but I didn’t in ’08, so it’s not too simple either. (Maybe just getting more popular, yeah? That’s how I consoled myself…)

export exhertions

Melissa goes to school. Well, marketing school. A marketing masterclass, in fact. Where are the masters?

Today I went to a Design Victoria mini-symposium, or what they called a Tools of the Export Trade Masterclass. I found out about it on the Australian Design Unit blog. Owing to the recent shenanigans that ensued when getting works to international exhibitions (thanks Eyjafjallajokull for making it even more stressful), I was (and am) keen to ‘skill-up’ in this area. The marketing insights and the tips from professionals managed to outweigh the the speakers who intoned some very irrelevant information for a small business such as mine. In fact, after today, I’m leaning towards using the term ‘micro business’ when referring to my art practice.

While the info on offer was all well intentioned, and possibly even some of it useful to me; like some of the nuances of the ‘dark arts’ of marketing, and more grants info available from the Victorian Government and Austrade, it’s not likely come in handy when my projected output won’t reach the marketing budget needed to trigger their minimum grant amount.

Ahh well, back to sweating over the details on Australia Post forms.