Kevin Murray – Curator and Writer

What we make of our world

Trading Tales: Narrative Design in Craft

E-commerce has potential to become a new platform for the traditional stories that have connected us together over milenia. India is leading the way.

Gondwana Bound

Following Neverland, Gondwana Bound considers what an Indian Australia would have been like. This project involves writers, artists and cooks to give free reign to their imagination and populate the continent with a Hindu civilisation. What would the relationship be like between Aboriginal and Hindu peoples? Are there aspects of Tamil culture that would be […]

A new broom: sweeping changes to folk art in Asia

Sometimes, it’s worth stating the obvious in order not to be so. We’ve come to accept that art is a profession. To become a recognised artist, most need to follow an institutional path. According to art world specialist Peter Hill, ‘the usual route is to attend a university school of art, and there are approximately […]

Jugalbandi – Designed and Made in Australia and India

The aim of this exhibition is to explore new opportunities for Australian art, craft and design through creative dialogue with India. The principle of this dialogue is the understanding that no culture is sufficient to itself. Each culture has certain biases which prompt those within to seek values from other cultures that complement its deficiencies. […]

A Common Project: Where Craft and Design Meet in a Democratic World

Part One – The March of Democracy At the end of the eighteenth century, King George III had a lot on his plate. He particularly prized the gifts from India—certainly the precious diamonds from Bengal—which contributed to the splendour of the British crown. But it wasn’t only jewels that King George needed. The loss of […]

Who stole the Southern Cross? A cautionary tale for public art

The best way to appreciate Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station is to close your eyes. Echoing calls for ‘Traralgon’, ‘Mildura’ and ‘Warrnambool’ conjure the image of a monumental rail hub in the southern capital of a great southern land. But open your eyes and you are in a very different world. In this ubiquitous brand-scape, every […]

Sangam – Australia-India Design Platform

1. A Platform for Creative Partnership The Australia-India Design Platform is a three-year program of parallel forums, workshops and pilot study. It aims to build a common understanding between Australia and India about how designers and artisans might work productively together. This platform is a step towards the development of a Code of Practice for […]

Welcome Signs: Contemporary Interpretations of the Garland

Welcome Signs website now online at http://welcomesigns.craftunbound.net A common cultural thread throughout the Asia Pacific region is the ceremony of welcome. Honoured guests, returning fisherman and sometimes lost strangers are treated to delicacies, gifts, song and dance. The garland plays an important role as a beautiful and scented wreath with which to adorn the neck […]

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