AGENCY, the new Craft ACT: Craft & Design Centre shopfront, opened its doors this evening in the gorgeous Ori Building in Braddon.
As a store AGENCY will focus on offering a broader product range at the higher end of the spectrum, and will introduce more design, more designers and more artists to the Canberra market. The work of more than 150 local and Australian artisans will be featured in the shopfront, with every product selected offering a rich story to tell. New stockists will continually arrive, all carefully selected by Business Development and Retail Manager Halie Rubenis and her team.The store will support artists in their professional practice and provide visitors with the opportunity to buy unique, high-quality products. Even the store fit-out itself highlights diversity and gives an accessible platform for designers and makers. ‘Everything in the store is for sale,’ says Halie, ‘the fixtures, fittings, shelving units, lighting, accessories, glass tiles recessed into the floor boards and more. Indeed, the only permanent fixtures are the front counter, back of house and the timber floor.’
AGENCY marks a significant step for Craft ACT, with four decades in Canberra under its belt, and a new direction couldn’t have come at a better time.
AGENCY’s new lines feature furniture, fashion, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, homewares, and even custom bikes. Customers can expect to see the work of silversmith Sabine Pagan, ceramics by Gail Nichols, fashion design by Corr Blimey, lighting by Rohan Nicol, textiles by Al Munro, jewellery/objects d’art by Silver Atom, and custom bikes by Luke Laffan, to name but a few creatives.
From time to time AGENCY will also feature artists and will work with designers and artists on collaborations, including for new product development. ‘We also want to get our designers and artists used by architects and interior designers,’ says Halie.
The previous Craft ACT shop has already closed, and the space will be used for Design Canberra HQ. Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is a non-profit organisation supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. It is supported by the ACT Government and the Australia Council for the Arts, the Federal Government’s arts funding and advisory body.