Melissa King became CEO of Craft Victoria in July 2017. Prior to joining the organisation, King was working with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Founded in 1970, Craft Victoria will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary as a membership based, not-for-profit institution. At the time of King’s appointment, Lousje Skala, chair of Craft Victoria said, “Craft is a jewel in Victoria’s cultural life and after 47 years is entering a pivotal time in its growth and development. We are thrilled to have found someone so perfectly suited to transform and lead our organisation.”
In her new role, King has overseen the final stages of moving from Flinders Lane in to new premises in the basement of 171 Collins Street, off Watson Place. “Our new bespoke home gives us the incredible opportunity to celebrate the work of even more of our members,” King said. “The space is very flexible and provides multiple exhibition areas and integrates our retail and exhibition arms.”
The new Craft Victoria space, designed by Melbourne architect Karen Abernethy, is already open, but it will be officially launched by the Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, in late November.
Craft Victoria is now located in Watson Place, just off Flinders Lane behind Supernormal and opposite the Adelphi Hotel.