ADC On Tour

Australian Design Centre a leading centre for contemporary craft and design in Australia. We play a critical role in building a significant design culture for this country by nurturing a nation of innovative makers and thinkers and inspiring audiences to use design in their lives.

Presenting the work and innovative practices of artists across a range of craft and design disciplines is central to all our work and our touring program has an unprecedented national reach that reinforces our role as a significant national organisation.

Touring has been central to our work for 50 years. Since the 1970s ADC has toured nationally and been at the forefront of providing regional Australia with access to cutting edge work and ideas and since 2006, more than 50% of our touring venues have been regionally based.

Presenting our exhibitions, education and public program events, research and digital content across the country is just one of the many ways we actively nurture innovation in making and the development of new audiences for craft, art and design in Australia.

Our annual program features more than 200 designers and our 2018 touring program will present the work of 57 artists in five exhibitions at 14 venues nationally. Two new exhibitions Clay Intersections and Obsessed! Compelled to Make commenced touring in 2018.

Since 2005 we have presented 30 touring exhibitions that have made more than 200 stops at 79 different arts organisations across all states & territories. Collectively and to date, more than 1.3 million people have seen these exhibitions.

Four exhibitions have also toured internationally to great acclaim, including Global Local to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London in 2005 & the 2nd International Triennale of Craft at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan in 2013.

One of ADC’s most important touring series is Living Treasures, which celebrates some of Australia’s most respected and iconic contemporary craft artists. Over 300,000 people have visited a Living Treasures exhibition to date and the eighth exhibition, Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels, is currently undertaking a record-breaking 14 stop national tour.

Partnerships are a central part of the touring work undertaken by ADC and in the last three years, three significant partnerships have been established to help develop two different touring exhibitions & their related education and public programs. Lola Greeno was developed in partnership with the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston and in 2015 ADC worked with Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo to produce Shapeshifters 3D: Printing the Future.

In 2017 ADC partnered with Hotel Hotel for the first time to develop and deliver an eight-venue national tour of Object Therapy, supported by the Australian Government's, Visions of Australia program.

In 2018 we were delighted to announce two major project grants were awarded to Australia Design Centre. The Australia Council for the Arts awarded a $100,000 project grant towards infrastructure support for the ADC on Tour national touring program. Also, with the generous support of the Federal Government’s Visions of Australia program, ADC will be developing the next chapter in our series of exhibitions showcasing new work by established craftspeople, Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft. We are excited to announce the next Living Treasure will be ceramicist Prue Venables.

Read more here about out funding success here.

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Image: Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future being installed at Design Tasmania. Photo by Di Reed.