The Craft Australia Historic Collection is a significant slide archive on the development and practice of the Australian Studio Craft Movement from the 1960s to the early 1990s. This archive is now available online to practitioners, curators and researchers.
The online archive includes over 4000 images, documenting the development of the studio craft movement in Australia and is charted across the disciplines of gold and silver smithing, textiles, ceramics, glass and wood. It includes extremely rare material from the 1960s and 1970s that predates the establishment of most of Australia’s tertiary training programs in craft.
Prior to closing in April 2012, Craft Australia had negotiated with the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) to rehouse the National Historic Collection as part of their library holdings which documents the history and development of Australian art and culture. Whilst the NHC will be managed by the NGA after the closure of Craft Australia the location for the collection will remain the same and can now be accessed online through the eHive collection management system and is also searchable on Picture Australia