Australian Design Centre is a highly agile and adaptable organisation that has taken a leadership role in the contemporary craft and design sector since it first opened in 1965. ADC continues to act as a bridge between different communities in design, constantly evolving to keep at the leading edge of innovation, and provides the interface between the design world and our audiences.

ADC has always maintained strong connections to designers, makers and craftspeople representing and showcasing their work through exhibitions, public programs, learning resources, tours, digital content production, publications and retail activities.

Below is a collection of stories that explore some of the histories of ADC with spotlights on collaborations and touring, design criticality, global, Indigenous, innovation and technology, emerging and established, which is further accompanied by a chronological timeline of our 50+ year history.

Image: Jamie Williams

Collaboration & Touring

Promoting a Criticality of Design

Global Contexts

Indigenous Craft & Design

Technology & Innovation

From Emerging to Established

ADC Timeline